Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak takes Orwell to heart:

PUTRAJAYA: Future Umno general assemblies may not be telecast live, given the flak the party has received over this year’s proceedings.

Party deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said many people felt that the telecast was an inappropriate thing to do because it gave a distorted view of Umno proceedings.

Dear sir, how could such speeches be distorted when it were directly heard by all Malaysians that cared to listen and personally uttered by the speakers, the representatives of UMNO?

Unvarnished truth is never a distorted view.

If the representatives in UMNO speak like what they spoke, in one way or another, it reflects the party, whether a person likes it or not. Those representatives, after all, represent the party’s grassroots. So, when a majority of those representatives spew hatred, then it shows something is wrong. The sooner we all realize this, the easier we as Malaysians could treat our disease that plagues us all.

Well, theoretically, at least.

8 Responses to “[976] Of when unvarnished means distorted”

  1. on 21 Nov 2006 at 19:31 walski69

    Great minds… I’d just posted on this minutes earlier…

    The “disease”, as you’ve aptly called it, has really become deeply ingrained. Little do these nitwits realize the far-reaching consequences of their over-hyped political libido… and fire-fighting with reconcilliatory rhetoric, after the fact, further emphasizes that the GA is nothing but hot air – a chance to “lift” the delegates own stature. The more incindiary, the better.

    The “disease”, to me, is the inability to be more introspective and the unwillingness to admit that perhaps in some ways UMNO has failed. Admission of fault is seen as weakness, but in reality, the continued denial of the truth makes the party weaker… Instead, it’s always the ubiquitous other that gets the blame.

    Perhaps it’s a Malay pride thing… overrated, for sure, but there nonetheless.

  2. on 21 Nov 2006 at 20:29 Mudasir

    There should be no telecast at all. UMNO although is a large part of the goverment.. any political Party Meeting has no place on our Paid tax runned Television.

  3. on 22 Nov 2006 at 00:06 NSDS3HvLDjJd

    I beg to differ with Mudasir.

    By showing the assembly live, they will have a hard time covering up the truth since there are people being witnesses to what was said and done.

  4. on 22 Nov 2006 at 03:08 johnleemk

    Last time I checked, our taxes don’t fund Astro. Unless Mudasir knows something we don’t…

  5. on 22 Nov 2006 at 07:13 Mudasir

    I thought they show it on TV1 or TV2.

    If not than i apologize. However the last time I saw the telecast it was on those channels.

  6. on 24 Nov 2006 at 02:02 Wan Saiful

    It would be much better if the AGMs of all major parties are broadcast on TV.

    Here in the UK you can see the annual conferences of Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat live on BBC Parliament. The BBC also shows extended coverage of conferences of other smaller parties.

    The broadcasts are very helpful for voters as they get more “information” to help them choose.

  7. on 25 Nov 2006 at 22:35 Abdullah Gul

    [ADMIN: suspected impersonator with nick GaryWBush, Musa, Gul etc. Kindly ignore: see ]

    Wan Saiful, you are a FOOL. Why should Malaysia follow British high-tax model and waste our tax money? Your name SaiFUL shows us that you are a FOOL.

    I strongly feel every political party should pay for advertising on newspapers or TV just as Microsoft, Proton, or DiGi pay for their ads.

  8. on 26 Nov 2006 at 17:40 NSDS3HvLDjJd

    It is sad to see that Abdullah Gul resorted to ad hominem to get his point across.

    It could be done, actually. Instead of broadcasting it on public television channels (which are controlled by you-know-who anyway), political parties can opt for the private television stations.