Thursday, September 2, 2010

Taib's Daughter Hanifah Suspends Paul Si Over Publication Of Sensitive Article

Thursday, 2nd September 2010

The editor of Sarawak Tribune, the state's oldest newspaper which returned to the newsstand in May after a four-year hiatus, has been suspended for publishing an unfaltering report on Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The report, 'Is Taib Mahmud testing the waters?', which was from Bernama wire service, appeared on the front page of the newspaper on Monday.

It quoted a number of political analysts questioning the chief minister's motive in announcing his willingness to quit ahead of a state election.

According to the commentators interviewed by Bernama, Abdul Taib had no intention to step down after 29 years in power and the statement was carefully made to elicit support from local leaders.

"He will not step down. He just wants to know who is complaining. His remark is a calculated statement to find out who are against him," Bernama quoted James Chin of Monash University.

Malaysiakini has learned that Tribune executive editor Paul Si, who helmed the newspaper since it hit the streets three months ago, had been suspended for two weeks. There are unconfirmed reports that he was given the marching orders.

Taib's daughter livid

According to sources, Abdul Taib's youngest daughter Hanifah, stormed into the newspaper office on Monday night to berate the staff over the publication of the report.

Hanifah, a former managing editor of the Tribune, held a lengthy meeting with top editors until 2.30 the next morning.

Si, who has 25 years of journalism under his belt including stints with Malaysian Insider and The Star as well as Borneo Post, was at the office briefly on Tuesday morning.

He was subsequently summoned to the Chief Minister's Office and did not return to the office since.

Si did not answer telephone calls from Malaysiakini.

Since Tuesday, the newspaper has gone on a damage control exercise with reports after reports of local leaders calling on Taib to remain as chief minister.

Sarawak Tribune was suspended indefinitely on Feb 9, 2006 for reproducing the controversial caricature of Prophet Muhammad.

The management of the 61-year-old English daily resolved to close the newspaper despite that the suspension order was later rescinded and instead launched Eastern Times.

Eastern Times published its last edition on May 19, with the new Sarawak Tribune rolling off the press the next day, incidently, was launched by Taib.

Read More at Malaysia Chronicle

Siti Inshah Mansor -The Headmistress Becoming Celebrity In One Night

Tuesday, 24th August 2010

Siti Inshah Mansor the Racist Headmistress

Let’s wait and see what action will be taken against Siti Inshah Mansor (pic above), the principal of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Kulai, for the racist remarks she allegedly made at the Merdeka celebrations in her school

The first time I read about this disgraced headmistress, I just could not believed with what I read. The headmisteress who has been given the responsibility to ensure that students from various races in the school to live harmoniously with each other, ever said such a racist comments.
If I am to be given the opportunity to mete the punishment against this racict headmistress, the only punishment that fit her is an exile to the outer world that is by banishing her to Mars.

According to the Free Malaysia Today report, the police will be concluding their investigations soon, under Section 504 of the Penal Code. If they have a case, Siti Inshah could be charged with provocation, which carries a maximum imprisonment of two years, a fine or both.

Meanwhile, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has called for her to be sacked. MCA president Chua Soi Lek calls for her to be transferred to a desk job and given counselling. How generous of Chua. But what all the dayak leaders say about the case. As of when this article is written, the two vocal Iban leaders Masing and Jabu are still holding to their balls.

Siti Inshah is alleged to have said that Chinese students are not needed in the school and can go back to China or Sekolah Foon Yew (a private Chinese school in Johor), and that the prayer strings Indian students wear on their neck and wrist make them look like dogs, and only dogs would be tied this way. If the allegation is true, what could have possessed her to make her say such things? That is something that must be ascertained. Even if she had been provoked for some reason or other, it is still not her place to react this way to the students. She has a huge responsibility as a school principal to restrain her racist impulses.
Given the seriousness of the situation, if the allegation is true, how then can she be allowed to get away with it? If she were to be exonerated, imagine the damage she could further cause given her influential position.
If it is true that she behaved like a racist, her name should instead be remembered in the Hall of Shame.

Racial slurs

So far, however, among the Barisan Nasional parties, only the MCA and the MIC have criticised the action. Has any Umno leader come out to say anything against it? And if so, why not?  What about the dayak majority parties such as PRS, SPDP and PBB(Pesaka Wing) ? Being the supporter of harmony and peaceful Malaysia, I am urging all Iban's Ministers to come forward and condemn this racist headmistress.

More article on Siti Inshah Mansor can be read at Hornbill-hornbill

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