Wednesday, September 29, 2010

James Fallows on Malaysia...and it is refreshing!

Atlantic's James Fallows..

I met James Fallows in Kuala Lumpur many years ago, where he once lived with his wife at Lorong Kuda Lari near Ampang. The house was a huge colonial bungalow and when he came to receive me he was a tall, gangly and smiling and said "come in!"

I went there simply because I wanted him to autograph a copy of my Atlantic magazine that I had subscribed for the last four years until 1989. He is now a National Correspondent for The Atlantic, an influential magazine read by every decision maker of the USA, if not the rest of the English speaking world.

This 25-year veteran of the magazine and former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, wrote recently on Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak (while the PM was in New York) and an impression that he wrote in his magazine is something worth mentioning.

James Fallows is a National Correspondent for The Atlantic. A 25-year veteran of the magazine and former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, he is also an instrument-rated pilot and a onetime program designer at Microsoft.

He is the National Correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for more than 25 years, based in Washington DC, Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and most recently Beijing.

He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford. In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and has been an Emmy nominee for a documentary "Doing Business in China." He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His two most recent books, Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards from Tomorrow Square (2009) are based his writings for The Atlantic. He is married and has two sons. Below is what he wrote:
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MalayisanPM.jpgFor the moment, a notable speech yesterday at the United Nations General Assembly from Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, about the need for members and leaders of the world's major faiths to censure and reject their own extremists and jointly support a "movement of moderates." That is him giving the speech, at left. Eg:
>>The real issue is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but between the moderates and extremists of all religions, be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism. Across all religions we have inadvertently allowed the ugly voices of the periphery to drown out the many voices of reason and common sense. I therefore urge us to embark on building a "Global Movement of the Moderates" from all faiths who are committed to work together to combat and marginalize extremists who have held the world hostage with their bigotry and bias. We must, and I repeat, we must urgently reclaim the centre and the moral high ground that has been usurped from us. We must choose moderation over extremism. We must choose negotiations over confrontation. We must choose to work together and not against each other. And we must give this effort utmost priority for time is not on our side.<<
And this conclusion to the speech:
>>It is time for moderates of all countries, of all religions to take back the centre, to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism, and to marginalise the extremists. This "Global Movement of the Moderates" will save us from sinking into the abyss of despair and depravation. This is an opportunity for us to provide the much needed leadership to bring hope and restore dignity for all. With greater will and collective determination, we will build a more peaceful, secure and equitable world.<<
OK, it's just another UN speech; talk is cheap; and so on. The significant point is: Malaysia is a Muslim-majority country. Over the decades, PM Najib's predecessors would sometimes have crafted such a speech to emphasize the Zionist menace or Western hegemonism as trumping all other threats. This prime minister took a different approach. The next time someone asks, Why is there no Muslim voice of moderation? you can say: Well, here's one......read more here if you wish!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Global Movement of Moderates?


rsz_razak.jpgObama and leaders from moderate Muslim countries!


In New York City this past weekend, discussion surrounding the US-ASEAN summit has inevitably turned to the topic of moderate Islam, and what role nations like Malaysia will play in the future as relates to the foreign policy interests of the United States. I've written about this issue before, and it's worth noting the remarks made by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly today, in which he called for a "Global Movement of the Moderates" to reclaim the public square from, as he sees it, radicals and extremists who misrepresent the ramifications of their faiths:

"It is time for moderates of all countries, of all religions to take back the centre, to reclaim the agenda for peace and pragmatism, and to marginalise the extremists.

"This Global Movement of the Moderates will save us from sinking into the abyss of despair and deprivation," he said.

Expressing concern with the increasing trend in some parts of the world to perpetuate or even fuel Islamophobia, the prime minister said it had intensified the divide between the broad Muslim world and the West.

"The real issue is not between Muslims and non-Muslims but between the moderates and extremists of all religions, be it Islam, Christianity or Judaism."

He said all religions had inadvertently allowed "the ugly voices of the periphery to drown out the many voices of reason and common sense".

