Monday, November 05, 2007

Bar Council March

That's Ting Fong doing the "wave" ;-)

Yes, yes, the "March for Justice" was like eons ago... but I finally found the time to download the pictures from the camera and sort through them ;) Plus, its probably a good reminder that while the march was more than a month ago, there has still been no tangible result from the "independent" panel "investigations" or by anybody else.

I like this pic, unfortunately, it's a video capture...
('cos the camera-man didn't know how to use the camera! ;-))

Yes, we were all tourists that day visiting the mighty Istana Keadilan.
Ng Lip Eng, Liew Chin-Tong, Lau Weng San, YB Teresa Kok, me & Ting Fong

More touristy shots for those arriving early for the March.
I won't name the others in the picture ;-)

The crowd gathers for the biggest gathering of lawyers ever.
Note the irony of the "50th Years of Independence" banner in the background.

Ah, the Hammer of Justice, courtesy of Jenice Lee

Dark clouds hang over the Corridors of Power

Ah, Kay Peng, Li Tsin and Weng San taking shelter from the impending downpour

11 comments:

Lissie said...

what horrible fat arms!!! i look like popeye! :P

Unknown said...

no-lah, it's just distorted by my cheap camera ;)

Anonymous said...

Tony,
What did you do with your right hand?
Its touching or holding something!
Arent you afraid your taitai might clobber once you published this pic? Its very incriminating...hehe

What A Lulu said...

am looking forward to the "wave" when you get voted in to parliament!

Unknown said...

errr... why is it incriminating?

Anonymous said...

Tony,

Just wondering why you always wear white shirt :) Does it mean that you want to be a clean politician?

Without your answer, I already know it's true.

The nation certainly needs more capable and honest politicians like you.

God bless you and DAP!

Anonymous said...

The government has wasted the country's public fund in sending a Malaysian to space. The majority of Malaysian who can think on their own feet knew very well that we had paid an astronomical sum to the Russian just for a person's space tour. There are other better yet cheaper ways that one can adopt to build the nation's self-confidence, if this was what the BN government intended to. The fund could have been channeled for better use such as building schools and hostels, supplying clean water, and electricity in remote areas of Sabah and Sarawak. A lot of children in Sabah and Sarawak are studying in schools and living in school hostels that are without 24-hour electricity supply, and have no supply of clean water. The children bath in the river, get their water from river or stored rain water. It's is extremely hard to understand what are the government's priority! I pray that the BN leaders will wake up from their unrealistic dream, and please don't our money on another space tour. Sending a space tourist to the space does not make us a great nation, but a joke in history in many years to come.

I swear to god that I will not vote for BN this coming GE!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tony,

Take a look at an online poll at Kwongwah e-news about our first 'space tourist':

http://www.kwongwah.com.my/poll/11.html/

We should really thank the stupid BN government, because more than 99% of the 700 comments expressed anger and frustration on this stupid wasteful space program. This way, it means more people will vote for the opposition in the coming GE.

Keep it up, we are on our way to topple BN!!

Former supporter of BN

clk said...

I read on the 6Nov '07 The Star that "Rocket Clubs" will be set-up in schools.

At first glance I thought I read wrongly......

Anonymous said...

Tony wear only white shirt because he is scared his wife will get angry if he wear other coloured shirts

Alternatively he recently went to a Parkson Grand Sale saw a massive 100% discount for white shirts and bought the whole lot!

Alternatively he wear white shirt because he tries to dress like a lawyer!

MakLijah said...

Hi Tony,

Great site, keep it up!
I posted Beth Yahp's open letter to the PM on my site earlier and just received a comment yesterday by one, DaRealDeal. I will respond to this letter soon, but was wondering if you would like a crack at it.

Here's the said letter:
Hi there! I posted Beth's letter on my website and yesterday I received a letter from Da Real Deal. I am be responding to his letter soon. But was wondering if you would like a crack at it.

