Macdeth Act II – an open letter to Berita Harian

I read with disbelief – and not to mention, a certain degree of disgust – your article titled “Kematian Teoh timbulkan pelbagai spekulasi politik” appearing in your newspaper yesterday.

It is a measure of the depth of the racialist pit in which you are and the extent of your warped mind that such article was published by you, a newspaper which, in your own words, “is able to stimulate the minds in pursuing information where information is the primary source of economic success” (my loose translation of “akhbar yang dapat merangsang minda dalam mengejar arus maklumat yang mana pengetahuan adalah sumber utama untuk kemakmuran ekonomi” as stated on your website). But then again, coming from you, which sister paper is the NST, I suppose, is not surprising. In fact, it should have been expected.

First of all, thank you for telling us that it was an “accident”. You said, and I quote:

Apabila mangsa kemalangan pula orang bukan Melayu, yang sebelumnya disiasat orang Melayu, bertambah hebatlah spekulasinya.

I thank you because earlier, we were all made to believe that it was a possible suicide. It seems that you know something which we, the stupid and gullible people of Malaysia, don’t seem to know. As you have quite clearly and categorically labeled the incident as an accident, I would be grateful to death (pardon the pun) if you could fill me as to how the accident happened; who were involved and why it happened. Did the deceased sleep walk while he was sleeping on the settee at 6.30am?

You seemed to take objection that this incident has been politicised. You also deemed it totally improper for some people to use the incident to gain political mileage. I am surprised at how shallow your journalistic power of observation is.

Allow me to tell you this. And I am going to use bold letters, just in case you miss the point. THIS IS A POLITICAL MATTER. The deceased was the political secretary of a DAP representative. DAP, the last time I checked, was a political party. And the last time I checked too, the deceased’s boss was a member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly.

So, in the first place, it was, and still is, and will be a political matter. You cannot run from that fact.

You spoke as if no other party has politicised matters which have got nothing to do with politics in the past. Your political master has even gone to town using the Royal House as a political gimmick in Bukit Gantang. And how about Anwar Ibrahim’s private life? Since when has a man’s behaviour in bed or on a certain mattress, become political capital? How about the act of buying cows for sacrifice on Hari Raya Aidil Adha, for the obvious benefit of the poor and impoverished? Is that political? And what about the call for the ISA to be abolished? Some people even said that ISA was a “Malay right”!

So please, spare us this seeming and sudden journalistic naivete. Spare us this whole stupidity. We are not stupid.

The next thing that I wish to say is this. Why are you bemoaning the fact that this “accident” has been politicised and used to gain political ground when it is obvious that such political maneuvering and posturing would not have happened if such “accident” had not taken place at all?

It is regrettable that in this day and age our state agency could still treat citizens like some worthless piece of flesh and bones. It is like the state is a gangland, ruled and managed by fear, where dungeons and hooded men abound, ready to interrogate in the darkness of nights.

Why have you not asked why such “accident” (I just love that word) had to happen in 2009 in our country? Why have you not championed the rights of the people, since you proudly proclaim that you are a newspaper which is able to stimulate the minds. Whose minds are you talking about? Your own minds? Are you stimulating the minds or the emotions? Or do you actually know the difference?

What I find most objectionable is your attempt at turning the issue into an anti-Malay leadership issue. While you bemoan the fact that this sad “accident” has turned into a political issue, it does not behove you to shout and scream that the very same issue is a racial one. Two wrongs do not make one right.

Yes, the deceased is a Chinese man. But most and foremost is the fact that HE IS A MALAYSIAN. Every death in custody, regardless of race, creed and breed, will be a tragedy and will be treated as tragic by we, Malaysians. A. Kugan, an Indian, also died in custody, with horrific injuries or mark of injuries. Malaysians of all races denounced that. Malaysians of all races wanted the truth. When Nurin Jazlin Jazimin and Sharlinie Mohd Nashar were kidnapped, the whole Malaysia was outraged.

The whole Malaysia is outraged not because the victims are Indians, Chinese or Malays. Or are you too blinkered to know that? The outrage stems from the fact that the victims were seemingly treated in an inhuman manner, in a manner which is almost animalistic in nature. The whole Malaysia is grieving. Do you think only African American grieve the death of Michael Jackson? Or are you too busy with your racial study to notice?

And what is this about the non-Malays challenging the Malay leadership? In your own stupendous journalistic inquiry, you asked:

Kenapa Menteri Besar Selangor, seorang Melayu, meragui kebolehan orang sebangsanya bertindak dengan tulus dan adil?

