DAMAI MALAYSIA for peace and against illegal assembly and street demonstration

An effort of hundreds of multiracial NGOs against street demonstration and violent expression called DAMAI MALAYSIA will converge in Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur tomorrow morning.


They are calling for the Government of Malaysia to take stern and decisive action and law abiding and civil Malaysian citizens to reject and loathe any effort through street demonstrations and illegal assemblies, which contravene the Police Act, as stipulated under the Constitution of Malaysia.

It is expected that DAMAI MALAYSIA will call for:

  1. Unity and strengthening the ‘semangat perpaduan‘ amongst Malaysians
  2. Political and inter-racial harmony and stability, for the progress of the nation
  3. Reject any effort to provoke any sensitivities against any ethnic group in Malaysia
  4. Continuous progression of Malaysia for the betterment of all

It is also expected a retired Court of Appeal Judge will address the conference with the peace for all as their main theme. A Police permit was obtained for this conference by the organisers, DAMAI MALAYSIA – Gabungan NGO Prihatin Malaysia, which is believed to be based in Sentulraya.

It is believed that they represent the majority of Malaysians who disagree with growing number of illegal assemblies and street demonstrations lately, deemed politically motivated, which also attracted the displeasure attention of the Rulers and their call for abiding the law.

The resolutions of this one day conference are expected to be forwarded to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, as the custodian of the Government and for the rakyat, under the Constitutional Monarchy system.

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Its time for LIMA, again

The 9th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA ’07) Exhibition was officiated by the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday. This year, LIMA ’07 will see the participation of 450 corporations and agencies of various international origin, 80 aircrafts, 32 combatant vessels and 39 other ships present.

Bernama.com has the story:

December 04, 2007 10:54 AM
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LANGKAWI, Dec 4 (Bernama) — The Ninth Edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2007 Exhibition began in this tourist island Tuesday, with a spectacular airshow at the Langkawi International Airport.The airshow saw Royal British Air Force’s Red Arrows performing dare-devil stunts, “Suryakiran” aerobatic team from the Indian airforce and Royal Malaysian Air Force fighter jets displaying aerial manoeuvres and formations.

The displays were witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, foreign and local dignitaries.

Abdullah and Najib will witness signings of several sale and purchase agreements for maritime and aerospace apparatus today apart from witnessing the delivery of six Russian-made Sukhoi jet fighters to the Malaysian government.

This year’s LIMA has attracted the participation of 450 defence industry companies from 20 countries to showcase their products and latest aerospace and maritime technologies.

The five-day LIMA is divided into two segments, with the aerospace component at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre in Padang Matsirat, and the Maritime segment at Awana Porto Malai.

Eighty aircraft and 71 ships, including 32 navy and coast guard patrol vessels, are taking part in the exhibitions restricted to only trade delegations and visitors from today till Thursday.

The exhibitions will be opened to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm. LIMA ends on Saturday.

— BERNAMA

The newly delivered six Russian built Su30MKM superior multirole fighters made their first public presence in a static display and officially dedicated by the Prime Minister.

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The usual aerial shows, pomp and pageantry left almost all participants and visitors, mermerised. TUDM’s own Su30MKMs, F/A18Ds and Mig29Ns stole everyone’s attention, on top of the participation of the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows.

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Several new deals and acquisition announcements would be expected in this LIMA. Malaysia Airlines signed a deal with European aircraft manufacturing corporation EADS for 20 ATR 72-500 aircrafts.

Malaysia Airlines acquires 20 ATR 72-500s for Firefly and MASwings

EADS N.V.

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Signature of the contract and the MoU: Stéphane Mayer, ATR Chief Executive Officer and YM Tengku Azmil Zahruddin, Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer of Malaysia Airlines.

Signature of the contract and the MoU: Stéphane Mayer, ATR Chief Executive Officer and YM Tengku Azmil Zahruddin, Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer of Malaysia Airlines.

The Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) had some crucial assets on the priority need and wanted list. That include multirole support ships, the S61 Nuri utility helicopter replacement program, maritime patrol/anti submarine warfare ships, new generation frigates, army air corp attack/gunship/anti tank helicopters and C 130 multirole utility proverbial workhorse program.

