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From the Malay Mail - Teresa Kok's Blog Readers Comments

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Malay Mail - Your Voice
Comments from Teresa Kok’s blog
September 26, 2008      Categories: News

When Seputeh member of Parliament Teresa Kok had allegedly described the food served to her during her detention under the ISA as "slightly better than dog food", she could not have predicted the firestorm it would spark off.

Kok’s comments drew numerous postings on her blog (teresakok.com) from Malaysians who recounted their own experiences at having to survive on meagre meals.

Below are excerpts of the postings.

● Joy_richer:

Did you know that while I was growing up 30 years ago, that was the meal that my grandmother packed for me?

● CRUSADER:

You get to eat eggs and yet you complain. Have you ever thought about those who can’t even afford a decent meal and need to share one egg with the whole family?

There are families who sleep on the earth, not even on cement with cardboard. Rather than taking our taxpayers’ money to upgrade jail facilities, please give it to the needy, not criminals.

● dtecconan:

This is not a matter of the ISA food being bad. The statement you made sounded as though you were insulting those who are used to eating hard-boiled eggs. Maybe your life has been easier, always able to eat good food, so it is easy for you to link what the less privileged usually eat to dog food.

● labu_air:

I was truly saddened by your statement. Dog food or not, whether you realise or not, that is the main course for a large number of Malaysians, not just for weeks but years.

● seetha:

Never mind the food, because nobody has died of starvation in our cells. Of course, we have to provide a decent meal to the detainees and prisoners. There must be international standards regarding this and we have to comply with these standards. The fact that you got two eggs, some curry and something else is far better than many poor Malaysians can afford. Right now, there are many people in the kampung who do not eat as well as this. Even my own sister-in-law is earning RM400 monthly working in a factory and eats plain rice with watery sardine curry every day. So, you have indirectly insulted perhaps one million Malaysians who would love to eat what you got during your detention.

● Think Tank:

The meal fed to you is what many Malaysians, myself included, are eating right now, and you mirrored it to dog food. Don’t forget that we are your voters.



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14 comments:

Hasbullah Pit said...

Teresa sudah minta maaf,

blogawan yang terbalikkan gambar teresa pun sudah tidak terbalikkannya lagi.

Debat Rakyat said...

Ramadhan mengingatkan kita untuk bersyukur. Perbuatan menghina makanan adalah ditegah oleh Allah s.a.w. Umat Islam harus mengambil iktibar dari insiden ini.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Hasbullah,

Ada hikmah disebalik peristiwa 'cirit mulut' bekas tahanan AKDN ini.

Natijah gagal mengawal lidah ternyata membawa padah pada bekas tahanan ini dan mendedahkan sifat dan sikap sebenar dirinya.

Itu yang saya maksudkan bilamana bertanya saudara Zainal Kasim @ c-bok apakah ini bukan contoh 'kaduk naik junjung'?

Ada perumpamaan lain yang lebih tepat menggambarkan keadaan ini tetapi demi menghormati Ramadan, saya tidak ingin menggunakannya sekarang.

Tentang kiasan Hasbullah tentang ada pihak yang tertungging terbalikkan bendera atau gambar sesiapa, tak ada kena mengena dengan saya.

Terpulang kepada masing masing untuk mengambil sikap tersendiri.

Hanya kerana seorang dua blogger buat begitu, apakah halnya pulak kita hendak menari ikut rentak mereka?

Lakum dinukum waliyadin.

Kita ada fikrah dan pegangan kita sendiri.

Tak semestinya semua ikut sesuatu tindakan tanpa menepati jatidiri sendiri!

Harap maklum.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Saudara Nobisha,

Semoga yang masih waras akan berfikir sebelum bertindak dan tidak cepat melatah bila dihadapkan dengan hasil tindakbalas terhadap perbuatan sendiri?

Saya setuju benar dengan kenyataan tuan.

Teringat kiasan tentang seorang mengadu tentang dirinya tidak berkasut sehingga ia terlihat seorang lain yang tidak berkaki?

Hasbullah Pit said...

kekanda Zainol:

Saya bukan nak suruh tiru blogawan terbalikkan gambar Teresa.

Saya hanya memberitahu bahawa Teresa telah minta maaf, dan tidak perlu diungkitkan lagi kerana dia sudah minta maaf.

Blogawan yang yang terbalikkan gambar teresa itu pun sudah menerima maaf teresa.

Francis said...

