Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Do you feel secure with this security minister still in charge of security ?

The latest news has it that Deputy Minister for Internal Security Noh Omar has been publicly reprimanded by his boss PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who is also the Minister for Internal Security.

It is good that, at least, Noh Omar has been reminded that he is not the President of the Republic of PDRM, but just a deputy minister who is under the command of his immediate boss, PM Abdullah. He has also been reportedly called " an idiot" by one of his senior party comrades in the BBC News which is read by millions of people worldwide.

However, with due personal respect to PM Abdullah, I must also say that the reprimand is not sufficient to assuage public fear and anxiety about a man whose EQ has been shown to be extremely low and who is prone to emotional and bodoh sombong outburst still being retained as a deputy minister in political charge of one of the armed security services. My dossier on him has it that, on 29 October, 2003, Noh Omar, then the Parliamentary Secretary in the PM's Department, swaggered in the august House with terminologies of militant jihadism by calling DAP kafir habir (belligerent infidels) and MCA kafir zimmi (friendly infidels).

Of course, if I were still an Member of Parliament at that time, I would have thrown him a few books written by Professor Bernard Lewis such as What Weng Wrong? (London, Weidenfeld & Nocolson, 2002) and invited him for a debate to balance his mind.

We certainly need a cooler, more intelligent, tolerant, broadminded and mentally disciplined man to replace Noh Omar to serve as a better and more inspiring role model for the policemen and policewomen in our multiethnic and multireligious society, many of whom are still individually respected by the people.

Nora: they're " licensed gangsters "

Mereka gengster berlesen, kata bekas mangsa bogel
Malaysia Today November 30, 2005

Oleh Zulkifli Mohamed

BUKIT MERTAJAM: “Mereka tu umpama gengster berlesen,” demikian luahan seorang peniaga yang pernah menjadi mangsa deraan seksual ketika dalam lokap polis lima tahun lalu.

“Saya berkata begitu kerana laporan saya kepada pihak berkuasa tentang perbuatan yang tidak berperikemanusiaan itu langsung tidak diendahkan, anggota polis itu pun tidak dikenakan apa-apa tindakan,” demikian kata Norazimah Mohd Nor, 30, yang ditemui Malaysia Today, ketika sedang berniaga di rumah terbuka Aidil Fitri Datuk Seri Anwar dan Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah, di sini, Jumaat.

Lebih mendukacitakan, dakwanya Datuk Shahrizat Jalil, Menteri Pembangunan Wanita dan Keluarga pernah berkata itulah hukuman setimpal ke atasnya kerana menyokong gerakan reformasi.

Menurutnya, kejadian yang berlaku pada 4 November 2000 apabila dia ditahan polis ketika sedang menyiapkan gerai perniagaannya untuk ‘Perhimpunan 100,000 Rakyat di Kesas’ pada 5 November.“

Polis merampas semua barangan perniagaan, termasuk kad pengenalan dan telefon bimbit saya,” jelasnya yang lebih dikenali sebagai Nora.

Katanya pihak polis mendesaknya dan tidak berhenti menyoalnya kerana mahukan jawapan kenapa dia terlibat dalam gerakan reformasi.Kata Nora, kerana tidak berpuashati dengan penjelasannya pihak polis memaksanya berbogel dan melakukan tekan tubi.

“Saya dipaksa berbogel dan melakukan ‘pumping’ sebanyak sepuluh kali di atas pangkin di dalam lokap di depan tahanan lain,” jelasnya.Polis juga mengugut akan menarik balik rumah pangsa rakyat yang disewanya, tambahnya.

Menurut Nora, beliau tidak dapat menolak arahan polis walaupun perbuatan itu cukup memalukan dan menjatuhkan maruahnya sebagai wanita Islam.

Dia kemudiannya dibebaskan seminggu kemudian.

Berikutan itu dia membuat laporan dan memberi keterangan kepada Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (Suhakam), namun sehingga kini tiada perkembangan positif.

Menurut Nora, kejadian sama yang menimpa wanita warga China baru-baru ini, membuktikan bahawa kejadian seumpama itu sememangnya berlaku.

“Sewaktu saya dedahkan dulu, mereka tidak percaya sebab mereka kata saya reformis, tapi sekarang apabila berlaku kepada warga China barulah mereka percaya, ” jelasnya.

“Hanya mereka yang pernah melalui kezaliman polis ini akan merasainya, saya dapat rasakan apa yang dirasai warga China itu,” katanya.

Menurutnya jika kerajaan pimpinan Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi tidak bertegas dalam hal ini, perbuatan salahguna kuasa polis akan berulang lagi.

Cabinet should put a cork into his mouth

This Malaysia-Boleh bull in the China shop is causing damages to more and more expensive items and harms to shoppers and bystanders.

Which country should Cik Nora return to?