December 04, 2007 19:27 PM
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LANGKAWI, Dec 4 (Bernama) — The Malaysian armed forces will have three multi-role support ships (MSS) as one of its top priorities under the 9th Malaysia Plan (9MP).Armed forces chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal Wahid said the vessels were expected to be acquired by the end of the 9MP or early 10th Malaysia Plan.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting the largest Korean vessel, Dok Do LPH-6111, at the Maritime Section of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA 2007) Exhibition here today.

In response to the requirement of the Malaysian armed forces, Spain-based Navantia SA and its local partner Konsortium MSS Warisan Sdn Bhd (KMW), a 100 per cent Bumiputera company, are building a strong team in order to maximise the participation of the Malaysian defence industry in the project.

KMW’s role in the project will be as the overall programme coordinator and will provide all the services to support the project teams in Spain and Malaysia.

These include the purchase of all equipment and materials from the domestic market, as well as providing logistic support.

Meanwhile, Navantia area director (Commercial Division) Jorge Garcia-Monedero said the proposed ships were based on the SNS L52 Castilla, a NATO flagship for national and multinational amphibious operational forces, and customised according to the Malaysian armed forces’ requirement.

The MSS’ main mission, among others, would be transport and logistic support to troops in domestic and international missions, medical and evacuation of casualties, disaster relief, refugee evacuation, hospital ship, diplomatic liaison and protection of natural environment, he said.

— BERNAMA

HM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong Tuanku Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah graced the exhibition today. He was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Dato’ Seri Mohamed Najib Tun Razak, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Air Force Chief Jen Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin.

December 05, 2007 11:30 AM
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LANGKAWI, Dec 5 (Bernama) — Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah arrived here today for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (Lima 2007).They were received upon arrival at the Langkawi International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Accompanied by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Air Force Chief Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin, they also witnessed an air display by Lima participating nations.

Tomorrow Tuanku Nur Zahirah is expected to launch the new Royal Malaysian Navy patrol boat at the maritime segment of the exhibition at Awana Porto Malai.

— BERNAMA

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, 82, who recently recovered from a second multiple coronary by-pass surgery done in early September, also made LIMA ’07 as his first formal appearance. He was the primary initiator and strong advocate of LIMA, since its first inception in 1991.

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When he was the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad strongly believed that Malaysians should envoke into having high technology capabilities. His administration encouraged the expansion of local aerospace, defence and defence peripheral industries. Therefore, LIMA was created to galvanise all the international attention and participation, thus let the local players benefit from the week long various trade fair related activities.

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Adverse responses to HINDRAF’s call to meet the PM

The recent demand of Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) leader P. Uthayakumar to meet the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, after the foiled 25 November 2007 planned demonstration to present a petition against the British, through their High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, received so many adverse responses and reactions.

The attempt was seen as a gross and indecent blatant lie with malice and an attempt to discredit Malaysia in the international arena, which include the call for the suspension, if not sacking from membership of Commonwealth, at the recent concluded CHOGM meeting in Uganda, Africa.

Some politicians in India already reacted to HINDRAF’s call. This, was responded by Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Al Bar’s in a statement:


December 03, 2007 15:30 PM

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 (Bernama) — Malaysia has every right to handle its own internal issues as it sees fit and other nations should respect the sovereignty of the country, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Monday.

He said that regardless of ethnic origin, Malaysians have been Malaysians for the past 50 years.

Thus, they are subjected to Malaysian laws and legislation, he told reporters today when asked about concerns raised by India regarding the treatment of Malaysian Indians following an illegal rally organised by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) last month.

“This is Malaysia. We’ll deal with our problems and issues according to our laws. Other countries should be mindful of our rights,” said Syed Hamid.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said that Hindraf was spreading blatant lies with the intention of arousing hatred among multiracial Malaysians.

— BERNAMA

The P. Uthayakumar’s demand to meet the Prime Minister Abdullah was responded by Minister of Information Dato’ Zainuddin “Zam” Maidin, deemed another ‘circus attempt’:

December 03, 2007 20:20 PM

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LANGKAWI, Dec 3 (Bernama) — The group calling itself the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) is unqualified to meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to discuss the problems of the Indian community because the organisation is not recognised by anyone, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said today.

“It would be unbefitting a prime minister to meet with a discredited organisation which had stooped to the level of street thugs and violated the laws of the country,” he told reporters after a visit to the media centre at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2007 exhibition, here.

He also said that it would be inappropriate for the prime minister to meet with a group which had sparked off chaos and resorted to violence to threaten the government.

