Monday, October 30, 2006

John Prescott screws...

up. John Prescott screws up again, that is. Well, he's a bit of a serial offender, isn't he?
After five days of a tour of Asia, Prezza opened his mouth yesterday to say "It's very nice to be here in Malaya," using the country's old colonial name before correcting himself. In a piece for Malaysia's Star newspaper, he praised the country's religious harmony. "I'm keen to learn more about Malaysia's approach to being a successful, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural society in a rapidly changing world," he wrote.
"As I read it [the article] I was wondering what country he was talking about," said Sivarasa Rasiah, a board member of the human rights group Suaram. "Prescott has got it wrong." See The Daily Torygraph here
A cursory bit of research reveals the following as culled from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The Malaysian government is currently holding more than 700 criminal suspects indefinitely without trial or charge under the 1969 Emergency Ordinance. In August 2005 Human Rights Watch revealed that in its persecution of the Sky Kingdom, the Malaysian government is now denying members of the religious community basic due process rights. see here

Thousands of Indonesian domestic workers in Malaysia are being abused because government policies in both countries fail to protect them, Human Rights Watch said in 2004. Amnesty International reported last year that the Malaysian prime minister had recognised there were serious problems with the Malaysian police, and in a significant step, set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to address these. A pattern of human rights abuses such as fatal shootings, torture and deaths in custody are to be addressed in the review. In the 2002 mass expulsion of migrants a 13-year-old girl was reported to have been deported to the Philippines after being raped in an immigration centre by three policemen. Further investigation showed she was a Malaysian citizen and should never have been detained in the first place.

Another “model society” as far as NuLabour is concerned. Spot on, John. However, it would be churlish not to acknowledge Prezza's role in the Conservative revival of recent months. I for one am grateful for JP's sterling work as Deputy Prime Minister.


Ellee said...

So what exactly is he doing there? And why are we visiting Korea right now? Is it North or South? I haven't had time to keep track on this, though I have heard about it. Is this the first time Prescott has been let out as a UK ambassador since the beginning of the summer? In fact, I can't remember the last time, did it pre-empt his croquet days at Chequers?

CityUnslicker said...

As conservatives will miss him when he is gone. Mind you if Harman gets the job she will be just as bad in her own way.

istanbultory said...

It's staggering that Blair (deluded as he is) would want to let Prezza off the leash. He is a walking disaster story for the government. But then Prezza knows where all the bodies are buried.... He must have a thing or two on the Dear Leader. And that may explain why TB has been so leniant and indulgent in his dealings with the old ignoramus.

It appears that TB had packed Two Shaggs off to south Korea, Japan, China and Malaysia for talks with officials. Nothing very significant or worthwhile. I think it is his first trip since the croquet episode. Probably one of his his last official trips

istanbultory said...

Harman or Blears or Beckett, take your pick! - such a rich crop of genius for the Dep. leadership...all of them are eminently flawed politicoes.

CityUnslicker said...

Harman is way worse than the other two. She is actually really, really incompetent; so much so she actually was sacked quite early on from an incompetent government.

Blears is a party-line repeater with no thoughts of her own. Poor chouce for us if she becomes deputy.

Beckett is quite a lefty and relatively able to speak out (she ain't got long left in govt anyway). She

istanbultory said...

Beckett was once a fanatical hard-lefty. It would seem the thirst for power and privilege has sated her socialism