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17-01-2003, 08:16 PM
12:35pm Fri Jan 17th, 2003

<FONT SIZE="+1">Umno Youth lodges report against malaysiakini</FONT>
YS Tong

Umno Youth today lodged a police report against popular online daily malaysiakini over a letter which was published on the website on Jan 9.

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/mugshot/azimi%20daim.jpg" align="left">The movement’s information chief Azimi Daim (photo) filed the complaint at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters at 11.15am, accompanied by several Umno Youth supporters.

According to the report, the letter titled <a href="http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/200301090033726.php"target="new">‘Similarities between “new Americans” and bumiputera’</a> contained seditious remarks that could create chaos in the country.

Azimi told a press conference later that the letter, by making false accusations as well as questioning the Malay special rights, could instill hatred towards the government in non-Malay Malaysians.

“The letter falsely accused the government of ignoring the benefits of orang asli (indigenous people) and said allowances and medical care are only given to those who become Muslims.

“It also implied that Malays are the cause of poverty among Indians as Malay businessmen were said to have bought plantations for project development,” he said.

Azimi said Malay special rights have been provided for under Article 153 of the Federal Constitution and should not be questioned.

He said the letter was also malicious for having likened Umno Youth to the Ku Klux Klan in America “which was ready to kill other races”.

Censor offensive materials

Azimi urged the Home Affairs Ministry to monitor closely content on the Internet and take action against malaysiakini or any other website that publishes materials which are detrimental to national interests.

He also hoped that news websites and media organisations will be more responsible when disseminating information.

“If they fail to censor offensive materials which are unfit for publication, the authorities should then investigate and act on them,” he said.

<img src="http://www.malaysiakini.com/imagebank/mugshot/steven%20gan.jpg" align="left">Malaysiakini editor Steven Gan (photo) said that the online daily’s policy with regard to the letters forum is to encourage free and open discussion on controversial issues.

“But that does not mean we publish letters without due care. We exercise a strict selective process in which letters that are considered personal attacks or those which could possibly breach existing laws are left out,” he said.

“We believe that the said letter did not carry any seditious remarks that could incite racial violence, but was based on a factual comparative study.”

Today’s police report is the third made against malaysiakini since its launch three years ago.

In March 2001, Selangor police lodged a report against the news website for quoting the opposition that the death toll from the Petaling Jaya Selatan racial clashes could be higher than the official count of six.

In July the same year, a university student leader filed a report claiming that a letter published on malaysiakini bearing his name was not written by him.


17-01-2003, 08:22 PM
7:02pm Fri Jan 17th, 2003

<FONT SIZE="+1">Focus on more pressing wrongs than harmless letter</FONT>

I refer to the article <A HREF="http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200301170018930.php"TARGET="NEW">Umno Youth lodges police report against malaysiakini</A>.

It is common knowledge at home and abroad that there are many pressing issues confronting the nation — corruption, cronyism, lack of transparency, wastage of public money, billion-ringgit scandals, questionable projects — but Umno Youth have explicitly kept silent on all these issues.

Instead, Umno Youth have found it fit to lodge a police report against popular and award-winning malaysiakini for publishing a letter.

I sincerely doubt such comments in that letter will undermine the stability of the nation.

What I am more afraid of is the attempt by opportunistic politicians capitalising on the issue under the guise that it will "create chaos in the country" for their own political agenda.

I am sure most Malaysians are built of stronger stuff than that perceived by Umno Youth to put on war paints just because they found the letter disagreeable.

It is a crying shame when politically ambitious young men and women, instead of really working at the grassroots like our founding fathers and by the shining examples laid done by our Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, prefer to catapult themselves politically by shamefully highlighting irrelevant issues for private and personal gain.

Perhaps, there should be new penal provisions for such acts of political power play — what say Dr Rais Yatim?

Dr Jacob George
Subang Jaya


17-01-2003, 08:29 PM

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19-01-2003, 08:34 AM
Sunday, January 19, 2003

<font size="+1">Ministry cannot stop Malaysiakini from publishing article</font>

ALOR STAR Jan 18 - The Home Ministry does not have the right to stop Malaysiakini.com or anyone from publishing their articles or views on the Internet, deputy minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said Saturday.

This was because those wishing to run news portals on the Internet were not required to get a licence from the ministry, he said.

"If anyone is aggrieved or offended by news published over the Internet, they can lodge a police report and we will investigate," he told reporters, here.

...Chor suggested that UMNO Youth send a copy of the police report to the ministry for investigation.

He also advised Malaysiakini.com to publish articles that are fair and just and not to use the Internet to serve the ends of certain parties.

He said all media should play a positive role in nation building and not ignore national integration just to attract readers.


19-01-2003, 08:36 AM
Ahad, 19 Januari 2003

<font size="+1">Polis akan panggil pengurusan laman web Malaysiakini</font>

KUALA LUMPUR 18 Jan. - Polis akan memanggil pihak pengurusan laman web Malaysiakini bagi menyiasat dakwaan menyiarkan artikel yang berbau hasutan dan boleh menimbulkan ketegangan kaum.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Norian Mai berkata, polis telah menerima laporan yang dibuat oleh Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO itu semalam dan siasatan sewajarnya akan dibuat.