Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi agreed the allegation that confidential Royal Malaysian Navy documents related to the two Scorpene submarines had been sold to a French defence unusual in malaysia for UMNO politicians to agree on something but, when it comes to leaked intelligence involving national security call for an investigation into why there have been so many security leaks of highly sensitive, classified US intelligence.
“All of us are extremely upset that not only have leaks occurred, but there’s been just a cascade of leaks coming out of the intelligence community. It’s our clear intention to put a stop to this.”

Ahmad Zahid, who are you trying to protect by your denial after keeping quiet for so long Are you the likely culprit or are you trying to Apple polish and protect Najib Razak ?? You too should be charged for treason, what proof do you still need ?? UMNO is the Traitor to the Nation and the Agung. The time it takes them to respond to allegations like this are truly Malaysian Since when the minister and the Navy care about the national security.Perhaps they should re-write the definition of the ‘traitor’.The ongoing silence by the PM, DPM and the Navy must be apprecioated by all Malaysians. This involves “national security’ and the alleged allegation ie selling info to a a foreigner is indeed a betrayel act. The case MUST be investigatee and we must PROVE that there is no such leak of secret information and that if at all whoever is saying there is in France must bear the responsibility and pay the cost. And no way should this subject be left into oblivion. We as a sovereign nation must get to the truth of the allegation. Please investigate. The assurrance given to do that by the Minister of Defence is reassuring. But for goodness sake DO IT not just TA:LK and nothing happens.

The real truth is it matters little how much the Planning Commission spent on its toilets. I have visited several ministries and government offices and I am sorry but the offices are really pathetic. The toilets stink. The corridors are dark. The doors are broken, the glasses chipped. The cutlery is of awful quality. This is not how the government of the 2nd fastest growing major country should present itself to the thousands of global visitors that come visiting. It’s time we stopped counting the pennies…..and focused instead on the bigger stuff…..The drama has started. This is the inaugural episode and it begins by creating bewilderment on the audience (read ‘rakyat’). The protagonist first denies there was such a sale. The super actor of course knows that there will not be any excitement if he ends the script at that. So he next says that ‘we will investigate thoroughly.’ Ordinarily if someone denies commission (pun intended) of an illegal act by his agents, it will be plain stupidity for him to go on to say that he will investigate. Otherwise he would have not outrightly denied the wrong done in the first place. Now, to further add excitement to the drama, the hero says he will investigate if, and only if, the ‘activity is proven.’ Generally an activity is proven at the conclusion of an investigation. It is common sense (and of course our protagonist has none of it) that an investigation process is superfluous if an activity is already proven. And so now the drama gets exciting. Can’t wait for the next episode!How on earth you to deny a fact unearthed by French Court? Do you think they will do a shoody investigation like u always does? This is a problem when people like you have appointed a minister. No wonder Tun M called you all “a half past six ministers”. The truth is you guys have been caught pants down. This issue is only at the beginning stage and it will get more serious as time goes by. So, you better control your responses.Why still need to investigate? The French already done that and most likely have the name of the person who sold it. Just call the Frenach embassy and ask for a certified copy of the evidence.
“It is a baseless allegation BUT if it is true, we will investigate ….” Looks to me like you are not sure at all Mr. Minister. Another thing Minister, SUARAM is not an opposition party.

“”There is no evidence to show that it had happened. However, I give the assurance that we will investigate thoroughly…” How can you know if you have not investigated, especially since it happened before his time at MOD? Minister with a PhD? Where did he earn it from? Also, we must not forget he was once Anwar Ibrahim’s right hand man who when “investigated” by Mahathir, jumped ship and joined UMNO. Today, he’s a (wooden) Cabinet Minister. M’sia bolih!

The guy is a twister. French court had already proof everything. Bloody UMNO is known ” everything is for sale”. You could have agreed to go to France and tell them the documents are fake. But you are afraid to,face the courts. So who is lying? And what is your share of the spoils. The allegations are in the French courts. Using the usual UMNO logic: “guilty unless proven otherwise”, I want put to you, Zahid Hamidi, that you should proof to the nation that the Navy did not sell the information. Tell us why the French court has the evidence of such sale if you believe that there were no such transaction. Don’t just deny, proof it. Again, I am just using the UMNO logic and put it back to you.Yes, pls surprise us with your investigation. And by the way, blaming the opposition for highlighting the problem is a bit like a thief blaming his accusers for getting him caught, isn’t it?

