Over the weekend, I was distracted by the likes of Malaysiakini’s Steven Gan, Premesh Chandran, Aliran asst. secretary and blogger Mustafa K Anuar, Press Freedom advocate Chuah Siew Eng, Centre for Independent Journalism V Gayathry and PKR’s Balik Pulau MP, Yusmadi Yusof . (More, including pixs are availabe HERE).
It was the 10th Anniversary of the Southeast Asia Press Alliance in Bangkok and these usual suspects were present.
I was also briefly distracted, for the second time in my life, by the speech of the ASEAN secretary – Surin Pitsuwan, who graced the SEAPA event.
The rethorics were in high gear, as Surin has a way with words, but I was highly skeptical about his thoughts on ASEAN.
What is ASEAN, when ASEAN countries treat their neighbours so badly?
I was distracted, too, by the upcoming ASIAN Peoples’ FORUM in Bangkok next month. Yours truly is tasked with running the media centre!
However, the euphoria of seeing all my fellow Malaysians in Bangkok evaporated when I logged into my PC and see that idiots were at work again:
Life can be so unfair!
* The (GO) home minister Syed Hamid Albar wants to challenge RPK’s release from ISA detention (here). The minister can’t accept that his signature was ‘illegal’; he should be very afraid.
The remaining 64 in KAMUNTING should challenge the Home Minister’s order to incarcerate them without trial!
It’s a shame that the Minister who does not respect the rule of law (by sending citizens to detention without trial) now want to seek an appeal at the very courts he does not respect.