A poem to honour free speech:

I am your freedom of speech
a gift only humans possess
no other creature on earth
have the power
to embrace freedom
as you do

I am your freedom to write
or to think
to express
so explicitly what you love or fear

I am your voice loud and clear
I can sing on mountain tops
or whisper softly inside your ears

I am your conscience
Knocking at your heart’s door

I am your freedom of speech
I am with you when you’re happy
Or grieving
Angry or sad
I carry your rage
or joy
Your victories
or your losses
so that others
can understand your plight
your triumph
your reasons
and your rhymes

I have never, never
held your silence
I have never, never
held you prisoner

I am your freedom of speech
so that others who know you
can help you
take action
or fight for you

So reach out to me
Speak of me with one Voice
Without me
Where are you?

I am your freedom of speech
I am YOU
No other is closer to you
Allow me to live
As free as the wind
If you kill me
What else have you?

by Susan Loone, Bangkok, 3 May 2009


43 responses »

  1. amoker says:

    It is not Najib of course. he is just lying about his freedom of expression.

  2. eeyaw says:

    GOD gives us the ability to talk & to think then who is umno to shackle us in our freedom of speech!

  3. ktteokt says:

    Trouble is TRUTH kills in so far as UMNO is concerned. If the truth to all the hankie pankie in UMNO and BN is known to the rakyat, they may have to BUNGKUS tomorrow itself!

  4. ktteokt says:

    So the saying, “Always tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” does not apply to UMNO in whole but rather it is “qualified” with an addendum “But only so much of the truth that will do you the most good”!

  5. wandererAUS says:

    What is freedom of speech when the majority is shackled by UMNO goons and silenced…. having no balls to challenge the evil and deceiving regime, it is only day dreaming. Flowery languages are just a ‘make believe’. Freedom is never offered on the plate by dictators and tyrants, it needed to be challenged and fought if deprived!
    Sadly, it is never one of the strong points of Malaysians…only self interest comes before anything else…allowing ourselves to be slaves and taken advantage of by the immoral politicians from the ruling govt.

  6. limpek says:

    Someone learned from the corruptors- Truth dont pay and the Good die young.. Remain in the state of Silence is Golden as and when the situation
    required or simplly remain in DENIAL. everything will be alright..alright.

    To survive another day is just another day of grace…..

  7. caravanserai says:

    The wealth of been
    The way you want it
    Nothing to worry

    Like the wind
    Breezing caressing through
    Obstacles knocking it off
    The leaves waving
    Mesmerizing eyes

    The care free ways
    Every part of it
    Telling the truth
    Hurt but it is free

    The ocean waves
    Crossing to the shore
    Knock off debris
    It is freedom the way

    The sun great rays
    Hitting up everybody should say
    “I am the truth
    Don’t run away”

    The moon shines
    The glorious golden light
    Nobody can take it away
    The freedom sparkling in the sky

    The natural
    It is what we should learn
    In racial politics
    Freedom dies….
    It is our folly
    Letting the government
    Taking us for rides

  8. kittykat46 says:

    Sure, there’s plenty of freedom of speech in this country; you just have to belong to the correct circles.

    One dude got up in public and waved a murder weapon, calling for it to be bathed in the blood of a certain type of people. Not only nothing happened to him, he eventually became the Top Dog. I’m sure there’s a relationship somewhere….

    Another silly dude, a cousin of his, actually, did the same stun many years later. He’s now the Almost-Top-Dog who gets to round you up for your own protection if you say the wrong things..

  9. gabra says:

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 — Headlines are being scrutinised. Captions are being commented on. The space for alternative views is shrinking.

    Instructions are flowing from Putrajaya, not necessarily from the Prime Minister but from individuals who claim they are empowered to speak on his behalf.

    The nett result: the mood in newsrooms across the country has become more cautious and editors more wary of pushing the envelope since Datuk Seri Najib Razak became the chief executive of Malaysia.

    And the sentiment in the profession is that the controls are going to get tighter now that Najib has installed Datuk Johan Jaafar as the head of the Media Prima empire and has endorsed the return of Datuk Ahmad A. Talib as the editorial adviser to the New Straits Times Press stable of newspapers.

  10. tt says:



    Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Kota Alam Shah dari DAP, M. Manoharan disahkan isterinya bahawa beliau sedang mempertimbangkan dengan serius untuk melepaskan kerusi tersebut atas alasan tidak berupaya memberi khidmat dengan berkesan kepada pengundinya sejak Mac 2008.