Sometimes we are so stupid as to listen to those morons who make mountain out of molehills and got ourselves to act like them. Don't we know what is a figurative of speech? How about if people say, 'hey, it's raining cats and dogs', will you get agitated and make a police report?

So people, be more intelligent than them idiots. They are one bunch of morons.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Assalamualaikum sebol,

Artikel tersebut kiriman seorang dari Negeri Sembilan bernama Chong yang memohon jasa baik saya menerbitkan didalam laman saya ini sebagai bukti bahawa bukan semua mereka dari kalangan kaum Cina di Malaysia ini yang berpandangan negatif seperti penyokong tegar Teresa.

Saya menyiarkannya kerana ia dari sumber akhbar perdana dan mengandungi pandangan orang awam.

Ianya berita sahih dan penerbitan akhbar berdaftar didalam negara.

Bukan fitnah, bukan gossip.

Soal dia dah minta maaf ke apa, itu urusan dia.

Saya menyiarkan artikel dari akhbar ini atas pilihan saya.

Apa perlu saya meminta restu dari sebol atau sesiapa yang lain sebelum menerbitkan apa apa di blog saya ini?

Bila masa saya melantik sebarang editor di Mahaguru58.blogspot?

Harap faham bahawa kita ada pilihan masing masing nak berblog ape ke benda pun!

Saya tidak pernah setakat ini menulis komen pada mana mana bloggers untuk hentikan mereka menulis itu dan ini dan saya tidak pernah ambil peduli akan permohonan dari mana mana pihak untuk hadir menjadi penyunting berita di sini.

Maaf. Tak ada perancangan begitu kini dan sampai bila bila.

Terpulang kepada tuan untuk menerbitkan apa apa dilaman tuan kerana itu hak dan pilihan tuan.

Setuju, kan ?

Semoga tuan dapat menangkap maksud balasan ini dan tidak menjadi peti suara kepada puak puak anti Islam didalam negara kita nan tercinta ini.

Bagi saya, kebenaran itu mesti ditegakkan walaupun ianya pahit dan tidak digemari mana mana pendokong anti Islam harbi di tanahair ini.

Kita tidak perlu menjadi 'apologist' didalam perjuangan kita di alam blog ini.

Jangankan kerna nak menjaga hati budi manusia yang tidak pernah menyesal mengeluarkan kata itu dan ini yang menyinggung perasaan dan sensitiviti umat Islam, adinda hadir menjadi peguambela nya pula!

Berani kerana benar ; takut jika bersalah.

Kalau tak puas hati dengan artikel Malay Mail itu, sila lah saman mereka.

Saya tak akan berganjak dari menyatakan yang hak walau pun suara suara yang datang meminta itu dan ini datang dari mereka yang saya anggap sebagai sahabat seperjuangan seperti tuan.

Bagi saya, sahabat itu boleh datang dan pergi kerana ianya lumrah alam.

'We can't please everyone all the time, can we?'

Masing masing punya suka lah nak blog ape ke benda pun!

Kalau sesiapa pun blogger gatal gi menulis benda karut dan fitnah, undang undang sedia ada untuk menghukum mereka.

Kalau takut dilambong ombak ; jangan berumah ditepian pantai.

Teliti maksud peribahasa.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Semoga Hasbullah berbahagia denagan anak isteri di Aidil Fitri nan mulia nanti.

Maaf Zahir Batin.

Selamat Hari Raya.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dari kekandamu,

Zainol Abideen.
Bandar Tun Razak,
Kuala Lumpur.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Francis,
It's all a matter of perspectives and anyone's personal interest.

We all claim to be fighting for free speech this and that, don't we?

So that is what is happening here.

The media highlights and publishes what it sees fit, so do we as bloggers!

You can call others as morons; won't take a second to have someone call you the same, right?

To each their own bro.

That's why this is called, the uninhibited territory of cyber space.

You are free to speak your mind as long as you do not encroach on the space and rights of others to voice out theirs!

I publish what I see fit and will only publish comments that are worthy of seeing the light for the sake of upholding our rights to speak our mind providing its fair comment otherwise such rubbish will just disappear into cyberspace lalaland.

Let the people speak their mind.

Last time I checked, blogosphere still remains a free space for the voicing out of the people's feelings that are not libelous.

Those who spew nonsense will just get their comeuppance in due time.

The saying of' thou shall reapeth what thou soweth' is still relevant in these days.

Let's all ponder upon its meaning.

Calling others as this and that does not make any of us any better than those whom we insult, does it?

