Thursday, October 16, 2008

Parliament: Cops scared of crooks, so base closed! - Star


A police beat base in the Chow Kit area of downtown Kuala Lumpur was closed down because it was in a location that was considered unsafe, said Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

In a written reply to Dr Lo’ Lo’ Mohamad Ghazali (PAS-Titiwangsa), Syed Hamid said the beat base was located in a dirty area where there was a possibility of being exposed to contagious diseases.

The presence of criminals also posed a threat to the safety of police officers, he said.

Lo’ Lo’ had asked why the beat base on Jalan Haji Taib was closed considering the high number of vice-related activities in the area, as well as what kind action had been taken by the police to curb such activities.

Syed Hamid said that the police were looking for a new location to build a police beat base that would be able to give “guaranteed and continued service to the public.”

Lo’ Lo’s was the 30th question in the Order Paper and hence did not get a mention in the House during the daily one-hour Question Time. However, Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (PAS-Kuala Krai) managed to raise it when he interjected during Azmin Ali’s (PKR-Gombak) speech during the debate on Budget 2009.

Dr Mohd Hatta said that if the police themselves felt unsafe in a beat base, then it would be even worse for the public.

“The minister has to resign if he is worried about the safety of police in that area. Maybe it would be better to put the beat base in army barracks,” he said.

Dr Mohd Hatta then managed to raise the issue again during his own debate on Budget 2009 saying that Syed Ali’s response was not rational.

“The police are there to make a place safe. If they themselves are scared and run away, then how can we hope for others to want to be there?

“It is embarassing and that is why the criminals will always be there,” he said.

Dr Mohd Hatta said if the place is dirty, then it is up to the police to organise gotong-royong activities to clean it up or if they did not want to then they should move to Putrajaya or Parliament.

“And what is this about contagious diseases on Jalan Haji Taib? The only kind of contagious diseases that are present there are sexually-transmitted ones.

“Is the minister scared that his charges will contract such diseases? That kind of thing is a matter of choice. In any case, if this is what he is worried about then we are worried that the police are not above this.”

Dr Mohd Hatta added that the police had to be brave people and that they were a different breed altogether when facing demonstrators. He said he hoped that the minister would clarify his written answer in the House as this is not the kind of police that the people want.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hindraf declared illegal - Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Oct 15, 2008

The Hindu Rights Actions Force (Hindraf) has been declared an illegal organisation from today, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

In a statement issued here, Syed Hamid said the decision to declare Hindraf as an illegal organisation was made following the ministry being satisfied with facts and evidence that showed Hindraf had and was being used for unlawful purposes and posed a threat to public order and morality.

“Based on powers vested under Section 5(1) of the Societies Act, Hindraf from today is declared an illegal organisation,” he said.

He said the order was being made as a result of monitoring and investigation on the organisation’s activities by the Registrar of Societies (ROs) and Home Ministry, since Hindraf’s inception.

Syed Hamid said if left unchecked, Hindraf would continue to pose a threat to public order, the security and sovereignty of the country as well as the prevailing racial harmony.

“The decision to declare Hindraf an illegal organisation is not based on one or two of its activities that are in contravention of the law but covers all the actions it has taken since being formed,” he said.

Syed Hamid said Hindraf had all the criteria of an organised movement because it had filed for registration with the ROS on Oct 16 last year.

The application had yet to be approved but Hindraf had actively exploited the Indian community to organise illegal assemblies and street demonstrations without permits to the point of causing a segment of the community to rise up against the Government and also hatred among the Malays and Indians in the country, he said.

“Hindraf has also tried to secure support from foreign countries for the purpose of pressuring the Government to bow to its demands,” he added.

Syed Hamid advised the public to distance themselves from Hindraf and not participate in any way in any of its activities. - Bernama

Utusan demands apology and retraction from Kok - Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Oct 15, 2008

Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd has served on Seputeh MP Teresa Kok a letter demanding a full withdrawal and an apology for making defamatory statements about the Malay daily on Sept 22.

It also wants a retraction of the impugned statements by Teresa to the media publisher.

Kok was alleged to have said that the daily “memutar-belitkan” (twisted and distorted) her statements on the food she was served while being detained under the Internal Security Act.

