Kudos Choon Mei For Doing The Right Thing!! So, How About You, Zaini?
Posted by ErnieJean on October 21, 2008
The Malaysiakini journalist, who wrote a news report that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had issued a manifesto to back his bid for the Umno presideny, has resigned.
A post on on the Internet news portal quoted journalist Wong Choon Mei as saying: “It is my fault and I stand ready to take full responsibility and resign.”
In the post, Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan said they were upset over the incident, adding the report should not have been published.
“It was a serious misjudgment on her part and we accept her resignation,” said Gan.
The post said that Wong conceded she had not verified the contents of the ‘manifesto’ with the Deputy Prime Minister’s. She had received it by e-mail on Sunday.
“We deeply regret the error,” said Gan.
And the article in question being……………..
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak wasted no time unveiling his manifesto for the Umno presidency, denouncing recent allegations made against him and vowing to defend till the last drop of his blood the supremacy of the Malay race.
“I will defend the supremacy of the Malays until the last drop of my blood if I win the mandate of the delegates to become the next Umno president at election to be held in March 2009,” Najib said. (Seriously, not that we’ve not heard that one before…….)
“This is the solemn promise I made to my late father before he died,” he added.
– Malaysiakini, Wong Choon Mei, Oct 19.
I’m not too sure about whether Choon Mei can kiss her career as a journalist goodbye after this incident, but her courage in facing judgement certainly speaks volume of her character. Kudos to the brave lass.
Everyone makes mistakes in their lives, no doubt about it, but not everybody would have the guts to own up and face it head-on like a “man” (of course, in this case, it does seem that being a “Man” doesn’t necessary mean that one has the balls to do what’s right…….).
An excellent example would, of course, be this certain journalist from a certain “garbage” news-daily, who continues to hide behind the skirts of a certain political powerhouse, and refusing to own up or even apologise, even after it’s been proven that there were no ounce of truth in his allegations………..now, who could that be?
How about a little clue……..this fler apparently has won numerous journalistic awards and he’s “abang-adik” with many top UMNO leaders……….
Azan, jawi, JAIS, Uitm dan ba-alif-ba-ya…
Oleh Zaini Hassan (Utusan Malaysia, 10 Sept 2008)
Janganlah anggap apa yang saya tulis ini sebagai rasis atau berunsur perkauman. Dalam suasana negara yang dipenuhi dengan isu sensitif perkauman sekarang, tulisan ini hanyalah sebagai satu ingatan kepada kita semua, terutamanya umat Islam.
Saya amat tertarik untuk merujuk kepada kenyataan bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Datuk Seri Dr. Khir Toyo yang membangkitkan mengenai “ada usaha oleh pihak tertentu (di Selangor) yang cuba menasihatkan pihak masjid dan surau supaya tidak menggunakan pembesar suara semasa melaungkan azan”.
Bagi saya petikan itu pelik bunyinya. Bagi saya ia juga amat serius. Tidak pernah dalam sejarah 51 tahun merdeka, rakyat Malaysia sedang menghadapi situasi seperti itu. Selama ini kita-Melayu, Cina, India, Sikh dan lain lain bangsa dan agama tidak pernah bercakap mengenai perkara itu. Kita hormat antara satu sama lain. Soal agama Islam terpelihara secara suci di dalam Perlembagaan negara. Justeru, petikan semacam itu tidak pernah terlintas langsung atau termimpi akan diucapkan.
So, what are the chances of this Zaini fella being utterly inspired by Ms. Wong and actually finding his balls, to step out of his hiding hole and bear full responsibility for what he wrote?