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Friday, February 11, 2011

Ops...he did it again!

Actually, after Tun DrM - my hero, I'd wanted to write something about Valentine's Day.

But since the mullahs have declared that Valentine's Day is a "sinful Christian vice", I think I'd better not write about that V Day, lest this blog be declared as a "sinful Art Harun's vice."

While on this topic, may I suggest that Muslim teenagers celebrate Saladin's Day on October the 2nd every year, to commemorate Saladin's recapture of Jerusalem in 1187. Perhaps on that day, we can all celebrate the love and humility of Saladin which he showed to the vanquished Christians. That would be tawdally halal I am sure. (I'd better patent this celebration soon, before some PAS mullahs steal it away).

Oh, while we are at it, why don't the mullahs also look at Istiadat Bersanding; Berinai; Mandi Bunga; Mandi Raja; Merenjis; Naik Tiang Pasak; Cium Keris; Membawa Cokmar ke dalam Parlimen; Batal Air Sembahyang in order to ascertain whether those adats are Islamic or whether they are relics of Hinduism. If they are the latter, then I suppose they are also haram. I don't know. I may be wrong.

Anyway, the topic today is not the V Day. It is on Tun DrM's recent confession that Operasi Lalang in 1987 was not his making. He also said that it was a decision of the police and that he was actually against it.

Malaysiakini, on 9th February 2011, reproduced some statements made by Tun DrM from a  book, 'Doctor M: Operation Malaysia - Conversations with Mahathir Mohamad' by Tom Plate. DrM allegedly said:

"Well, I would have handled it differently, except that the police wanted to do these things because they say it is necessary...
"I actually met all of the opposition members (beforehand) and assured them that they would not be arrested. And you know what the police did? They arrested them. My credibility is gone," he said.
"You must have been furious!" retorted Tom Plate, the interviewer and author of the book.
"Yeah, but what can I do? You see, I have to accept that they are the people on the ground that makes a decision. I give general authority to them," continued Mahathir, who was known as a strongman who brook little dissent.

A day later, Malaysiakini quoted Tun Hanif Omar, the Chief of Police at the relevant time as saying:

"You can't blame him. He is right. As a matter of fact, it was entirely the police's decision. It was not his (Mahathir's) decision. Mahathir was actually opposed to it... He was against Ops Lalang,".....
"It was not (Mahathir's) role nor was it his power. We were the ones responsible for it."

On his blog, The People's Parliament, Haris Ibrahim in a post titled "Who's lying now?" alluded to an event in 2004 where Anwar Ibrahim supposedly told Haris that he (Anwar) had gone to see Tun DrM on the eve of the clampdown to implore the Tun not to carry out the arrests. Tun DrM allegedly told Anwar that he (Anwar) knew nuts about national security.

So, Haris Ibrahim asked, who is lying?

Well, I wouldn't know the answer. I rememner Ops Lalang and the days before and after that Ops quite vividly. But who am I to know who ordered it.

However, I stumbled on what Tun DrM said on his blog, Che Det on September 28th, 2009. It is quite interesting.

The title to the blog entry was ISA. At paragraphs 6 and 7 of that post, something struck me. Allow me to reproduce them:

"6. At this point visitors to this blog are likely to say I did the same. I admit I did detain people under the ISA in the 1987 Ops Lalang. But it was not because they were members of the opposition. The police had informed me that there was likely to be racial clashes over the issue of Chinese education and the intention of some UMNO members to hold a million strong demonstration in K.L.


7. The people detained were not only members of the opposition but included UMNO members. As soon as the threat passed the detainees were all released. The issue was not political opposition to the Government but the threat to national security." (emphasis entirely mine).

So, who ordered Ops Lalang?

As most of you probably know, I don't dabble in speculations. I don't know the answer to that question.

An early Happy Saladin's Day to all of you.

Tada...

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

got money and flowers, everyday is Valentine day, who care! first they say yoga ,Manchester united club's symbol bla,bla etc, a threat to faith, now Valentine,.. get a life please!

PahNur said...

I must tell anyone who's ambition to become the PM, to abort that tots. Become the IGP instead. Apparently, they are more powerful than the PM.

Kris said...

It does beg the question doesn't it. More so when you see an acknowledgment in 2009 and then a denial in 2011... One of them has to be a lie which would make the utterer a liar either way...

Happy Saladins day to all too.....

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, the ISA requires the Minister to be satisfied that the detention of the person is necessary. Now we have the Minister of Home Affairs admitting that he was not satisfied and yet went on to make the detention order. I wonder what the legal implication is?

clearwater said...

He will continue to do it again and again, even if oftentimes caught out in his own web of deceit and lies. The man is completely incorrigible, shamelessly selfish and utterly irrepressible. If only he had more enduring good qualities, than bad, in him. He could have passed off as human.

Anonymous said...

i dont understand it, police force is under whose jurisdiction? What is Home minister for and what duty? Hanif said those days police forces were independent,how about Now??

telur dua said...

Tell a lie a thousand times and it becomes the 'truth.'

There are still 999 times to go.

Anonymous said...

If given a choice, Dr M would like to detent Abdullah Badawi and J Khairy as well but he had no power to do so. Everyone who opposed him will end up in ISA detention...look at Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Jeffrey Kitingan.

Anonymous said...

It's not good when one of them is a liar. One person was former PM, another was former IGP. Why pass the buck? Do they believe in Allah?

Anonymous said...

