Friday, 26 February 2010

On the Circus that got to America

There's more than meets the eye.

The recent visit of Nazri Aziz to Washington's CSIS was quickly condemned as a failure and waste of public funds. Lim Kit Siang quickly joined in the chorus to say the same. Malaysia Today carried stories by its writers that the event held by CSIS was such a non event, that our Ambassador to the US was bored. Several people carried embellished stories about how our ambassador JJ was seen doodling on his blackberry or reading papers.

Let's listen to a possible alternative story.

First, have anyone asked the question as to how reporters from Malaysia Today or Malaysiakini got into the seminar or briefing? Usually, such an event would be a by-invitation only event. So unless we are told that people from Malaysia Today or Malaysiakini were invited which they weren't, the only way they got into the forum/seminar was by way of gate crashing. That would immediately add a different flavor to the reporting emanating from there right? Any lawyer worth his salt would quickly assail the characters of people who gate crashed into somebody else's party. A slighted person can't possibly give a balanced reporting.

Not many people knew that Anwar Ibrahim's friends in the US tried to lobby Congress and campaigned to have the event by CSIS cancelled. In other words, they would only agree to a one way street explanation- that from Anwar's side. They wanted Americans to remain uninformed.

But we understand how Americans think too. While Americans can be very expressive and partisan in their support to a particular person and/or to a cause, they are also rational people. What Anwar Ibrahim and his US supporters are afraid of is the possibility that an explanation of Malaysia's position over many issues may damage a particular and biased cultivated perception of Malaysia. What if someone from Malaysia articulate enough and pugilistic enough were to explain Malaysia's position over several contentious issues can be successful in dismembering the hitherto false and partisan flavored image of Malaysia? That would certainly swayed America's perception of Malaysia right?

In particular, what if we can offer a reasonable rebuttal to the claim that Anwar Ibrahim's ongoing case isn't at all a political prosecution? We are not asking America to support us against Anwar Ibrahim. But what the government is doing is to provide a reasonable explanation of Malaysia's position and stand over these matters to a sufficient degree that seeks Americans to have an open mind. This is to accept that Anwar Ibrahim's trial isnt at all a political prosecution. It must be seen as its rightful status- it's a litigation involving private persons; Anwar Ibrahim and his accuser. The duty of any court for that matter is to hear both sides. What Anwar Ibrahim is doing right now, is to deny everyone and more so America, from hearing both sides.

Why is Anwar Ibrahim so afraid of our ability to tell our side of the story?

13 comments:

Patriot 26 February 2010 at 02:02  

Of course we know you probably don't give a damn what others say about you and your posts, but I cannot help commenting that somehow you are getting less believable and I am not too sure about your sincerity in writing this post this way. But I am always ready to be convinced otherwise and will be if you can respond to these, and if you don't publish this comment, my confidence will go even lower. And what you wrote cannot go unchallenged:

1. Why the about turn regarding it being on records. What was UMNO of which you are a part afraid of?

2. Why only troublemaker Wee Choo Keong and Zahrain (now which side is he on?) only invited from the other side if the aim was to make it fair to both like you said?

3. Why did the 2 VIP's who were supposed to be speakers suddenly turned chicken and went MIA?

More later after I finished RPK's Nazri lied in Washington and still awake. And those genuinely interested in the truth, hope will read and chime in so we have both sides of the real picture.

Patriot 26 February 2010 at 02:15  

Datuk, I ernestly and sincerely wants more Muslim Malays (and non-Muslim Malays if such exist) leaders who wants good governance and have the interest of the rakyat at heart and really had hope that in you I perhaps have found one. I really hope you will read RPK's post with care and respond to convince me that you really believe what you wrote in this post.

Patriot 26 February 2010 at 02:26  

Gatecrashed? Who when I am very sure UMNO would not want those to spoil the 'party' to be present? Definitely not RPK. But RPK says he has informers all over the world, and he is not bound by the "off the record". Explain and elaborate more on this gatecrashing business away this please Datuk for I really want to be convinced you are both truthful and sincere.

Anonymous,  26 February 2010 at 03:44  

Datuk, what should we do with disgusting Malay like (not you) like ..... etc etc and pseudo Malays like Riduan Tee?? Will welcome some insight from you.

Patriot 26 February 2010 at 05:03  

Datuk Sak,

Based on current assessment, UMNO/BN cannot win in the next election if everything is fair and there are no cheating. Just wondering if you agree.

'Three blind mice’ to Washington went

Anonymous,  26 February 2010 at 06:42  

Datuk Sakmongkol,

Just wondering if you know that currently you are in the wrong boat. Of course we understand loyalty, but we feel that sometimes it is misplaced. See, almost the whole world (or at least the legal fraternity) are against the power that be in Malaysia. Look at how many foreign embassies people are attending Anwar's (your favorite beating boy?) SodUMNOy II trial?

Politically motivated charges impede his vision of a democratic Malaysia (author, Paul Martin is former prime minister of Canada so should know what he is talking about.

Just wonder how many comments here will eventually pass your moderation.

sakmongkol AK47 26 February 2010 at 06:58  

anon at 06:42
because paul martin is former minister of Canada --he should know? the truth of this case does not depend on how many foriegn embassies' first secretaries attend court.

sakmongkol AK47 26 February 2010 at 07:31  

dear readers,

when i assailed UMNO and will continue doing so, i am believable.
the minute i say something disagreeable about Anwar- i am an Anwar hater and less believable. i will answer the writers quoted by many in due course.
of course this article will never make it to Malaysia today.

yb,  26 February 2010 at 07:42  

JJ's behaviour overides all the other major issues.

JJ alone is enough for me to judge the quality of many alike.

A disgrace and an embarrassment!


yb

Patriot 26 February 2010 at 07:58  

"because paul martin is former minister of Canada --he should know? the truth of this case does not depend on how many foriegn embassies' first secretaries attend court."

Sure I agree. But as always, when we are seeker of truth, we put everything on the scale and see which side it goes. Isn't that how we should go about it?

"when i assailed UMNO and will continue doing so, i am believable."

Don't know if you believe me or not, but it is very easy for me to see both side of the story. Come, I want to be convinced you are believable, sincerely believe me.

Anonymous,  26 February 2010 at 08:03  

"of course this article will never make it to Malaysia today."

Somehow I am the foolhardy type, even if it is impossible, if it is not difficult to try, I will still try. Readers, hope you subscribe to the feed of Malaysia Today or at least check once in a while if RPK and cohorts will do what Datuk Sak says is impossible. Wonder how RPK got his information, but it has happened many times his "rumours" turned out to be true

Cheers and here is to real reforms for Malaysia.

Forexima 26 February 2010 at 08:20  

Dr Munawar Anees and Meor Abdul Razak all said they were coerced by the police to confess being sodomised by Anwar. A taxi driver in US, Jamal Ambro told a story of how he was approached by a member of the Malaysian embassy staff to imlicate Anwar in sexual wrongdoings. The trial of Munawar Anees lasted only a few hours (?) and he was sentenced immediately and he was seen shaken in the courtroom.

Anonymous,  26 February 2010 at 18:37  

Datuk Sak

I think you have to give more credit to your readers to gauge the situation(read Anwar) and have the ability to conclude sensibly. I for one tend to visit your site and RPK's first thing in the morning. Now what does that tell you of the average readers like myself.

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