    Bagaimanapun Manoharan, yang kini ditahan di bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA), hanya akan mengumumkan keputusan muktamad selepas mengadakan pertemuan dengan Pengerusi DAP, Karpal Singh 19 Mei ini.

    kah kah kah… SATU MALAYSIA SUKA HATI… kah kah kah..

    kah kah kah… MAT MONGOL KECUT LAGI… kah kah kah…



    Dicatat oleh Tukar Tiub

  11. K1 says:

    1 utama, 1 puchong, now 1 malaysia….good slogan only…better put 1 world

  12. tourman53 says:

    When UMNO is concern there’s no such a word as freedom of speech my friends.
    UMNO will only bungkus together with their so call ISA & NEP before 2020.

  13. bee yong says:

    I am your freedom of speech means I am your truth. Three things that do not change ….the sun, the moon, the truth.

  14. wits0 says:

    “I am your conscience
    Knocking at your heart’s door”

    AFAIK, you can’t have a sound conscience when you are racist like umno and when your heart is small and narrow. All that you can then feel is that paranoia and fear that others are all out to get you! That projection of negativity and selfishness mixed with megalomania crystallizing into a matrix of fatalistic parochialism, mental stuntedness and shriveled soul.

  15. Kancilandak says:

    Even at Malacca sultan time people must speak the right. 500 years later we never learn to speak right then how? What use is the ‘freedom of speeck’ if it use by backdoor people to spreading rumor and lies to condem our good leaders who fighted for our freedoms. Remember, Tunku was the spirit of Hang Tuah and got condem by rumor and lies, Mahathir is spirit of Jebat also got condem by people all because of the politiking, so it go on.

  16. wits0 says:

    All men faces criticism, all men can be blamed, presently or in hindsight. The question is rightly or wrongly and in what varying degree.

    It is apparent that the greater the blameworthy a scoundrel becomes when empowered, the worse becomes his overboard reaction to criticism over his lack of rectitude. This applies to groups besides just individuals.

  17. K1 says:

    when they control the “correct correct correct!” and with ISA, there is no freedom of speech…mca n gerakan dare not voice about the depth of 1 malaysia…shouting slogan ong tee kus boleh lah

  18. ant says:

    Hahaha… Oh No! Sorry to say, sloone! You aren’t our freedom to speech, not if our comments are lost in the cyber space.

    The bloggers here are of school children quality. Thanks for your tough filtration.

    Your bloggers now are behaving/ commenting like school children when compared to rpk’s threads.

    The BN’s control of cyber space sure effective.

    Yes! My dear beloved sloone, if you fear the crooked BN, please close down your blog-site!

    Rpk: It’s about the economy, stupid

  19. Jimmy Tan says:

    1 utama, 1 puchong, now 1 malaysia….good slogan only…better put 1 world …. how about giving the O.B.E. to the perosn who started 1 Malaysia
    (O.B.E. = One Ball Extra) and not ot be mistaken with the O.B.E. from Queen Elizabeth II

  20. Jimmy Tan says:

    1 utama, 1 puchong, now 1 malaysia….good slogan only…better put 1 world …. how about giving the O.B.E. to the perosn who started 1 Malaysia
    (O.B.E. = One Ball Extra) and not to be mistaken with the O.B.E. from Queen Elizabeth II


    On World Press Freedom Day
    While sun shines make hay
    To keep all control at bay
    And still be free to bray

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 030509
    Sun. 3rd May 2009.

  22. monsterball says:

    hahahahahaha..I know a pro UMNO racialist blog owner…self appointed “OBE”…..intending to project how high class he is…having European lover…must advertise to let all know.
    Put out a post ….against “Gremlin”.
    If you see him face to face…you can see the real Gremlin …..but Julius Caesar said…”Beware of the thin and hungry look. Such men are dangerous” He saw me…..balls shrunk. I guess what Caesar meant..was avoid such people as friends. Cannot be trusted.
    hhhhhhmmmm OBE…”One Ball Extra.” How about …’One Boastful Egghead”

  23. Monster Gorilla says:

    Most actual bloggers on the Internet have moved on, they don’t bother you any more.
    Why purposely want to pick a fight with them ?

    Please don’t rubbish Susan Loone’s blog with your silly quarrels.
    Better still, start your own blog and you can f*ck yourself all day and all night, 7 days a week.

