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run riot in Kuala Lumpur
criticises police crackdown on demos
recover lethal weapon from Reformasi supporter
donate glasses to NUJ
Rights Commission not an April Fool joke
call to restore democracy not an April Fool joke
in danger of losing world record
Wall to prevent entry of 'bad influences'
apology media reports
rejects hostage rescue plan
Ministry denies G77 rumour
sends fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe
|Human Rights Commission
not an April Fool joke
|A spokesman for the Malaysian Human Rights
Commission denied that the announcement of the Commission in the media
early this month was a belated April Fool's joke. "No, guys, we're
serious, there really is a human rights commission, no kidding ….,"
he emphasised to a disbelieving press conference.
Suspicion grew further when it was realised that the Commission's
name in Bahasa Malaysia is 'Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia', or SHAM for
Interviews with members of the public revealed that there
seemed to be a strong undercurrent of suspicion over the announcement.
When asked in surveys if they knew of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission,
responses ranged from uncontrollable laughter to comments such as "Yeah,
riiiiggghtttt…. and pigs can fly…", "Go on, pull the other leg
…." , "Isn't that an oxymoron?" and "Hey, April Fool
"A Malaysian Human Rights Commission?!" said
one startled interviewee. "Suuurree … what's next? An UMNO anti-corruption
A Malaysian expresses surprise
on learning of the existence
of a human rights commission
The Commission will be holding a competition to design
its logo as part of efforts to create greater awareness of its objectives
and programmes. One of the more innovative designs submitted is an illustration
of three monkeys, each in turn shutting its ears, eyes and mouth.
Mahathir's call to restore democracy in Pakistan not
an April Fool joke
Musharraf: Committed to democracry
(... hee hee...)
Mahathir: Committed to democracry
as well (...hahahahaha!!!!)...
|A Foreign Ministry spokesman denied that Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohamad's call for a restoration of democracy in Pakistan was an April Fool's joke. In a shock announcement that resulted in mass vomitting
across the country, Mahathir urged visiting Pakistan strongman General
Pervez Musharraf to restore democracy in his country. Mahathir induced
even more vomitting when he called for Pakistan's leading political prisoner
to be given " a fair trial".
"The Prime Minister was quite serious in making the
call," said a spokesman who refused to be named. "It was not
a gag, he was not kidding … heee hee …hehe heh … He is as committed to
democracy in Pakistan as he is … hee hee … committed to … ha ha … democracy
in Malaysia …. Hahahahaha!!!!"
The spokesman also denied accusations that Mahathir would
not be able to recognise a "fair trial" if it hit him on the
head. "The Prime Minister is quite serious in calling for ex-PM Nawaz
Sharif to be given a fair trial. After that, Musharraf can shoot Nawaz
anytime he likes."