Last week malaysiakini carried a news article on a former UMNO Youth thug, now PKR member, who boasted he was even treated by the police to a nasi kandar lunch when he was ‘held in custody’ for his thuggery at the Aptet II conference that was held in a KL hotel.
If you refer to this malaysiakini news item, you will read Dr Syed Husin Ali telling the court how the 300-strong BN angry mob broke down the doors and invaded the conference hall carrying sticks and chairs in their hands.
He revealed: “One of them who had in his hand a food-container half-filled with water, emptied the contents all over me. He shouted at me saying, ‘Get out! Get out!’. It was mayhem.”
“I was personally assaulted by three persons. They used force and pulled my hands and body. They kept insisting that I should leave the hall.”
I had previously blog about the Aptet II disgrace last year in Apcet II Disgrace - He who cannot be named! where I wrote:
“… Saifuddin, who was then No 3 in the UMNO Youth leadership hierarchy but now a PKR member, it was all an UMNO orchestrated attack on the conference. And he puts the blame on (1) Megat Junid, at that time deputy Home minister, (2) Zahid Hamidi, UMNO Youth Chief, and of course the bete noire of PKR, Dr Mahathir.”
Pity Saifuddin didn’t reveal that Dr Mahathir was out of the country on a visit to Ghana in Africa when the thugs, under instructions, went rampaging to disrupt the conference on East Timor.
So, if the PM was out of the country, who then was in charge?
Remember this was in 1996!
In that posting I said: Strange [or should it be] that Saifuddin didn’t mention his name.
Yes, let me ask again - if the Grand Olde Man was in Ghana, who was left at home in charge of the country when the mob raided and disrupted the conference?
This has been what Saifuddin said of the people in authority responsible for the disgraceful mob affair:
"I called up Zahid (about the plan) and he consulted Dr Mahathir who gave his support. Hishammuddin also supported the action. I then organised a 1,000-strong team with the order to stop the conference."
Guilty, so according to Saifuddin were thus Megat Junid, Hishammuddin, Zahid Hamidi and of course Dr Mahathir.
Then, when Dr Mahathir arrived home from Ghana, Megat Junid and Saifuddin met him, where Saifuddin related "Megat told Mahathir that it was all orchestrated."
Now, isn’t it just strange that, according to Saifuddin, Dr Mahathir who gave the approval for the disruption of Aptet was informed by Megat Junid that, again according to Saifuddin, “it was all orchestrated.”
Why would Mahathir who gave his approval in the first place needed to be so informed?
And who was in charge at home when Mahathir was away in Ghana? Was it possible for this person not to be aware of affairs that Zahid Hamidi and Saifuddin were up to? Aren’t we also aware that Megat Junid had been accused as the architect of one person’s fall from UMNO's grace?
This was what that bloke, the one who was then in charge of the nation, said of the UMNO thuggish disruption of Apcet II:
“Our mission was to stop the conference and we did just that.”
WAS TO STOP THE CONFERENCE
WE DID JUST THAT
He said that as acting Prime Minister. So you think he wasn't aware at all, or had no part in condoning, if not approving that shameful thuggery? In case you missed it, read this again "OUR MISSON ...", not 'their' or 'his' but "OUR MISSION".
And why was that allowed to happen where Malaysia’s good name was dragged down into the gutter, all for a foreign nation?
Was it because of someone’s solidarity with the ICMI?
But the lack of honour and lack of backbone had/have led to a convenient blaming of Dr Mahathir.