Updated @ 28/8/2015 : Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman just deleted or made private more than 2 years’ worth of posts, including his post on a Bersih supporter burning the Malaysian flag. This instantly removed the picture from public view, including those that were shared by people mocking him.
In other words, you will need to share this article to get the word out that his post was wrong and inflammatory. There are still many people who believe that it was a Bersih supporter who burned the Malaysian flag.
Bersih Is Burning The Malaysian Flag?
The Director-General of the Department of Information, Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman committed an embarrassing faux pas yesterday when he posted this picture, alleging that a Bersih supporter was burning the Malaysian flag. He made the following statement, with a menacing “Stop them” at the end :
Bersih is dirty. Bulan Kebangsaan sepatutnya dirayakan bagi mengukuhkan jati diri rakyat. Sebaliknya mereka bercita cita meruntuhkan negara. Stop them.
Here is the English translation. If you can translate it to Mandarin or Tamil, let me know :
Bersih is dirty. The National Month should be celebrated to strengthen nationalism. Instead, they aspire to tear down the country. Stop them.
Ironically for a Director-General of the Department of Information (no less!), Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman was spreading false information. That was not a photo of a Bersih supporter burning the Malaysian flag.
More importantly, he accused Bersih of aspiring to “tear down the country” before calling for Malaysians to “stop them“. That is highly inflammatory since many Malaysians will be attending the peaceful Bersih 4.0 rally for free and fair elections this weekend.
Who Was Actually Burning The Malaysian Flag
On the 6th of March, 2013, a retired police officer and the former mayor of Pagsanjan, Mr. Abner Afuang, burned a Malaysian flag in front of the National Press Club in Manila, the Philippines. He did so to condemn the attack by the Malaysian military on the 300 Filipino gunmen of the “Sultan Jamalul Kiram III of Sulu“, who were trying to take over eastern Sabah.
He may have been wearing a yellow shirt, but this picture would show that this has nothing to do with Bersih, or the upcoming Bersih 4.0 rally.
It is very surprising that Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman was not aware of the infamous attack by Filipino gunmen in 2013. They not only terrorised Lahad Datu, taking over the village of Tanduo; they also attacked ambushed and killed many police officers in Semporna.
Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Quietly Backtracks
At about 3:18 pm today (the 27th of August, 2015), Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman quietly removed the first sentence, which cast blame on Bersih :
His attempt to pretend that his baseless accusation never happened is easily debunked. He probably didn’t realise that we could check his Edit History… 😀
Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, you should just apologise for this faux pas and move on. People make mistakes all the time. You are not infallible. But if you continue to pretend you never did anything wrong, you will be found out.
You may think that your edit won’t be noticed, but it was. You may think that your post is now about asking Malaysians to stop this Filipino who burned the flag 2.5 years ago, but we are not that stupid.
You made a mistake. Yes, it’s a bloody embarrassing mistake for a Director-General of the Department of Information, and yes, a better man might even have resigned for making such an inflammatory and false remark, but you are only human. Admit the mistake and apologize lah… Otherwise, people will think you are in charge of the Department of Misinformation or the Department of False Information! 😀
We would like to give a shout-out to Rafie (Syed Sharbini Rafie Al-Edruce) for spotting and alerting us to this hilarious faux pas. Thanks, bro!
Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Cleans Out His Page! New!
At around 11 am on the 28th of August, 2015, Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman deleted or made private a whole lot of posts, cleaning up everything from yesterday until the 19th of June, 2013! That’s over 2 years’ worth of posts. Take a look!
He also made private his details, which we had earlier captured. Now, why would he not want people to know that he’s the Director-General of the Department of Information, which is under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia? Surely, that’s something to be proud of, innit? 😀
On the same note, why hide the fact that he studied “Leadership” at Harvard? Again, isn’t that something to be proud of?
In any case, his Facebook page now looks quite bare… Take a look at the difference a day makes. On the left was his Facebook page yesterday. On the right is his Facebook page today.