During the 2001 peaceful demonstration along the Kesas Highway, a Malaysian citizen and Reformasi activist Norashimah Mohd Noor or Nora was arrested by the police and ordered to strip naked. She still feels the police was zalim or cruel to her and others. So, which country should Cik Nora return to? Please ask this question to Deputy Minister for Internal Security Noh Omar who thinks that Malaysia is his family's private real estate.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Surely, it's time for PM Abdullah to " kill " a chicken (or two) now to warn the monkeys

The arrogance of a segment of the police and their lobbyists in an official media and the government has reached a popularly outrageous and politically subversive level.

By making public statements that contradict the clear position of the elected representatives as well as the PM and DPM, that segment of the police has subverted a foundational principle of modern society and polity: all armed security services are under the absolute command of the civilian authority.

The police lobbyists in the official media and government clearly attempt to nornalise abnormal behabiours, justify the unjutifiable and further embolden the rogue elements in the police force.

To ordinary people in the streets, there is now a strong impression that there are now two federal governments in Malaysia only one of which is headed by PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi representing the people, while the other is helmed by Deputy Minister for Internal Security, Noh Omar who publicly acts and speaks on behalf of the insolent segment of the police with utter contempt for domestic public opinion and to the great detriment of Malaysia's sensitively and discreetly balanced international relations.

Under our Constitution, the armed security services are not the Angkatan Bersenjata Republic Indonesia (ABRI) in the pre-Reformasi era when it was granted a political function under the doctrine of Dwifungsi (Dual Function). Indeed, that insolent segment of the our police is not unlike the decadent, corrupt, insolent and manipulative Roman Praetorian Guards who, through their collective self-image of being political king-makers, subverted and finally destroyed the foundation of civilian authority.

To restore the sovereignty and dignity of the people and defend the fundamental principle of civilian rule, it is time for PM Abdullah to "kill" a chicken or two now to warn the monkeys. Otherwise, while that insolent segment of the police continues to hold secretly comtemptous attitude toward the civilian government and helpless citizens, the people in the streets would also develope open contempt for both the civilian government and the entire police force.

These monkeys can only be disciplined by fear, not love.

It is not nice to the monkeys but good for our country as a whole.

Google " Noh Omar "

Deputy Miniter for Internal Security Noh Omar has become instantly " well-known" worldwide for his many utterances in defence of the police over the " naked ear-squat" scandal.

For those who want to know more about this man to write reports, or to talk about him in diplomatic cocktail parties or candle-night dinners with your boy/girlfriends, please google " Noh Omar" to link up the dots to build patterns of his political background and psychological profile as well as typical lines of his " reasoning".

Good luck. Enjoy googling and be grateful to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for building the Multimedia Super-Corridor (MSC).

When nakedness is honourable & heroic

A priceless French revolutionary painting Liberty Leading the People.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Where to buy those communist memoirs?

Before I proceed further, I think I have to answer the many emails sent to me which ask essentially one questions: where to buy the memoirs and other books written by CPM chairman Abdullah C.D. and central committee members Rashid Maidin, Suriani Abdullah and Abu Samah, which I have mentioned in this blog?

The answer is simple. Go to and order them online.

Or, you can contact my publisher friend Mr. Chong Ton Sin through Tel: 03-7957-8342 / 43 or HP: 016-3797231

Don't forget to buy a copy of my book From Pacific War to Merdeka (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2005) too.

The manuscript was read by USM's Professor Cheah Boon Kheng and the book was recommended by Monash University's Honorary Research Fellow Leon Comber to Singapore's academics and school teachers as well as war veterans from Singapore, Britain Australia and China at an international conference in Singapore last September to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the End of the Pacific War. I was there too as a panel speaker.

Bersama-sama kita menegakkan kebenaran. Selamat Membaca.

Anwar pulls big crowd on comeback trail

(Reuters) - Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim has burst back into the political fray after nearly six years in jail and political wilderness, drawing a crowd of 10,000 supporters at an election rally.

Banned from standing for parliament himself, the former deputy premier took the boldest step in his cautious political comeback late on Sunday with a speech backing Malaysia's fundamentalist Islamic party in a crucial state by-election.

"I'm getting back the motion, certainly it takes time," Anwar told reporters just before his hour-long speech at a football stadium in the northeastern state of Kelantan, where Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS) is fighting for its future in the by-election.

Wearing a silk batik shirt, he looked a bit out of place in a sea of long robes and white skull caps, but his criticism of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's Barisan Nasional coalition drew cheers from the crowd.

It was Anwar's first campaign speech since his September 2004 release from nearly six years in jail and the first time he had campaigned for PAS since joining politics with the main ruling party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), in 1982."There's talk about strong efforts by UMNO to prevent me from coming. Some cited the law, saying it could be contempt of court. But if I'm free, I have a voice," he told the crowd.

Anwar, once favorite to succeed former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, was sacked and then detained under security laws in 1998 after he split with Mahathir and led street marches. He was later jailed for corruption and sodomy, charges he said had been politically contrived to lock him away.

