A country ruled by law?

Updated (with additions) at 2pm

A newspaper’s role is to publish reliable news for its readers. Any news report must be verified, especially those that can cause damage to certain groups of people or even individuals.

Utusan’s accusation is serious, very serious indeed. History has shown us again and again that religious conflicts are more damaging and difficult to contain than racial conflicts. Unless this newspaper can substantiate its claim, the government must take action against the writer  and the newspaper, for failure to do so would not only embolden further acts to damage religious and racial harmony, it would also be perceived that the government is tacitly condoning such divisive acts.

Any religious confrontation, which can be  incited by such news reporting, can lead to an explosive situation that none of us, who love this country of ours, would like to see. I hope calm minds will prevail and so far, Malaysians have reacted calmly and that is a good sign.

I believe no one in their sane mind would  advocate such a move as reported by the newspaper since everything about religion is clearly spelt out in the Constitution.

If the paper cannot substantiate its claims, then it is actually commiting an act that can incite and divide the people. If it is so, action must be taken against the papers and those people involved in writing and publishing them.

Otherwise, the pretense that we are a country ruled by law will be further eroded and no one would ever believed in such thing as justice and fairness anymore.

(Editor’s note: Religion is a sensitive issue and I hope that in commenting, we should not belittle any religions. This has in fact nothing to do with religions but everything to do with politics. )

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If what is published is hearsay, and PM does not act, it will be seen as either one of 2 things:

1. he is actually condoning the act
2. He is powerless to act for fear of losing support within his own supreme council.

If it is due to reason No. 2, and if he is sincere about his 1malaysia, he should exert leadership and be tough and take action against the culprits.

The position of PM in Malaysia is a very powerful post, and with all the institutions in his control, I doubt whether he would face revolt if he actually takes action against Utusan top brass. Just arrest the culprits under existing sedition law, and it would be a case of killing the chicken to warn the monkey.

The fact that nothing is done will give an impression that he is perhaps using this paper to try to gain Malay and Muslim support. (reason No. 1)

But then, this is really dangerous.
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It is also a time for component parties to show the importance of their representation within the coalition, since they have been talking so much about ‘representation’. They are still represented in the government and if they cannot do anything to rein in Utusan, then it will prove that their representation is worse than no representation, as I have argued earlier on ;  in which case, it is no longer important or relevant to vote for them to represent the minority interest within the government.

34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. manaman
    May 10, 2011 @ 11:56:37

    Christian cannot even hv their bible in bahasa indonesia for so long (stuck at custom), then hv to get stamped n serial nos, so how can Christian threatened others??
    If a party/person want to be a fool, go ahead, Don’t fool 25 million Malaysian !
    Christian cannot build a church with their money without a long, long wait for approval (as long as 18 years, or even never approved), so how can they threatened others, Brainless report ! Only idiots would believe such report.
    All sane Malaysian should know not vote whose party, come GE13

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  2. Kenny
    May 10, 2011 @ 12:23:17

    The special position of Islam is guaranteed by the Constitution. This provision cannot be amended by parliament even with a 2/3 majority. It is protected by the Council of Rulers who must given consent for any change. So what is Utusan’s problem?

    What we are witnessing now is a clash of old and new, an inability to adjust to changing times. Utusan’s racial and religious mongering is meant for Malay consumption, not for the general public. In the old days it was easy to compartmentalize different messages for different races. This is no longer possible with a freer flow of information.

    Umno and Utusan are unable to adjust to the new information landscape. Such racial mongering do them more harm than good. The old ways no longer work but if fossilized minds cannot change they will just have to become extinct. To quote Darwin, it is not the biggest or strongest organism which survives but the most adaptable.

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  3. CYC
    May 10, 2011 @ 12:45:34

    So, what is the role and effectiveness of Interfaith council? That bloody backdoor minister claimed it is proceeding well, what is so well when u can’t even have open dialogue. You are a liar, KTK.