Najib is staking some progressive ground here in making this call for stability and moderation, and he's one of the few leaders in the Muslim world who can do so. The question that this raises, assuming you agree with his view, is how this public square might be reclaimed without rough tramping over free speech and other individual rights. It is far more appealing for the news cameras, after all, to talk to the lone pastor who wants to burn books than the thousands who do not.

Finding this balance is important. The fact that such a call can be made now - not by the West, but by a key Muslim political leader - is at least a positive sign.

(AP Photo)

Malaysia: Not getting lost in the shuffle!

New York at night!

It’s even more crowded than usual here in New York during the United Nations General Assembly—and with the world’s leaders bunched together in one city, it’s easy for less publicized figures to get lost in the shuffle.

It’s also easy to get lost among the myriad voices clamoring for the United States’ attention, but Malaysia has been careful to ensure that its message is not overlooked this week in a news cycle normally dominated by larger nations.

In an interview with Malaysia Watcher yesterday in New York, Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak, outlined several ways in which Malaysia is uniquely situated to help not only its own people, but also other nations, specifically other Muslim-majority countries and the United States....Read more here!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A good piece on Malaysia written by an American journalist!





By Rachel Motte - writing for the Daily Caller.



Today, President Barack Obama addresses the US-ASEAN summit taking place in New York City, concurrent with the United Nations General Assembly. Among the heads of state he will speak with is a familiar acquaintance — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, whom the president last saw at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., this past April. Though he’s not a flashy newsmaker on par with some of the other ASEAN figures, Najib is no less newsworthy — and in some ways, the country he represents is one of the most important to the United States in an era where the meeting of Islam and democracy seems less a union, and more a collision.

In Najib’s Malaysia despite some real challenges, the future of majority-Muslim, multiethnic democracy is slowly taking shape. This past Sunday Najib joined with his country’s minister for unity, minister for religious affairs, and others in endorsing the work of Malaysia’s Inter-faith Relations Working Committee. The committee, which is composed of Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Taoists and Sikhs, was formed in February in response to the widely publicized racial and religious tensions that plagued Malaysia in early 2010. In endorsing the committee, Najib is affirming his commitment to Malaysia’s unity and diversity, and he’s doing so at the expense of his own political standing.

If there’s one thing Najib wants, it’s national unity — and that’s not something he’s going to get easily, especially if his political opponents get their way. Fifty-three years after declaring independence, Malaysians are still unsure of what it means to be Malaysian. With countless political parties and coalitions, dozens of cultural barriers, and the geographical imposition that is the Java Sea, it’s difficult to discern what sort of unifier will serve to carry the country forward. To further complicate matters, only the nation’s Muslims are subject to Sharia law; the 40% of citizens who hold different beliefs are all served by a separate court system. Far from asking his countrymen to adopt a homogenous national identity, however, Najib has set for himself the harder task of fostering and encouraging Malaysia’s differing societies while simultaneously working toward a concrete sense of national unity.

It’s not an easy task. The Borneon states of Sabah and Sarawak, for example, present a particular challenge. They joined the union in 1963, only a few years after Malaysia declared independence from the British in 1957. Even so, peninsular Malaysians are still getting used to their Eastern neighbors, and many feel the island states have not yet been fully incorporated into the union. While the mainland boasts the highly-developed capital at Kuala Lumpur with its famous Petronas Towers, Sabah and Sarawak

are still home to hunter-gatherer societies, and poverty in the island states is rampant despite long-standing efforts to correct economic imbalances.

Najib’s extensive and ambitious 1Malaysia campaign proves that he will go to great lengths to achieve Malaysian unity despite the obvious difficulties. A new national holiday, celebrated for the first time this past September 16, commemorates the addition of Sabah and Sarawak to the Malaysian state and adds to the existing August 31 Independence Day celebrations. His plans for Malaysia’s economic future include significantly updating Malaysia’s schools, creating 3.3 million jobs by 2020, and helping Malaysia make the difficult transition from a middle-income nation to a high-income nation. His New Economic Model aims to do away with racially-grounded affirmative action policies in favor of need-based assistance, and his newly-reaffirmed commitment to religious diversity ensures that Malaysia can move forward without sacrificing its own unique heritage.



