How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Protecting our own diplomat at the cost of our nation's reputation and credibility?

A Malaysian diplomat was in the Wellington High Court, 'charged by Wellington police with burglary and assault with intent to rape'.

Initially, even the country of his origin was barred from being mentioned by the press. But this futile attempt was rendered useless soon enough.

Then our Malaysian Foreign Minister stepped in and the diplomat was recalled back to Malaysia under diplomatic immunity. But his action had caused more damage to our country's reputation instead, because he appeared to have lied...

NZ offered alternative for Malaysian diplomat to return home
Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman today said it was New Zealand which allowed the Malaysian diplomat, charged with burglary and assault with intent to rape, to be brought back to Malaysia.
“During the discussion on May 12, the New Zealand side had offered an alternative for the accused to be brought back to Malaysia.


Compare and contrast with...

'The Malaysian Government asked New Zealand to drop all charges against a diplomat accused of sexual assault, newly released documents show.
Government released correspondence this evening confirmed that New Zealand asked Malaysia to waive diplomatic immunity for Muhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail, a junior military official at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington.'


Diplomatic immunity has its purpose and should not be abused, says British envoy
Diplomatic immunity is not to be abused or used to get away with criminal acts, said a British diplomat in an interview with The New Zealand Herald.

British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa Vicki Treadell, who is due to become the High Commissioner to Malaysia when she finishes her term at the end of the month, said diplomatic immunity was there for a good reason.

"Our position on this is very clear, that you have it for the purpose of representing Britain and doing your job.
"You don't have it to get away with criminality," she told the Herald. Treadell, however, declined to comment on the current controversy involving a Malaysian diplomat accused of sexual assault in New Zealand.

The Herald said Treadell was making her comments without knowing where the diplomat at the centre of the latest case in New Zealand came from.

Treadell said diplomatic immunity allowed diplomats to go about their business on behalf of their government and was particularly useful in countries with poor human rights.

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'Sexual assault isn't part of diplomatic role'
'Extending diplomatic immunity to a diplomatic attache accused of sexual assault and burglary sends the signal that such immunity is a license to commit crime.
Saying this in a statement yesterday, NGO Lawyers for Liberty's executive director Eric Paulsen said that extending such immunity jeopardises Malaysia-New Zealand ties.'

Having recalled the diplomat back to Malaysia, do you think our Foreign Minister will agree to have him extradited? To have him face our local justice instead is an insult to New Zealand's judicial system, as there was a presumption that he will not be justly tried in NZ. What about NZ's victim? Will she be satisfied that the alleged culprit is being tried in his own country? Our country's credibility is at an all-time low, yet we expect other countries to be agreeable to our judicial system.


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