Last year, Anwar walked free when a court acquitted him of sodomy. He had already served time for the corruption charges but these convictions bar him from standing for office until 2008.A police official in Kelantan said Anwar had not broken any law with Sunday's speech, adding: "Of course, he cannot become a political party member as the law says".

The poll in the rural state seat of Pengkalan Pasir is the first since Prime Minister Abdullah won a thumping general election victory in early 2004 on his pledge to clean up corruption and cronyism.

It is also a test for PAS, which wants Malaysia to become an Islamic state but has been weakened by its poor showing in the general election.Abdullah's Barisan coalition wants to wrest Kelantan from PAS, which rules the state legislature with a two-seat majority. If Barisan wins the by-election, it could pressure PAS to call a state-wide election to seek a new mandate.

Privately, some Barisan officials fear Anwar's attacks could hurt the coalition in the Pengkalan Pasir by-election.On Sunday, Anwar told voters in Pengkalan Pasir, populated mainly by Muslim ethnic Malays, not to shun PAS, a party he once opposed, in the December 6 poll.

He also criticised the government's uphill fight against corruption and police brutality."The fact remains that corruption is more endemic now, is more rampant ...," he said.

Abdullah argues his anti-graft campaign is a long-term battle that is gaining traction. He cites some high-profile arrests, including a former minister, and suspensions from UMNO for party officials found guilty of internal vote-buying. (photo from Merdeka Review)

Another " standard operating procedure " ?!

Media statement by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP NGO Bureau Chief

While Malaysians in general are still recovering from the shocking MMS video clip taken on a stripped Asian girl, we now have a picture of an Anwar look-alike victim, thanks to some of the black sheep in the PDRM.

I was informed by businessman Datuk Lim Kean Siew yesterday afternoon that one of his workers, by the name of Ling Kong Seng, is now being locked up at the Kelana Jaya police station, PJ for no reasons since November 20.He told me over the phone that Ling, 51, was seen seriously injured when he was brought to the sessions court in PJ according to one of his directors who was present at the courts.

True enough. When we were allowed by ASP Ranjit Singh to see him at the Kelana Jaya police station at 5pm on the very same day, we could see with our own eyes that Ling is in a very bad shape. His head was broken and his right eye was swollen with a black patch.

He was a picture of fear, still shivering and unable to tell his story despite of our assurance that he would not be assaulted anymore. When we sensed that Ling was too afraid to speak up, human rights lawyer Udaya Kumar requested that we could speak to him without the presence of any police officers.

But the request was turned down by Ranjit.After much persuasion and assurance, we only know from Ling that he was arrested by 3 policemen somewhere near his work site (where he worked as a security guard) on 20 November. He said he was sent to the Universiti Hospital by the Kelana Jaya police. He was not sure how many stitches were done by the doctor for his broken head.Ling will be brought to the PJ sessions court on Monday, 28 Nov 2005.

We will demand for his immediate release and we will certain get to the bottom of the matters to prevent more police abuses in lockups. At the rate is going, no one is safe in Malaysia.

DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was summoned by the PJ police today for a statement. The police now wanted to know the source of the 20-seconds video clip. But they should really spend the precious time to look for the culprits who had forced the Asian girl to strip completely and punished her with the “ear-squat”.

Many days have passed and we have yet to hear any actions from the police.Home Minister Azmi Khalid has asked the girl to come forward and protection will be given to her by the police. We believe this is not necessary as the PJ police should have all the records of the girl, including her identity, address and contact.

They should also have kept the record of all police personnel on duty on the very day, including those who involved in the arrest and the investigation of the case in question.According to former Home Minister Chor Chee Heung, one Malaysian died in police custody in every two weeks (NST 15 October 2002). More have died in 2003 and 2004.

There is a drop in 2005 but the figure is still alarmingly high.It’s high time for all lock-ups to be equipped with CCTV, as suggested by DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng. Other measures should also be installed to prevent abuses in lock-ups.

It’s high time for the Cabinet to implement all the 125 recommendations made by the Royal Commission of Inquiry on police misconduct and mismanagement. It’s also high time for the Abdullah administration to set up the IPCMC proposed by the same Commission.

What about our fellow Malaysians like Nora?

PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has reportedly offered apology to China for the police torture and maltreatment of its nationals in Malaysia. If it is true, it reflects PM Abdullah's understanding of the ABC of modern international relations.

However, Parti KeADILan Rakyat's vice-president Dr. Lee Boon Chye (bottom) has also raised a very pertinent point. The Ipoh heart specialist recalls in a Chinese-language statement that some Reformasi supporters, like our friend and fellow Malaysian Cik Nora (top), who were arrested by the police during the 10,000-strong peaceful demonstration along the Kesas Highway in November 2001 were also stripped naked by police personnel and humiliated.

The questions here are obvious: foreign nationals in Malaysia enjoy the protection of their governments as a matter of national dignity and also international law, but what about ordinary Malaysians like Cik Nona?

Do we enjoy the effective protection of our own government when we are maltreated or our human rights and dignity are violated by some psychopaths, saddists and sex maniacs in the security units.