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/09/24/out-of-many-1malaysia/#ixzz10acFBj00

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Malaysia and the United Nations!



Prime Minister Najib Razak will make his inaugural visit to the United Nations General Assembly this week, where he will deliver a keynote address on September 27. He will also meet with US President Barack Obama and other leaders at the second ASEAN-United States leaders meeting on the 24th. President Obama called the meeting earlier this month in an effort to reinvigorate US policy toward Southeast Asia:

This continues the President’s commitment to deepen America’s engagement with Asia more broadly. We believe that Asia is absolutely fundamental to a number of our key priorities, for instance, our commitment to double U.S. exports and to deepen our security partnerships in this important part of the world. So, building on the outreach the President did last year, he wanted to host the 10 ASEAN leaders for this luncheon and to discuss ways in which we can coordinate more closely going forward. And this focus on Asia will, of course, continue, again, in November when the President is planning to travel to Asia.

President Obama is right to think that Southeast Asia and the United States have a promising future together. There will be many opportunities for mutual assistance and benefits as the region continues to develop, and Malaysia’s unique standing as a moderate, progressive Muslim nation is particularly attractive given current global conflicts.

This is, then, an ideal time for Prime Minister Najib to address his global colleagues at the UN–and an ideal time for Western leaders to step in and join Malaysia’s efforts. By Malaysia Watcher.Com

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Have an open mind ..check it out.. Malaysia Watcher.Com!

We are now being watched and be careful. While surfing in Canada recently (last week) I stumbled upon this news portal calling itself Malaysia Watcher, and it is all about us and you name it they write it. Click here to see the page. Could not ascertain for sure where it is from and who operate the portal but it sounds great reading about Malaysia in a somewhat an un-skewered manner.
The frontnpage is showing the picture above and nicely done and the caption says: " The Prime Minister and Religious co-existence in Malaysia". Thought I will let you pseudo-level headed and pseudo-liberal Malaysians know about this new news online portal and how others perceived us as a nation. I am sure this is not a Malaysian originated-portal, no way, or let alone written by Malaysians, if it is I would very much like to work for them! Cheers! Below is what is written on its front page!


"When one thinks of Malaysia and religious pluralism, the mind of the Western media consumer turns swiftly to controversies over the use of “Allah,” desecrated cow heads, and Anwar Ibrahim’s anti-Semitism. These things exist: but they are, in a real sense, no more the defining characteristics of Malaysia’s religious diversity than the fracas over the “Ground Zero mosque” is the ground truth on America’s. The fundamental reality of Malaysia is that it’s a multi-faith, majority-Muslim society that largely works, in ways that most of the rest of the Muslim world could learn from. Without denying the real challenges faced by Malaysia as it grapples with the enduring issues of identity that have been with it since before independence, it is nonetheless fair to say that the country is a more just society than most of those in the Islamic world — and in Southeast Asia.

It’s in this light that we must view the Prime Minister’s recent endorsement of the work of the Inter-faith Relations Working Committee:

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants Malaysia to remain a peaceful nation where the spirit of unity is strong and steadfast among the races.

The Prime Minister said the setting up of the Inter-faith Relations Working Committee – aimed at promoting understanding and harmony – was in line with the 1Malaysia concept to enhance further unity among Malaysians.

Committee co-ordinator Datuk Ilani Isahak said this was what the Prime Minister relayed to members of the Inter-faith Relations Working Committee during a meeting at his office on Tuesday.

It’s significant that the Inter-faith Relations Working Committee falls under the supervision of the Ministry of National Unity and Social Development — and not the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The Prime Minister quite deliberately situated the Committee there: it sends a message that Malaysia’s religious diversity is a source of strength and cohesion, and it buttresses the 1Malaysia campaign that was launched under his aegis for the purpose of deepening Malaysians’ self-identification with their country.

