Anthrax Daripada Malaysia - Satu Lakonan Komersial Sahaja

Oleh: Mat Teropong

Ketika tercetus berita ada sepucuk surat yang dikirimkan daripada Malaysia ke Amerika yang mengandungi Anthrax, bermacam teori politik yang digembar-gemburkan sehingga akhbar Mahathir menjadi laris seketika. Sedangkan surat itu yang diterima oleh Microsoft America adalah surat yang mereka kirimkan kepada seorang 
vendor di Malaysia tetapi dipulangkan semula kerana alamat vendor yang sudah bertukar.

Kenapakah polis Malaysia ataupun pemimpin politik negara ini tidak mendedahkan keadaan sebenarnya, sedangkan mereka mengetahui cerita sebenar ataupun dapat menghantar seorang attachè perisikan Malaysia yang bertugas di kedutaan Malaysia di New York? Bukannya sukar untuk mendapatkan maklumat itu kerana 
Microsoft Lincensing Inc. Reno, Nevada mempunyai satu pejabatnya yang besar di New York. Jawabnya ialah untuk melariskan akhbar Malaysia dengan berita sensasi ini.

Amerika kini dikacip masalah anthrax kerana tohmahan mereka sebelum ini dengan cerita puak pejuang Arab cuba menyewa pesawat terbang dengan dakwaan untuk menabur racun kimia. Nah, semua orang yang ada pengetahuan sains sedar, cara yang paling berkesan ialah meletakkan spora anthrax itu di lubang saluran penghawa dingin.

Oleh kerana keangkuhan Amerika itu yang mengaibkan dunia Islam kini ia terpaksa menangguhkan persidangan Kongres untuk beberapa hari setelah dikesan spora bakteria anthrax itu di saluran sistem udara di bangunan itu. (sila lihat lampiran berita di bawah untuk makluman ini)

Soalnya sekarang, kita boleh lihat bagaimana kerajaan Malaysia sengaja gembar-gemburkan isu anthrax ini untuk tujuan politik dan melencongkan perhatian rakyat kepada masalah ekonomi negara yang semakin membisul.

- Mat Teropong


Congress to adjourn following more anthrax cases
By FT.com staff 
Published: October 17 2001 15:51 | Last Updated: October 17 2001 16:08

The US Congress will close for several days for a security sweep after several Senate employees tested positive for exposure to anthrax, and spores of the disease were found in the ventilation system and on packages sent to the Senate, Dennis Hastert, the Republican speaker, said on Wednesday. 

The Capitol complex, which houses the Senate and the House of Representatives, will close at the end of business on Wednesday and reopen next Tuesday, Mr Hastert said. 

"We need to make sure that our environment is safe," Mr Hastert told reporters. "It's not our intent to close up shop." 

More than 20 employees at the offices of Tom Daschle, Senate majority leader, are believed to have tested positive for exposure to anthrax. Anthrax was discovered in mail sent to Mr Daschle on Monday. 

Fears of widespread anthrax attacks increased this week after new cases emerged. On Monday, ABC News confirmed that the child of an ABC news producer had tested positive for exposure to anthrax. The boy was in the ABC offices in New York on September 28 and shortly thereafter exhibited symptoms of the disease. 

Officials also confirmed on Monday that a second person from a Florida media outlet has contracted the inhaled form of anthrax. Robert Stevens, a photo editor at American Media, died on October 5 after being infected with the disease.


Lineup of Anthrax Cases, Exposures
The Associated Press
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001; 11:01 a.m. EDT

A lineup of the four people who have contracted anthrax, others who tested positive for exposure to anthrax, and locations where anthrax found. Tests are pending on other workers, and further tests for anthrax presence are pending in some cases.

CONTRACTED ANTHRAX:
Robert Stevens, 63, photo editor, the Sun, American Media Inc., Boca Raton, Fla.
Contracted inhaled anthrax. Died Oct. 5
Ernesto Blanco, 73, mail room worker, American Media Inc., Boca Raton, Fla.
Contracted inhaled anthrax; remained hospitalized. Until Oct. 15, was listed as only having been exposed to anthrax.
Erin O'Connor, 38, anchor Tom Brokaw's assistant, NBC, New York City. 
Contracted anthrax skin infection. Treated with antibiotics.
Baby boy, 7 months, son of ABC News producer, New York City. 
Contracted anthrax skin infection. Treated with antibiotics.

TESTED POSITIVE FOR EXPOSURE:
Stephanie Dailey, 36, American Media mail room worker. Treated with antibiotics. Five other employees American Media employees, names not released. Treated with antibiotics.
Two New York lab technicians, one policeman who worked on NBC case, names not released. Treated with antibiotics.
Twenty-nine people at the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C., including many aides to Sen. Tom Daschle and two Capitol police officers. Treated with antibiotics.

LOCATIONS WHERE ANTHRAX FOUND:
American Media Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., on keyboard of man who died and in mail room.
U.S. Postal Service facility, Boca Raton, Fla.
NBC, New York City, on letter postmarked Sept. 16, Trenton, N.J.
Daschle's office, on letter postmarked Oct. 8, Trenton, N.J.
Microsoft Licensing Inc., Reno, Nev., in a company envelope mailed to a vendor in Malaysia that was returned to Microsoft Licensing when the Malaysian vendor could not be located.

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