Saturday, September 13, 2008

Political situation in Malaysia.

I hatez itz.

Talked about it with my dad, although I won't repeat most of what either of us think. I don't want to be arrested Section 73(1) of the ISA for allegedly being a threat to security, peace and public order, or any other section or any other act for the matter. All I'm gonna do is repeat what StarOnline as already wrote, and add in a little of what I think.

Raja Petra Kamarudin was arrested under the Internal Security Act for allegedly being a threat to security, peace and public order. Raja Petra, 58, who was arrested under Section 73(1) of the ISA, is alleged to have posted articles deemed seditious and that also belittle Islam.

Last week, the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) and several Muslim organisations lodged a police report against him for allegedly insulting Malays, Muslims and Islam.

Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng is believed to have been arrested over her report on former Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail’s racist remarks while campaigning for the Permatang Pauh by-election last month.

DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok is also assemblyman for Kinrara and a senior executive councillor in charge of investment, industry and trade. Kok, 43, is believed to have been picked up in connection with a residents petition in Puchong over a mosque.

Former mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo had allegedly accused Kok of being involved. She subsequently denied the allegation and demanded an apology from Dr Mohd Khir and the newspaper which reported it.


Doesn't that seem familiar to you? The most recent being the "pendatang asing" comment. The difference is that he was suspended from UMNO for three years while RPK, along with Teresa Kok and also Tan Hoon Cheng have been arrested. If the verdict goes against the defendants, and if Malaysia stays as it is in the next 15 years, my decision to emmigrate overseas for work will be more solid than ever.

I am not such a staunch supporter for RPK, because it was his personal choice to write and publish his work that got him into trouble. However, Tan Hoon Cheng was merely doing her job as a reporter.

“As a reporter, Tan was only carrying out duties assigned to her. Her story had gone through the due editorial process before it was printed,” he said (He being MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn). *click*
Tan Hoon Cheng was assigned the job of covering the "pendatang asing" issue, so she did her work, handed in her piece to her editors, and her editors deemed it acceptable for print. With all the freedom of press issues that came up recently, I think it's quite safe to assume that the news people would be careful in what they publish, don't you think so? And if all she did was report what happened, why should she be the one in trouble? And what about everyone else that published other reports on the same issue? Is Tan Hoon Cheng the scapegoat, or a warning of sorts to the press and public that we shouldn't make a fuss over the many wrong things our politicians say, the very people we elected to make decisions for the good of the country.

And what about Teresa Kok? I admit I might be a little biased in her case, for after Kenny Sia superimposed her face on a photo of me I felt like I had a little connection with her. She was arrested because a former MB accused her for being involved with a residents' petition over a mosque. For those in the dark, the petition issue was about the sounding of the azans (calls to prayer) through loudspeakers. From what I pieced together, the mosque in question had a faulty PA system, and because of wiring problems they couldn't fix it in time for a call to prayer.

Our dear former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo claimed that it was pressure from non-Muslims, together with a state exco-backed petition, that forced them to stop making the calls for prayer through the loudspeaker (data from MalaysiaKini)

Now don't you think all that noise was caused by a bigshot jumping to conclusions?

I really hate that all the current turmoil has something to do with racial or religious issues. Come on la. We are all MALAYSIANS. I have a good friend who's Malay, an ex-coworker who's a Bumi from Sabah, and my best friend's part Indian. That last sentence took me a while to write because I had to think who was what. You know why? It's because I don't think of them as Malay, Indian, Chinese or whatever. I think of them as Malaysians. MALAYSIANS.

What has changed in the recent years to cause so much tension between us? Or is there really that much tension between the people, for if you read through all the old news, you'll realise it's mostly the politicians doing their politics that end up stirring the big pot of racial issues. You don't see people randomly shouting insults to other races, do you?

Come on bigshots. Cut the crap. You may have the power to make decisions for us, but remember that it was us who gave you that power, and we can take it away as easily.


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