There will be more on this topic to come. The Prime Minister appears to understand quite well that the direction of religious coexistence in Malaysia is in large part set by acts such as this — the demonstration of official favor — and he won’t be passive in the face of that reality."


Sunday, September 19, 2010

There is nothing wrong with BN government under Najib..let us be clear on this!


Traitors and conspirators!


But there is something wrong with a Malay-led opposition parties supported by a Chinese chauvinist led opposition party trying all sorts of tricks to destroy something that has been working for at least 53 years.
I am going to say this very clearly and I am not going to repeat it again! There is nothing wrong with Malaysia under a Malay Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak, leading the country with his majority Umno-led coalition ruling the country.
However, there is something wrong with the opposition, led by Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, trying to change the scheme of things in this multi-racial soceity where everyone is equal under the sun except when they want to be the Paramount Ruler and in their attempt to abolish the constitutional monarchical system, this is simply cannot happens. Sadly enough, the opposition is on a perpetual onslaught against the ruling party, the BN, until hell breaks loose. Hell is not what we want!!
As an example, if you believe the prime minister and his wife are involved in a gruesome murder then there is something with your ability to rationalise situatioins. If you believe that is true well then you have made your choice to believe, when deep inside you know how ridiculous it is.
For your simplicity in assuming the man and his wife are stupid enough to commit such heinous crime, well what can I say, but only you are forgiven.

On this matter I think the authorities should concentrate on investigating whether the opposition was the one involved in committing the grisly murder. We know for a fact that a foreign national was blown up with C4, but I think even many of the most gullible ones still cannot believe Najib and his wife have anything to do with it.
I would put my money on someone within the opposition responsible for the murder and tried to pin it on Najib via a series of loosely fabricated circumstantial connection, such as the victim once worked as a translator for a man many believe to be Najib "close friend". Najib has many "close friends", always remember this!
The opposition will not let up in its attack on trying to make Najib guilty, because the opposition believe this is the only way to destroy a Malay led coalition led by a Malay-dominated Umno, is to inflict the greatest lies that will make everyone believes, well apparently now not everyone think so .
Well good luck to them! Meanwhile, if we care for Malaysia just reject Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim and his notion of one day to lead a country that has been conclusively proven to be working under the present government!
On other note I, and the rest of Malaysia would like the judicial system of this country to hasten the sodomy trial of Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim and to find him guilty or innocent.
If he is innocent set him free and if he is found guilty of all charges put him away and throw the keys to the bottom of the nearest bottomless pit!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Najib: Blood is thicker than water!

Najib and Susilo: Blood is thicker!


At his Hari Raya open house, Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak, took a break from meeting the people at his official residence, to call on Indonesia President Susilo Bambang to wish him Selamat Hari Raya., on behalf of Malaysian people.
Najib appeared to be very happy in his conversation and later he said what was believed to mean "blood is thicker than water" when describing relationships between the two countries.
I was In Jakarta from the 23rd August until 27th August and I went to Jalan Diponogoro and I did not see hostile Indonesians demonstrating.
It appears the only problems that arose between Malaysia and Indonesia is what that have been highlighted by pro-Anwar Ibrahim's Indonesian media such as the glaringly pro-Anwar Indonesia Metro TV and two other popular Indonesian tabloids.
Back home the only electronic media that have been highlighting our "problems" is what appears to be our own very private pro opposition local television station, not Bernanam TV, and KJ, whom many still believe is still a person who is still "a good friend of Anwar Ibrahim".
KJ wants Malaysia to recall our envoy from Indonesia, to which our brave, laudble, and most admired foreign minister, Anifah Aman, said KJ my be intelligent but not necessarily wise.
If I were Najib I would also ask for a special panel to be set up to investigate this private local television station which appears to be broadcasting news item with malice intended, and to purge all opposition-sympathiser personnel from that station!

Selamat Hari Raya!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

The New Ledger: Anwar Ibrahim is far from being a moderate Muslim!