    Religious harmony will not be possible unless and until mankind truly understood the meaning professing a religion. You lose your human worth when you have no faith in your own ability to rationalise issues and leave to someone else to decide for you.

    Utusan has absolute immunity under 1Malaysia law ? And where is the wise man who trumpeted BN as the only viable govt?

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  4. manaman
    May 10, 2011 @ 13:42:07

    Protection from Constitution n Council of Rulers, still not enaf?? Utusan real tokkok only!!

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  5. chanjoe1
    May 10, 2011 @ 13:52:30

    UMNO and Najib is now caught in Catch 22 situation. All along these while, simce no action had been taken against Utusan, they had got more and more brazen and so it is left to be seen if they will be let off with just a slap on the wrist?
    If the newsapaper is a Chinese paper, it would have been slap a suspension immediately and then the write and editor would have been taken in under ISA. This is the Double Standard we are witnessing in malaysia and if left to continue, we are no where at any 1 malaysia and hopefully both Gerakan and MCA will make strong protest within BN to have action taken immediately…but nothing is being done except for waiting for investigations by Police which will take a long time and soon this matter will be left unresolved.

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  6. CYC
    May 10, 2011 @ 15:45:52

    Evidence of the act of desparado. The wind from south island is blowing too strongly that our gomen of the day felt cold and Utusan needs to fan a little bit fire to neutralise the cool air. When south island’s effect spill over to Johor, the end is near for BN. Johor being the forte of BN once crumble, only gods can help BN. Even CSL will find little strength to have an erection then.

    It is an insult to all Malaysians to have KTK as minister overseeing Interfaith Council. He is incapable of doing anything meaningful but wish to be seen as an intellectual. Najib isn’t my choice PM, he is there simply because he is Razak’s son. He has no record to show for his 30 years in cabinet or as MB. In a nut shell, our leaders are all screwed up.

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  7. klm
    May 10, 2011 @ 16:33:09

    Utusan thwarting PM’s 1 Malaysia ideology, says Gerakan VP (Mah Siew Kam). Did this Mah fella just work up or what? What had he been all this time?

    Looks like Gerakan is just an observer of events.

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  8. manaman
    May 10, 2011 @ 17:54:18

    Yes, be colour blind, don’t say Chinese swing, just say urban voters swing, that make more sense,
    Never use the word Chinese, Indian or Malay (just say, urban, rural, suburban voters), be colour blind don’t follow UMNO way, that may be more acceptable to rural folks.

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  9. chabalang
    May 10, 2011 @ 19:11:50

    Utusan is UMNO’s mouthpiece but is Najib still control of UMNO? Or the article precursor to something more sinister like Ops Lallang II (which the old horse is conveniently denying that it is his doing & “black mark in history” with his selective amnesia)…

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  10. monsterball
    May 10, 2011 @ 19:32:34

    Utusan Melayu have gone far overboard..yet Najib did nothing but just said….”Stay cool” to pro and opposition party members.
    Day in day out…you can see Najib talk alot with no substances.
    Many wonders why he talk sense with no actions to cement his sensible comment.
    I say…from day one…Najib knows next to nothing about leadership by examples and put here as PM by UMNO B as a show. Without the mother…he did not know what to do.
    Got an arranged marriage..and without Rosmah…he is nothing.
    Why then did Mahathir chosed him to be future PM at his time?
    First to be grateful to Tun Razak and second…to be comfortable with an idiot governing..whose main job is to get Anwar and fool Malaysians for votes.
    These crooks not only are proffesional thieves…but keep wasting tax payers money drawing huge salaries…incentives and benefits…but keep wasting our money…talk politics to protect their party.
    Only very guilty ones fear loosing powers…in a so call fair and just elected reps by voters.
    The signs are so clear that Najib knows his “I Malaysia” cannot fool voters at all. Can only fool school children ..not qualified to vote yet…so all his slogans gone case.
    Provocations…fear factors….instigations…threats…race and religion…dirty politics…bribes and give false hopes are all he must do…exactly like Mahathir…but performed with low class and crude manners..as after 12th GE..these are actually out-dated politics…yet still applied..by Najib…showing clear signs of his nervousness and insecured position.
    It is what his next step that matters most.
    Until he announced the 13th GE date…his next step can be real dangerous for all Malaysians….and we can only hope…those supporting Najib will abandon him..not to bring out country to the gutters.
    As for those that opposed Najib…be it political parties or voters…no one is afraid of the worst by him.
    It sounds like Dictators fighting it out with Freedom Fighters?
    That’s what Najib want…but he will be totally dissapointed.
    Freedom Fighters will not fight hand battles but throw loving kindness and blow kisses to him and his band of robbers to tell them get lost or do their worst..and leave everything their destinies to the will of God.
    He has to kill half of Malaysian populations to achieve his evil deeds.

