Sabtu, 10 Januari 2009

PUM buat laporan polis terhadap Malaysiakini


Mohamad Hadi Ahmad Talhah (dua dari kiri) memegang salinan laporan polis manakala dari kiri, Wan Ahmad Faisal Wan Ahmad Kamal, Khairul Anwar Mustafa dan Ahmad Nazri Mohd. Noh memegang poster membantah laporan laman web Malaysiakini di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, semalam. 


KUALA LUMPUR 8 Jan. - Persatuan Ulama Malaysia (PUM) hari ini membuat laporan polis terhadap laman web Malaysiakini kerana menyiarkan satu rencana yang menghina pemimpin Islam serta memperlekehkan usaha rakyat di negara ini memperjuangkan nasib rakyat Palestin yang kini ditindas rejim Israel.


Laporan polis itu dibuat oleh Timbalan Pengerusi PUM Cawangan Wilayah Persekutuan, Mohamad Hadi Ahmad Talhah di Balai Polis Brickfields di sini pada pukul 2 petang.


Turut disertakan dalam laporan tersebut, satu salinan rencana yang berjudul Abdullah's anti-Israel Posturing yang disiarkan dalam portal tersebut kelmarin.


Menurut Mohamad Hadi, rencana itu yang ternyata menyokong tindakan Israel telah mengguris hati serta membangkitkan kemarahan orang Islam.


''Berikutan itu, PUM meminta Malaysiakini supaya menarik semula rencana terbabit serta-merta dan membuat permohonan maaf secara terbuka.


''Jika tidak, kami minta kerajaan bertindak tegas dengan menggantung atau menarik permit operasi portal berita berkenaan,'' katanya yang ditemui selepas membuat laporan polis di sini hari ini.


Kandungan rencana itu antara lain memperlekehkan usaha semua pihak yang ingin membantu rakyat Palestin daripada cengkaman tentera Zionis termasuk kerajaan, pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) dan masyarakat awam.


Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi turut disifatkan seorang yang hipokrit dalam memperjuangkan isu Palestin.


Orang ramai termasuk NGO yang menyertai demonstrasi membantah kekejaman Israel turut dituduh menerima upah untuk tujuan tersebut.


Selain itu, ia juga mempersoalkan tindakan negara anggota Pertubuhan Persidangan Islam (OIC), pasukan pengaman Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) termasuk Pergerakan Negara-Negara Berkecuali (NAM) dalam menangani isu Palestin.


Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Daerah Brickfields, Asisten Komisioner Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid ketika ditemui pejabatnya di sini, mengesahkan polis menerima laporan berkenaan.

          Sumber: Utusan Malaysia


Jawapan Malaysiakini:


Report lodged against 'rude' Malaysiakini article

An article criticising the response of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and a number of international organisations to Israel’s deadly invasion of the Gaza Strip has triggered a police report against Malaysiakini.

                                
The Association of Religious Scholars (PUM) claims that its interpretation of the article has led to believe that it contained “seditious elements that played up the sentiments that Israel had the right to kill innocent Palestinians”.


“It is very rude on 
Malaysiakini’s part to publish the article as they have played on the sentiments of the Muslims, the government, the people, NGOs and the opposition, who have all put in a lot of effort to defend the Palestinians. 


“This is something on which we cannot compromise. It is as if the portal has become a mouthpiece for the Zionists to provoke the Muslims,” PUM’s Federal Territory committee member Azmi Abdul Hamid told 
Malaysiakini today.

The Jan 6 article, entitled 'Abdullah’s anti-Israel posturing', written by regular Malaysiakini contributor Manjit Bhatia, also, among others, ticked off local opposition party PAS, the Palestinian leadership of Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).



Yesterday, four PUM representatives lodged a police report at the Brickfields police station against the article which they claimed to have “hurt and angered Muslims” and also “ridiculed Muslim leaders and the people who have been fighting for the Palestinians”.



PUM’s Federal Territory deputy chairperson, Mohamad Hadi Ahmad Talhah, who led the group to the police station, had urged
Malaysiakini to “retract the article and issue a public apology”.



“Otherwise, we will ask the government to take stern action by suspending or revoking the portal’s operating permit,” he was quoted as saying by Malay-daily 
Utusan Malaysia today.



Even though 
Malaysiakini is known as a fierce advocate of freedom of expression, Azmi said the news portal should not take liberties by publishing “sensitive material”.



Azmi also said police should ‘take immediate action’ on the police report lodged yesterday, “otherwise it would jeopardise public safety”.


Malaysiakini responds



In an immediate response, 
Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan said that police should not be wasting their time to investigate such a “flippant report”. 



“PUM should be reminded that it’s not a crime to criticise the prime minister or government policies,” said Gan. 



Malaysiakini supports the Palestinian people in their struggle for human rights and their demand for a homeland. That said, it doesn’t mean we have to censor all articles which run contrary to that stand.”



Gan said that during the Gulf War in 2003, 
Malaysiakini was criticised for publishing a few opinion pieces backing the United States and which lambasted then Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein.



“Yet our editorial position was clearly 
against the Gulf War,” he said.



Gan said the current article in question was written by a regular contributor to 
Malaysiakini



“I disagree with his opinion on the matter. Yes, he did criticise the PM, DPM, Umno, PAS, United Nations, OIC, NAM, Hamas and PLO. 



“But no where in the article was there any suggestion that Israel had the right to kill innocent Palestinians as alleged by PUM.”

        Sumber: Malaysiakini


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