Here's said letter:
Dear Ms Yahp,

Why was it necessary for the one thousand odd lawyers joined by others to walk in protest while they could’ve met the Prime Minister to discuss the matter of their grievance through the good office of the Bar Council? Was the Council’s effort to secure a meeting with the PM frustrated which would justify the march?

On 10th November 2007, 40,000 people perhaps 80% of whom were members of the opposition parties gathered illegally to show the world a dark picture of our beloved country.

I’ve viewed most of the videos on the event in Malaysia Today and not one of them showed any evidence of people being beaten by the authorities. In this day and age where cameras and videos are incorporated into mobile telephones, I doubt if such an opportunity would have been missed by those in attendance.

Security forces are usually not deployed to safeguard the safety of those defying the law. They are there to enforce the law. They are not responsible to handle with care children who were “lovingly” brought by their “responsible” parents to an unlawful gathering.

It is certainly a journalist’s privilege to witness and report the event in full. Foreign journalists had no problems getting in. Even Harakah journalists did a full coverage on it. If the proper identification tags were displayed, I’m sure they would have been accorded the protocol. Today there are many parties claiming to be members of the media. Even bloggers claim to be such just because they do some pieces of reporting here and there.

You mention of “ state controlled” media like Malaysia is the only country in the world that has this practice. I urge you to look not to far in our neighbours. Our “state controlled” media at least are allowed to whack government officials and even cabinet ministers. Which other “state controlled” media in which other country will allow this? Perhaps being a non-Malay you may not subscribe to the Harakah Daily which is the opposition controlled newspaper. This newspaper goes to town with just about anything against the government but unlike its counterpart, they don’t highlight the wrongdoings of their leaders. On that score, I’d say the state controlled entity gets my vote.

This obedience that you speak of in journalists occur everywhere. State owned ones will take orders from the government leaders while the opposition ones do just the same with their leaders. So why are you complaining as this is not the fault of the bosses? On the contrary, it is the journalists whom we should blame for being normal human beings; loyal to the paymaster as long as they are on the payroll. The classic example is in the former “state owned” newspaper journalists who are knowned bloggers today, complaining about how the newspaper editors write their columns to suite their bosses when in truth, they did the same damned thing when they were in under a different leader.

“Riots” were used by the foreign media trying to amplify their description of this peaceful gathering. I say it was relatively peaceful because I didn’t see any water cannons nor tear gas being applied at the rightful venue where the 40,000 were, which was at the Istana.

I hope you have couriered the letter that you have written to the Honourable Prime Minister while posting it in here. It is only fair that you do. I‘m sure that despite the fact that the event was illegal, high-jacked by a knowned corrupt and abusive former leader of the government, the PM will take into account of the grievances put forth. As it is, the government has agreed to use indelible ink and transparent boxes as demanded by the people. This is evidence that the people’s grievances have not fallen on deaf ears.

In saying that he “pantang di cabar”, it doesn’t mean that he cannot be challenged. It means that he will take on the challenge if it comes his way. As it is every citizen’s right to challenge, it is also his right to defend or even counter-challenge as he is too a citizen of this country like you and I.

I urge those complaining too much about the freedom of speech, press and what not to step back and re-look at the whole picture without blinkers. I’ve watched several live telecasts of a forum which includes the opposition and they get to say more than their piece on national television at prime time. Also, while the live telecast was on, the bottom strip was running with text comments from the viewers and several of them even ran down the PM. So I hope the detractors would use another line to defame the government as this no longer holds water.

Ms. Yahp,I am a normal citizen of Malaysia. I’ve lived in many countries in four continents lasting 17 years. In my experience abroad I have found that there is no such thing as an absolute democratic country like the one you’re wanting. The most popular country that prides itself with democracy even beats people up in front of the United Nations in New York.

This is still the best country to live in, even for members of the opposition who are free to whack the government, yet still live luxurious lives with their families in tact. Take a hard look down south, and be grateful for what God has given us.

Happy Thanksgiving.

I remain,
Da Real Deal Esq.