The prime minister said the government had drafted a Bill on human trafficking that would impose severe penalties on the perpetrators of the crime.
He said the Bill had been sent to Parliament and hoped it would be passed in the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat.
Visibly upset over the report, Abdullah said: "I am not sure about the report...I do not intend to make any other statement, all I am saying is that we have sent a bill to parliament.
"We will do whatever we can to curb human trafficking and that is why we decided to have that bill," said Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister.
Now, see how the pathetic Star spins it:
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has shown its seriousness in tackling human trafficking, as seen in the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Bill that was passed in Parliament last month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
“I’ve read the report. We did whatever we could, but it was not enough. (Blogger's note: If you have 'read the report', why are you still 'not sure about the report'?)
According to the Opposition leader:
Secondly, Abdullah shocked Malaysians with his response to the United States Government listing of Malaysia among the human trafficking offenders, saying that the government had drafted a Bill on human trafficking that would impose severe penalties on the perpetrators of the crime and that he hoped that the Bill would be passed in the forthcoming meeting of Parliament beginning on Monday.
In actual fact, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Bill was passed by the Dewan Rakyat on May 9, and among the MPs who took part in the debate were DAP MPs Dr. Tan Seng Giaw (Kepong), M. Kulasegeran (Ipoh Barat), Fong Po Kuan (Batu Gajah) and Teresa Kok (Seputeh). The Bill was passed by the Senate on May 24.
How could the Prime Minister be so misinformed as to make a faux pax as to publicly state that the Bill has yet to be sent to Parliament for passage?
Although the Prime Minister’s mistake was corrected by the mainstream media in the newspapers today, the error had been carried worldwide by international news wires yesterday and reported by the media in foreign countries.
Also, read how Mergawati Zulfakar attempts to defend the denial syndrome with her column 'No need to get worked up over US report' on page N25 today (link still unavailable on the Views page despite half of the day gone). In the last paragraph, she also attempted to spin this faux-pax:
Malaysia has adequate laws to deal with the problem, including the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Bill, tabled in April and passed by Parliament in May, which severely punishes those convicted for human trafficking.
For a more balanced opinion from the MSM on this matter, you would rather head over to theSun.
Last but not least, here is a cartoon by Zunar of Cartoonkini for those not quite initiated by MSM spins:
Oh, it seems that he is going honeymooning (again) to Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy starting next Monday.