Regarding the crisis surrounding Valentine's Day, Malaysia is the only country in the world that ponders about the rights and the wrongs. Others either celebrate it or simply ignores it. Shows how narrow minded some people in high places are and how much spare time they have. Elsewhere in many parts of Malaysia, the rakyat worries about the price increases of daily necessities and their shrinking purchasing power as well as whether their children can get a job.

Regarding Mahathir's denial on Operation Lalang, I BELIEVE HIM!!! Likewise, I believe it when certain top leader of Malaysia swore in the mosque that he did not know a certain lady who met a violent death. You will be nuts not to believe people like Mahathir. His words are pure and sacrosanct, and every bit the truth ... so true that the moment they are uttered, the subject matter no longer exists. So, I BELIEVE HIM. If he later says he is a prophet, I will also BELIEVE HIM. If he later says he's gay (as in happy & carefree), I will also BELIEVE HIM.

In the meantime, I will continue to look for that elusive second job to supplement my income. Need to buy those reference books for the kids' upcoming exams and a couple of extra dishes for dinner with the family on Valentine's Day. It's a welcome excuse to spend time with my loved ones on that day. Anyone looking to hire casual worker who's available for work from 6pm to 1am, 7 days a week?

Anonymous said...

Bravo!

‘"Yeah, but what can I do? You see, I have to accept that they are the people on the ground that makes a decision. I give general authority to them," continued Mahathir, who was known as a strongman who brook little dissent.’

The above summarized the hypocrisy of that mamak to the nth power.

Anonymous said...

And I was made to understand that the IGP (Tun Hanif) was one of the best! I honestly thought that was so! Liers all around.

Anonymous said...

what do you expect from someone who don't acknowledge his family roots..hehe
I pity the poor, ignorant kampung folks who kisses his hand..not knowing that it's dirty!

psc said...

Dr M should swear on the Koran that he did not order ops lallang

Anonymous said...

I still remember Mahathir's speech in Parliment just after the arrests. He took credit for locking up all the 'trouble-makers' who were threatening the peace. He acted like a hero who had just prevented another May13!

hari said...

what bout hanging pictures of leaders...can see it everywhere...and the animals found in the emblems, are these things permited ?

Anonymous said...

Is picking your nose now haram?

Tony Chew said...

I suppose one can ask "Can the ex-PM be believed?"

donplaypuks said...

"So, Haris Ibrahim asked, who is lying?"

Bro, like you I too don't like to indulge in unnecessary speculation.

But what is 100% certain is that Maha Firaun planned it from A-Z and ordered. Then his compliant and spineless lackeys who work for casinos for $100 K a month and claim it's not haram, executed his orders.

I challenge Maha Firaun to name "all the opposition leaders" he claims he met before Ops Lallang and promised them they would not be arrested, but Hanif and his keystone cops went ahead and did it anyway!

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
When we seek to deceive"!!

dpp
we are all of 1 Race, the Human Race

Mr Bojangles said...

...and wasn't he the same IGP who said that there is nothing in the Koran that prohibits gambling, to justify his lucrative position on the board of windfall highlands?

He should be believed shouldn't he?

Breeding corrupted rabbits.

anikneefong said...

This senile artful dodger started with the slogan "BANGSA MALAYSIA' craps but is now singing another tune 'TANAH MELAYU' together with PERKASA. A born liar whose words must be taken with a bucket of salt.

RAJA MONGKUT said...

He is born liar. He once told the umno members during the UMNO General Assembly that as a child, he witnessed an elderly malay man being kicked off his bicycle for not standing at attention when the siamese national anterm was played when Kedah was still part of Siam. The fact is that he was not born yet when the siamese was ruling Kedah.

Conned said...

In short, our leaders are liars.

MAHALANUN KUTTY said...

Don't you ever challenge anyone from umno,for that matter, to swear on the koran. None of them would hesitate to do so even with their filthy hands if that swearings can exonerate them.

Anonymous said...

With leaders of such calibre....TRULY frightening to even think where the beloved country of Malaysia is headed for...SHUDDER..SHUDDER...SHUDDER...!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Art

You need to check your facts before commenting - are you sure that book 'Doctor M: Operation Malaysia - Conversations with Mahathir Mohamad' by Tom Plate' is not classified as 'FICTION'?

cinafong said...

haha.. this is good. Where the heck have I been that I just found you. Better late than never though.

Spook the Sphynx said...

Err ... Mr Art,

Would you like to mull on the following accolade. You might also like to add a couple of things they could have forgotten:

["...Old men in political life have two alternatives: either they gracefully resign from office and allow others to assume responsibility through democratic processes, or they cling hysterically to power until nature takes its course. Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad al Mahathir is a case in point. After 22 years in power, he decided to step down, and has enjoyed the position of respected senior statesman ever since. (And, in parenthesis, during the last 10 years of his reign, he transformed Malaysia from a developing country into a modern industrial nation.)..." - ]Global Research

Cheers!


art harun said...

Dear Mr/Ms Spook,

Thank you for pointing that out.

Here's my list:

Maminco
BMF
Perkapalan/MISC
Tun Salleh Abas
Anwar Ibrahim
Memali
Ops Lalang
UMBC
Bank Negara Foreign Exchange adventure
Putrajaya
Cyberjaya
UMNO lama
UMNO baru
Habeas Corpus limitation under ISA
Judicial powers taken away from the judiciary
Clipping of the King's assent for bills to become laws

Want some more?

Spook the Sphynx said...

The list complete is longer than his arm!

Dia panjang tangan lah!

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