Logding police reports to investigate police abuses of power? Don't make me laugh, dudes.

Has the government apologised to hundreds of makcik-makcik, pakcik-pakcik and adik-adik who were sprayed with chemicals and tear-gas by riot police at the National Mosque or along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman or Lorong Haji Taib in the 1998-2000 series of peaceful protests?

Nora, thank you for giving me permission to use your photograph. You look cooooooooool ...

A Christian introspection

" First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists but I was not one of them, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews but I was not Jewish so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me. "

Rev. Martin Niemoeller (1892-1984)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Psychology of torture - a BBC study

Why not everyone is a torturer
By Stephen Reicher and Alex Haslam

So groups of people in positions of unaccountable power naturally resort to violence, do they? Not according to research conducted in a BBC experiment.

The photographs from Abu Ghraib prison showing Americans abusing Iraqi prisoners make us recoil and lead us to distance ourselves from their horror and brutality. Surely those who commit such acts are not like us? Surely the perpetrators must be twisted or disturbed in some way? They must be monsters. We ourselves would never condone or contribute to such events.

Sadly, 50 years of social psychological research indicates that such comforting thoughts are deluded. A series of major studies have shown that even well-adjusted people, when divided into groups and placed in competition against each other, can become abusive and violent.

Most notoriously, the 1971 Stanford prison experiment, conducted by Philip Zimbardo and colleagues, seemingly showed that young students who were assigned to the role of guard quickly became sadistically abusive to the students assigned to the role of prisoners.

Combined with lessons from history, the disturbing implication of such research is that evil is not the preserve of a small minority of exceptional individuals. We all have the capacity to behave in evil ways. This idea was famously developed by Hannah Arendt whose observations of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, led her to remark that what was most frightening was just how mild and ordinary he looked. His evil was disarmingly banal.

In order to explain events in Iraq, one might go further and conclude that the torturers were victims of circumstances, that they lost their moral compass in the group and did things they would normally abhor. Indeed, using Zimbardo's findings as evidence, this is precisely what some people do conclude. But this is bad psychology and it is bad ethics.

It is bad psychology because it suggests we can explain human behaviour without needing to scrutinize the wider culture in which it is located. It is bad ethics because it absolves everyone from any responsibility for events - the perpetrators, ourselves as constituents of the wider society, and the leaders of that society.

In the situation of Abu Ghraib, some reports have indicated that the guards were following orders from intelligence officers and interrogators in order to soften up the prisoners for interrogation.

If that is true, then clearly the culture in which these soldiers were immersed was one in which they were encouraged to see and treat Iraqis as subhuman. Other army units almost certainly had a very different culture and this provides a second explanation of why some people in some units may have tortured, but others did not.

Grotesque fun

Perhaps the best evidence that such factors were at play is the fact that the pictures were taken at all. Reminiscent of the postcards that lynch mobs circulated to advertise their activities, the torture was done proudly and with a grotesque sense of fun.

Those in the photos wanted others to know what they had done, presumably believing that the audience would approve. This sense of approval is very important, since there is ample evidence that people are more likely to act on any inclinations to behave in obnoxious ways when they sense - correctly or incorrectly - that they have broader support.

So where did the soldiers in Iraq get that sense from? This takes us to a critical influence on group behaviour: leadership. In the studies, leadership - the way in which experimenters either overtly or tacitly endorsed particular forms of action - was crucial to the way participants behaved.

Thus one reason why the guards in our own research for the BBC did not behave as brutally as those in the Stanford study, was that we did not instruct them to behave in this way.

Zimbardo, in contrast, told his participants: "You can create in the prisoners feelings of boredom, a sense of fear to some degree, you can create a notion of arbitrariness that their life is totally controlled by us, by the system, you, me - and they'll have no privacy.... In general what all this leads to is a sense of powerlessness".

Officers' messages

In light of this point it is interesting to ask what messages were being provided by fellow and, more critically, senior officers in the units where torture took place? Did those who didn't approve fail to speak out for fear of being seen as weak or disloyal? Did senior officers who knew what was going on turn a blind eye or else simply file away reports of misbehaviour?

All these things happened after the My Lai massacre, and in many ways the responses to an atrocity tell us most about how it can happen in the first place. They tell us how murderers and torturers can begin to believe that they will not be held to account for what they do, or even that their actions are something praiseworthy. The more they perceive that torture has the thumbs up, the more they will give it a thumbs up themselves.

So how do we prevent these kinds of episodes? One answer is to ensure that people are always made aware of their other moral commitments and their accountability to others. Whatever the pressures within their military group, their ties to others must never be broken. Total and secret institutions, where people are isolated from contact with all others are breeding grounds for atrocity. Similarly, there are great dangers in contracting out security functions to private contractors which lack fully developed structures of public accountability.

Power vacuum

Another answer is to look at the culture of our institutions and the role of leaders in framing that culture. Bad leadership can permit torture in two ways. Sometimes leaders can actively promote oppressive values. This is akin to what happened in Zimbardo's study and may be the case in certain military intelligence units. But sometimes leaders can simply fail to promote anything and hence create a vacuum of power.

