Friday, December 21, 2012

Zainuddin Maidin's Vitriol

Former information minister Zainuddin Maidin (left) is single-handedly trying to ruin Indonesian-Malaysian ties by making acerbic remarks against Indonesian leaders.

On December 10, 2012, Utusan Malaysia had published an article penned by Zainuddin, who mocked Anwar Ibrahim for inviting former president BJ Habibie to deliver a lecture at Universiti Selangor on December 06. Zainuddin's article accused Habibie of being a puppet of foreign powers, who wanted to see East Timor's secession from Indonesia by means of a referendum. He argued that Habibie had betrayed his country and his race, which resulted in his presidency lasting only 17 months.

Zainuddin then accused Habibie and Anwar of sharing similar traits, labelling them both as the "dogs of imperialism".

Following this, Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the country’s media condemned Zainuddin, but the latter still persisted to fuel the war of words through his blog.

In a post last Thursday, Zainuddin not only accused Habibie but also his successor Gus Dur of visiting Malaysia on Anwar's invitation to spread democracy – and which Zainuddin said was disrespectful to Malaysia. Why disrespectful, I wonder? We Malaysians agree that our own democracy is deeply flawed in the first place!

And yesterday morning, Zainuddin drew Amien Rais (a prominent Indonesian politician who led and inspired the reform movement that forced the resignation of President Suharto in 1998) into the fray by writing in his blog to accuse him of conspiring with Habibi and Gus Dur to hold demonstrations in Indonesia back in 1997.

Looks like Zainuddin is wanting to rile up the Indonesians by dishing out nourishments of nastiness! UMNO needs to censure Zainuddin and Utusan for trying to create a fallout with our neighbor. We don’t give the Indonesians any respect, do we?

On Wednesday, I was on the fifteenth floor of Menara Celcom in KL’s Jalan Semarak to attend the Celcom Toastmasters meeting. I was pleasantly surprised to have met up with old Toastmasters friends, Ismail Omar and Kol (B) Ahmad Zaki whom I have not seen in a long while. And I can give the meeting a thumbs up because the speeches were explicit, expressive and eloquent. And the evaluations too were up to mark. I was the General Evaluator and I was really glad to have accepted the invitation from MIHRM’s Dr William Lau to be there. This may be a newly-chartered club but I would gladly give it a score of an 8 out of a 10! By the way, this is club No. 65 that I have visited this calendar year and this is also my 198th regular Toastmasters meeting that I have attended.

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