If it was so, all the idiots of this country would long have been heralded as the high and mighty scholars of philosophy that they imagine themselves to be?

Cheers!

Why Cares said...

'worse or slightly similar to xxx food' is merely a figure of speech.

' even xxx get better treatment than human'...The meaning is " xxx is treated better than human as she perceived it".

Remember , xxx were also being officially used to guard the double fencing parameters at Kamunting Taiping.

Ministry of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs used xxx to pinpoint out pirated VCD & DVD during their raid.

'worse or slightly similar to...' is totally different from ' fit for..' used by some who misunderstood.

a)It did exposed that RM4.50 was allocated instead of RM5.80.

b)It help exposed that the BN government's policies failures that resulted in more than a million Malaysians still living on 'minimum meals'.

What shocked me is that most confused readers simply failed to understand that 'she got stomach ailments after consuming the stale' " minimum food".

See we forgot to concentrate on "Free RPK ,Free all ISA detainees, Abolish ISA "

MagM said...

I am Christian and I am not happy with what Teresa said too coz I remember in a song that we once sang in Church. It goes like this :
Why complain about your clothes and your shoes.
Why complain about the scolding that you took.
Why complain when so many have no homes.
Why complain when you have one of your own.

The worst thing is that she tried to twist the words. That is unacceptable if we truly believe in God. If we have made a mistake, then admit and aplogise sincerely. That would be more acceptable. I placed a comment in her blogs that I too eat curry eggs and vegetables for lunch and don't consider it dog food.

However, let us not try to blow it out of proportion either like the throwing of molotov cocktails. This is being violent and I am sure no religion encourages this.

Let's have peace and use words to debate wrong doings but not violence.

To all Muslims :
I wish you all Happy Hari Raya. May Allah bless you all and keep you safe on your balik kampung journey.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Thank you 'why cares' and 'magm' for your comments.

Really appreciate your honest views.

magm,

Thank you for wishing us well and to have a safe journey to our respective kampongs and hometowns.

I wish you all well too and take care during these festive season.

Be extra alert for the criminals who would take the opportunity to break in and burglarize homes that are left unsecured when everyone is away on holiday.

May Almighty Allah bless and guide us all.

Ameen.

Lunatic said...

Dear Holy Man,

Eggs issues is one thing. Now we have Molotov cocktails also. Soon people gonna say she insulted "Molotov cocktails" also.

We all know prison food suck! Experience in eating ISA detention's food only she would know. Do you know how its like? May be it is dog food like she said. We will never know until we are in there.

Get real people!

Anonymous said...

My wife served the family fried eggs and vegie yesterday because she was in a hurry for a function. The whole family were laughing about the *** food matter while enjoying the food. In a spur of the moment, especially being pinned up on an unfair act against her, she might have lost her way a little. Since she has apologised for her less than appropriate remark, why is it that others cannot demonstrate the decency to acknowledge her painful plight and accept her apology on her minor miscalculation? She has suffered the physical and mental agony due to extreme injustice. Do we need to make her look so evil? Compare her to some political morons who are out to do mischieve please. Do we rain down on these morons? No? Then why not? So let us stop being hypocrites. Selamat Hari Raya to you and all muslim.

DR SURESH said...

I have been following this issue of `dog food' for some time now.So much have been said and also abusive words had been hurled at Theresa.I my self found her statement to be very rude.I believe she has apologized since.Lets be magnanimous enough to accept her apologies,after all we are all humans and `to err is human'.Lets not make a mountain out of a mole hill.

We must understand that she made that statement a couple of hours after she was released and under tremendous stress,that statement could have been made out of the spur of the moment without her realizing its implications.I am sure she regrets saying that.And I am sure in future she will choose her words wisely.

In the same breath, a minister in the PM's dept. indeed had admitted that the amount of allocation for food given to detainees are from satisfying taking into account the current hike in prices of all essential goods. So let the authorities deal with this matter.

Bro mahaguru58,

I really cant decipher why do you have to post this particular issue along with those negative comments here?Well you may argue that you are merely speaking your mind out and thats your freedom of expression.Agreed.But I find those negative comments from another blog to be published here is unnecessary.You are merely inviting further negative comments and negative energies and nothing else.Its like rubbing salt onto a wound.I think its worth spending our energies and time addressing more important and pressing matters confronting our beloved nation.

By the way I take this opportunity to wish you and your family `selamat hari raya aidil fitri',`maaf zahir dan batin'.Have a safe and pleasant journey.

Regards and Om Shanti(may peace be upon you).