Tun Dr. Mahathir: Shock the American public!

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“People must realise the horrors of war”, Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s opening remark during the media conference that mark the end of the two day Kuala Lumpur Conference to Criminalise War in PWTC “What they (the Americans) do is inhumane”.

“They champion liberty, freedom, human rights and democracy but in actual fact, they torture people who they detain without trial”, when he was referring to US detention centre in Gunatanamo Bay, Cuba and Bagram, Aghanistan. In one of the sessions earlier, former detainee British citizen Moazzam Begg presented a case where 775 men, women and children were detained without trial, was never charged and even tortured customized specifically to each detainee.

“The American public must be shocked on what their government do onto others!”.

He reiterated that media has the responsibility to tell the truth. However, the statesman’s rebuttal on the claim on ‘freedom of press’, “There is no ‘freedom of press’ (In the West). They imagine what the public ‘like’ or ‘did not like'”.

 

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Prof Chossudovsky addressing the plenary session of the Kuala Lumpur Conference to Criminialise War

When commented on Leuren Moret’s presentation, Tun Dr. Mahathir reminded that wars today are not confined to the theatres of war only. “Neighbouring countries also are affected. Current of air will take accross borders the polution and radition caused by the use of (illegal) weapons such as chemical and depleted uranium shells. The rain then will affect the drinking water and food chain”.

When asked how far will PGPO’s effort to campaign on ‘Criminalise War’, he quipped “We want to get people to start talking about ‘Criminalising War’. They will talk about it at work and at their own NGOs. Eventually, the public will realise that they should not vote people who will use the military as a tool for agression”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir explained on the new initiative of Guantanamo Solidarity Fund, which was mooted by Prof. Michel Choduvsovsky during the ‘War and Mass Media’ session, will be taken on by PGPO. The new fund is supposed to assist former detainees of Guantanamo Bay to start a new life and be relocated. He also said that PGPO will appeal to the Malaysian Government to allow former detainees of Guantanamo Bay to live in Malaysia.

In his closing address to the conference, he agreed with the opinion of controversial British MP George Galloway “There are good Jews, there also bad Jews”, which he then with his usual wit and smirk captured the humour of the audience “Just like there are good Muslims and good Muslim terrorists”.

“We won’t make new laws. We will use the laws created by UN. The Commission (on Criminalising War) will go through all the complaints thoroughly. The tribunal will preside and all persons charged would be given ample notice and ask to have legal representation. We want the process to seek justice will not be flawed (procedurally)”. Over 9,000 pages of materials have been prepared to be presented to the Commission.

Tomorrow, the Kuala Lumpur Commission on Criminalising War will convene and go thorough on all the complaints pertaining to the atrocities caused by United States, United Kingdom and Australia, after the Iraqi Invasion of 2003. Facts and evidence of the Commission would then be presented at the Kuala Lumpur War Ciminal Tribunal on Saturday and the tibunal will convene in accordance with the existing UN Laws.

Published in: on October 29, 2009 at 20:16  Leave a Comment  

Badrul quitting PKR and throwing support to BN?

Controversial Port Klang PKR Assemblyman Badrul Hisham Abdullah was asked to quit, so that fresh elections be held. MB Selangor  Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim made this call.

Malaysian Insider has the story:

Selangor MB wants Port Klang lawmaker to quit

Khalid wants the Port Klang rep to quit

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SHAH ALAM, Oct 29 — PKR continues to wobble with Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim now recommending to the party that its Port Klang assemblyman Badrul Hisham Abdullah quit his seat for non-performance, raising the possibility of a by-election.

Khalid’s political secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said today Badrul Hisham has been evasive and has not made efforts to improve his work despite getting a show-cause letter on Aug 20, 2008.

“Mentri Besar of Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid today had made a recommendation to the Parti Keadilan Rakyat supreme council for Badrul Hisham to resign as assemblyman,” he said in a four-paragraph statement today.

Nik Nazmi , who is also the Seri Setia assemblyman, added that Khalid will send a delegation to reiterate the matter to the assemblyman personally.

“The state government cannot tolerate incompetent and irresponsible leaders as they will seriously undermine its efforts to improve the rakyat’s economic and social lives,” he said.

Badrul Hisham won the Port Klang state seat in Election 2008 with 12,397 votes against Barisan Nasional’s Roselinda Abdul Jamil who got 7,990 votes and independent Nazir Mansor with 580.

Roselinda is the daughter-in-law of former Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zakaria Md Deros, the infamous Umno warlord who built his Istana Zakaria palace in a low-cost housing area.

Early this month, Khalid had said he would decide on Badrul Hisham’s status by the end of October.

Speculation is rife that Badrul Hisham plans to defect to Umno and controversy has plagued the first-term lawmaker since the general election last year due to complaints by voters in his constituency that he was never around and could not be contacted.

Khalid had said previously that the state lawmaker was suffering from a medical condition due to an accident and the state would extend a helping hand to him.

He claimed that Badrul Hisham met with an accident before being elected but his condition had deteriorated due to the stress of being a lawmaker.

Badrul Hisham, however, rejected this explanation and was adamant that he was still a party member serving as Port Klang assemblyman.

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This is suspiciously very much part of the Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim’s and PKR’s effort to create a series of by-elections. Anwar who has dramatised the election process as part of desperate attempt to sustain rakyat’s attention towards the ‘marriage of unholy inconvenience by strange bedfellows’, which is showing a lot of intra and inter party ‘conflict’.

Many also believed that this is a strategic attempt by Anwaristas to divert the attention of Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim”s personal problem with the law, as he is charged for the second time for sodomy. The drama to ellude the process to seek justice has been ongoing since the last two criminal case being tried in court; one for the abuse of power and the other f0r sodomy.

Reports stating that Badrul has decided to quit PKR today and prepared to throw his support behind BN, just like his c comrades in Perak and Kedah earlier. This will prove further PKR’s serious internal problems. This strengthen the proof that Pakatan Rakyat Selangor is crumbling.

Published in: on October 29, 2009 at 12:30  Comments (13)