  24. wits0 says:

    Ant :”Your bloggers now are behaving/ commenting like school children when compared to rpk’s threads.”

    RPK’s threads have some good commentators and many other rather ‘komen'(common) ones as well. Then you also have to register – hinting that it’s a a little of an exclusive privilege sorta. It’s an interesting blog because of outspoken RPK’s specials ; the rest are largely excepted from the media.

    Specifically, ant, where. whose and which comments do you think are inane? Painting with a broad brush could also result in getting the same paint on to yourself.

  25. K1 says:

    chua sok lek…is time to leave mca…do something for the chinese, malay n indian. compare to ktk, v still have hope on u, ktk n ong tee kus r pure bee end’s big running dogs

  26. limpek says:

    The word “ONE” is nothing but just the in- thing glamour name like one rate, one code, one nation, one voice , one family just like those day the “E” was widely used- e- tech , e-corp , e- door , e-connect bla, bla…

    Nothing but just contemporarily slogan.
    The kind of you have I also have feeling… kia su …..

  27. wits0 says:

    The word, “ONE” presumes to have unity in mind but it is a total Fakery of Reality because its proponents are not prepared or sincere enough to work towards tha real said ideal in its proper form that is required. In any case, Susan’s Header line says it well enough, “Integrity above Unity”, and explains it all ; they understands little about integrity. They just want to sell mee soup without the soup!

  28. kittykat46 says:

    Quite a number of companies have renamed their product offering name “e-something” to project a progressive image; often the product has absolutely no linkage to the Internet, and some which do aren’t exactly progressive either.

  29. monsterball says:

    Monster Gorilla…Why don’t you come charging in..scold all of them… insulting me…for no often….on and on?
    Just because they find nothing new to say point your fingers at me?
    Anyway…nothing new from you too.

  30. monsterball says:

    The Indians invented “0”!!
    Without that…Najib cannot say 1.

  31. anti-kutty says:

    I really wonder how many Malaysians will be in Ipoh on May 7 2009.

  32. Kancilandak says:

    Respek the old stateman! He is TDM for short cut, not ‘Kutty’

  33. Pro-Freedom says:

    Malaysia’s record of press freedom may not be impeccable. However, it must be not be miscontrued that there is no freedom. Any country would act against subversive propaganda, a favourite tool of the CIA in less educated countries. The economic stability enjoyed by Malaysians compared to the Americans shows the maturity of the Rakyat. Their appalling 8.9% unemployment rate exposes the morons running their country!!!

  34. detik says:

    Episod Membalas Dendam Akan Bermula di NSTP?

    Satu maklumat dari Jalan Riong lewat malam ini memberi tahu cara Ahmad dibawa masuk diletakkan sebagai penasihat jabatan pengarang adalah cara diplomasi untuk mengurangkan kuasa Hishamuddin, Manja dan Syed Nazri saja. Mungkin tindakan itu terpaksa dilakukan kerana mereka tidak boleh dibuang memandangkan kontraknya masih berbaki.

    Kontrak Hishamuddin dikatakan masih berbaki selama tiga tahun lalu. Sekiranya beliau hendak disingkirkan juga NSTP terpaksa membayar sebanyak RM1.6 juta? Daripada membayar sejumlah itu kepada Hishamuddin lebih baik kurangkan kuasanya, mudah-mudahan beliau akan memohon untuk berhenti secara terhormat dan wang NSTP dapat diselamatkan.

  35. wits0 says:

    Media Headlines Are Heading Nowhere?
    They’re often downright disgusting propaganda.

  36. peace not war says:

    Why is ISA silent about this.This is serious & damaging & obviously a serious threat to national security With his agenda, he has directly damage the bi-lateral relationship with the Western countries and this is his personal quest at the expense of the country and people.His agenda was to create chaos and hatred in this country, for reasons only known to him.Even powerful countries like China, Japan, Korea Prime Ministers or ex-PMs did not comment openly in worldwide web (www) on this damaging issue and seen as racist and jihad war.Why is our ex-PM poking his nose into other countries policies and agendas? Najib should explain and take action as they professed “no one is above the law”.His blog has spread fire of hatred by one irresponsible war-monger from the BN clan.What kind of mentality is this war-monger & boycott cheer leader.Hindraf is only a pinch of salt in the big ocean but this leader is putting a lump of salt in a glass of water.Who is more “salty” or venomous and damaging (a new scale of measurement for ISA).One Dangerous blogger playing with religious bush-fire, more dangerous than Osama & Bush combined, in our eyes, as it is in www (world-wide war).Bloggers, any comment??

    Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
    on January 15, 2009 6:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (407) | TrackBacks (0)
    1. I would like to have the Malaysian Armed Forces attack the United States and Israel.

    2. But I don’t think the Government and the MAF would agree with me.

    3. So what do we do?

    4. We could blockade the United States and deny it food and medicine.

    5. The blockade would have to go on for a hundred years. A lot of innocent people would die. But as Madeleine Albright said when asked whether killing 500,000 Iraqi babies was worth it, she said it was difficult but it was worth it. So Malaysians should not mind killing a few million Americans including babies because although it will be difficult it would be worth it.

    6. But I suspect we cannot blockade either.

    7. So what do we do? Let the bully do what it likes? But the bully is killing lots of innocent people together with small children and babies.

    8. But on the other hand we need to drink Coca-Cola, use the Internet, fly Boeing jets, see Rambo movies etc etc. Can we sacrifice all these simply because babies are being decapitated by Israeli soldiers using highly sophisticated and costly weapons donated by the kind Americans? Of course we cannot.

    9. What we can do is totally worthless. We can boycott US products.

    10. But can we? Well not completely. Maybe partially. Like not drinking Coca-Cola, or not seeing the latest blockbuster.

    11. It is not going to stop the United States from remaining the most powerful nation and continuing to kill people directly or indirectly.

    12. But if 10 per cent of the people in the world who drink Coca-Cola stop drinking it there would be some impact. If Malaysians drink, say 50 per cent less Coca-Cola (because their lives depend on it) there would be some impact also. If nothing else it will demonstrate our displeasure with the Americans.

    13. But what about the Malaysians working in factories producing coke? I don’t believe they produce only Coca-Cola. They produce other drinks as well. If people switch from Coca-Cola to another drink produced by the same company, then the company will have to produce more of this alternative drink and there would be no need to close down and sack the workers.

    14. The idea is to do what we can to show displeasure at what the US is doing. We will not bring the US economy crashing down. It will continue to prosper. But the US and Americans must know how much the world dislike or even hate them.

    15. Presently the President of the United States claims “the world respects America for its compassion”.

    16. I am appending below an article by Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.

    17. Please read it carefully since you may think as a Muslim I am biased against the United States and Israel.

    18. I will be putting on my blog other articles by other people and you can judge for yourselves.

    The White House Moron Stumbles to the Finish

    The Humiliation of America


    “Early Friday morning the secretary of state was considering bringing the cease-fire resolution to a UNSC vote and we didn’t want her to vote for it,” Olmert said. “I said ‘get President Bush on the phone.’ They tried and told me he was in the middle of a lecture in Philadelphia. I said ‘I’m not interested, I need to speak to him now.’ He got down from the podium, went out and took the phone call.”

    “Let me see if I understand this,” wrote a friend in response to news reports that Israeli Prime Minister Olmert ordered President Bush from the podium where he was giving a speech to receive Israel’s instructions about how the United States had to vote on the UN resolution. “On September 11th, President Bush is interrupted while reading a story to school children and told the World Trade Center had been hit–and he went on reading. Now, Olmert calls about a UN resolution when Bush is giving a speech and Bush leaves the stage to take the call. There exists no greater example of a master-servant relationship.”

    Olmert gloated as he told Israelis how he had shamed US Secretary of State Condi Rice by preventing the American Secretary of State from supporting a resolution that she had helped to craft. Olmert proudly related how he had interrupted President Bush’s speech in order to give Bush his marching orders on the UN vote.

    Israeli politicians have been bragging for decades about the control they exercise over the US government. In his final press conference, President Bush, deluded to the very end, said that the whole world respects America. In fact, when the world looks at America, what it sees is an Israeli colony.

    Responding to mounting reports from the Red Cross and human rights organizations of Israel’s massive war crimes in Gaza, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted 33-1 on January 12 to condemn Israel for grave offenses against human rights.

    On January 13, the London Times reported that Israelis have gathered on a hillside overlooking Gaza to enjoy the slaughter of Palestinians in what the Times calls “the ultimate spectator sport.”

    It is American supplied F-16 fighter jets, helicopter gunships, missiles, and bombs that are destroying the civilian infrastructure of Gaza and murdering the Palestinians who have been packed into the tiny strip of land. What is happening to the Palestinians herded into the Gaza Ghetto is happening because of American money and weapons. It is just as much an attack by the United States as an attack by Israel. The US government is complicit in the war crimes.

