Selasa, 25 Januari 2011

Atama Katama Vs PBS Youth - The Clash of Rapper And Politicians

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice president Datuk Herbert T Lagadan is worried about the numerous cases of slandering in Sabah.

The Kadamaian assemblyman opined that this trend started after the entry of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) into Sabah.

He said this when commenting on the sketch posted by local hip-hop artist Atama Katama on the social network page Facebook which allegedly had defamed PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

Herbert in a statement yesterday said, “with the entry of PKR and its violent culture of politics into Sabah, it is most disturbing and worrisome phenomenon to see that many individuals nowadays resort to acts of slandering others in the name of freedom of expression.

“I find it very difficult to understand why so many well-educated people nowadays cannot behave decently but instead choose to indulge in character assassination. Would their next course of action be to commit murder?” the Assistant Community Service and Consumer Affairs Ministerasked.

He pointed out that in Christian teachings, slandering is a sin and within the Dusunic community, one will need to pay a ‘sogit’ if he or she had slandered someone out of hatred.

“For what reason has Andrew Ambrose Mudi succumbed to slandering his own paramount leader the Huguan Siou?

“Does Andrew think that he is more perfect than Pairin or Musa or Masidi? Would his renowned and respectful late father have approved of his son’s action?” Herbert said.

He also added that a civilized person would respect another’s right to have different opinion without having to resort to slandering.

Last Friday, PBS Youth lodged a police report against local KadazanDusun hip-hop artist Atama Katama for posting the sketch which they claimed was done in “bad taste”.

They also wanted the police to investigate and find out the real identity of Atama Katama and to take action on the culprit.

According to its deputy chief, Webley Disim, they believed Atama Katama was suggesting Pairin was trying to fool the KadazanDusunMurut (KDM) by organizing Kaamatan celebrations to keep them silent.

“We hope Atama Katama will come forward and apologise for what he had done in Facebook, otherwise we will take legal action against him. I believe that he is trying to make the people of Sabah hate the government. I think he supports the opposition party,” added Webley.

Meanwhile, Atama Katama said that the PBS Youth’s action had not silenced him but instead encouraged him to keep on voicing his mind about the injustice suffered by the people of Sabah.

“And definitely not by lodging police reports hoping that I will be scared and stop criticizing them on the World Wide Web. No they are wrong. For I will continue and step up more expose’ on them,” he said in a statement after asked by The Borneo Post to comment on the action made by PBS Youth.

He also thanked PBS Youth for taking the trouble in lodging a police report against him because he believed it has given him the opportunity to be well known and thus capitalizing on this issue and making it known to the population of Sabah about what is going on.

“If they really believe they have a case against me, I will be the happiest person to meet them in court and show the world the truth. I only created a sketch for a movie; the picture that I used was lifted from a public domain; and I also inserted an immunity clause that says that the characters are fictitious, the plot is purely ‘paste disclaimer’.

“These people in PBS Youth did not attend school kah? How can you lodge a police report on me for posting something that is a figment of my imagination? Is it now a crime to even think about things? Or, was what I had been thinking actually the truth that you cannot afford to be exposed?,” he asked.

He stressed that he posted his thoughts on FaceBook, a domain server located in the United States of America and added that if ever there was any crime committed the only authorities that has the locus standi (legal standing) to take legal action against him is only in America.

“I do not remember seeing any picture of PBS Youth anywhere in my FaceBook posting. As far as I know, PBS Youth is not even a legal entity. The question of PBS Youth asking me for an apology is absolutely preposterous,” he added.


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