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  11. monsterball
    May 10, 2011 @ 19:42:33

    But if Najib and Rosmah do not repent…and withdraw thir dirty politics..thousands will turn as volunteers to die and protect millions as sucide bombers..if race and religion is what Najib and Rosmah wants..to create riots…race clashes…where thousands innocent lives may die for nothing.
    There is a limit to dirty politics that UMNO B are famous for.
    No fear to die as sucide bombers for the country and people..is what Najib and Rosmah are testing Malaysians.
    Like I said..it as gone much too far…and by saying “stay cool”…Najib is a JOKE!!

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  12. monsterball
    May 10, 2011 @ 20:12:31

    He fanned it..supported it….then say…….cool it…without taking actions on the culprits.
    Wow…two wrongs do not make one right….logic?
    If oppositions do not confront..it becomes one wrong…and you think Najib will say..”cool it”… to Utusam Melayu?
    Even now..his “cool it” is indirectly protecting Utusan Melayu.
    What does Najib think Malaysians are…stupid like thise following him?
    Cool it….cool what?
    Stay cool Najib.
    You need it.

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  13. monsterball
    May 11, 2011 @ 03:05:47

    Mahathir said Najib is a weak PM.
    So he showed his “strength” to fan…blow hot air…instigate..encourage race and religion politics.
    Utusan took the hint….build it up to Najib’s expectations…getting non stop nagative comments ….woke up and know he is digging his own grave…quickly tell all…..to “cool it”.
    Anyway…we all know what a liar and flip flopper he is.
    Utusan Melayu is Najib’s most loyal mouthpiece.
    Persaka is Mahathir’s pet company.
    ‘I Malaysia” is a joke.
    Najib can never be a People’s PM…as he was a pampered Prince. He is no politician. He is a gas bag…a braggart with no substances or qualities to lead.
    He will end “RAHMAN” by 13th GE.

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  14. KeyStone
    May 11, 2011 @ 03:56:25

    Nothing new and nothing strange.This sort of ridiculous thing happen where there are people with sinister agenda. In USA, there is this Tea Party, its members are whites and their agenda is to ‘take back the country’ (from the elected black president of USA.) and they succeeded in challenging the elected black president to produce his birth certificate to prove the US president is indeed born in USA.( Can you even begin to imagine how ridiculous for this to happen in USA !) If this kind of ridiculous thing can happen to the world role model of democracy, what is so strange about the Utusan incident. It is all about monkey sees and monkey do. Malaysian should be proud of the freedom of press in Malaysia led by Utusan. Humanity seems to be losing its morality. We are becoming primal again. How pathetic. Even the dogs and cats laugh at us.

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  15. monsterball
    May 11, 2011 @ 04:50:13

    Lim Guan Eng chooses to give Malaysians details on how water is charged to the Public….and out come UMNO B fellas saying that is secret doucument.
    What so secretive about water or…electricity bills?
    These crooks know..once exposed..it also exposed how UMNO B make millons from Malaysians…and where the money went to..God only knows.
    UMNO B is always afraid Malaysians know too much.
    Who do they think they are?
    They are elected servants to serve us…not keep secrets from us.
    Military …war games….spying methods and all plans to improve Malaysians standard of living….made secrets…accepted.
    Water and electric bills details given out by LGE is doing wrong?
    Only crooks keep secrets from Malaysians for such things.
    One by one…details are given and this frightens UMNO B ….being bombarded with questions.
    If one is so clean….why be so afraid?

