Thursday, October 16, 2008

Seeing red over poem 'likening Kok to dog'

Photo caption: From left: Teluk Datuk state assemblyman Philip Tan, Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen, Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching & Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng lodged a police report today at Dang Wangi Police Station against an article by Malaysia Press Institute CEO Chamil Wariya and published by Utusan Malaysia.

Taken from Malaysiakini (Beh Lih Yi & Rahmah Ghazali) 16.10.2008

Before the dust has settled over a fictional story on the assassination of a politician, Utusan Malaysia has raised the ire of DAP again.

This time, it is a poem, which the opposition party claims, likens its Seputeh MP Teresa Kok to a dog.

Titled 'Ratu anjing; yang melengking itu' (That queen of dogs that barks), the poem penned by Dr Ibrahim Ghaffar appeared in Utusan's pullout 'Mega' today. The daily described the poem as a reminder to those who threatened Islam and the Malay race. Over the weekend, Utusan published a short story titled 'Politik baru YB J' written by Malaysia Press Institute CEO Chamil Wariya. DAP claimed that the fictional piece, which is about the assassination of a female Chinese parliamentarian, was referring to Kok (left).

This afternoon, DAP Youth had filed a police report against Chamil and Utusan and described the story as ‘literary terrorism’.

Meanwhile, the poem, among others, contained phrases such as 'Kok anjing biar menyalak' ('Kok the dog, let it bark'). It however did not specifically name any individuals.

Speaking to Malaysiakini in Parliament today, Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) argued that anyone who read the poem would know that it was referring to Kok.

"The poem is not necessary as Kok has done nothing wrong. This is too much and unfair not only to her but to all Muslims and non-Muslims.

"I believe Utusan has an agenda behind this," he said, adding that DAP will consider lodging a police report on the matter.

Ibrahim, however, told Malaysiakini that his poem was not directed at anyone in specific but was a general call to all that “when they do something, it must be done with wisdom and maturity.”

1 comment:

adi said...

"Meanwhile, the poem, among others, contained phrases such as 'Kok anjing biar menyalak' ('Kok the dog, let it bark'). It however did not specifically name any individuals"

Actually "kok" is a Javanese word. It means "If/lah"...

Enrich your vocab mem...