The time is now ripe for the Attorney General to prove his mettle that Sedition Act was not used just against members of the opposition party or members of NGOs that are not aligned to the Barisan Nasional government. After series of blunders made by the Attorney General with regards to the so called double practice and after Prime Minister Najib painstakingly explained during the last UMNO General Assembly on why the need for Sedition Act to remain, no other time is better than now to let fellow Malaysian to see that the government is walking the talk.
On his Facebook posting, Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob called for Malays consumers to boycott Chinese businesses in a bid to help the government to fight profiteers by using their collective power to lower the price of goods.
"The majority of consumers are Malay, Chinese are a minority, if the Malays boycott their businesses, they will surely have no choice but to reduce their prices," he said in a Facebook post.
"If they Malays do not change, the Chinese will take the opportunity to oppress the Malays," he further added.
This is purely a racist call to pit the Malays against the Chinese, first by calling for boycott again Chinese businesses and second, by creating a lies that the Chinese will oppress the Malays.
Ismail Sabri Yaakob has probably run out of political capital for him to issue such a racist remark which is totally a shame to the Barisan Nasional government on which he is serving as a minister. His call has also reveals the weakness and the impotency of the government to control the price despite having Price Control Act and the Anti-Profiteering Act. Besides that, are the Chinese so capable that they can oppress the Malays which does not benefit anyone, and something which the Chinese is not interested in at all?
The rise or fall of prices affects every Malaysian, not just the Malays, and please do not use the Chinese as scapegoats again for either to cover the failure of the government of the day or to gain political mileage. Ismail’s statement is therefore totally seditious and I call for the Attorney General to act without fear or favor against this minister and to charge him for sedition. Failure to do so will only reaffirm the believe that Sedition Act will only be used for dissent against the government but racists and those that have the penchant to invoke racial hatred and who are aligned to the Barisan Nasional government have the “immunity” to do so.