    Yet in his farewell press conference on January 12, Bush said that the world respects America for its compassion.

    The compassion of bombing a UN school for girls?

    The compassion of herding 100 Palestinians into one house and then shelling it?

    The compassion of bombing hospitals and mosques?

    The compassion of depriving 1.5 million Palestinians of food, medicine, and energy?

    The compassion of violently overthrowing the democratically elected Hamas government?

    The compassion of blowing up the infrastructure of one of the poorest and most deprived people on earth?

    The compassion of abstaining from a Security Council vote condemning these actions?

    And this is a repeat of what the Israelis and Americans did to Lebanon in 2006, what the Americans did to Iraqis for six years and are continuing to do to Afghans after seven years. And still hope to do to the Iranians and Syrians.

    In 2002 I designated George W. Bush “the White House Moron.” If there ever was any doubt about this designation, Bush’s final press conference dispelled it.

    Bush talked about connecting the dots, but Bush has failed to connect any dots for eight solid years. “Our” president was a puppet for a cabal led by Dick Cheney and a handful of Jewish neoconservatives, who took control of the Pentagon, the State Department, the National Security Council, the CIA, and “Homeland Security.” From these power positions, the neocon cabal used lies and deception to invade Afghanistan and Iraq, pointless wars that have cost Americans $3 trillion, while millions of Americans lose their jobs, their pensions, and their access to health care.

    “These obviously very difficult economic times,” Bush said in his press conference, “started before my presidency.”

    Bush has plenty of liberal company in failing to connect a $3 trillion dollar war with hard times. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities blames Bush’s tax cut, not the wars, for “the fiscal deterioration.”

    Bush told the White House Press Corps, a useless collection of non-journalists, that the two mistakes of his invasion of Iraq were: (1) Putting up the “mission accomplished” banner on the aircraft carrier, which, he said, “sent the wrong message,” and (2) the absence of the alleged weapons of mass destruction that he used to justify the invasion.

    Although Bush now admits that there were not any such weapons in Iraq, Bush said that the invasion was still the right thing to do.

    The deaths of 1.25 million Iraqis, the displacement of 4 million Iraqis, and the destruction of a country’s infrastructure and economy are merely the collateral damage associated with “bringing freedom and democracy” to the Middle East.

    Unless George W. Bush is the best actor in human history, he truly believes what he told the White House Press Corps.

    What Bush did not explain is how America is respected when its people put a moron in charge for eight years.

    Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration.

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  37. kookaburra says:

    Malaysian reporters should show respect for the new PM even if they didn`t the sleepy fellur…….just as American reporters do these days

  38. manu says:

    freedom… says william in brave heart movie… this is what we call perjuangan demi negara… but now days negara yang maju pun masih ramai yang tak bersyukur.. bila dah diberi freedom.. macam2 pula soal nya..

  39. wits0 says:

    Obama is a fakir hyped up by their MSM. An empty suit TOTUS(Teleprompter Of The United States).

  40. Boomerang says:

    Well, Tun M still thinks he is the PM in command.He could still command Malaysian Army to attack US & Israel. Hope Najib would not take this ” Uncle Bush” advice. All the chaotic political scenarios that we suffer today was caused by one bad decision of one irrational power-crazy freak.If this freak did not “sodomised” DSAI into jail, today the innocent people of this country would not have to “suffer” economically and business would be as usual without so many dramas & accusations & washing of public linen in the public going on. Who is the cause and who is to blame?? It Backfired! Sorry to say this. Excuse the truthfulness – Political Analyst (non-professionally)

  41. wits0 says:

    “Take one example. How do Malaysians treat animals? Malaysians treat animals like………well, like animals. The educated people from the West do not treat animals the way Malaysians do. In the West, animals are treated as living beings. Would an educated Westerner banish 300 dogs to a deserted island where they will starve to death? In Malaysia, we would do that without any feelings whatsoever.

    Fortunately it was the Chinese from Pulau Ketam who did this. If it were Malays, I would be whacking away till kingdom come. But this does not mean Malays are any kinder to dogs. The Malays from the local councils would round up stray dogs and drag them behind their motorcycles with wires tied around their necks. Imagine these dogs being dragged along the pavement. By the time they arrive at their destination the dog is dead and half of it is has been deposited all over the road.”

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