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  16. monsterball
    May 11, 2011 @ 05:00:30

    At the end of the day……more and more Malaysians will learn the wonderful great developments made by the Govt. for past 30 years are grossly overpriced…where UMNO B crooks behave like blood suckers…sucking every sen they can get to make their owm members rich…hoping more and more will join UMNO B.
    And all puppets will be rewarded too.
    Hudreds of tenders and projects…for everyone to make as much as they can “legaly”…as overpriced is not a crime.
    It only mean the Govt. is willing buyer …no crime involved.
    That’s UMNO B interpretations.
    Change the Government and you will see hundreds of new court cases..all pointing to CORUPTIUONS…all proven to be so…with one by one UMNO B crooks….big and small go to jail.
    That’s what frightens Najib most…as he has RM500 million plus a murder linked to it….to answer the Accusers.

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  17. monsterball
    May 11, 2011 @ 05:08:49

    The mastermind of all CORRUPTIONS….Mahathir is not afraid to be charged at his age.
    He is only afraid his family will be charged….particularly…..his son.
    He has few adopted children…all living overseas.
    Lets see how voters wil react.
    If Najib is confident…he will not delay 13th GE one more day.
    It is a fact…..he is very afraid to loose the 13th G….where his life is at stake….which involves his wife and brother too.
    He said…11-11-11…. is a good day for 13th GE.

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  18. Phua Kai Lit
    May 11, 2011 @ 09:13:11

    Playing the race card did not work.

    So, trying to play the religion card.

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  19. Phua Kai Lit
    May 11, 2011 @ 09:16:53

    No one is safe where there is no rule of law
    or a sense of decency in politics.
    Not even health care workers!

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/10-0

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  20. Kenny
    May 11, 2011 @ 09:48:39

    1Malaysia is a farce to put it plainly. The only people who still believe in it (or pretend to believe) are the leaders of MCA, MIC and Gerakan for obvious reason.

    There is no need for any 1Malaysia campaign if all races are treated equally under the law. Nationalistic feelings will naturally pull all citizens together.

    Najib’s reluctance to act on Utusan’s racial diatribe show that 1Malaysia and 1Malay are two faces of the same coin. 1Malaysia to con the minorities for their votes, 1Malay to corral the Malay vote.

    Umno wants to have its cake and eat it too.

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  21. petestop
    May 11, 2011 @ 17:39:43

    Another demonstration that 1Malaysia is a but one BIG FAT LIE by BeEnd.

    Najib is turning out to be worse than Pak Lah, he cannot even control his packs of animals in UMNO.

    My prediction is that Muhyiddin will take over soon and Najib will ended up in jail, like Anwar going to be soon.

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  22. monsterball
    May 11, 2011 @ 20:19:04

    The two reasons stated by Doc are what Najib is…plus a third reason…that he has no guts but with a big mouth to stir up troubles..spinning…twisting….flip flopping.
    Najib is not qualified to be a leader of the country.
    He is good to rule Pekan..and that is also getting Perkan Malaysians sick of him…if you judge in 12th GE…he won with a very narrow margin of not more than 300 votes.
    Mahathir as was thrown out by Kedah voters…..even at a small by-election…yet he feel no shame whatsoever at all.
    That man has a very thick face skin….that shame Muslims to the limit.
    Najib will suffer the same fate in 13th GE.
    That is my suspicion..he knows that too well and is delaying the 13th GE…for very selfish reasons…like heading to jail….for sure…if PR wins and praying to all the Gods…he privately does pray…for he is araid if ghosts and gobblins..all his life.
    Many UMNO B members know Najib is no true Muslims…yet allow him to make a show at a mosque…shows UMNO B Muslims are basically a bunch of hypocrites….who steal and are so greedy for more.
    Mahathir is the leader of the pack…who is half Indian…half Malay…yet claiming to be full blooded Malays with the idiotic reason..that the Kedah Sultan accepts him as a Malay…because he is a Muslim.
    According to Mahathir’s logic..the Chinese and Indian Muslims must be Malays too?
    So you see….the UMNO B founder is the Devil..and so he needs his adopted son to do all devilish works.
    When the father is not happy…he said his adopted son is a weak leader.
    When his adopted son offered bribes and goodies and won kampongs by-elections..he said his adopted son is a smart PM.
    You go and listen to all their logics and explainations…and trust them….then you too is a low class Muslim.
    This is not insulting Muslims by me.
    This is protecting the true Muslims….for true Muslims are real fine and noble human beings…that do not steal from anyone at all.

