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林鼎在李总理诽谤诉讼中对于两天内浮现的证据‘非常满意’

Oct 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

在李显龙总理的诽谤诉讼案中代表博客作家与财务顾问Leong Sze Hian的林鼎对持续了两天的诉讼结果表示高兴。

林鼎发布了一则Facebook推文,展示了其在10月7日庭审后与记者对话的场景。

他说:

“我对于过去两天中证据浮现的方式非常满意。”

在感谢媒体的同时,他还补充说:“希望各位能在本次庭审中找到些乐趣。”

案例回顾

李总理于2018年底就Leong在其Facebook页面上公开分享的推文提起诉讼。推文中包含指向一篇有马来西亚网站The Coverage所撰写文章的链接。

文章中包含对于李总理协助马来西亚前总理纳吉布·拉扎克与马来西亚国家基金一马发展有限公司(IMDB)进行洗钱的指控。

庭审最初计划从10月6日持续至9日,共四天。

10月6日庭审第一天时,林鼎对李总理进行了超过四小时的盘问。

随后他又在第二天(10月7日)对专家证人Phan Tuan Quang进行了交叉质询。

Phan是香港大学创新及资讯管理副教授,受李总理之邀前来提供专家证据。

审判在第二天早些时候意外结束,当时林鼎表示Leong不会出庭,因为辩方"非常满意我们有足够的案件证据。"

“我们有充足的材料来打败原告(李总理)”

林鼎进一步表示,根据他对李总理和专家证人Phan的来看,“我们(林鼎的团队)有充分的材料来击败原告。”

他补充说,在Phan提出证据后,他曾与Leong进行过交谈。Leong同意了他的建议:“在任何情况下,他(Leong)都没有必要提供证据。”

因此,林鼎向法院表示“被告无辩可答”。

Aedit Abdullah法官此后表示,他将保留对此事的判决。

双方将于2020年11月30日亲自回到法庭进行口头陈述。

预计将在11月20日前向法院提交书面意见。

下面是完整视频:

https://web.facebook.com/watch/?v=824580288291316

被告方对Leong Sze Hian诽谤案无辩可答!今早,我对李显龙的专家证人,来自香港的Phan博士进行了质询。我认为,从Phan博士那里得到的证据对于辩方非常有利。今天下午午休后,我告知审判法官Aedit Abdullah,我已仔细考虑了李显龙和Phan博士所提供的证据和回答,以及法庭上出示的证据,还有他们已经采纳的证据,对此我认为没有必要传唤被告Leong Sze Hian来提供证据。只有在辩护律师认为原告根据自身证据所提供的说法非常薄弱且没有根据的情况下,才会采取不对辩护方进行传唤以提供证据这样的行动。这是一个需要律师鼓足勇气才能做出的决策。

顶部图片为林鼎Facebook页面截图


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This commentator thinks MCI ad should not have featured poor Malays

May 12, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
A Hari Raya advertisement by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) was 'cancelled' by certain netizens online for depicting lower income Malays according to reality.

"Message for Syawal", a two-and-a-half-minute video published last month (Apr 30) captures moments in the life of a low-income Malay family living in a rental flat.

Storyline


Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"

The video, which is peppered with Malay proverbs, shows the family moving out of their rental flat to a new home several years later where they celebrate Hari Raya.

The father of the family works as a mover while the mother is a housewife.

Their young son, Syawal, skips school to earn extra income for his family before a teacher flags his absence from school to his parents.

The mother in the video later decides to return to work to alleviate her family’s financial difficulties while the father gets a new job.


Pictured: Screenshot from MCI video "Message for Syawal"



Why some netizens are outraged

The video sparked backlash online, with some viewers saying that it contained stereotypes about the Malay community.

The stereotypes:
  • The father works as a mover - commonly perceived to be a low-income job
  • The mother is jobless
  • The son plays truant
  • The family lives in a rental flat for low-income earners

Commentator implied that poor Malays shouldn't be portrayed in public to prevent stereotypes


Pictured: Screenshot from Homeground Asia video

A video commentary by The Homeground Asia went further by criticizing how the video propagates the narrative that Malays are poor and lazy, and that the ministry should have created a video that is more relatable to both the less fortunate and the more affluent Malays.

Adi Rahman, one of the interviewees in the video went further by making sweeping assumptions that the ministry lacked cultural intelligence and did not consult the community on the narrative.

Ironically, in talking about inclusivity, Adi implied that the realities of poor Malays should not be shown in public.

For example, his rationale suggested that the video contained characters (the mover, jobless mother and the son who skips school) that contribute to the problem of other races seeing the Malays in a stereotypical and reductive light.

In other words, show the good stuff but not the reality.

Adi even accused the ministry for not consulting the Malays in the vetting of the video narrative.

His accusations were without merit, however, when the Ministry said in a statement (Apr 30) that Malay-Muslim viewers - presumably a focus group - had seen the video prior to its release, and perceived the story to be heart-warming, although some expressed reservations.


Pictured: Adi Rahman - one of the commentators in Homeground Asia video



Stereotyping or masking reality?

The ministry said last month (Apr 30) the video was meant to show "a family’s journey of resilience in facing challenging circumstances and how mutual support and encouragement could nurture the process”.

Other netizens felt it was an overreaction and that low-income families shouldn't be dehumanized in a way that they are removed from the conversation. They felt that the video was a call-to-action for those from the underprivileged to strive for a better life through hard work and seeking help that's already available.

The only missed opportunity in the MCI video was perhaps the suggestion that Malays in low income families living in a rental flat could not celebrate Hari Raya unless they get a flat on their own.

But of course, like Homeground Asia, that is also a sweeping assumption.