MP for Petaling Jaya Utara Tony Pua manipulated events and stories to play the ‘victimized-by-the-BN-corrput-regime’, in his sordid attempt to gain public attention riding on United States President Barack H. Obama’s ongoing three day state visit to Malaysia.
Riong Kali dot com story:
Open letter to the President of the United States – Tony Pua
APRIL 26, 2014
Dear President Barack Obama,
Welcome to my country, my home, my beautiful Malaysia.
We Malaysians are extremely proud that an American president, the first in 48 years, decided to visit our humble country.
Although you are an American, Malaysians together with the rest of the world celebrated with you when you won the historic presidential election in 2008.
To quote your predecessor, President George Bush, your “journey represents a triumph of the American story”.
I was personally moved and inspired by your victory acceptance speech in Chicago, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer… at this defining moment, change has come to America.”
Hence you would surely remember and appreciate the struggles of African Americans in the history of the United States for freedom, justice and equality.
Article 1, Section 2 of 1787 first constitution of the United States had defined African-Americans as “three-fifths of a person”.
In the landmark US Supreme Court case of Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), it was decided that African-Americans, whether slave or free, could not be American citizens.
Even after the Civil War and the abolition of slavery by the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1865), the white supremacists had subverted the objective of these changes by using various strategies to disfranchise their black citizens.
The subversion of the US Constitution was even endorsed directly and indirectly by the presidents and the Congress of the era to enforce segregation and discrimination.
It is only through the continued political efforts of the African-American civil rights movements in the 1950s and 1960s, culminating in the Civil Rights Act (1964), which outlawed discrimination, based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, in workplaces and by facilities that served the general public.
Four decades later, the world witnessed the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States.
We were inspired, and we celebrated because in Malaysia, we face very similar challenges, challenges which we are still struggling to overcome.
Minority races in the country are discriminated politically, socially and economically.
No Malaysian can ever imagine the possibility of a non-Malay ever becoming the prime minister of the country.
Race and religious issues are exploited extensively and openly to entrench the powers of the ruling elite.
Civil liberties are curbed via a web of Draconian laws, with the complicity and collusion of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
The late Karpal Singh, the former chairman of my party, was found guilty of sedition, for simply expressing our Federal Constitution.
The government even wanted him jailed for the “offence”, even though he was pretty much paralysed from the waist down.
The leader of the opposition, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been politically and unjustly persecuted and previously jailed since 1998.
Even I am under the threat of being disqualified as a member of parliament and risk being jailed for up to two years if I were to be found guilty of “illegal assembly” for taking part in a peaceful candlelight vigil.
What’s more, religious freedom in the country is becoming increasingly suppressed, with religious extremism rearing its ugly head.
Malaysia is the only country in the world where the term “Allah” is deemed exclusive to Muslims, a position which our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has openly endorsed.
Malay-language Bibles have been seized. The church is currently prosecuted in the courts while religious leaders are being outrageously investigated for sedition.
Mr President, needless to say, I am certain your diplomatic corps would have also brief you on the extensive corrupt practices as well as abuses of power by our government to enrich the influential elite and their cronies.
More than 50% of Malaysians voted for a change of government in the last general election held a year ago.
Unfortunately, due to extensive gerrymandering, media manipulation as well as corrupt electoral practices, the aspirations of change by the ordinary Malaysians could not be achieved.
Hence it is our hope that your visit will not just be about “trade-relations”, the diplomatic euphemism for “profit maximization”, and “regional security”.
Malaysians hope that your visit to Malaysia can be a beacon of light in these difficult times.
We hope that you will be able to share your personal journey and the fight by great American leaders against institutionalised racism and discrimination to make it possible for you to become elected as the president of United States, the leader of the free world.
Malaysians too, dream of the day discrimination, marginalization and segregation by race, religion, colour and sex will be a thing of the past, and all Malaysians will be given equal opportunities and just treatment.
Mr President, with all due respect, we do not need you to visit our country to tell us that our country is a standout example of moderation, because it is not.
Or for you to praise our government that it is a model plural society living in peace and harmony, because it is a facade.
We need you, Mr President, to speak of the universal virtues of humankind, of the principles your forefathers upheld and sacrificed for.
We want you to speak of the importance of basic human rights, equality, freedom and fundamental democratic principles.
We want to know that the president of United States still believe in the protection and promotion of civil liberties throughout the world – those very liberties which allowed you to be in your position today.
We hope, Mr President, you will carry on the legacy of one of the world’s best loved civil rights activist, Dr Martin Luther King, who believed in non-violent civil disobedience.
You have rightly honoured his achievements in your speech celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr King’s famous speech in November last year. You told us:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“…We rightly and best remember Dr King’s soaring oratory that day, how he gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions, how he offered a salvation path for oppressed and oppressors alike. His words belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time.
“…and because they kept marching, America changed. Because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. Because they marched, the voting rights law was signed. Because they marched, doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody else’s laundry or shining somebody else’s shoes. Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and Congress changed and, yes, eventually the White House changed. Because they marched, America became more free and more fair…”
We Malaysians hope that you, Mr President will share your dreams with Malaysians and the rest of the world, just as Dr King did so with Americans, in that “soaring oratory”, where he said:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”
Mr President, Malaysians have a dream too, and we hope, from the bottom of our hearts, you will share our dreams.
Thank you, Mr President. We hope you will enjoy our acclaimed Malaysian hospitality. – April 26, 2014.
* Tony Pua is a member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Utara and DAP’s National Publicity Secretary.
