Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lese Majeste

Chan Hon Keong was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, that is, the improper use of network facilities or service. And he was given a punitive sentence which is a one-year jail term and RM50,000 fine. All because three years ago, he had insulted the Sultan of Perak online. He wasn’t alone though – in fact, many Perak denizens went online to express their displeasure at Najib’s dastardly coup d’etat in the state as well as to convey their outrage at the sultan’s apparent complicity.

But Chan was singled out and he paid the price. Isn’t this a glaring case of selective persecution? Isn’t this victimization? Isn’t this an injustice? Lèse majesté is mal a propos in today’s context.

Last evening, I went to 3rd Mile Square in Old Klang Road to attend the Money & You Toastmasters meeting. I took part in Table Topics as well as evaluate an Advanced speech delivered by Kitti Chang. And I was voted Best Table Topics Speaker and Best Evaluator. It is not incorrect to say that I have not lost my touch. Anyway, the speeches and evaluations were pretty good and I shall give this meeting a score of a 7 out of a 10. It just missed out on an 8 because the energy level was a few decibels lower than the eager exuberance normally found in their meetings.

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