Zainuddin said any effort to meet with the country’s leaders to express any dissatisfaction should have been made before Hindraf acted to organise the illegal rally and not after.

Thousands of Hindraf sympathisers joined an illegal rally on Nov 25 in Kuala Lumpur to support what they claimed was the handing over of a petition to the British High Commission asking Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a Queen’s counsel to represent the Indian community in a class action suit against the British government for bringing Indians as indentured labourers to then Malaya in the 1800s and exploiting them.

Hindraf is seeking a four trillion pound sterling (RM27.7 trillion) compensation through the suit filed in London claiming that the British were to blame for the alleged marginalisation of the Indians in Malaysia.

Zainuddin said Malaysia had representatives and leaders from various communities, and the government recognised the MIC as the political party championing the cause of the Indian community in the country.

He said the Indian community, via the MIC since the era of Tun V.T. Sambanthan, had collaborated to gain independence for the country and that the community should accord respect for the MIC as well as Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who was its current leader.

Zainuddin said the Indians had achieved much progress compared with the time before independence when they came to the country as plantation workers, adding that many of them were now professionals — including even those who supported Hindraf.

“We also regret the action of certain quarters who have taken advantage of the situation to allege that the president of India and the chief minister of Tamil Nadu supported the Hindraf action,” he said.

A Hindraf leader, P.Uthayakumar, had told Bernama yesterday that the organisation wanted to have a meeting with the prime minister to raise the problems confronting the Indian community in the country.

Last Friday, Abdullah described as harsh a claim by Hindraf that the government was involved in ethnic cleansing of Indians in the country.

— BERNAMA

This was a blogreader Dzulman’s comment, in an article earlier published in this blog, on the subject matter:

HINDRAF is indeed a big hindrance. After 50 yrs of independence and after so much advancement and clear improvement in the general livelihood of the Malaysian Indians, suddenly HINDRAF surfaced screaming that the Hindus were facing ethnic cleansing and so-called mini genocide. Ethnic cleansing and genocide whether mini or maxi could only happen if there were bloody wars, civil wars, in a country and when that happens the whole world will know and take notice. Has there been any civil war in Malaysia?

The affluence achieved by the Indian or Hindu community in Malaysia is something that can be clearly seen everywhere. There have been more cases of Malaysian Indians buying over property especially shop houses from the Chinese. Something the Malays rarely could do.

Could a community or racial group allegedly been marginalised, suppressed or whatever could ever achieve such affluence?

As statistics show there are more professionals from the Indian or Hindu communities although as a whole this racial group is in the minority.

Religious freedom is very apparent everywhere. Where on earth in a non Hindu country one finds a Hindu temple smack within a super mall. Also how could the biggest statue of a Hindu God could be allowed to be erected in Batu Cave, KL if as alleged that there is religious repression. Hindu shrines and temples can be found and seen practically everywhere, at road junctions, within housing estates and by the road sides where often construction of roads have to detour or diverted to avoid demolishing a temple that happens to be in the way. I bet one cannot find such temples of shrines built at the whims and fancies of the devotees in clean Singapore.

Yes there were temples that were demolished by the authorities and so also were some mosques and suraus and such demolitions were NOT religiously motivated but simply as part of enforcing the law. There erected in contravention of the local laws. HINDRAF never quoted the figures, dates and places the temples or shrines were demolished.

These tall stories by HINDRAF are dangerous, provocative, without substance, manipulative and basically they have ignored the simple rudiments of history especially that understanding and give and take which the founding fathers agreed upon prior to the establishment of Independent Malaya. Can the HINDRAF leaders openly say what have their forefathers surrendered as part of the give and take understanding as compared to the Malays who have to shed away that portion of their rights enshrined in the Malay states.

Are the Indians or Hindus not represented in the Government or don’t they have avenues that they should have gone through to vent whatever displeasure thay have against the Government and why was the need to seek the help and at the same time wash dirty linen in the international public?

They have no love for Malaysia. If they are citizens the should have exercised their rights as citizens first employing all avenues via their political or legal representatives. To seek the intervention of a foreign head of state on something that has been concocted is simply unpatriotic, treacherous and their contents are seditious.