Ben Domenech [pic above], a senior editor of an on line news portal The New Ledger, whose article appeared in The Huffington Post, another popular online website, described America as naive in its quest trying to connect America with moderate Muslim personalities. Now America is questioning on how far it is willing to stretch its definition of "moderate" in order to overlook certain uncomfortable facts! Remember Shiite Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi, whom America thought to be a friend turned out he was more close to Ahmadinejad of Iran!

Among his other morning routine, it was understood, President Obama would click on to his favourite website before facing the world. Well at least he is now well versed on what is the definition of a fool's gold, and to now understand the real meaning of the word moderate, and to know more about how certain Malaysian politician that has been leading the US Administration by the nose to condemn Malaysia for his own political purpose.

Domenech also said how America have seen this "in search of moderate Muslim" problem most recently in the interactions with Imam Rauf in the swirl of controversy about his mosque project in New York City. He said some view Rauf as a moderate go-between who could further legitimate relations -- but others point to his funding sources and refusal to denounce Hamas as a sign the moderate label is questionable.

Domenech described Anwar Ibrahim as a fool's gold when America embraced Malaysia opposition leader as another one of those "bona fide" Muslim moderate and Domenech pointed out that while Anwar was free to show he was not an anti-Semitic to his English speaking American audience in order to gain support, his anti-Semitic fervour was so loud and clear to his Malaysian supporters for him to make his political comeback.

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Below is the article which appeared in the New Ledger:

America's political leadership has a love affair with the concept of connecting with the moderate Muslim world. This is not the domain of one party or one ideology -- indeed, the administrations of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama are heavily invested in the idea. Yet in the push to find moderate Muslims with whom to interact, there's a question that seems to keep coming up: how far are we willing to stretch the definition of "moderate" in order to overlook certain uncomfortable facts?

We've seen this problem most recently in the interactions with Imam Rauf in the swirl of controversy about his mosque project in New York City. Some view Rauf as a moderate go-between who could further legitimate relations -- but others point to his funding sources and refusal to denounce Hamas as a sign the moderate label is questionable.

The Rauf situation inspired the Wall Street Journal to arrange a roundtable of several Muslim figures this week -- but the panel unintentionally served as a perfect example of the kind of strained definition of "moderate" some sources employ when it comes to leading Muslim political figures. In this case, the Journal included Malaysia's opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, in the conversation. His statement is worth reading, but it must also be studied with a critical eye:

Skeptics and cynics alike have said that the quest for the moderate Muslim in the 21st century is akin to the search for the Holy Grail. It's not hard to understand why. Terrorist attacks, suicide bombings and the jihadist call for Muslims "to rise up against the oppression of the West" are widespread.


The radical fringe carrying out such actions has sought to dominate the discourse between Islam and the West. In order to do so, they've set out to foment anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism. They've also advocated indiscriminate violence as a political strategy. To cap their victory, this abysmal lot uses the cataclysm of 9/11 as a lesson for the so-called enemies of Islam.

To some, Ibrahim is a beloved figure -- he is charming and a capable communicator, who has been subject to malignant political and legal attacks, and has defenders in the United States ranging from Al Gore to Paul Wolfowitz. Yet to read Ibrahim talk of those who "foment... anti-Semitism" for public relations gain is jarring, considering it is exactly the sort of activity he is utilizing to mount his political comeback.

One of the oldest tactics when it comes to relations with the Western world is the art of saying one thing in English, and another in your native language. Ibrahim is canny enough to know that his purposes are best served by keeping his anti-Semitic messages in a form which appeals to the right audience -- in this case, he's invoked the spectre of Jewish influence on more than one occasion. The pattern prompted a letter from B'Nai Brith earlier this year, sent to the State Department and the leaders of Senate and House committees, requesting that U.S. officials cease relations with Ibrahim over his "anti-Jewish and anti-Israel slanders," which include suggesting that Israeli spies are "directly involved in the running of the government," are antagonizing him through the police force, and are organizing a public relations campaign against him.