The daily maintained that the defamatory statements about Utusan Malaysia were made on Sept 22 and arose out of statements she had made during her press conference three days earlier.

The alleged defamatory statements were published over national media and her own blog.

On Oct 9, Kok filed a RM30mil suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and the paper’s columnist Zaini Hassan over an article that allegedly defamed her.

PAS leaders condemn Cheras Umno over libel suit fund - Star

KOTA BARU: Oct 15, 2008

Three senior PAS leaders have condemned the Cheras Umno division for setting up a fund to help the Utusan Malaysia newspaper defend itself against multi-million libel suits, saying their intention had racial undertones.

PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa said it was unbecoming for politicians to be defending newspapers that by virtue of ethics, was an independent organisation, a watchdog acting on behalf of society.

He wondered why Cheras Umno was going after Seputeh MP Teresa Kok who was at the centre of allegations that she petitioned a mosque in Puchong to reduce the volume for azan (a call for prayers) as everyone named in the allegations, from Kok to the mosque committee, had denied this.

Yet Cheras Umno was pushing the issue without realising the sensitivities of race and religion, said Husam.

“This is unhealthy for a country with a strong multi-ethnic and multi-religious composition, it can lead to unsavoury tensions,” he said.

Husam was speaking at the Kota Baru PAS “Hari Raya Aidil Fitri” gathering at the state Chinese Chamber of Commerce where the guest of honour was Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Kota Baru MP Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah who hosted the event said most inhabitants in the country particularly the Malays were descendents of migrants either from parts of the Malay archipelago or from the Yunan province in China with some later coming from India.

PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat urged Umno to come out with a fund to salvage Malays from following the secularism form of Islam that they imposed after learning from the British.

He said it was dangerous to use racism in an age where people are fighting for justice and equality around the world.

Lim who launched his book here about experiences of prison life to the early formative days of a DAP-dominated Penang Government, urged MCA and Gerakan to leave the Umno-dominated Barisan Nasional.

'Investigate Najib over text-messages' - Malaysiakini

Beh Lih Yi | Oct 14, 08 4:50pm

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has called for a probe on Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for allegedly abusing his power in relation to the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case.

Anwar’s call came in the wake of an alleged exchange of text-messages, purportedly between Najib and senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah over the alleged involvement of political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda in the case.

“Our allegations against Najib - from the murder of Altantuya, the submarines and Eurocopter (purchase deal) to the SMSes exchanged between him and the lawyer - there is no response, no investigation and no report,” said Anwar, when met in the Parliament lobby today.

“So you find there is a case where a public figure wants to be shielded from any investigation.”

Anwar, also the Permatang Pauh MP, said the latest development will affect the government’s credibility.

He called for open investigation to uncover the truth, saying: “How can we accept a leader who is not prepared to defend himself? (But) I am not suggesting anything except for an open investigation.”

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said yesterday that he does not believe his deputy would have abused his power.

The SMS exchanges were highlighted on the Malaysia Today portal over the weekend.

Hottest item of news

It once again trained the spotlight on Najib, his wife Rosman Mansor and Altantuya, a 28-year-old Mongolian national who was murdered in Shah Alam in 2006.

The article entitled ‘Abuse of power by the deputy prime minister’ had exposed a series of SMS messages allegedly exchanged between Najib and Muhammad Shafee.

The lawyer had previously represented Abdul Razak (left), a close ally of the deputy premier and who is now on trial for allegedly abetting two police officers in the murder.

One text-message allegedly sent by Najib said Razak “will face a tentative charge but all is not lost”.

This has set off a chain of questions among Malaysians and across cyberspace, where the article has been among the hottest items of news.

Najib and Rosmah have repeatedly denied their involvement in the case, with Najib having sworn twice on the Quran that he was not involved in any way with Altantuya.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

PM should abolish the ISA - Star

Oct 13, 2008

THE decision by Datuk Sri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down as Prime Minister by March, though surprising was not unexpected.

Many may feel let down by his premature exit from the political arena especially when there country is plagued with numerous problems.

They would have preferred him to defend his post and remain as PM for a short while more and pursue his promised reforms with more vigour and zeal.

Similarly there are those who are pleased that he finally agreed to make way for others to take over and manage the affairs of the nation more effectively in facing the current challenges.

Nevertheless it was magnanimous of him to give in to the calls of the people to relinquish his post and make way for someone new to succeed him especially when the country is facing tremendous political and economic uncertainties.

Whoever succeeds him will have a monumental task at hand to rebuild the nation to its past glory.

He will have to possess not only all the skills of political manoeuvring but above all the integrity, courage and whole-hearted commitment to bring bold changes for the benefit of the people and nation. Abdullah promised many changes when he took over the premiership in 2003. Despite his honesty and sincerity in wanting to bring changes and reforms for the benefit of the common man, Abdullah met with limited success.

The hardcore political realities prevented him from succeeding in realising his dreams as he would have wanted.

Abdullah has admitted his shortcomings and plans to continue with his unaccomplished tasks during the remaining short period of six months.

He plans to continue with his attempts to reform the judiciary by establishing a Judicial Appointments Commission and a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to strengthen and empower the anti-corruption body.

He wants to set up a Special Complaints Commission to improve the effectiveness of enforcement agencies and organise a Barisan Nasional convention to tackle head-on sensitive inter-communal problems that are threatening to disrupt the peace and harmony in our multi-racial country.

These may be honourable and praiseworthy aims on the part of the outgoing prime minister but time constraints may not allow him to complete these noble tasks before he leaves.

Nevertheless he should boldly push through these reforms with more vigour and zeal in the remaining time he is in office and impress on his successor the need to continue with them fearlessly.

While these reforms may meet tremendous resistance in their implementation and have limited chance for success, one thing that he can definitely succeed in the short time he has is abolishing the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) and releasing all those detained under the Act.

Repealing the law is not an option but a must as the vast majority of the people oppose it.

Pak Lah still has the time to demonstrate that he listens to the people, whom he claims to love so much.

What the people want now is the immediate release of all ISA detainees and the abolition of the Act altogether.

If he can do that he will at least go done in history as the prime minister who restored greater democracy to the nation and freed the people from the clutches of a repressive law.


Why no news on tackling crisis? - Star

Oct 13, 2008

I FIND it incredible that the unprecedented global financial crisis that has governments everywhere on edge and frantically finding solutions finds little or no mention in Malaysian news of what the government is doing to tackle the imminent fallout.

Perhaps Malaysia has a secret recipe for tackling financial crises having successfully survived one over a decade ago. Or is it something else?

The global crisis that originated from the US housing and sub-prime mortgage crash spread worldwide and massacred the world’s stock markets are now entering the dangerous phase of damaging businesses and economies, and creating widespread unemployment.

The domino effect of the credit freeze worldwide is going to be evident in the developed world. But do I sense a tidak apa attitude in Malaysia and in the region?

The carnage in the financial and stock markets will inevitably affect the region yet we don’t see Asean calling for an emergency meeting to deal with the global crisis and its impact on the region.

That speaks volumes about their confidence or are they simply preoccupied with more important things?

The suggestion that Malaysia having de-coupled its economy from the US will not be badly affected is naive to say the least.

I read Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s statement on the urgency to deal with the crisis which is both relevant and timely and can’t help empathising with him in his frustration over the Umno top leadership transition pact.

People have to ask whether this sort of political wheeling and dealing is in the national interest and whether the country can afford to bide time while the incumbent leader works out his remaining days when the country faces a global financial and economic crisis that happens only “once in a generation.”

I scoured all the English newspapers but could hardly find any worthy mention of strong and decisive action by the politicians to face the imminent impact of the global catastrophe except the lonely voices of concerned politicians who should be asking for an emergency seating of Parliament to unite the country and form a bi-partisan approach to face the crisis.

More than ever Malaysia needs a prime minster who is diligent and capable and able to inspire confidence at home and abroad to prepare the country for the worst that the global fallout will present.

But what we can’t afford is a lack of leadership in this crucial hour.

It is easy for some politicians to talk about attracting foreign investments to take advantage of the US problems but why would anyone want to invest in Malaysia when there are now even more attractive opportunities elsewhere?

The financial crisis is as much a crisis of confidence. But I don’t see the politicians doing their utmost to bolster public confidence. Instead they appear more concerned about their personal interests than the country’s national interest.

If our politicians are so sure that Malaysia will weather the economic storm and that is why they are not spending too much time worrying about the global crisis then I guess we are truly a lucky country.

Ignorance is bliss and inaction is the panacea the world has yet to discover.


Anwar not revealing new date - Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Oct 13, 2008

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim does not want to reveal the new date in which he proposes to take over the Federal Government.

When pressed by reporters, he said: “I will not mention it (the date). At the appropriate time ... we will see a change.

“If the people want a change ... no power can prevent and stop it,” he said at his Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kampung Baru here.

Festive joy: Anwar and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail welcoming guests at his Hari Raya open house in Kampung Baru Subday. — Bernama

In Kota Baru last Friday, Anwar, the MP for Permatang Pauh and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser, said Pakatan Rakyat would set up a new federal government before Hari Raya Aidiladha on Dec 8.

Pakatan Rakyat failed to set up the federal government on Sept 16 as it had stated earlier.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and former minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim were among those who attended the open house. - Bernama

Sunday, October 12, 2008

People just Khan believe it! - Star

Malaysia Boleh! I think Kit Siang should be the one conferred a Datuk Seri title.



The conferment of Datukship on Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan has stirred up a controversy. Politicians, professionals and the man on the street are hotly questioning the wisdom of the move.

Some commented that the actor did not deserve the award as “he hardly knows where Malacca is” and asked whether he had promoted Malacca in his songs and movies.

SMSes received by The Star also hit out at the move, saying such awards should be given to local artistes.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the decision to confer the title on the actor was suggested to Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin recently.

Daim said it was a means to promote Malacca and the actor had shot a movie scene here several years ago.

The movie One 2 ka 4 was shot at the A Famosa Resort in Alor Gajah in 2001.

“This resulted in many people visiting Malacca. The award was given in recognition of this,” Mohd Ali said after the investiture ceremony in conjunction with Khalil’s 70th birthday celebrations.

Shah Rukh Khan was given the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) which carries the title Datuk.

Scores of fans gathered at the Dewan Seri where the investiture cere­­mony was held yesterday to catch a glimpse of the actor. He, however, did not attend the ceremony.

Mohd Ali said Daim was making arrangements to bring the actor here to receive the award in a special ceremony.

Businesswoman Fatimah Tahir, a huge fan of the star, said she was stunned to hear that he had received a Datukship.

“I thought the award is given to those who have contributed towards Malacca’s development.

“I wonder whether Shah Rukh Khan even knows where Malacca is,” said the 40-year-old from Taman Melaka Raya.

Lawyer Nizam Bashir from Ujong Pasir here also questioned the decision to award Shah Rukh Khan as he had not seen the actor promoting Malacca in his songs or movies.

“I am happy for him but does he even know he is getting the award?” said Nizam, 35, adding that it would be more meaningful if deserving local artistes were given recognition.

The local artistes who received the Darjah Seri Melaka (DSM) award, which does not carry any title, were singer Goh Eng Boon, popularly known as Andre Goh, comedian Jantan Osman also known as Ali Mamak and 60s singer Mariam Ahmad.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said he was not against deserving people being awarded the Datukship but priority should be given to local artistes.

He noted that if Shah Rukh Khan deserved the award, then so should Hollywood stars Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones who shot the movie Entrapment against the backdrop of the Twin Towers in 1999

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Raja Petra's Trial Postponed To Monday, Prosecution Intends To Review Charge - Bernama

PETALING JAYA, Oct 9 (Bernama)

The Sessions Court here today postponed the sedition trial of blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin to Monday after the prosecution applied to review the charge against him following the foundation of the charge being disputed by the defence.

Judge Rozina Ayob made the deferment after defence counsel Gobind Singh Deo found the alleged seditious article attached to the charge sheet was not the same as the one posted on the bloggers website on April 25.

Gobind also made a comparison of the two articles and pointed out that the one attached to the charge sheet did not have a title whereas the actual one carried the title "Lets Send the Altantuya Murderers to Hell."

"There are also several contradictions, in that the contents of the attached article were re-typed and Raja Petra's picture was copied and pasted," he said.

Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Roslan Mat Nor had made an objection to ensure any questions pertaining to the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu not be asked in too detail as the case was still being heard at the Shah Alam High Court.

He made the objection after Gobind asked questions as to how Altantuya was murdered and what happened during the incident.

Today's proceedings centred on the testimony of the prosecution's fifth witness, National Bureau Centre/Interpol assistant director, DSP Gan Tack Guan.

Cross-examined by DPP Ishak Mohd Yusof, Gan said he made a police report on April 30 after reading the article on Altantuya in the Malaysia-Today blog as four issues raised in were not true and were mere fabrications.

He, however, could not say for sure what the four issues were.

"I read the article twice, the first time on the computer in my office and the second at the office of DSP Mahfuz in Bukit Aman (federal police headquarters).

"What I know is that some the contents were not true and were mere fabrications," he said.


Anwar Ibrahim on PM Abdullah's decision not to continue - NST

KUALA LUMPUR, Thu.: Oct 9, 2008

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he was not suprised with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s decision to relinquish the prime minister’s post next year as well as not defending the Umno president post.

“He (Abdullah) has given this indication in the past and he is clearly under siege within Umno. I don’t think it is tenable for him to continue under this circumstances. The issue is not personal. It is systemic.

“I appeal to Abdullah... at least do the right thing. I would suggest tomorrow, release all the Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees,” he told the media at the Jalan Duta court complex here today.

Anwar, 61, was met while attending the court proceedings in his sodomy case at the Sessions Court at the complex, which had resumed to hear submissions by the defence and prosecution on the validity of a transfer certificate signed by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail for the case to be transferred to the High Court.

DAP to PM: We’ll work with you - Star

GEORGE TOWN: Oct 9, 2008

The Democratic Action Party (DAP) is willing to cooperate with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his last five months as prime minister on most of the initiatives he outlined on Wednesday.

Abdullah, in announcing he would not be defending his post of president of Umno, the dominant party of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, said he would spend his remaining time to push through some reforms.

The president of Umno traditionally becomes the prime minister, and Abdullah is paving the way for his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to take over, assuming he successfully wins the Umno presidency in the party polls next March.

The DAP, part of the opposition Pakatan Rakyat alliance, said it is willing to work with the outgoing prime minister on some of the reforms, including restoring the credibility of the judiciary, adopting stringent anti-corruption measures and eliminating the abuse of power among Barisan leaders.

However, the party does not agree with the establishment of a Special Complaints Commission to enhance the integrity and effectiveness of enforcement agencies, DAP secretray-general Lim Guan Eng said in a statement.

He instead urged Abdullah to adopt the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission recommended by the Royal Commission of Inquiry instead.

Lim, also the Penang Chief Minister, added that he hoped Abdullah would restore federal funding for projects in the state before he leaves office.

“Federal funding for projects to promote transport, communications, water, crime prevention, traffic congestion and flood mitigation, costing billions of ringgit, were earlier earmarked for the state before being shelved due to the fuel price hike,” he said.

Teresa sues Utusan for RM30m - Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Oct 9, 2008

Seputeh Member of Parliment Teresa Kok Suh Sim has filed a RM30mil defamation suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and its editor over the publication of an article on azan (call for prayers) last month.

The writ of summons was filed at the Civil High Court registry in the Jalan Duta Court Complex on Thursday, through law firm, S. N. Nair & Partner.

In her statement of claim, Teresa, who is also Selangor senior state executive council member, claimed that the article headlined Azan, Jawi, Jais, UiTM dan baalifbaya, published in its newspaper on Sept 1, meant that she was untrustworthy, a bad politician, racist and anti-Islam.

She claimed that the defamatory article was also understood to mean that she was also an intolerant, chauvinistic politician who had committed a criminal offence which was punishable with imprisonment.

Teresa, 44, said the defendants published the article in question with the knowledge and/or with the intention that the gist of the article would be republished in the local and international media, both electronic and the press.

Teresa, who was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for seven days following the issue, said the defamatory article was republished and disseminated and circulated in Malaysia and to the world, through Utusan’s online services.

She said as a result, her reputation was gravely injured and also caused irreparable damage to the character, credit and reputation, both nationally and internationally.

She claimed that she was also brought into public scandal, odium and contempt and that she suffered considerable distress, anxiety and embarrassment, entitling her to seek aggravated and exemplary damages.

Teresa said that on Sept 15, through her lawyer, she demanded from the defendants, a retraction, apology and damages but was refused.

She is seeking RM30mil in general damages, aggravated damages, exemplary damages, as well as an injunction to restrain the defendants or their agents, from repeating the defamatory words, interest, costs and any relief deemed proper by the court. - Bernama

Monday, October 6, 2008

RPK sedition trial: Blogger's news portal accessible to others, MCMC official testifies - Sun

PETALING JAYA (Oct 6, 2008): By Tan Yi Liang

The sedition trial of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin kicked off today with the defence pointing out that several entries in his news portal were posted during his Sept 12 detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

A bearded Raja Petra waves on arrival at PJ court.

Raja Petra's counsel, J. Chandra, pointed this out during the cross-examination of the prosecution's first witness, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission deputy director Harme Mohamed, at the sessions court here.

Harme, who was called as an expert witness, said it could be possible for someone to have access to the news portal to post the article titled 'Let's send the Altantuya murderers to hell' on April 25 under Raja Petra's byline without his consent or knowledge.

Chandra first asked Harme whether he was aware Raja Petra has been under remand since Sept 12, to which Harme replied in the affirmative.

Chandra: There have since been postings on No Holds Barred (a section in Malaysia-Today)?
Harme: Yes.

Chandra: There were several postings with the RPK byline. Do you agree?
Harme: Yes.

Chandra: He has been under the ISA and bylines have been coming out under his name. Who is doing the postings?
Harme: Somebody else.

Chandra: Would you then agree that there are others who have access to the website?
Harme: Yes.

Chandra had earlier tried to establish that it would have been impossible for Raja Petra to monitor all traffic on

Harme agreed with Chandra that a posting of an article could be done by anyone having access to username or password for Malaysia-Today.

He also agreed that Malaysia-Today is accessible worldwide at any time of the day or week and that the owner would not be able to fully monitor web traffic.

When he took the stand, Harme gave a four-hour "lecture" on the workings of emails, websites, Internet service providers, Wikipedia, web-hosters and blogs during the examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Farhan Read.

He explained that all one needed to access a website as an administrator was the administrator's user name and password.

This point was brought up again in the cross-examination.

To a question by Chandra, Harme agreed that to access a particular website, the administrator has his own user name and password, and that the information could be shared by other people.

Chandra: So, when you see a posting on a blog or website, you do not know who could have posted it, anyone could have access to the user name and password. Do you agree?
Harme: Yes.

Harme Mohamed - first witness
Raja Petra, who arrived in court to the cheers of more than 60 supporters, including DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and Selangor state executive councillor Ronnie Liu, said he was looking forward to the abolition of the ISA and other laws restrictive of freedom.

"I dream of the day the government will be brought down, and we will abolish all draconian laws," said Raja Petra, who cited the Official Secrets Act, the Printing and Presses Act and the Sedition Act as well as the ISA as "draconian laws".

The sedition trial, which is being presided over by Justice Rozina Ayob, is set to go on through this week over Raja Petra's article entitled 'Let's send the Altantuya murderers to hell' posted on Malaysia-Today on April 25.

He was charged on May 6 with committing the offence at his house on Jalan BRP 5/5, Bukit Rahman Putra in Sungai Buloh on April 25.

If convicted, he can be fined a maximum of RM5,000 or jailed up to three years or both under Section 4(1)(c) of the Act.

After he was charged, Raja Petra was served with a two-year detention order under the ISA on Sept 22 and is now detained at the Kamunting detention camp in Perak.

Expert witness testifies at Raja Petra's trial - NST

KUALA LUMPUR, Mon: Oct 6, 2008

The trial of blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, charged with publishing a seditious article in his blog, began at the Sessions Court here today, with an expert witness called to testify.

Harme Mohamed, who is deputy director of international affairs department-cum-director of security, trust and governance department, Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), was the first to be called.

In his testimony today, Harme, 39, told the court that it was Raja Petra who posted the article, “Let’s Send the Altantuya Murderers to Hell”, which was published in on April 25, this year.

The witness said he made the conclusion based on the MCMC’s Computer Forensic Investigation Report which stated that Raja Petra’s name was written in the article as the author, and the domain name was

Harme was testifying during an examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Roslan Mat Nor.