In Tamil Nadu the mass media are hopping mad with the alleged ill treatment of ethnic Hindus by the so-called Muslim Govt. The MIC President in a statement over RTM supported the statement made by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by saying that he was such a nice man and had not meant anything adverse. Some Indian business it seems did ask Dato’ Seri Rafidah Aziz who was in Mumbai lately whether it was safe for Indians to do business in Malaysia. A most uncalled for remark.

The remarks and reactions are influenced by irrational emotions as Malaysia/India relationship is not something new and whatever that have been alleged could have been checked via both High Commissions.

What HINDRAF has been doing is also to tell the world that the MIC has miserably failed to help the Indians except to those around the MIC President. So it is incumbent upon the MIC to save themselves and the Nation unless of course what HINDRAF is doing is part and parcel of MIC’s other plans.

The PM SHOULD NOT MEET WITH THE HINDRAF leaders. Let the issue be tackled by the professionals as there could be legal actions from both sides. A properly organized psy-war psy-ops be launched both within and without the country. There are facts abound that can clearly call all those allegations by HINDRAF as pure bull-shit and those foreign groups are being pulled by their noses by the HINDRAF leaders.

The Govt must be correctly aggressive and Ministers must know what they are talking about. Sometimes the rhetoric by group of people like the HINDRAF should evoke such strong responses or reactions instead the Govt should clearly and in plain language set out for everyone to see the proof that everyone has a fair share in Malaysia.

The Malays who often been alleged to have a bigger chunk of the cake is because they have surrendered more of their portion in order to allow others in and be around. The nation Malaya was not created but established from among the MALAY STATES that already existed prior to the arrival of the British administrators. This special historical factor which non-Malays (even so-called liberal Malays) want to ignore and which HINDRAF are basing their demand for equal treatment.

The continued existence of the Sultanates and even the special customary laws in Sabah and Sarawak make this nation now known as Malaysia special and different. The world does not know. It is therefore the bounded duty of the Foreign Office to launch a more rounded rebuttal and retaliatory actions to put the picture right.

Indians are known to be argumentative and emotional especially on matters affecting their ethnic group. They do not like to be told they they are being made a fool by those from the lower caste. Herein lies the weak area of which those responsible for the psy-war and psy-ops should endeavour to exploit in their efforts present the correct picture in India and eslewhere where HINDRAF are trying to propagate their cause.

 

According to the Star, it was the HINDRAF protesters who violated a Hindu place of worship in Batu Caves. When the Police moved into the protesters, it was put forth as invasion into the holiness place of worship.

This circus attempt by HINDRAF leaders have gone far too much. Defaming Malaysia in the international arena with a formal request to a foreign nation and adducing them to get involved with domestic political scenario should be deemed as treacherous. The HINDRAF’s blatant lies could provoke fury and severe reaction/retaliation by the Malay-Muslim majority, thus create gross inter-racial and inter-faith digression, instability and disparity to a supposedly much valued harmony and understanding, amongst the rakyat. That, should be regarded as a “threat to national security”, ‘clear and present danger’.

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According to his interview with a Singaporean daily, he was quoted as saying “I can’t rule out violence”. Translated, that means “We are looking for trouble”. ‘Troublemakers’ + Foreign Intervention = ?

In short, this was a strategic “coup d’etat“.

On another note, HINDRAF’s effort to distablise and disrupt unity, with malice, on to defame Malaysia in the international arena received support of another ‘troublemaker’, Anwar Ibrahim, who attempted the same methods, in gaining power through similar ‘coup d’etat’ for his own self interests, not too long ago. Typically master opportunists Anwar Ibrahim, who will easily discredit Malaysia for his own narrow and struggling political mileage whilst abroad.

Their attempts to mock the legal process and law, which include violating a ‘rare’ court order obtained by the Police to refrain the intended illegal assembly on 25 November 2007, clearly depicts their total disregard and disrespect for order and establishments.

Maybe taking the leaders, participants and supporters of HINDRAF through the lengthy and costly legal process is not the best solution to handle this, especially for planned ‘troublemakers’. With their ability to lie for narrow and self serving political agenda, disregard for law and order and militant attitude, HINDRAF is no different from the Al Mau’nah, Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (KMM) and Communist Terrorists. The Government should resolve to other processes and means, to protect the interests of the majority and the well being of the nation at large. All of us should move forward without the ‘disruptions’ of people ‘who simply mock “the system” by throwing spanner to the works’.

*Graphics are uploaded from Rocky’s Bru.

 

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