Sunday, May 25, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
我曾将当时议长及健仁的对话写在以下（My Dun’s Diary – 7.5.2008）。
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Chong Jin Ken was charged with 2 traffic counts on 17.07.2007. The police alleged him being guilty of driving a lorry carried with earth which was not covered properly.
His defence was that the police was demanding "kopi-o" from his site supervisor and the site supervisor refused to see him, and thereafter the summons was issued against him who heading towards the site.
One of the police did admitted to the Court, while cross-examined by Chieng Jen, that he did uttered the following words before issuing the summons:-
"Saya sudah pusing site beberapa kali, site supervisor tidak mahu keluar jumpa saya. Bagaimana menjadi site supervisor macam ini?"
Further, the police also admitted to the Court that these are the only words he uttered.
Chong Jin Ken has been acquitted by the Court this morning on the reason that the Prosecution had failed to establish the prima facie case.
What a May 13 day for Chong Jin Ken and Malaysian's justice at large.
Friday, May 9, 2008
The below is part of Chieng Jen Speech in DUN on 07.05.2008:-
Mr. Speaker, have you heard about “Wikipedia”? (Silent) Anyone heard about “Wikipedia”? (Silent) That’s mean you are not very internet servy. It is a free encyclopedia available to anyone on the net. You can type anything, and most of the time you will get the answer. But in the “Wikipedia”, I will urge honourable members of this House to have a look. I went in, I do a few searches, and when I came along with the name of our Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mhmud…
Speaker: No… No… I have to stop you.
Chieng Jen: Ha… (Laughing) Why?
Speaker: Because is sub-judice.
Chieng Jen: No, no. That is not sub-judice.
Speaker: It was stated in the (election) petition (against you).
Chieng Jen: What is in the petition?
Speaker: What you alleged against the CM and the family, and the companies.
Chieng Jen: What did I alleged?
Speaker: If in the election petition served on you by the petitioner with you as respondent, incited or with your blog and you pamphlets, so I have to stop you…. Member for Kota Sentosa, that is my ruling.
Chieng Jen: It is very bad…
Then the hullabaloo started.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Chieng Jen questioned the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tan Sri George Chan, on the Government’s effort to ensure the equal treatment in entertaining police report from the public and high rank government officer. The question was posed to the government in this morning questionnaire sessions in Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) sitting.
In 25th March 2008, I had received a complaint from a Ling’s family at Tabuan Laru, Kuching that their house has been robbed in the very afternoon. They discovered the daylight robbery sometime at 2 pm. They called the police right after the discovery, but the reply given was that they have to go to the nearest police station to make a formal report, only by then the “Saya Anti Rasuah” team will send the man down to the scene for investigation. Ling’s family waited for an hour to complete the report making and waited for another few hours for the police to come. From the time they first discovered the crime until the arrival of the 2 investigating officers on the “welcoming red carpet” of the crime scene, it took 4-5 hours.
On 28th March 2008, similarly the BN Samariang Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri’s (ADUN) house was robbed. She needed just a phone call to summons the police to come. Not only pitiful 2 officers came, but a group of investigating officers, lots of high rank police officers including the State Commissioner of Police came, and even police dogs were there to facilitate the investigation.
Same treatment to George on the robbery of his house on last April fool day.
I wondering what kind of phone was used by Samariang ADUN and George. For them, one phone call was good enough for the police to come. For Ling’s family or public at large, we got to go through lots procedures including making police reports and recording statement. It can be simple, but for whatever reason it has been made complicated and became extremely time consuming.
The question posed by Chieng Jen this morning to George was not well answered. George on the other hand called for suggestions to solve this problem. To me, this is a problem of double standard practiced by the police force. Can’t state government directs the police to treat public equally as what has been rendered to him? What more suggestion needed by him?
Unfortunately I was sitting in the public gallery to hear this kind of answer.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I was one of the attendants of media forum organized by AZAM and See Hua Group held yesterday at Crown Tower
I was representing Chieng Jen to attend the forum entited "Challenges Posed by Alternative Media". The forum agenda forwarded to us shown nothing that Datuk Wong Soon Koh will be the guest of honours of the forum. In his opening speech, he emphasized that “credibility” should be the essential element leads towards the survival of mainstream media, such as daily newspapers. He also emphasized the importance of being an “investigative media”. He commented that alternative media is lacking of resources to become investigative, and it is why they are lacking of credibility.
I am totally disagreed with our Minister of Urban Development and Tourism of Sarawak. The hands of the mainstream media are most of the time tied. In Malaysia, we seriously in need of media freedom. Our Pak Lah, who claimed in desiring to hear the truth, is no one better than his predecessors of being a lover of media freedom. Even his immediate predecessor, Tun Mahatir, is forced to utilise the facility of the internet, sparing his peaceful retiring time to go on “blogging”. Tun Mahathir had commented that the mainstream media have been controlled by government and left with minimum room for media freedom. Tun Mahathir may never think of one day he has to sit down before a computer, joining blogging activity, which could be an alien to him while he was still the man in charge of this country.
The credibility of the mainstream media cannot be gained by way of becoming investigative media. To become ivestigative is a much more advance level for local mainstream media to achieve. We can’t even ensure the media freedom, what more to say moving into investigation work, which is overlapping the work of “Saya Anti Rasuah” team.
Indeed it is true for the mainstream media to gain more credibility in the eyes of the public in order to survive. However, this definitely cannot be done by way of becoming investigative but the government have to provide a freedom atmosphere for the media. Can you do that, BN Government?
“Blocking media freedom leads to Blogging”