Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling
Jaya on Tuesday, 30th December 2008:
Hamid, Shabery Cik and MCMC should explain
why so tardy and laid-back in taking action against the blog which
insults Prophet Mohammad
While all right-thinking Malaysians,
regardless of race or religion, agree that stern action should be taken
against those responsible for the blog which insults Prophet Mohammad,
many are asking why the authorities have been so tardy and laid-back in
acting when complaint was first made many weeks ago.
Although Utusan Malaysia first reported about the blog last Saturday,
27th December 2008, with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi, responding on the same day by directing the Home Minister, Datuk
Seri Syed Hamid Albar and the police to act quickly against the blog
over insults to Prophet Muhammad, in actual fact, the authorities had
been aware of the blog concerned for weeks.
This was revealed by the Information Minister, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek
who said on Saturday that the woman in her 20s whose photograph and
identify were used in the blog containing insults to Prophet Mohammed
had denied owning the Internet domain and had in fact met him two weeks
ago to ask RTM to help clear her name.
"She sought help from RTM to publicise the
matter because the web log, which also contains Deepavali messages
insulting the Hindus, was not hers and had tarnished her reputation
and the company she works for."
But neither Shabery nor RTM gave her any help
although she had lodged reports with the police and the Malaysian
Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to trace the people
responsible after coming to know the existence of the blog several
Instead, the woman was picked up by the police at 6 pm on Saturday to
“assist in the investigation” and later released on police bail!
The police said today that they have identified several suspects in
connection with the offensive blog and several people would soon be
called up to assist in the investigations under the Sedition Act.
The question Hamid Albar, Shabery and MCMC should answer is why the
police, the RTM and MCMC had been so tardy and laid-back in taking
action against the blog concerned when the woman victim had lodged
reports with the police, the Information Minister and the MCMC weeks
before the Utusan Malaysia report last Saturday and why she had to be
taken into custody to “assist in investigations” despite her earlier
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor