Thursday, May 10, 2012

Democracy,Kleptocracy Or Hypocrisy ? Take Your Pick.

Hantu Laut
Some people say you can't separate Sharizat from her husband and she paid  a heavy price for what he did. 
Can you separate Marina from her father?
There was no record of her attacking her father's policies when he was prime minister for 22 years under the same political umbrella. 
UMNO political ideology have not changed much until quite recently when current PM Najib tried to repair the damage done under Pak Lah's tenure by reforming some of the archaic and draconian laws.
Najib is fighting an uphill battle not only from the oppositions but from within his own party where old habit diehards see reforms stripping away their political fortunes.
Obviously, she is not a fan of PM Najib Tun Razak and the kleptocratic UMNO, her father's former political bastion.
Marina binti Mahathir is the daughter and eldest child of the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Mahathir Mohammad. She is well known as a leader in many non-governmental organizations such as the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and is currently an active socio-political blogger. She also writes a bi-weekly column in The Star.
Marina has called for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Marina has 3 children and is married to an Indonesian professional photographer, Tara Sosrowardoyo.
She graduated from the University of Sussex.

Marina Mahathir, daughter of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has launched a stinging attack on UMNO leaders

May 8: Marina Mahathir, daughter of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has launched a stinging attack on UMNO leaders who accused participants of the Bersih 3.0 rally last month of wanting to topple the government through street protests.

“What is this obsession with us not being Egypt anyway? If we’re not, then why worry? Besides, who needs to worry about the Arab Spring unless they identify themselves with Ben Ali, Mubarak, Gadaffi and Assad?” she wrote in a blog posting, referring to the Arab dictators.
UMNO leaders, including her father, had earlier said that Bersih protesters were imitating the people’s uprising in the Middle East, collectively known as the ‘Arab Spring’, and wanted to replace the current government through street protests and foreign interference.
Marina (pic), who also joined the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, defended the right to peaceful assembly and said there was nothing wrong when the Egyptian people assembled at Tahrir Square to press for democratic reforms.
“They want a greater say in the policies of the government. They want an end to corruption. They want proper elections with many candidates to choose from, not just those handpicked by the rulers. They want an end to military interference in politics,” she wrote.
“Aren’t these reasonable? But our government will not acknowledge that these demands are quite normal. Well maybe they’re not in an undemocratic country.”
Marina also took to task those who argued that Malaysians need not protest as their country was “not Egypt.
“If Malaysia is not Egypt and our leaders are not Mubarak, then why are Malaysians who went to Bersih treated like Egyptian protestors?” she asked.
“If anyone had gone down to Dataran on the Sunday after Bersih 3.0, apart from the barbed wire, everything was back to normal… Made our point, now let’s go eat. This is why we are not Egypt. In this we agree with our government. We are NOT Egypt. But then why respond in such Mubarak-like fashion?”
On the recent declaration by the National Fatwa Council that demonstrating against the government was forbidden in Islam, Marina reminded of a similar ruling made by Egypt’s Al-Azhar University Fatwa Committee in the days leading to Mubarak’s resignation on February 11, 2011.
“So getting the NFC ( hmmm…dubious initials…) to issue such a fatwa seems very Mubarak-like, doesn’t it?” she quipped. Harakahdaily.


Anonymous said...

that comes to show how naive one can be...even though one is matured enough...but one really matured enough...may be not...time wiil tell

Anonymous said...

seriuosly madam, are you that blind on that day, does it not raise a question why in the world would police shoot the gas cannister? is the rally was a peace rally?. does question give out by "benji lim" to anwar don't mean nothing? does benji lim is not malaysian or bersih prostester??

you so called the peace rally go against the court rule, why in the logic mind you cannot just seat quitely around kl with out causing any havoc?

why ambiga do not raise her voice when the bersih gang going berserk on that day? i mean she is the god hand pick to fight for fairness and hosnesty also the champion of human right but WHY WHY WHY did she forgot to said to her bersih gang ORAIT ITS ALREADY 4PM LETS GO BACK NOW EVERY BODY WE ARE A PEACE PROTESTOR NOT PEACE DICTATOR.

you talk about how white is your palm but you show to the people how the black the back side of your hand..

why dont you ask anwar why he give the instruction to go through the barricade even though the police is just standing there being curse being mock being scoundrel by your so called peace protestor???

you talk about the clean election start with 8 demand, BUT WHAT HAVE YOU DONE SINCE THE 1ST BERSIH??



Anonymous said...

Ask her to join a political party, stand for elections and speak her mind on any subject she likes as a people's representative in Parliament. Then she'll be credible and accountable as well.

Tell her not to allow her personal problems to interfere with her own leanings. Remove the Tunku Khursiah College element so that it doesn't cloud her mind, her judgements and pronouncements. Shahrizat, also from TKC, has already left the scene. And those years ago, wives of the PMs were never alumni of TKC I believe.

Garrett said...

Marina's stand as an advocate of human rights has gotten too much into her head. So much so she has become so biased that she attacked her father's own party.
I have never spoken up against her due to my admiration for her father, but now she has taken sides with people who intend to use violence to topple the government.
Her self-righteousness is so identical to those Pakatan Rakyat hoods that it makes me sick.
It's about time she openly choose to join the PR instead of hiding behind her father's great name.
Marina...all I can say to you is: SHAME ON YOU!

Purple Haze said...

It still boils down to the people.

Whether you are pro-govt or not, shouldn't we the rakyat, want the election process to be clean and fair to all ? This way, everyone will know that the victor won fair and square.

The EC is answerable to the King and not the PM. Thus, it would have been equitable for the BN to have supported a better election process but not necessarily join Bersih.

But they keep quiet.

I think this is what irks Marina. Her father's party is seen to be against making the system better.

Tyko Kampung said...

Wow!!! The daughter of our ex-PM defending Ambiga against those who resort to name calling. Btw, where was her when the opposition resorted to tarnish her own father's name by calling him, our beloved Tun, by all sort of degrading names? I certainly didn't hear her advising those people to use better argument rather than resorting to name calling. Has she disowned her own father just because they are not on the same political path?

Memang anak derhaka dia ni. Tak cium bau syurga