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  23. Aming
    May 11, 2011 @ 21:33:20

    To quote Free Malaysia Today, which conducted an interview with Hata Wahari, the journalist who was dismissed by Utusan,

    ” The swing in Utusan Malaysia’s stance came shortly after the 2008 election when Khalid was replaced by Aziz Ishak. According to Hata, the latter does not question the editorial directives set by the Umno political bureau which reportedly sits every Monday night to discuss the paper’s agenda for the week.
    Those present are the president Najib Tun Razak, deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin, the three vice-presidents – Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Hishamuddin Hussein and Safie Apdal – secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and information chief Ahmad Maslan.
    The agenda is then communicated to Utusan Malaysia’s editor-in-chief via the prime minister’s office. The paper will run an issue for three days before dropping it completely unless it receives strong public support from top BN ministers.
    It’s a clever strategy because by the third day the other media would have snapped it up to continue milking it, which would leave Utusan Malaysia free to start the ball rolling on another issue.”

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    It is abundantly clear that Utusan was just doing a good but devious job for its masters,

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  24. romerz
    May 12, 2011 @ 03:13:39

    This comment is going to get a lot of flames because I’m writing with the SOLE purpose of belittling ALL religions! Sorry Doc.

    What is religion?

    To me religion is a cop out when confronting things we can’t and don’t understand. Involve a god and and a superior plane of existence and most mortals would be frightened!

    This is the problem for Malaysia!

    FEAR from thinking, fear from understanding, fear from those who are fanatics about their religion but no debate because of our social fabric!!

    I think therefore I am and I will continue thinking until the great almighty SHOWS me otherwise, if it is he who decides our time on earth?

    Ps Doc, this post is made tongue in cheek and with a little venom to see how your readers will respond. I need to know since my now shut-down blog was visited by people with ill intent and I can only voice out on your blog or Anil’s.

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  25. monsterball
    May 12, 2011 @ 04:02:17

    Romenz I visit your blog most of the time and is the first to comment..most of the time…to keep yourt blog..
    “alive” so to speak.
    You have been appreciative….and emailed me the reason for your closing of the blog..which is entirely different from what you stated here.
    Now you said your blog was closed down because of visitors with ill intentions?
    Who are they?

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  26. monsterball
    May 12, 2011 @ 04:33:49

    Your “tongue and cheek” comment is interesting.
    The great almighty have always been with you..and everyone.
    It is very sad…millions upon millions…have no chance to know that nor realized that…as they are killed with no opportunity to know that.
    Millions more like you cannot “see” or talk to Him…because you have not developed the sixth sense to feel Him.
    For 2000 years….man made God is to control the monkey mind and even up to today…humans do behave like low class animals.
    The subject..”Who is God?”..have been debated many times by Christains and Muslims..for political reasons.
    While half of the world populations embraces way of life…to feel God inside them….by praying to all sorts of Gods. They keep doing that…practising…do good and do not harm others and be selfless…throughout their lives..to hope one day..to feel God…and be contented.
    One who does not believe in a God…is supposed to be the smartest humans.
    But that is not true at all.
    The subject of God is so complex and involves politics and way of life…that today..most humans just stay faithful to what they are..and not like before…fear God for no reasons.
    But to ask God to appear and prove he is real..is indirectly saying he want an easy way out to see God.
    Crooks cannot rely on God. Crooks pretend to be god fearing people…..but infact are heartless people.

