VOXPOP 'The defence minister is a liar, plain and simple. Blogger Papagomo was on board the submarine and still Zahid denies it.'
Zahid asked about 'intimate relationship' with blogger
PornStar Melayu: A blogger on board a navy submarine is a breach of security, unless he is sanctioned to be there in the first place.
Who sanctioned his presence on board the sub? The navy chief or defence minister? Having unauthorised personnel on board a restricted craft says a lot about our military secrecy.
Tailek: Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi is a liar, plain and simple. Blogger Papagomo was on board the submarine and still Zahid denies it.
This is a serious breach of national security committed by Zahid. He should resign as defence minister or Najib should sack him.
Appum: This is a serious breach of security by any standards. Mind you, the blogger can sell his observations to other interested parties for some big bucks.
The fact that he is a guy of questionable character in his views, he is an easy bait.
Hence it is imperative that the captain of the ship must explain this security breach. If not, the Armed Forces chief or the minister should do so.
Justice Kini: I had a friend who had served with the navy. Upon retirement, he had in his possession some important documents and photos of our naval ships.
This was known by the authorities and my friend was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for two years.
SK Lee: The defence minister has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt as an untrustworthy leader. YB Lim Guan Eng needs to be more careful of such people.
Allowing Lim's slanderer into the submarine is the height of insincerity.
Anwar: What's a blogger doing on a Scorpene sub?
Interested Bystander: This submarine business is absurd from start to finish. There is no reason for Malaysia to waste money on a submarine, let alone two.
Onyourtoes: Penang CM Lim Guan Eng and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders, I thought you should know better.
You think Umno-BN people are gentlemen enough to do business with - giving you a submarine ‘plunge' without getting some advantage in return?
Look, their purpose is to belittle you - yes, you can dive alone and if the submarine does not resurface again, you will not be missed.
Second, they are telling you, see, I am magnanimous enough to give you a ride, but I have to reward the blogger who belittled and slandered your son, just to show who is the boss is in this country.
Think ahead and be on guard when dealing with Umno-BN, no matter what the circumstances and the issues are.
And why was it only Lim and his deputies from Penang allowed to participate?
Why not Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim or PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat or Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim - is this a case of divide and rule?
Dzulkefly Ahmad: The police should not wait, but lodge a report and start investigating this case of trespassing into a top security area.
We cannot compromise national security where just anyone can board our submarines.
Hadi unveils new policy document, hudud absent
Proarte: As someone who for the record has been a virulent critic of PAS Islamic politics, I must congratulate PAS for ditching hudud.
Why did it take them so long? Anyway better late than never. If PAS is true to its word and will not impose its brand of Islam on Malays and non-Malays alike and promises to respect the secular nature of our constitution, then I will have no hesitation is promoting and supporting PAS.
PAS must have learnt by now that divisive religious politics does not achieve Islamic goals. Studies have shown that secular countries are more 'Islamic' than Islamic states, so it is a no-brainer that we should promote secularism. Syabas PAS!
Milosevic: PAS' new turn, by focusing on what can be improved upon and avoiding divisive issues, is promising.
Understandably, when society is in shambles, people want to start from scratch by imposing a formula based on religion or socialism, or some other deeply-held conviction. This often results from individuals seeking abstract virtue rather than examining what concretely ails society.
Improving Malaysia is not a secular versus religious issue. It is very basic - are people being punished for going against the public interest and rewarded for praiseworthy acts? If secular leaders, financiers or ayatollahs are not disciplined for wrong behaviour, abuse will continue.
The form of punishment is irrelevant. Malaysia should deal with its problems by clear, enforceable rules.
Study the practices of low corruption, low crime societies from around the world. Work hard to learn, and don't impose untested, feel-good formulas. Often, instituting ordinary people's sense of what is right is enough.
Not Convinced: This is as good as it gets. I don't expect PAS to ditch its hudud policy.
But I'm happy that this is not included in the Pakatan Rakyat platform. That's what matters most. After all, this is what coalition politics is all about.
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