How many more blunders from Rais?

Minister-in-charge of Communications, Information & Culture Dr. Rais Yatim

Minister of Communications, Information and Multimedia Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yahim, PhD has done it again. He issued a statement without checking. This time, its about insurance for Bernama journos who went to Somalia for the humanitarian aide mission.

In the public outcry of the shocking because of the shooting and some summarily question the safety during movements of the team in Somalia, this came out in page three Mingguan Malaysia:

Noramfaizul tidak dilindungi insurans khas

SEPANG 3 Sept. – Jurukamera BernamaTV, Noramfaizul Mohd. Nor yang terbunuh di Somalia tidak dilindungi oleh insurans khas kerana Allahyarham bertugas atas dasar urusan kerja biasa dan kesukarelaan, kata Menteri Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.

Menurut Rais, beliau berharap insiden yang menimpa jurukamera itu akan dijadikan iktibar oleh semua pihak termasuk kedutaan dan penganjur misi agar melakukan kajian yang teliti bagi mengetahui kedudukan terkini keadaan di sesuatu lokasi sebelum menghantar sukarelawan.

“Kita juga mahu mengkaji prosedur pada masa depan di mana kita perlu menyoal (pihak penganjur) sama ada seseorang petugas yang menyertai misi amal mendapat perlindungan undang-undang dan insurans.

“Petugas media tersebut juga perlu menandatangani dokumen tertentu supaya penglibatan mereka dalam misi kesukarelaan diketahui ahli keluarga,” katanya kepada pemberita di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata, kepentingan peserta sesuatu misi kesukarelaan perlu dilihat dengan lebih teliti supaya mereka tidak terperangkap dalam keadaan yang tidak bersedia.

“Saya pernah menyuarakan bahawa misi ke Somalia bukan misi biasa seperti ke Australia dan Jepun sebelum ini. Somalia berada dalam kancah pergolakan dan penuh dengan peristiwa tidak menentu,” katanya.

Tambah Rais, kementeriannya akan meneliti bantuan sesuai yang boleh diberikan kepada ahli keluarga Noramfaizul.


That created so much attention and even debate. The Opposition is charging how irresponsible the Government endorsed a humanitarian mission is a very hostile environment like civil war-thorn Somalia without issuing special insurance coverage for the participants.

So much so, Bernama Chairman had to issue a statement correcting Dr Rais’s blunder:

Published: Sunday September 4, 2011 MYT 2:42:00 PM

Slain BernamaTV cameraman was insured, says Bernama chairman

“All Bernama employees are covered by two insurance policies – term life and personal accident – applicable worldwide,” he said in response to speculations in web portals that the late Noramfaizul was not insured when he went for his assignment to Somalia.

On top of that, Putera 1Malaysia Club had also taken a group insurance policy to cover all 55 members in the humanitarian aid mission.

Abdul Rahman said Bernama would also extend all possible support and assistance to Noramfaizul’s family. – Bernama


Obviously, Dr Rais issued the statement without checking. We are not sure of the intentions, but it was clearly defective and could created unnecessary debate, especially at the times where Malaysians are shocked over the killing.

Unless Mingguan Malaysia did a botch reporting job and Dr Rais did not say that the slain Bernama journo wasn’t insured. Then, it is Dr Rais’s duty to ‘clear his name’ and get his lawyers to issue a demand letter to Utusan Malaysia. If he is lucky, he could win RM 400,000 this round again. Unlike Amizudin “Din Sharpshooter” Ahmad, Kumpulan Utusan Melayu Bhd can pay for this.

Then again, how much more of these blunders or reckless statements are coming out from the attention-craving-glamour-seeking Minister? A few months ago, his ‘Flip-Flop’ness on the Astro so called ‘price hike’ announcements, created another public outcry.

Is he getting too old for his job? Probably his body and faculties are not despite that is the oldest member of the Cabinet today, but his practices definitely are. People who have seen and interacted with him in official capacity describe his way are very ‘feudalistic’.


If any of his fan boys are catching this, Datuk Rocky’s ‘Ferrari’ is still in the safe keep of Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission. It has been there since almost a year since the investigation team came to Blog House Malaysia Adviser’s homer and confiscated the Acer notebook, in front of his family and neighbours. If Datuk Rocky did something wrong, then he have should be charged already by now. If there is nothing conclusive, then why is the notebook not returned? In fact, it was said the investigating team found nothing against Rocky which is legally detrimental and did recommend the notebook be returned.

By the way, we are still waiting for the ‘MACC report that he vowed to make’. This is what The Malay Mail quoted from Dr Rais on 11 Oct 2010:

“……will forthwith assert my rights under the law and report the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) so that an investigation could be under way”

If Dr Rais as a man made those mistakes, whether in Rocky’s case, Astro’s episode or even now, the latest ‘uninsured Bernama journo into warzone’ statement, then as a very educated and cultured old man he should uphold a bigger pride in the right values, by apologising.

Seriously, how difficult is that?

Published in: on September 5, 2011 at 03:03  Comments (18)  

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  1. Rais probably meant an insurance beyond the ordinary coverage of life and persinal accident when he mentioned ‘insuran khas’. There must be some form of guidelines to be obtained from the UN or International Red Cross or Medicin Sans Frontier as to the type of insurance coverage for their volunteer workers in worn torn countries or region. MAS and AirAsia were supposed to help ferry the Malaysian mission but had to cancelled that because apparently no insurance companies want to cover them.

