While Malaysians are still quarrelling over kangkungs and religious words, a travesty that almost went unnoticed is Anwar’s manipulative press statement that blamed the Malaysian Foreign Ministry for his denial of entry to Japan yesterday. In its usual attention-seeking tradition, PKR today demanded Putrajaya rescind an unwarranted report on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim allegedly sent to the Japanese government and which prevented the opposition leader’s entry into Tokyo yesterday. Anwar claims he had been invited by Nippon Foundation chair Yohei Sasakawa to present a paper on Muslim Democrats. This is the second invitation since he first went there on April 19, 2011.
Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman denied Anwar’s allegation that Wisma Putra had a hand in barring him entry into Japan. He clarified that under Japan’s Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act, the Japanese government had the right to deny entry to any person who had been previously convicted or imprisoned in either Japan or any other country.
What lurks behind this seemingly innocent denial of entry that compelled Anwar to create such an outcry over this ban? Simple. Anwar failed to tell us that his host, Yohei Sasakawa, is the son of Sasakawa Ryoichi – the creator of the gambling industry that we know today. Imprisoned as a Class A war criminal after World War II, Sasakawa is viewed with hostility by intellectuals internationally. Most importantly, Sasakawa is the founder of the Yakuza in Japan.
The Yakuza or gokudo is the world’s largest criminal organization and represent transnational organized crime syndicates in Japan. As depicted in movies, the Yakuza are notorious for their strict codes of conduct and very organized nature. Hence, the Japanese media carry stories about Yakuza who operate internationally with an estimated 103,000 members.
Now, what is the TRUE reason Anwar wanted to go to Japan so desperately? Could there be a hidden link to the Yasukuni Shrine controversy?
After WW2, arrest orders were given for 126 Japanese suspects on Class-A (crime against peace) charges and this was narrowed to 14. Of those who were released without charge included Kishi Nobusuke (Abe Shinzo’s grandfather) and Sasakawa Ryoichi who promoted the anti-communist alliance with the United States. The Yasukuni Shrine claims to host the deified souls of military personnel who lost their lives in service to the nation. The controversy arose after 1978 when the new chief priest of the Yasukunia added 14 wartime military and civilian leaders who were executed as Class A criminals by decisions of the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal or who died during imprisonment to the list of souls enshrined at the shrine.
Many Japanese doubt the legal, ethical, and factual legitimacy of the tribunal hence any Japanese political leader’s visit to the shrine (such as Japanese PM Abe Shinzo’s visit in December 26 visit last year) triggers much criticism. Yoichi Sato, a professor of international strategic studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, wrote The Yasukuni Puzzle which sheds more light on the deep implications of the Yasukuni controversy. You can download it here.
Once you read the paper, you will begin to understand why the Japanese government does not want Anwar to visit Japan to be in the company of prominent personalities. Do not fall for Anwar’s lies.
By Datuk Huan Cheng Guan
Centre for Political Awareness
When everyone was caught in the spin and “making unnecessary” statements on Prime Minister Najib I told a fellow blogger please write positive notes on “KangKung” and do some research on it. Well, it went unheeded for a few days until this article from www.theantdaily.com– only a petty issue to Umno cyber boys” caught my eye.
Tan Sri Clement Hii also posted in FB and this is what he has to say,”I really think PM Dato Seri Najib doesn’t deserve the personal attacks and sarcasm over the kangkong remarks he made. But these are tough times and netizens are quick to find an outlet for their frustrations. One would expect Umno’s cybertroopers to quickly take counter measures. But it’s surprising they’re treating it as a “petty issue.”..
So my mind went into overdrive and now what was innocently a statement on being cheaper in comparison to other vegetables could propel this Water Spinach into the most sought vegetable.
Are we going to thank The PRIME MINISTER Najib Razak after this? Some will still ridicule and as always being opinionted but will never ever give compliments as they think so highly of themselves.
Thanks PM for unveiling the pot of gold which is a “healthy body means a healthy mind”
Kangkung is the health word…..
The government is supportive of any initiative which benefits the people, especially those for charitable causes.
According to Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan, the state government is willing to provide assistance that could make such initiatives successful as it means a lot to the people.
“A good example is this Guiness World Record attempt for retro walk and we believe that such event can benefit not just the people but the state as well,” said Mawan.
His text of speech was read by Social Development (Urban Youth) Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the launching of the Imagine Retrowalk Guiness World Record attempt at Plaza Merdeka yesterday.
“The attempt for retro walk is a good example of a beneficial programme as it involves people of various races where all collectively work together to achieve a common goal,” he added.
He disclosed that a similar attempt was carried out in China which saw about 1,000 participants turning up to make the world record.
He pointed out that some would dismiss such attempt as a trivial matter when in fact it should be seen from a positive perspective.
“Record breaking attempts such as this take into account the contribution to the self esteem of fellow Sarawakian as it is not easy to walk backwards,” he added.
The event, which targets to attract more than 1,000 participant, will see participants walking backwards for one kilometre.
Registration for the programme will be from Jan 23 until Oct 15 with a registration fee of RM50. The event will be held on Oct 16 this year at the Jubilee ground.
Among those present yesterday were Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Julai, organising chairman Winnie Lim and 1BFF president Keith Sim.
Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/01/17/govt-all-for-initiatives-that-benefit-people-says-mawan/#ixzz2qbmc2oA5