Our own findings indicated that where such a vacuum exists, people are more likely to accept any clear line of action which is vigorously proposed. Often, then, tyranny follows from powerlessness rather than power. In either case, the failure of leaders to champion clear humane and democratic values is part of the problem.

But it is not enough to consider leadership in the military. One must look more widely at the messages and the values provided in the community at large. That means that we must address the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment in our society. A culture where we have got used to pictures of Iraqi prisoners semi-naked, chained and humiliated can create a climate in which torturers see themselves as heroes rather than villains.

Again, for such a culture to thrive it is not necessary for everyone to embrace such sentiments, it is sufficient simply for those who would oppose them to feel muted and out-of-step with societal norms.

Leaders' language

And we must also look at political leadership. When administration officials talk about cleaning out "rats' nests" of Iraqi dissidents, it likens Iraqis to vermin. Note, for example, that just before the Rwandan genocide, Hutu extremists started referring to Tutsi's as "cockroaches".

Such use of language again creates a climate in which perpetrators of atrocity can maintain the illusion that they are nobly doing what others know must be done. The torturers in Iraq may or may not have been following direct orders from their leaders, but they were almost certainly allowed to feel that they were behaving as good followers.

So if we want to understand why torture occurs, it is important to consider the psychology of individuals, of groups, and of society. Groups do indeed affect the behaviour of individuals and can lead them to do things they never anticipated. But how any given group affects our behaviour depends upon the norms and values of that specific group.

Evil can become banal, but so can humanism. The choice is not denied to us by human nature but rests in our own hands. Hence, we need a psychological analysis that addresses the values and beliefs that we, our institutions, and our leaders promote. These create the conditions in which would-be torturers feel either emboldened or unable to act.

We need an analysis that makes us accept rather than avoid our responsibilities. Above all, we need a psychology which does not distance us from torture but which requires us to look closely at the ways in which we and those who lead us are implicated in a society which makes barbarity possible.

(Alex Haslam is a professor of psychology at University of Exeter and editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology. Stephen Reicher is a professor of psychology at University of St Andrews, past editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.)

Story from BBC News at
Published: 2004/05/10 12:57:59 GMT© BBC MMV

Those SOBs tortured Muslims too

Reading the news about how the Chinese lady who were being humiliated in a police lockup, I cannot help but feel that a segment of our police forces have become dangerous psychopaths and sex-maniacs either as the results of individual kurang ajar, or collective and formal 'national security' indoctrination over a long period time.

Although the investigation of the scandal must leave no stone unturned and the culprit be severely punished, I must also say that worse cases happened before. I have a strong impression that torture has been 'normalised' by forgetful people who are intellectually unable to connect dots and build lines or patterns.

The affidavit of Dr. Munawar Anee, a Pakistani-American Muslim intellectual who was former PM Anwar Ibrahim's speech writer should be read again and again for our psychologists and psychiatrists to probe into the hearts and minds of those SOBs and/or their instructors, trainers and/or political masterminds.

The affidavit gives psychological pictures or profiles of a group of state-sanctioned bodoh sombong and psychopathetic SOBs who were indoctrinated to enjoy humiliating and torturing people as their 'professional jobs' and ' patriotic duties'.

Elements of individual megalomania and narcissism can also be clearly detected.

German journalist Joachim C. Fest's The Face of the Third Reich (London, Penguin, 1979) should be read by Malaysians to penetrate into the hearts and minds of these SOBs in our midst and their social psychology.

Dr. Munawar Anee affidavit is still available at:

Anwar slams police

Sunday, November 27, 2005

(AFP) - Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday criticised the police as "shameful" over an incident in which a naked female detainee was forced to perform squats in police custody.

"It is a shameful act. You (the police) have destroyed her life," an angry Anwar told reporters.

The video clip of a naked woman prisoner, apparently of Chinese ethnicity, doing squats while a policewoman with a headscarf watched was in the front page of major newspapers Friday.

Anwar, himself a victim of police brutality in 1998 when he was detained, said he did not think the government was serious about punishing the perpetrators.

"You cannot expect justice from this administration," he said, adding "it is blatantly corrupt and morally decadent."

Anwar is now a visiting professor in the United States and advisor to the opposition Peoples Justice Party led by his wife Wan Azziah Wan Ismail.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also internal security minister, in-charge of the police, vowed there would be no cover-up.

"There should be no cover-up at all. I don't want anybody to hide the bare facts obtained fron the investigations," he was quoted as saying by New Straits Times newspaper.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan said a swift investigation would be carried out and it could be completed by Monday.The video clip surfaced after four Chinese nationals were detained in a local police station early this month for allegedly holding false travel documents.

They had complained that they were made to strip and perform squats during their detention but all have denied being the naked woman in the video.Home Affairs Minister Azmi Khalid said Thursday that he had been instructed by Abdullah to make a visit to China to explain that its nationals are not being targeted by enforcement officials.