    The incident that had befallen the Malaysian humanitarian team should not be politicised as global humanitarian issues transcend political divide and party lines. The oppositions have stooped so low in trying to capitalise on a tragic event such as this. We wonder if they could do it better. They couldnt because they didnt even bother to participate. Playing the usual armchair critic even in times of grief. What faith can anyone place in the hands of such ugly oppositions.

    The issue here is to learn from the shortcomings of the past and to apply better systems of preparation, deployment, contigency and evacuation for future humanitarian missions in very unstable and war torn countries and regions.

  2. Corrections- should read ‘ personal accident’ and
    ‘ International Red Cross and Red Crescent’.

  3. ayoo BD…dont la also use this sad event for your personal attack to Rais…come on la….

  4. What Postgrad On September 5, 2011 at 08:21 said might be true. Rais might be correct. Normal insurance do not cover war and even hurricane Irene. Don’t just make accusation just because you hate him. Be rational, be sensible.

    • Did Dr Rais check thoroughly before telling Mingguan Malaysia that?

      As the Minister in-charge of Bernama and all of its operations, shouldn’t he check things first?

      Unless Mingguan Malaysia made a grave error in their reporting and Dr Rais didn’t say that, now would we expect a letter of demand be issued by his lawyers to Chief Editor of Kumpulan Utusan Melayu soon?

      • BD,

        I kind of agreed with the argument presented by Postgrad.

        There must be an objectivity to each report posted.

        By saying this, I am not in a position of trying to belittle your writing above. At times there is always a room for correction. Let us focus on matters pertaining to the real issue, i.e to be more prudent when it comes to the safety of members who are in the humanitarian group.

        We wouldn’t want to add salt to the wound, eh.. BD?

        Let those who are in the other side of the camp (PR goombas) play politics and don’t get ourselves (as pro BN bloggers divulge into such act)

        Hesmel Faznee Faisal.

      • HFH,

        Well, let the others take care of the details for future humanitarian mission.

        This is about Rais and less-than-smart remark about insurance. Obviously he didnt do homework properly. And making a statement like that, he’d stand out as compared to other reports that will fill the two-three pager in the dailies.

  5. Serves you UMNO idiots right to have pie on your face by putting innocent citizens in harms way for your political showboating. Do you corrupt clowns really need an entire platoon of journalists for what is being showboated as a “humanitarian” mission? Can’t even help local Malaysians at home who are in dire straits but are the first to run to Palestine, Somalia and other shitholes like a bunch of penyibuks. Hopefully, in your next penyibuk adventure, the entire lot of the UMNO delegation be wiped out.

  6. no more missions to these conflict areas.. no use.. we give them food and yet they kill us!!! better help our fellow starving Malaysians especially in the interior of Sabah.. u give them food and they will give thier utmost gratitude… they will surely vote for their YB and not shoot the hands that feed them…

  7. BigGuy,

    This glamouRais is no different compared Azeeeez Rempit. Only their stunts are different.

    If memory serves me well, when the alleged ‘raping of maid’ was brought into controversial & eventually scandalous blog debates, it was Azeeeez Rempit who brought together UMNO cybertroopers to go after you & Datuk Rocky.

    We’re very shocked & saddened by the killing of Noramfaizul. But since it was an ‘Azeeeez Rempit Razzmatazz’, this Rais-matazz didnt make it any better with his false ‘not insured’ statement. Even they werent insured (which now proven not so), he should hv kept his mouth shut till all the shock & pain subsided first.

    I guess GlamouRais-matazz is as stupid as Azeeeez Rempit, despite the former has a PhD in law from the UK & latter was a car repossessor in PJ Selatan.

  8. Besides bodeking he knows nuts.

    And we are paying for his salary. Are we nuts too?

  9. Utusan and other mainstream had to publish Rais stupid statement because it is talked among the journalists that Rais unethically spent Ministry money to pay MSM to publish everything he said.

    If he really wanted to help Utusan, he should buy Utusan and distribute it to target groups.

    THis only raise the suspicion that Rais is using the Ministry more for himself than doing the work to publicise and promote Government policy, effort and counter opposition propaganda and lies.

    It does’t help the Government with the UMNO Communication Chief has an IQ the size of a hockey stick.

    That explains the predicament Government is facing in communication, propaganda and psywar.

  10. By the way, we are still waiting for the ‘MACC report that he vowed to make’. This is what The Malay Mail quoted from Dr Rais on 11 Oct 2011:

    11/10/2011???? kamu pun sama aje, flip flop

  11. To add to your description, Rais is an attention-craving-glamour-seeking sotong-handed-softie-but-sneeky-and vindictive Minister.

    You can add corrupt too. He was one of the riches MB when he was at N9. Just by blackmailing plantation companies. 🙂

  12. He is “Makin Tua Makin Bodoh” … tak lama akan jadi HP6 idiot

  13. he should resign for that matter to many blunders and rusty brain wont help him anywhere … zaman 46 dah habis dollah dah mampos so please make way ….

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