According to an exclusive report of Merdeka Review (in Chinese), an article critical of Abdullah “Poll Positioning” (page 28-29) in the latest issue of the Time Magazine have been removed under the order of Internal Security Ministry’s Publication Unit.
The article was critical of Abdullah’s performance and commenting on “sensitive issues” including PM Abdullah’s private life and Mrs Jeanne Abdullah’s dressing style, the unit deputy chief Razak Abdul Latiff reportedly said.
On the “list of content” page, the article’s abstract says “UMNO’s election win is inevitable, but gnawing issues may cut its share of the vote.” It seems the article was written before the polling result is known.
I respect Abdullah (and Tsu Koon for that matter too) for gracefully accepting the humiliating setback. For all his criticisms on Abdullah, I cannot imagine Dr Mahathir saying things like “this is how democracy works”. I believe Mr Abdullah will be remembered well in the history for his response and wish him a dignified exit when the time comes.
I do not know whose idea it is to ban this article. Whoever s/he is, the person is creating another trouble for Abdullah’s last months, as if what he has not enough of that.
Don’t the officer-in-charge of censorship knows the existence of scanner and digital camera? The article can easily be digitalized and spread through email and internet. It is therefore stupid to attract more attention to it.
I however cannot find the article on line. The article closest to the description I find from the magazine’s website is one titled “Malaysia’s Leaders Suffer Setback” at http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1720739,00.html.
If you are now in overseas and have a copy of the latest issue of Time, please scan the removed pages (28-31) and share it with us. We must break the control on information in all ways.