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  27. monsterball
    May 12, 2011 @ 04:42:26

    What is religion?
    Why it is medicine for the troubled minds….as this world have all sorts of man made problems and religions are the gate ways to peace in minds.
    Without religions..this world will have more problems than you can imagine.
    You may not understand this…because you are born rich.
    Your sufferings are totally different from normal less fortunate people.
    It is like talking to Najib….about humans where he knows next to nothing.

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  28. monsterball
    May 12, 2011 @ 04:54:03

    Have you ever been hungry?
    Have you suffered because you have not enough money to make ends meet?
    Have you been sick and cannot afford to see a doctor?
    Donating lots of money is not good enough..when one have hundred times more.
    So one who is generous and do so much good ..yet cannot feel God….really means God is not impressed at all.
    Sufferings is the only way to be nearer to God.
    Born rich have a great advantage …..yet many disadvantages concerning a happy life.
    Life is what to make out of it…and rich people do not have that luxury to make his own life.
    It is already made for him…and therefore….no sufferings to open the eyes to see and feel God.

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  29. monsterball
    May 12, 2011 @ 05:16:48

    While religions were guiding humans…one forgets….at that time…all smart holy ones believe the world is flat.
    You never get anyone to tell you..why God did not teach the faithful one…the world is round 2000 years ago.
    And no one needs to teach anyone now..the world is round.
    Christains and Muslims are fighting over who is the one true God….for the past 350 years….vigorously….ans still on going.
    Here again…not one give any reasons why God created rats and flies that are totally useless creatures.
    I have so much in my mind….but prefer to end it here now…concerning God.
    I love Jesus very much…even though I am not a Christain..for his teachings have made saved and guide hundreds of millions lost souls to a path of right living conditions.
    I admire the Muslims for their strict deciplined life.
    I have lots of fun with the others who worship any thing and everything…for these are the jokers who know how to enjoy life to the fullest.
    Amen.

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  30. oct
    May 12, 2011 @ 08:18:00

    This news is not meant for those who are educated and have access to alternate media. We know that it is not true. The news is meant for the rural folks where the only news they get is from the stupid newspaper UM. UM newspaper is given free to all govt offices, schools and all govt offices. Once published & read by these people without any other report that said it is not true, then these rural folks will think it is true & vote for BN. The damage has been done. No sanction by the Govt. BN played their game well. The rural folks have been scared & convinced. They will vote for them again.

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  31. SON OF MUHAMMAD
    May 12, 2011 @ 13:53:19

    ONE TRUE WISE MAN SAYS “IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH OF A MUSTARD SEED, COMMAND THE MOUNTAIN TO MOVE AND IT WILL MOVE”. ANOTHER DUMP MAN WHO TRY TO BE SMART SAID THE MOUNTAIN IS TO STABILISED THE WORLD. NOW YOU DECIDE.

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  32. petestop
    May 13, 2011 @ 11:56:30

    The victim now has been portrayed as the culprit, after the PM meeting with the Church leader, with big headlines “Christian leaders pledge to uphold Islam as religion of the Federation”.

    When will PM meet with Utusan and the Bloggers who incited this religious and racial hatred in the first place and ask them to pledge to respect all other religion ??

    What kind of shit PM we having ? 1Malaysia my ASS.

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  33. monsterball
    May 14, 2011 @ 15:17:04

    A person born with a silver spoon feeding him all… his life can never see straight..talk straight and understand life…as it is.
    He is very wrong because he does not understand what is wrong or right….and if he does..he is always right too.
    Najib is one classic example.
    The others are many many pampered rich children talking big….talking boastfully…most of the them.

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  34. monsterball
    May 15, 2011 @ 13:03:12

    “most of the TIME”…not them.

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