It is obvious Pua wanted to berate the Malaysian Government, by manipulating judiciary decisions made from provisions enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
Former DAP Chairman the late Karpal Singh clearly committed sedition when uttered obnoxious words against HRH Paduka Seri Sultan of Perak Tuanku Sultan Azlan Shah Muhibuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuf Izzuddin Shah. Karpal spoke against HRH’s role as Constitutional Head of Perak when DAP-puppet MB Nizar Jamaluddin was removed from office, was in accordance to the Perak State Constitution and Federal Court decided on the legality for the removal of the DAP-puppet Menetri besar of Perak and his Exco.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed for abuse of power in 1997 when he was the Deputy Prime Minister and he exhaustively tried all avenues to turn the Kuala Lumpur Hugh Court decision for the six years prison incarceration. In the case of sodomy of Azizan Abu Bakar, he was found guilty and jailed for nine years. However, almost 10 years ago at Federal Court the decided that Anwar was not innocent from committing sodomy but two of three judges found it there was technical error to uphold with the High Court conviction.
In the recent Sodomy II case, it was when Anwar Ibrahim’s own political aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan made a Police report about being sodomised by the PKR Adviser on 28 June 2008. Anwar manipulated the case mainly through international media for the propaganda that the Malaysian Government was prosecuting him for political intent.
The fact is that, Anwar and his team of lawyers submitted 30 different applications which include the attempt to recuse the trial judge and the case was actually postponed 69 times, in three years of trial. When it was appealed by the Public Prosecutor, Anwar and the same team managed to postponed it for 25 times in two years.
The provision for Islam as the Religion of the Federation of Malaysia and prohibition to prosetylise Muslims into Christianity, with relevant enactment instituted by State Constitution for the implementation of the prohibition. This include Selangor in 1988.
It is definitely with malice intent that Pua manipulated the story about the Malay bibles were seized by JAIS from Bible Society of Malaysia, is about some of the minority within the Christian faith are out to blatantly disregard provision in the laws and out right mount the challenge.
The fact that Pua failed to mention that these provisions on Islam are enacted as part of the ‘Social Contract’ between the elected representatives of the rakyat Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra who then was the Chief Minister of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu and HRH Rulers, were fundamental basis when this nation was formed.
The State Constitution enactments were instituted by the process of democracy.
Pua statement that “Minority races in the country are discriminated politically, socially and economically” is nothing but a total lie with malice intent, clearly bordering provocation for ugly reaction form the majority.
If the minority races in Malaysia are politically discriminated, then the Chinese Chauvinist DAP would not obtain 38 Parliamentary seats out of 51 contested in the 13GE just a year ago. Out of those YBs, 31 are Chinese.
It should not be deemed as nothing but seditious to utter the simplistic statement that the minority are socially discriminated. The nation recognised all the minority social requirements.
As an example, license are issued for the sale of alcohol beverage to Non Muslim and it is very open. The Chinese are openly issued license to operate ‘entertainment’ outlets. There is almost no restriction for these outlets to operate, even in Muslim holiest month and Muslim religious holidays.
However if Pua is implying that there is a restriction for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) to open practice their skewed sexual tendencies, then it is very unfair for Pua to raise this in his open letter to Obama without making similar references elsewhere. For example, the same laws against the taboo of homosexuality is being enforced in Singapore, India and Pakistan.
The Chinese would not be the ethnic group which is controlling the economy, where many of the sectors are actually being monopolised by them if they have been economically discriminated. The fact is that most of the sectors these Chinese cartels and wide scale control of the market by the single race entrepreneurs made it almost impossible for entry into the sector.
Despite in their form as a minority ethnic, in the practice by contrast it is the Chinese business community through majority of the markets’ cartel and sectors which are economically discriminating others. Especially the majority.
As an instance, it is almost a practice within the Chinese business community that they don’t hire top and senior position amongst the Malays despite how the Malays have proven themselves professionally.
It is a grave irony to raise about ‘democracy’ when the fact is that Pua’s own party, Chinese Chauvinist Democratic Action Party, time and again has been proven neither democratic nor non racialist. No Malays are voted as Central Executive Committee, either in the rigged party election on 15 December 2012 or the recently party CEC re-election.
If Pua is being disqualified as a member of Parliament and even incarcerated in jail, it is by his own disobedience against the rules and regulation and for breaking laws which have been enacted through a democratic process where Pua himself was a distinguished elected representative in the Parliament which passed the law.
“Race and religious issues are exploited extensively and openly to entrench the powers of the ruling elite”, is clear a statement should be also deemed nothing but seditious against HRH Rulers. This should also be construed as attempting to instigate hatred against HRH Rulers, who are the custodian for all matters pertaining to the Malay culture and heritage and Islam.
Until recently, all these years there have been no serious issues about Non Muslims being allowed and having the freedom to practice their faith and maintain their place of worship. They are free to erect house of worship even though the Religion of the Federation of Malaysia is Islam. Take any Semenanjung Malaysia states, where the Malay-Muslim is the majority, the number of Non Muslim house of worship usually is more than the mosques and suraus, combined.
It is when the practice of these Non Muslim faiths encroach into attempts to prosetlytise Muslims or advocate apostasy, then that where the laws are broken. That is very clear and attempts to manipulate this bit is in direct collusion with the Federal Constitution, Articles 3.1 and 11.4.
In a nutshell, it is also morally wrong for Pua who is a philosophy, politics and economics graduate from Oxford University to manipulate and lie. The truth is the very opposite from the simplistic claim that Pua made in this article.
The Police should open an investigation paper on all these seditious statements by Pua, which was published by pro-Opposition portal Riong Kali dot com. Of course, in the due course of any investigation Pua should be allowed to give his statement why he made all these seditious statements.