Monday, 1 September 2014

Why the double standard in using Sedition Act?


The recent spike in politicians and NGO leaders being hauled up by police for questioning and later charged under Sedition Act have received mixed responses from politicians and Malaysians in general. As expected, members of the Pakatan Rakyat are crying foul over this but the public in general think that the police and Attorney General’s chamber have been doing the right thing, especially with the increase in unruly behaviors, hate speeches, racist remarks, religiously insensitive articles and disrespect for the monarchy.
Personally, I am fully in support of the use of law to curb anyone, be it they are from Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat or their supporters from doing damage to the often complex racial relationship in this country, from unruly behaviors that can create riot, from hate speeches that can create divide among Malaysians, irresponsible statements that create disrespect to the monarchy and many more. 

However, members of the public are questioning why only it appeared that Pakatan Rakyat politicians are hauled up? Certainly it is not true that only Pakatan Rakyat leaders and supporters are charged. If one were to follow the news, here are some of them who are deemed pro Barisan Nasional that are charged or call up by police:

a)      ISMA chief, Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman for his “pendatang” remarks

b)      Fifteen UMNO members who stormed the Penang State Assembly earlier this year

c)      Federal Territories UMNO leaders who threatened to burn DAP Headquarters

However, many are also wondering why certain people can still dispense their insensitive remarks as and when they like. The head of the list are certainly PERKASA leaders who seem to have the license to utter any remarks as and when they wish. However, there are also few individuals that should be probed and charged. What more, these repeated offenders are:  
a)      Infamous lecturer and Sinar Harian columnist, Ridzuan Tee Abdullah @ Tee Chuan Seng. His seditious remarks are well known.

b)      Ex Court of Appeal Judge, Mohamad Nor Abdullah for his many well documented racist and religiously insensitive remarks.

c)      Zulkifly Sharif, secretary-general of Perkib and Permas who asked for Chinese who are not fluent in Bahasa Malaysia to be banished from this country and for splashing chicken blood on the banners of Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
There are more to add on to the list but if the government is serious in making sure the spirit of 1957 is being uphold by every Malaysian, that this country remain harmonious and the monarchy is respected, every Malaysian and myself would wish to see that Sedition Act is being used fairly and the three infamous individuals singled out above should see their day in court, especially Ridzuan Tee Abdullah @ Tee Chuan Seng. The damages that he created all these while, including  recent the Selangor Darul Babi remark are too big to be excused. 

In short, it is very disheartening to see the deterioration of the level of trust and harmony among Malaysians from different race and religion. As we celebrate 57 years of Independence from British rule, this county should be moving forward but the reality is that we seems to be moving backwards with endless problems, especially related to race and religion created by irresponsible people. The Malaysia that I know today is a far cry from the Malaysia that I grow up during the good old days. 

Back then, no one ever question why the azan is so loud from nearby surau or mosques, no one question religious statues no matter how big they are, no one ever said the chariot possession by Hindu temples create traffic jams, no one said it is wrong for Muslims wishes their Chinese and Indian friends Merry Christmas and Gong Xi Fa Cai but why is it happening now? No thanks to certain individuals that probably derive their pleasure from seeing destruction to our beloved Malaysia. 

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