Zainuddin Maidin - Amusing Doctor Of Spin.
First he gave some crap about wanting everyone to stop making criticisms and disclosures that are shameful to the Malays. He expanded the 'criticism and disclosure' category to include the strained relations between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He then narrowed down the adverse effect of the said criticisms by cautioning that if they were allowed to go on, they would indirectly expose the 'weaknesses' of the Malays.
He gave this 'exposing the weaknesses' spin an Umno-style keris wielding type diabolical twist by furtively roping in Umno's favourite bogeyman by conspiratorially observing that "the non-Malay media were observing closely and were waiting for more disclosures including who received this and that (project)". Further twisting his keris he added that the people must be rational and not have any prejudice as to portray the Malays as a disgraceful lot.
Turning to his pet hate, press freedom, after a perfunctory praise of Pak Lah when he said that the media was more free and more liberal during Abdullah's administration compared to that of Dr Mahathir's, he again gave another berjuanging Umno-style spin by claiming that "the Malays are not comfortable with the current press freedom on several matters." To buttress that idiotic argument he once again referred to the perennial bogeyman by pronouncing on high that "lately, (the media) touched on the special privileges of the Malays and religion." In effect by a roundabout route Lord Zam still came back to the same premise - "Bangsa, Agama dan Negara, and beware those evil non-Malay bastards in the media."
But a smart survivor he indeed is, as he quickly covered his rear by also stating that he was "not preventing the mass media from reporting matters that were of public interest, but the leaders should stop making criticisms that were shameful."( Whatever that meant! )
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