To a question by Roslan on whether he knew the website’s domain name administrator, Harme replied: “Based on the document, I do not know”. Raja Petra, 58, is alleged to have committed the offence at his residence, No: 5, Jalan BRP 5/5, Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh.

The article entitled “Let’s Send the Altantuya Murderers to Hell” was published in on April 25.

The charge under Section 4(1)© of the Sedition Act 1948 carries a maximum fine of RM5,000 or up to three years’ jail, or both upon conviction.

Raja Petra, who wore a blue short-sleeved shirt, a pair of blue jeans and blue slippers, looked calm throughout the proceeding.

Meanwhile, during cross-examination by lawyer J. Chandra who represented Raja Petra, Harme said he had no other evidence to prove that it was indeed, Raja Petra who posted the article besides what was stated in the report.

He agreed that the report did not state any particulars concerning the date when the alleged seditious article were posted although it was mentioned in the said article.

Harme also agreed with a suggestion by Chandra that posting of that nature (through the website) could have been done by anyone having access to the username and password of the owner of the website.

Chandra: Since this is a popular website and can be viewed 24 hours (a day) and seven days a week, do you agree that the author or the owner is not there physically all the time to monitor it?

Harme: Yes.

Chandra: Are you aware that Raja Petra has been under remand since Sept 12?

Harme: Yes.

Chandra: Are you aware that since Sept 12, there have been several other postings on the website?

Harme: I have read one but cannot recall whether it was posted by Raja Petra.

Chandra: Who did the postings?

Harme: Maybe somebody else.

Roslan also informed the court that the prosecution had six or seven more witnesses to testify, adding that tomorrow, it would call two public witnesses to give their testimonies.

Hearing before Judge Rozina Ayob continues tomorrow.

Raja Petra in court facing sedition charge - Star


Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin posted a seditious article in the website on April 25, the Sessions Court heard.

Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission’s director for Security, Trust and Governance department Harme Mohamed said he could identify Raja Petra’s name and the article's date after perusing the front page of the article.

Questioned by lead prosecutor DPP Roslan Mat Nor, the first witness said he could confirm that the article was posted on the portal based on its 'domain name’ printed in the document as Malaysia Today.

However, cross-examined by lead counsel J. Chandra, Harme agreed that he did not have any evidence that showed that it was indeed Raja Petra who posted the article.

Harme, who is also the commission’s International Affairs department deputy director, admitted that the posting could be done by anyone who had access to the blogger’s user name and password.

Harme further agreed to a suggestion by Chandra that the website was very popular and accessible to people for 24 hours all around the world.

He agreed that the owner of the website or its author would not be there for 24 hours to monitor its Internet traffic due to its availability.

Questioned by Chandra, Harme said he was aware that Raja Petra had been under detention under the Internal Security Act since Sept 12.

Harme admitted to a suggestion by Chandra that there were still several postings under Raja Petra’s name in the website after his arrest.

Asked who did the postings after the blogger’s detention at the Kamunting camp, Harme said somebody else had done it and that there were others who has access to the website.

He also admitted to Chandra that an inspection report by the police’s Computer Forensic Investigation Unit did not show the posting dated April 25.

He agreed that one could literally hide in cyber space. Asked about his impression of the website, Harme said that it denounced money politics, ethnic polarisation and advocated transparency, accountability and justice.

He said that he had, since last year, been spending 15 minutes a week reading articles that appeared on the website. Questioned by DPP Farhan Read, he said that TOR (onion router) software was normally used by Internet users so that they could be anonymous in cyberspace.

Earlier, judge Rozina Ayob allowed an application by Chandra to have access to Raja Petra on courtroom on grounds that he had only met his client once after his arrest.

Speaking to reporters earlier, Raja Petra, who was hugged and kissed by his family members upon his arrival at the court premises, said he spent his time reading books at the camp.

So far, the blogger, who was brought in from the camp on Sunday, said he had read nine books.

“I read one of the books in one day. My wife (Marina Lee Abdullah ) had given me a new book on autobiography of a leader, Joe Slovo, yesterday, to read,” he said with a laugh.

On his recent 58th birthday on Sept 27, he quipped that he had a birthday cake and a girl “jumped” before him as part of the celebrations that day. Besides that, he said he had `dreams’ about the new government and plans for the people.

The hearing continues today.