Sunday, March 13, 2011

Berita Harian Newspaper pokes fun at Japan's tsunami disasters

By CNN iReport -

Local Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian published a caricature in their editor's column today that depicts the popular Japanese cartoon character Ultraman as trying to outrun an incoming tsunami.

The publication has received tremendous criticisms by readers, who accuse the editors as being "inconsiderate and distasteful". Several political leaders have even stepped out and demand a public apology, to which the editors promptly made on their publication's Facebook fan page.



(2) Berita Harian apologises for ‘tasteless’ tsunami cartoon

An 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan on Friday, triggering tsunami warnings around the world.


(1) Insured losses from Japan quake could hit $35 billion
(2) Scramble to avert meltdown after Japan earthquake, tsunami
(3) Japan nuclear crisis worsens as country braces for second huge earthquake
(4) Japan faces worst crisis 'since WWII'
(5) Japan death toll likely over 10,000 after earthquake, tsunami



PEKAN, March 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is rushing disaster assistance personnel, sniffer dogs and doctors to help with search and rescue efforts in Japan.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said 15 members of the Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART), and six dogs would leave for Japan in two C-130 aircraft at 6pm Saturday.

"This (assistance) demonstrates our sympathy and support for the government and people of Japan," Najib told reporters.



We hope the 6 dogs that we had sent to Japan will do a good job and not let our country down ... the job is damn tough and the dogs must truly behave as a team and sniff well. It is an emotive act that will fill us with great pride and, especially, of gratitude from the Japanese people. The dogs must understand that it is an act of recognition, loyalty, solidarity and love for humanitarian. They must humbly feel unquestionable pride for belonging to Malaysia. Our strength has been, is and forever will be, our unity. We have proven this with our 54 years of complete devotion and fidelity to our history of unity, trust and love. This tenacity and fortitude will help us continue to be a leading charitable nation. Our charitable act should become increasingly significant. That's why we strive to use this occasion as the best opportunity by which we can prove to the world that we are better and more just. We stand together in this charitable endeavor to assure Japan and the rest of the world of our utmost charitable culture and devotion.



Anonymous said...

The latest news is that the SMART team has been 'rejected' by the Japanese govt.

The Japanese foreign affair dept has told the Malaysian foreign affair minister that Japan will make do with what they have now.

Now means 11 Urban Search and Rescue teams (USAR), from the United States, South Korea, Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, China, Hungary, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

I hope I'm not reading into anything sinister by the Japanese authority. By right they should welcome ANY helps from anybody.

Could it be those rumors spreading among the diplomas about the behavior of our Smart team during their few 'missions' outside M'sia?

If that's the case, I rather they stay home!

Anonymous said...

Berita Harian got no taste lah! Jatuh standard.