Censoring a Congratulatory Note


Which country in the world censors the congratulatory greetings of  friendly governments ? That’s precisely what the government controlled mainstream daily THE STAR did to a congratulatory note by President Obama (USA) to Najib Razak who assumed the Premiership shortly after the GE13 despite the dubious election result. See how THE STAR, turned a congratulatory note into propaganda,  use this link:

GE13: US hopes for continued cooperation with Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The Office of the White House Press Secretary congratulated Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his general election victory, saying it looked forward to continuing the close cooperation with the Malaysian government and its people to strengthen democracy, peace and prosperity in the region.

“On behalf of the President and the people of the United States, we congratulate Prime Minister Najib on his coalition’s victory in Malaysia’s parliamentary elections on May 5,” a statement from the US Embassy here said.

The general election saw Barisan Nasional returned to power after winning 133 of the 222 parliamentary seats to form the new federal government.

“We also congratulate the people of Malaysia who turned out in record numbers to cast their votes as well as the parties of the opposition coalition on their campaigns as a vibrant opposition is a foundation of democracy,” the statement said. – Bernama

They left out something crucial.  See this link for the missing piece of  Obama’s note.

Statement by the Press Secretary on Malaysia’s Elections

Najib has already set up a Cabinet, including two or three appointed persons, who were not elected representatives of the Rakyat. These are fast-tracked ministers who were ‘sworn in’ not in accordance with due process of law. Is this a legitimate government?

Malaysians are used to the BN‘s trumpeting especially when a small word of encouragement is blown completely out of proportion to sound like high praise. But, to blackout the things that everyone knows should be said, shows a delusion gone too far. BN deludes themselves by pumping out propaganda through all the mainstream media channels, with blackouts of real news about the mushrooming “Blackout 505” rallies and “Release Adam Adli” candle-light vigils taking place all over the country. This self-assumed government is certainly in for a bumpy ride from now on.

Yesterday, the BN went on a rampage to smother the voices of protest against the GE13 outcome which has been made official today, by seizing more than 1000  hard copies of PKR’s “Suara Keadilan”, PAS’s “Harakah” and 70 copies of DAP‘s “The Rocket” on the allegation they had broken the law by distributing these publications to non-members. The Pakatan 3 are prominent political parties with hundreds and thousands supporters and there seems nothing to prohibit members from giving their copies of publications (whether free or for nominal payment) to non-members who want to read them. Following the arrest of Adam Adli, who is now released on bail, more arrests have been made of Pakatan members and sympathizers. The BN has gone into “Operasi Lalang” like mode, attempting to silence the increasingly loud clamor for recognition of the Rakyat’s desire for a clean, just and anti-discriminatory Malaysia.

The mainstream government controlled media has completely blacked out all reports and references to these rallies and more. Still, no matter how many congratulatory messages Najib Razak receives from foreign governments, this will not banish the sour taste of BN’s Pyrrhic victory in this mother of all Malaysian elections.

Author: jasminetea2

A free lance writer interested in people and ways of living. An adventurer in reality and explorer of fiction. A solitary animal by nature.

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