A major Malaysian resort in July was forced to apologise to hundreds of Chinese tourists after rude behaviour by its staff. More than 300 China tourists staged a six-hour sit-in in protest over pig drawings that staff had sketched on their room key dockets.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

X'mas carols

As I said in an earlier entry, X'mas is not for mindless shopping and hedonistic partying, or capitalist promotion of goods and services, or any politicians' public relations or propaganda exercises. Also, Jesus was certainly not a white British or American or European but a Middle Eastern Jew whose messages of Faith, Hope and Love are offered for all mankind.

Christmas is the day for Christians to remember the birth of Lord Jesus Christ (or Yesus Kristus or Nabi Isa) and all its meanings and messages of Faith, Hope and Love.

The true spirit of the celebration is more or less reflected in the five traditional or classical X'mas carols I have just hyperlinked in my blog. I hope you and your children love and enjoy these X'mas carols.


Blogging does work wonders. Thanks to Jeff Ooi's free and very charitable advert, my blog Freedom in Solidarity has attracted the attention of a long 'lost' childhood friend of mine.

Alice Chew from Perth emailed me two days ago and asked me whether I still remember her. I certainly do because we were very close in those good old days when we were often paired together to perform singing in campfire nights. We also often cycled to Ipoh's Old Town on Saturday mornings to enjoy Uncle Raju's Mee Rebus before we turned back to the Zhong San Cinema on the bank of Kinta River and sat at the kaki lima of the building to read the expensive story books bought for her by her wealthy parents.

She reminded me of the old-time American folk songs we used to sing together in many starry campfire nights like Shenandoah, Red River Valley, Old Black Joe and Oh! Susanna. She said she heard about my election as a MP in 1990 but found no means of contacting me. She said she would be coming back to Ipoh to spend her Chinese New Year for the first time in 20 years.

Welcome home, Alice.

Children of all races play together too ...

All these Malay and Chinese adik-adik enjoyed themselves too in Anwar's house, while their ibu-bapa, abang and kakak talked politics and more serious things in life.

In those more stirring days of Reformasi, this spot was packed with adults, who gathered from all over the country in the collective defence of human rights, digity and freedom against a force-backed fraud.

National unity in Anwar's open house

People of all races from all walks of life gathered and talked to each other in Anwar Ibrahim's Hari Raya open house.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Anwar Ibrahim and Dr. Wan Azizah welcoming their guests of all races from all walks of life.

Anwar's Hari Raya open house in KL, 2005

I just came back from former PM Anwar Ibrahim's Hari Raya open house held in Kuala Lumpur.

It is certain that the man still has many friends, well-wishers and supporters among Malaysians of all races as well as foreigners.

From those who have been following the political development in the past seven years like me, it is clear that all the black propaganda operations that tried to de-humanise, isolate and ostracize him have failed miserably.

I still remember Anwar was public insinuated as a Western or American "agent" in the Umno-contolled Malay and English media, and Muslim or Malay " extremists" on the non-Malay side.

At one point, he was alleged to be linked to "terrorist networks" in the United States.

Of course, it is now clear that all these insinuations and allegations are pure nonsense and bull**** churned out by orang yang bukan-bukan from their over-imaginative and hatred-filled minds.

Three cheers for the pathetic defeat of the stupid and moronic black propaganda operations.

Friday, November 25, 2005

The Phantom of the Opera ...

But when I feel a bit depressed, I turn to The Phantom of the Opera as I always enjoy Christine's passionate and stirring voice.

Farewell to Makcik Salamah Abdullah

Not too long after I came back to Kuala Lumpur, I read in a public condolence message in a Chinese-language newspaper that Pak Rashid Maidin's dear wife, Makcik Salamah Abdullah had passed away at the age of 76 on 26 March in Haadyai. I felt terribly sad because it was only two month ago that we met and befriended with each other in Ban Chulabhorn 12, Sukhirin, south Thailand.

She was buried in a Muslim cemetary at Kampong Chulabhorn 11 in Yala in full accordance to Islamic tradition on the same day.

Salamah was born Cao Qi Zhu(曹启竹) into a poor Chinese working-class family in Perlis. After the colonial authorities declared ‘Emergency’ on June 20, 1948, one of her elder brothers took up arms and joined the anti-colonial armed struggle.

Soon, Salamah followed his footstep as her parents and other siblings were banished to China.

In 1959, she married Rashid Maidin. Rashid’s first marriage was in 1938 in Gopeng but his detention by the colonial authorities in July 1948 and subsequent escape in 1952 separated him from his first wife and four children.

Salamah and Rashid have a grown-up daughter who still lives in Thailand

As a member of the armed unit of Communist Party of Malaya, Salamah mastered the Malay language and Islam to the extent that she was assigned to organise Malay Muslims in northern Peninsular Malaysia.

