Malaysian politicians offer thousands of dollars for ‘best essays’ slamming leaders

KUALA LUMPUR: UMNO’s information chief Annuar Musa on Friday (Mar 24) upped the ante in his war of words against the Democratic Action Party (DAP)’s Lim Kit Siang, increasing a RM10,000 (US$2,260) cash reward to RM50,000 (US$11,300) for someone who can write the best piece to prove his belief that Lim is “racist, anti-Islam, anti-Malay and a dictator”.

Annuar, who is also Ketereh MP, had initiated his call for essays in response to Lim‘s remarks calling him “father of racists” and a “disgrace to Islam” during a press conference on Wednesday.

In response, Zaid Ibrahim, a member of DAP, offered RM10,000 “for the the best essay on Najib Razak as the worst PM this country has ever had”.

“Participant must be brutally honest in depicting the PM’s failings and his true character,” Zaid wrote on Facebook.

“Of course in doing so you may end up in court.”

DAP members have lodged police reports against Annuar’s competition, saying it incites hatred and threatens the safety of Lim, a 76-year-old MP of a Chinese-majority party.

The deadline for Annuar’s competition is May 30 but none has been set for Zaid’s.


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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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