We would be wise to consider the aims of individuals like Ibrahim, not just accept his words to the American press at face value. I had the opportunity recently to interview Lee Smith, the author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations and a columnist for Tablet. He advances a view of American-Muslim relations that is both more sophisticated and more straightforward than the one which ruled in Washington over the past ten years. A key takeaway from his approach to understanding the Muslim world is that we must understand the way that individuals like Ibrahim and Rauf use the American approach to foreign relations to their advantage, and not allow for entanglements that make us lose sight of their real aims.

In any case, it's clear that honest relations with legitimate spokesmen from the Muslim world are paramount as we move closer to a decade removed from the 9/11 attacks. Yet we should have no illusions about the nature of those friendships, and we must reject the idea that figures can get away with saying one thing in their own countries and in their own language while criticizing that same activity in our newspapers and in English. Americans would not tolerate such two-faced activity from our own leaders, nor should we tolerate it from others. Or click here for the original article!


Friday, September 03, 2010

Little Napoleons are out to derail Najib?! Or so it seems!

Rais Yatim, he should be dropped at next Cabinet reshuffle!


Gani Patail. He should opt for early reritement!

Che Khalib. He should be exorcised then force to quit!


I would say the same thing, as Rockybru did, if a reporter were to ask me of my thought on the Government of Malaysia vs Hassan Skodeng case, where Irwan Abdul Rahman, 36, aka Hassan Skodeng is being charged for a crime of being imaginatively funny in his satire poking fun at a public listed company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

Rockybru said: "
I thought only the past Administration under the previous prime minister was capable of such @#*! action. Obviously, under this Admin and this Prime Minister, we haven't changed that much".
I added: "I wanted to say this is a waste of the court's time and taxpayers' money but I won't say that. (I'd say) let's hope this case will help educate some people on what satire means". A bit harsh, but you cannot blame a seasoned Blogger like him to see the comedy of error being committed here, at the expense of our prime minister seen by many or even the world as the most liberal PM that this country has ever produced!

It irks me also to find out that a public listed company such as TNB that cannot be poked fun at and having that such a "Holier than Thou" attitude that can cost any government the ire of the people - which means voters!
My only question is whether the action to charge Hassan Skodeng for making fun out of TNB is the case of "more to it than meets the eyes" or the case of "more than one way to skin a cat (or you can change the word cat to Najib Razak!).
I find it strange that the AG Chambers, TNB and MCMC taking action against Hassan Skodeng without even prior informing the PM Office or even to the Prime Minister Najib Razak, out of courtesy.
Now few bloggers are now out to crucify the prime minister for being too "insecure" enough not to even "allow" some degree of freedom of expression, still within the norms and constraints of our social mores! We are not here talking about that little racist Chinese boy from Muar making racist remarks on Utube here, but just a healthy satire!!!
I have come to a conclusion that there is now a concerted moves and efforts by many Little Napoleons within the government circle to make our prime minister to look stupid, ignorant, incompetent, and arrogant for not being able to take funny and constructive criticisms in stride. These Little Napoleons are believe to be working against the interest of the present administration under Najib.
I don't know what can be done to reverse the situation vis-a-vis Hassan Skodeng versus this powerful government since a the judicial wheels are already in motion to charge Hassan Skodeng, but nothing is impossible in any case.
Meanwhile my only suggestion to Najib is to keep tab of all of his officers so that they can do an effective job of informing him of anything that can mar the good office of the prime minister!
I am saying this without malice!

Below is an excerpt from the Malay Mail:

WHEN the reporters asked me at the PJ Sessions Court this morning what I thought about this Government of Malaysia

vs Hassan Skodeng case, where Irwan Abdul Rahman, 36, aka Hassan Skodeng is being charged of sending out false information on the Internet with the malicious intent of annoying another person, I said that as a blogger I was truly annoyed by the fact that the AG's Chamber or the MCMC or TNB saw it necessary to turn this into a court case.

"I thought only the past Administration under the previous prime minister was capable of such @#*! action. Obviously, under this Admin and this Prime Minister, we haven't changed that much".

I added: "I wanted to say this is a waste of the court's time and taxpayers' money but I won't say that. (I'd say) let's hope this case will help educate some people on what satire means"...............!.