She also learnt first-aid as well as Chinese acupuncture and provided para-medical services to those in her armed unit and civilian supporters.

Salamah only reunited with her parents and siblings 40 years later when she visited China after the signing of the 1989 Peace Accords between Communist Party of Malaya and the governments of Malaysia and Thailand.

Makcik, rest in peace.

A prayer for their future

Just before I left, these adik-adik came to bid abang ini farewell asking me to visit them and to join them for another round of bicycle-riding session again. I promised them to bring more chocolate bars if and when I come back. I pray they would study hard like all pakcik-pakcik and makcik-makcik tried to do when they were young in colonial Malaya. I also hope that when they have grown up, especially after becoming educated, rich, powerful and famous, they would never forget the the immense sacrifices our tok-tok, nenek-nenek and ibu-bapa made to bring us independence and peace with honour, dignity, self-respect and self-esteem.

Specifically, I hope they would forever remember that it was right and honourable for our tok-tok, nenek-nenek and ibu-bapa to fight colonialism, imperialism and fascism even though they were not rewarded with offices in the Cabinet, Parliament, State Assemblies or State Exco, or conferred royal titles or given Approved Permits to import luxurious foreign cars. They were not 'terrorists' but real fighters for true Merdeka for everyone of us.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Cross-checking, verifying facts ...

Next morning, we continued conversations cross-checking and verifying some facts or purported facts found in some books about them and the Communist Party of Malaya.

Of course, we used Bahasa Malaysia to communicate.

The only problem was that I spoke too fast while the old men had difficulties in hearing because of thier advanced age.

A struggle that transcends race, religion

After the conclusion of the 1989 Peace Accords, CPM secretary-general Chin Peng visited Abu Samah's base in southern Thailand. This photograph shows Abu Samah, still in military uniform, welcoming an old friend and comrade in the common struggle against Japanese occupation and British re-colonisation.

Pak Abu Samah's memoirs

Pak Abu Samah enjoys the distinction of being the first top communist leader who published memoirs. He did it as early as 1996, seven years before his comrade Chin Peng released Alias Chin Peng: My Side of History in Singapore.

Abu Samah's memoirs, titled Sejarah Dan Perjuangan Kemerdekaan was published in Hong Kong. However, the Chinese translation was done and published here in Malaysia.

I have an autographed copy of Sejarah Dan Perjuangan Kemerdekaan. I have also recommended the Chinese edition to the Chinese community for them to understand more deeply the history of this land.

It is a very useful book to provide a truly alternative account of the struggle for Merdeka from a war veteran's perspective. Both the Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese editions of Sejarah Dan Perjuangan Kemerdekaan are still available. If you cannot get it in bookshops, feel free to call another publisher friend of mine Mr. Chong at 016-3797231 or visit Kinibook Online.

One more true fighter for Merdeka

Abu Samah joined the 6th Independent Regiment of the Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) in western Pahang in 1945. After the war, he was a founding member of UMNO and became the chief of Umno Youth branch in Semantan, near Temerloh. But, after he became frustrated with British repression, he joined the Communist Party of Malaya in March, 1948. After the proclamation of the 'Emergency', Abu Samah led his supporters and followers to take up arms and joined the 10th Regiment of the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA).

Pak Abu Samah comes in ...

While I was interviewing Pak Rashid (right), Pak Abu Samah (left) came in from his house next door to say hello to me.

Abu Samah bin Mohamad Kassim, 80, was sent to the Sabak Beach in Kota Baru, Kelantan as a 14-year old child soldier on 7/8 December, 1941 to defend Malaya from the first assault mounted by Japanese troops. So, he is our Pearl-Harbour class of veteran.

However, like so many other true, not tiruan, war veterans in our country, he lives in Thailand and published his memoirs Sejarah Dan Perjuangan Kemerdekaan (Nan Dao, 1996) in Hong Kong. What a bloody shame.

Abu Samah had a very interesting life before and you can read about it in my new book From Pacific War to Merdeka (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2005) or his own memoirs Sejarah Dan Perjuangan Kemerdekaan which is also available in Chinese.

CPM chairman's memoirs (first part only)

Buy and read this first part of Abdullah CD's memoirs Zaman Pergerakan Sehingga 1948 (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2005) to understand the history more accurately from another real fighter of Merdeka, not orang yang bukan-bukan or yang bodoh sombong.

The Nation cannot live in stupid falsehood and moronic propaganda forever. Truth must prevail.

Cooler than Che Guevara

After a brief period of peace and open struggle for Merdeka, the colonial authority declared the 'Emergency' to suppress not only the Communist Party of Malaya but also many progressive trade unions, Malay youth, women, peasants' and intellectual groups in its attempt to preserve its economic, strategic and political interests in Malaya.

Hundreds of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Orang Asli and other were forced to take up arms to answer the repression and continue the struggle for Merdeka.

After being detained for a while, Abdullah CD escaped into the jungle in central Pahang. On May 21, 1949, the all-Malay 10th Regiment of the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA) was formed under the political leadership of the Communist Party of Malaya. Rashid Maidin who also escaped from his detention in Malacca later joined the 10th Regiment after he was saved by a 12-year old Chinese cowherd.

