The right of reply

Enough is enough. People who proclaim to fight for freedom of expression and free media but censors other's legitimate reply based on their whims and fancy, must realise that on the internet, they cannot suppress peoples' legitimate right to reply and express contrarian views. This blog welcomes all views. ~ Ellese



This was my last response to Dr Rafick of R2W blog which was censored by him:
“Though I’m still miffed with doc, I’m more disappointed with him as I always see him as a beacon of a believer in freedom of expression. But all that is shattered with the censorship of my last few writes.The only reason given for censoring my view was that my write “causes havoc” among the readers. This is most sad as it confirms that no pr bloggers believes in the freedom of expression.

I am not and will not be cowed by the tyrant of the intolerant majority. If the majority readers here (at R2W) feel threatened by by my write and reasoning they they can respond to it or like some unprincipled pr hardcores even unfairly personally abusing me (though I maintain my right to respond in a similar fashion). And if they can’t respond, please note that they have the right not to read my comments. It’s not me nor any writer for that matter who should be censored. This is what the universal standard on what freedom of expression means. I quote oft repeated words of Voltaire,

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

Unfortunately, almost none of PR supporters believe in this.

What doc and pr supporters did does not bode well for the future of Malaysia. I don’t believe now even an inch in any of pr slogan wanting a free media and press. Free media to pr news aggregators and pr supporters means the right to publish pr views and censor contrarion views. We are going back to yesteryears of UMNO.

So doc will decide. If he wants to follow the other pr bloggers and news aggregator of suppressing people’s views and ideas it’s his discretion. But if he allows me to write I will always write what I think and feel and not be cowed by the tyrant of the intolerant majority.

I have a right to write.”

This intolerant attitude from a number of bloggers who extolled in public the right of freedom of expression and free media has been on the rise. From Dr Rafick to Din Merican to Dr. Hsu to Jahabar Sadiq of The Malaysian Insider.  All proclaimed to believe in free press but censored contrarion views that they cannot or unable to respond. They seemed to have ganged up of late going by Dr Rafick’s statement. Perhaps due to the coming election. What a load of bull they are.
Din Merican is particularly arrogant. I have set up an “antidinmerican” blog to record down what transpired and show him and the world how intolerant he is to other peoples’ views. Dr Hsu is peculiar as he seems mild mannered. I have been invited by Hua Yong ( a regular commentator there) and when I write my views Dr Hsu and his crony Professor Phua Lai Kit mostly replied by demeaning categorisation rather than countering my views point for point. That is fine but what is puzzling is that in one heated exchange mainly between Hua Yong and another idiot called Monsterball (where HY used superlative expletives), Dr Hsu banned me and not HY. Dr Hsu seemed very racist here as HY was more aggressive and personal than me and the difference is purely of race.
But the biggest hypocrit belongs to Jahabar Sadiq, the chief editor of The Malaysian Insider. He think we are stupid. He condemned Utusan but sounds, acts and writes like Utusan. Countless of my writes have been censored. Yet proclaimed we must fight for free media. His constant censorship of contrarian views led me to believe that TMI doctors their commentary columns. He condemned MSM for not publishing PR views but at TMI they censor PR contrarion views.Rubbish isn’t it? From now on, its different. This blog allow the freedom to express.



  1. Dear Ellese,

    First of all, good to hear from you again, I find out about this blog from your comment in RB.

    I am not sure if I am welcomed here because we both know well that most of the time, I disagree with you more than I agree with you (vice versa) in various issues. I might choose to be a silent reader, a passive commentator or an active one, I don’t know yet as it all depends on where this blog lead us into. However as my handle were mentioned, I think I am obliged to speak up my view pertaining to Dr Hsu, I have been commenting on Hsu blog for many years under the moniker ‘Rhan’ and I suppose he knows me very well, and perhaps this is the reason why he never ban me even when I am getting personal and rude, moreover the exchange was between me and “Monsterball’, the infamous vulgar commentator in our local blogosphere, hence I think Hsu decision has nothing to do with race, and he did delete most of my profane comments.

    Anyhow, hope to read more from you, nice blog and very ‘interesting’ introduction.

    Best regards,

    • No worries HY. You are most welcome here. I’m new to this blogging and need to learn a fair bit on managing it. I dont think we need to agree most of the time but I have always find you most reasonable and had one of the most thought provoking discourse with you. On Dr Hsu, I wasnt as agressive as you are but felt victimised unfairly. Similarly with Doc. He allowed unfair comments against me but when I apply the same method, he banned me. In any event, glad to hear from you again.

      PS. Im reading now a book on The art of Strategy by Avinash Dixit. Its about a the “game theory” which we had discussed much earlier. Its very good and I highly recommend this book. May be we can revisit the social cohesion/ nash equilibrium discussion we had.:-)

    • Dear HuaYong and Ellese

      If you do not know yet… just to inform you that Dr Rafick has shut down his blog “rights2write” for good.


      • hasan, i am aware but didnt know it is for good, any ‘good’ reason y rafick did this? it was never easy to administer a blog, especially if you have ‘strong’ commenters like ellese :):) hope to read from him again not necessarily from his own blog. my respect toward him is his writing rarely touch on race issue, and make us really feel like we are commenting as malaysian for the good of malaysian, this is the sort of leader we aspire.

  2. Thanks Ellese.

    I will take a look because I am very eager to know what ‘game theory’ is about, though I am not a fan of any management or strategy sort of title, I believe our own character determine our decision, hence the style must suit our trait before it can be applied effectively and successfully.

    I usually read a few books at one time, a bad approach I think, here is my list

    The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
    The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan
    What is History – E Cerr
    The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
    Toward a Competitive Malaysia by Bakri Musa
    The Memory of Democrat under CCP by Zhang Yihe (Chinese)
    China History Figure by Guo Morou (Chinese)

    Good that our engagement not limit to politic alone.

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