Murky arms deal linked to international pattern of kickbacksDeputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today yet again refused to field questions on the French probe into the Malaysian Scorpene submarine purchase.hope who ever did it will pay for sin even if it involve PRIME MINISTER Not only tight lipped but cumming all over the place with ecstasy … Read more THE SPY WHO SPOOKED MALAYSIA,YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL TO BE MATA HARI LIKE SHAARIIBUUGIIN ALTANTUYAA

Press freedom is not a gift from the government: it’s guaranteed by the Constitution . The relationship between the first and fourth estates is complex at the best of times. With the media exposing scam after scam, the UPA government, instead of fixing the problem— alleged criminal conduct within the government— is targeting the watchdog. The second and third estates (the legislature and the judiciary ) have also lately crossed swords with the government. The UPA has charged the latter with judicial overreach in an attempt to blindside independent-minded judges monitoring various scams. The judiciary has been India’s saving grace over the past year. It has jailed scam-accused without prejudice — ranging from A Raja (DMK) and Suresh Kalmadi (Congress) to B S Yeddyurappa (BJP) and Amar Singh (ex-SP ), before he was given bail.

The fourth estate has proved a harder nut to crack. Despite a few newspapers and TV channels behaving like lapdogs instead of watchdogs, most of the media remains fiercely independent and unbiased. And yet, a few sully the many. The worst thing a journalist can do is get too cosy with politicians. Familiarity breeds contempt; proximity breeds complicity. Independence is the first casualty.

The Niira Radia tapes marked a turning point in how the media is perceived by the public — poorly. Politicians at the receiving end of media exposés have quickly picked up the popular mood. The appointment of former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju as chairman of the Press Council of India on October 5, within 16 days of his retirement from the apex court, shows that the UPA government means business. Justice Katju has minced no words since his appointment. He wants to bring television broadcasters within the purview of a revamped Press Council, which he would like to rename as the Media Council.

Justice Katju has a poor opinion of most journalists and thinks too many of them don’t focus enough on developmental issues. He wants a putative Media Council to have powers to impose financial penalties on errant newspapers and TV channels, including suspending or cancelling licences and withdrawing government advertising.

Justice Katju’s diagnosis is right. His prescription is not. The Press Council must be given more teeth with properly legislated regulatory powers. Today the Council can only reprimand newspapers which violate accepted codes of journalistic conduct. Just as listed companies are supervised by Sebi and other sectors — telecom, insurance, banking – have their own regulatory bodies with specific jurisdiction, so should a reinvigorated Press Council.

But Justice Katju is wrong on two prescriptive counts. First, television — contrary to his position — needs a separate regulator. Every major country in the world has made this distinction. In Britain, for example, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) deals swiftly, transparently and decisively with complaints against newspapers and magazines while Ofcom deals with complaints against television and radio broadcasters. But even Britain’s PCC does not have the power to fine the print media— only to “name and shame” newspapers which break its code of ethics.

In the US, the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech, is the guiding principle. Print media is not regulated by the US government — it follows its own self-regulatory code of conduct. American television is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, but the cable and pay TV industries are largely exempt even from FCC supervision. An open, vibrant , competitive media market, the US government has long believed, is the best regulator. Australia too has separate regulators for print and broadcast media. Neither has punitive powers.

India of course is different. We need to build our own regulatory model. There’s no question that Indian media requires a robust supervisory framework . The second count, however, on which Justice Katju errs is that the newly empowered Press Council should have government representation. Britain’s PCC is proud of the fact that not one of its 17 members is from the government or the opposition. The majority are drawn from civil society: professionals, academics, even workers’ representatives.

Journalists in India should not fear a stronger, more effective Press Council and a separate empowered broadcasting authority — under new legislation — which protects press freedom and establishes higher standards of media accountability. This will end many of the malpractices that have damaged the media’s credibility, which is its only currency . Lose it — as some senior print and television editors did after the Radia tapes scandal — and you have nothing left. It is this toxic nexus between journalists and the corporate-political establishment that must be broken.

The internet has meanwhile reset the equation between the producers and consumers of media. Blogs, Twitter , Facebook and other social media platforms have acquired the power to influence national debate by allowing readers and viewers to become producers and opinionmakers themselves. This is mainstream media’s “civil society” moment — and it hasn’t come a day too soon.

The writer is the chairman of a media group 


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