This photograph shows the young Abdullah CD in the full military uniform of MNLA in the jungle in the early months of the 'Emergency'.

Malayan Spring

In the period between the aftermath of Japanese surrender and the 1948 proclamation of 'Emergency', the Communist Party of Malaya operated openly and publicly with offices set up in Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Singapore.

This is a very rare photograph of the open office of CPM in Kuala Lumpur. The area was called Foch Avenue and is now Jalan Tun Cheng Lok. It is somwhere near the Petaling Street.

Abdullah C.D., Suriani remember R.G. Balan

When I met them, both Abdullah CD and Suriani Abdullah remembered well one of their Indian comrades R.G. Balan who worked underground in Tapah-Kampar area as a Communist Party of Malaya's Tamil publicist during Japanese occupation. After the war, R.G. Balan became a labour organiser until he was detained without trial by the colonial authority on 30 May, 1948 and not released until 1961.

In 1955, while he was under detention, R.G. Balan was appointed a vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Malaya. They first met R.G. Balan in Ipoh immediately after the war had ended and when most of the underground party members emerged as victors of the Pacific War in Malaya.

Two young communists fell in love ...

It was in 1945-1948 period that the young and handsome Pak Abdullah CD befriended this equally young and pretty communist girl Miss Eng Ming Ching who fought the Japanese with real pistol in Tanjong Tualang and was arrested and tortured in Ipoh until the Liberation.

They first met in Ipoh after Imperial Japan was defeated and all the underground people emerged from hills and jungles.

They married later in 1955.

This young and pretty communist girl is now Makcik Suriani Abdullah.

A young, handsome Malay communist

This was how Pak Abdullah CD looked like in 1947 as a young communist working openly to forge a multiethnic united front to fight for Merdeka! for everyone irrespective of race and religion when the slogan of the newly founded Umno was still the very narrow-minded Hidup Melayu!

Meeting the communist chairman

In Ban Chulabhorn 12, I also met the Chairman of the Communist Party of Malaya and the husband of Suriani Abdullah (Eng Ming Ching), Cik Dat bin Anjang Abdullah. He is popularly known as Abdullah CD.

Born In October, 1923 in Perak's Lambor Kiri which is under the Parit District, Pak Abdullah studied in both Malay and English schools before he joined the first Malay anti-colonial nationalist organisation Kesatuan Melayu Muda (KMM). During Japanese occupation, he organised and operated a 100-strong Malay guerilla forces, in close collaboration with the communists, resisting and fighting the fascists along the Perak River.

His sister Kamariah also worked for the anti-Japanese united front.

Pak Abdullah joined the Communist Party of Malaya, together with his friend Seman, in May 1945 in his kampong in Lambor Kiri. He still remembers, at that time, there were already Malay members and cadres of the Communist Party of Malaya he had already known like Rashid Maidin, Baharuddin Tahir, Osman, Mokhtaruddin, Khatijah Ali, Harun, Zulkifri Auni and Arshad Ashaari.

He has written many books on the history of the anti-colonial movements and activities. When came to history, he spoke like a professor. Pak Abdullah is also one of the three signatories to the 1989 Peace Accords.

Merdeka history in new light

Abdullah CD - CPM's Malay front

A real fighter for Merdeka

Now, Rashid Maidin, 88, lives in southern Thailand with a clear conscience and self-assured sense of his place in the true history of the struggle for Merdeka.

Pak Rashid relaxes ...

He is reading newspapers in a very relaxed manner .... and probably laughing with benign contempt at some 'berita' or 'komentar' yang bukan-bukan or yang bodoh sombong.

Pak Rashid in his no-nonsense moment

Although Pak Rashid was born into a very poor family in colonial Malaya when there was no New Economic Policy, he struggled hard for self-improvement and to make himself a fuller man.

While working as child labouerer, he learnt English from a Mat Salleh Christian missionary in Tapah and then through a Jakarta-based distance learning programme. He also mastered enough Chinese to socialise with his Chinese fellow workers in tin-mines and underground comrades.

Of course, he later learnt to play violin.

His knowledge and skills of electrical works were recognised by certificate he obtained after passing examination in Ipoh.

Besides representing the Communist Party of Malaya at the 1955 Peace Talk, Pak Rashid also went to London with fellow communist Wu Tien Wang and R.G. Balan in 1947 to attend the British Empire Communist Parties' Conference. He is also a signatory to the 1989 Peace Accords between the Communist Party of Malaya and the Government of Malaysia.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Pak Rashid's memoirs

I am glad that Pak Rashid has published his memoirs Daripada Perjuangan Bersenjata Kepada Perdamaian (Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2005).

This book, like Alias Chin Peng: My Side of History (Singapore, Media Masters, 2003), will certainly contribute to more balanced and accurate understanding of our country's history and the struggle for Merdeka.