Huh? My teenage daughter would ask, “wassup with you dude?” Or “can I have some of that thang (sic) which you are obviously smoking?”

First of all, all of us, and that includes those politicians who you are accusing of politicising the “accident”, do not have a clue who the officers in charge were. Nobody knows their identity, let alone their race. Good God! What are you trying to do? Turn this into a Malay against the world issue? Quite obviously, no?

The truth of it all is this. If you still have no clue, let me tell you. IT DOES NOT MATTER OF WHICH RACE THE GUILTY PARTY IS (if anybody is guilty at all). The People will still feel outraged even if the party involved is a Ghanaian who works for MACC! Get that?

It is a shame. I was pleased to note on Sunday that the PM has taken the trouble to express his regret that someone has died, that a life has been lost. He even conveyed his condolences. He even sent his political secretary to visit the family. The DPM has now not discounted the establishment of a Royal Commission. Hishamuddin Hussein has undertaken to supervise the investigation personally. SUHAKAM has said it will commence an investigation. Whatever may be the result and effect of all these promises is unknown. But I would take them all on face value. I feel pleased with the humane approach. It just shows that at least, the PM, DPM and the Home Minister actually saw a tragedy above politics.

And it is a crying shame that you, Berita Harian, have to overshadow the fresh air of humanity emanating from our leaders by the publication of that article of yours.

Shame on you!


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9 Responses to Macdeth Act II – an open letter to Berita Harian

  1. EVERY INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTS ONE'S OWN NATION

    "Every nation is responsible

    For each act of its individuals" [Kahlil Gibran]

    So let's all try to be socially sensible

    And not waste time over unnecessary duels

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 210709
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Tue. 21st July 2009.

  2. max

    Facts:

    a) As long as there are minorities around (Chinese & Indians), UMNO & its lackeys will use them as scapegoats for anything to protect UMNO positions

    b) If there are malays that died of "mysterious death" then it befell on especially Malays to raise ruckus over it. But why the silence from the Malays community?

  3. mei1

    Now it's his turn to play up the racial issue:

    http://themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia

  4. Completely agree with you bro. I am sickened and disgusted by their stance which I think is inhuman, never mind the religion. The cannot see past their flesh tone that someone has died and someone must be accountable for it.

    I am so sick and tired of these Malays always playing up their victimhood mentality – we are being undermined! we are being antagonized! there is a conspiracy to weaken us! For god's sake lah – look at which race has been in power the most? The Malays. Which race has the most in poverty? The Malays. Where do we find the most corruption? In government. Who are in all the most influential and important positions in government? The Malays. Sad. Pathetic. Nothing new.

    So the reality is that the Malays are ripping off the Malays. Just because the non-Malays don't get the projects doesn't necessarily mean that the Malays that do will then help out their fellow Malays.

    The reality is that they don't. All those Malay millionaires that came out under the regime of Mahatir and Daim – who did they mingle with? They hung out with all their rich Chinese and Indian friends. They didn't hang out with the poor/middle class Malays or made it their focus to nurture them. That is the truth – the rich mingle with the rich. It is not about race.

    So the Malays have to get over this 'Melayu tolong Melayu'. It may have worked in the old days but those times are long past. The Malay politician emerging these days is more similar to their African counterparts – they do not hesitate to use communal interests to camouflage the flagrant acts of self-interest. In the old days, they may have gotten some bits wrong, but the public interest meant the whole country. These days, when a Malay one says it, what he really means is the Malay interest but what he really really means is his interest.

    I look forward to the day when we can stop all talk about Malay interests and start talking about Malaysian interests. After more than 50 years, we should have grown up by now.

  5. mtan

    Well said.At least some "human" can see it as Tragedy above politics.

    Ya.the people will still feel outraged regardless which party is involved.

    We are more concern about the truth rather than the race issue.

  6. mei1

    Racism, when can we get rid of this in a "Boleh"land that practises double standards & always no action taken against Umno papers when they stir up the racial issues & fabricated stories!

    So, what can we do? VOTE them (read Be eNd) out is ONE of the solutions, Boycott the papers? (read: BH & Utusan) (I don't even read or touch these papers), what else?

  7. These people are products of the warped system. The first thing to do is disband BTN.

    They protest, shout and threaten when some Palestinians are killed half a world away and yet they write crap when one of their countrymen died under mysterious circumstances.

    BH, an injustice to any Malaysian is an injustice to all Malaysians, get it?

  8. Ex Neutral

    It's the people who wrote it. They can't afford to have more Malaysians with open minds. This is probably how they rule, pitting race against race. This is rotten to the core.