25 July, 2007

RPK - You Will Never Walk Alone !

The road is long, with many a winding turn
That lead us to who knows where, who knows where?
But I’m strong, strong enough to carry you
You ain’t heavy - you’re my brother
So on we go, your welfare is my concern
no burden are you to bear, we’ll get there
For I know you would not encumber me
You ain’t heavy - you’re my brother
If I’m leaving at all, I’m leaving with sadness
that everyone’s heart isn’t filled with the gladness
of love for one another.
It’s a long, long road, from which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there, why not share?
And the load doesn’t way me down at all
You ain’t heavy - you’re my brother

- Haris Ibrahim, The People’s Parliament

Raja Petra summoned to Dang Wangi 11.00am today

Malaysia Today

Raja Petra Kamarudin has been summoned to the Dang Wangi Police Station, Jalan Staduim, at 11.00am today (25 July 2007) for his statement to be recorded with regards to the police report made by the Umno Information Chief. It is believed a second police report has also been made with regards to the article Raja Petra wrote called ‘See you in hell Muhamad son of Muhamad’.

Meanwhile, Raja Petra Kamarudin has expressed his ‘thanks’ to Umno for the millions of hits that his website Malaysia Today has received over the past two days.

The Malaysia Today webmaster cheekily said the number of visitors to his website have doubled since a police report was lodged against him. (Malaysiakini)

Police summoned a Malaysian political writer for interrogation Wednesday over Web articles lambasting the government, after a minister warned that bloggers could be jailed without trial for writing recklessly about sensitive matters such as religion.

Raja Petra Kamarudin, who runs the independent news site Malaysia Today, was told to surrender to police after the ruling United Malays National organisation filed a complaint Monday claiming his articles mocked Islam and threatened racial harmony in this multiethnic, mostly Muslim nation, said opposition activist Ronnie Liu.

The party, which helms Malaysia's governing coalition, urged police to act against Raja Petra, who is known for frequently slamming Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and other prominent figures over issues including alleged corruption and cronyism.

Police officials and Raja Petra could not immediately be contacted. On Monday, Raja Petra said he would "fight back on the Internet," claiming the government wants to shut his popular website and have him arrested.

Many leading Malaysian websites and blogs offer political commentaries that sometimes slam government policies, prompting calls from officials for tighter controls. Political parties in Abdullah's government coalition control much of Malaysia's traditional media.

Malaysia's de facto law minister, Nazri Abdul Aziz, said late Tuesday the government was drafting new laws for bloggers and would not hesitate to use existing regulations such as the Internal Security Act _ which allows for detention without trial _ against bloggers who insult Islam or stir sensitive topics, the national news agency Bernama reported.

"I want to issue a warning that the time has come for us to take action against them," Bernama quoted Nazri as saying. "This is not aimed at eliminating the freedom of speech but to wipe out the freedom to cheat, defame and hurt people, so that blogs can really be a source of correct information ... (and) not a platform to hurl abuses at people."

Worries about online freedom mounted after officials earlier this month said they were probing Tian Chua, an opposition politician, for possible slander after he posted a fake photo on his blog linking Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak to a high-profile murder.

Separately, a Malaysian blogger, Nathaniel Tan, was held by police for five days last week over comments posted on his website linking a deputy minister to corruption. Tan claimed his detention was meant to strike fear among government critics.

Raja Petra is expected to be investigated for sedition, which carries a maximum prison term of three years and a fine for offenders.

Umno Youth Hails Action Against Errant Bloggers

The Umno Youth movement said it fully supports the government's move to act against webmasters and bloggers who flouted the law and belittled the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Its Economic Bureau chief Datuk Reezal Merican Naina Merican said although they were free to voice their opinions, they should do so responsibly.

"Those found guilty of insulting the king must be brought to justice," he said.

Citizens In Solidarity with Raja Petra and Freedom of Speech !

To: The Government of Malaysia

Citizens In Solidarity with Raja Petra and Freedom of Speech !

Bloggers United ! Malaysian Citizens United ! Supporters of Freedom of Speech United !

We, hereby, Malaysian Citizens, the Boss of the Malaysian Government demand to be given the Freedom of Speech and Discussion.

We call for the government to respect the Malaysian Constitution in Freedom of Speech.

We protest against the formation of similar draconian, non-transparent, oppressive acts that undermine the freedom of the cyberspace such as certain sections of ISA, OSA, SA, UUCA and PPPA.

We protest the action against Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who is one of the Top 20 Asian Progressive, a Towering Malay Malaysian. We, Malaysian Citizens see it as a way government to clampdown on bloggers, cyberspace and freedom of speech !


We do not find any writings of Raja Petra Kamaruddin offensive. We protest any potential attempts to close down Malaysia Today, an avenue for freedom of speech !

We call the Malaysian government to not emulate China's Communist control on cyberspace !

We call the Malaysian government to investigate the corruption allegations supported by documents provided in Malaysia Today website.

We, Malaysian Citizens, the Boss of the Malaysian Government demands the government to investigate and clampdown on Corrupted Officers in a highly transparent manner and not Whistleblowers and Bloggers.

We, Malaysian Citizens urge that Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib be excluded from party, Members of Parliament Candidacy and elections until his name is cleared on the allegations in Malaysia Today.

We, Malaysian Citizens, the Boss will translate the actions of the Government into election votes. Malaysian Citizens choose and vote their government through democratic means !

Freedom of Speech, Constitution of Malaysia and Agong rules !


The Undersigned

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‘See you in hell Muhamad son of Muhamad’

Update :

Malaysiakini reports that Malaysia Today owner Raja Petra Kamarudin spent eight hours at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters having his statement recorded over a police report lodged by Umno.

Malaysia Today webmaster was asked to reveal the identity of persons who had posted comments in his site.

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