Friday, October 9, 2015

SOSMA Arrests

Khairuddin Abu Hassan is a thorn in PM Najib Razak’s side because he has been loudly denouncing 1MDB. For that, he was arrested – read my blogpost dated September 25, 2015.   

And yesterday, the lawyer representing the detained former UMNO division leader, Matthias Chang (left) was also arrested. Again, under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act. It is a shocking development because Chang was only doing his job.
This arbitrary action is an abuse of police powers and an injurious insult to the rule of law. In fact, it raised questions about the intention and purpose of the Najib government to use SOSMA on people who protest against 1MDB. This confirms former premier Mahathir Mohamad's contention that Malaysia has become a police state.
This blatant legal persecution is, of course, being carried out in the name of a nebulous law that was supposedly meant to counter alleged terrorism – it is conveniently being used to target individuals who voice dissent; not the violently inclined trouble-makers (Jamal Md Yusof and Ali Tinju come to mind) or even dangerous armed groups like the IS-types.
Also yesterday, the Federal Court overturned the Court of Appeal’s landmark decision declaring an anti-crossdressing Syariah law unconstitutional and void – and setting back the transgender community’s struggle for their civil rights. T
The apex court’s decision will set a precedent on other cases where state Islamic authorities are arguing that fundamental constitutional rights guaranteed to all Malaysians cannot be applied to determine the validity of Islamic laws.
Malaysian justice has really taken flight!
On Wednesday evening, I was in USJ 1 in Subang Jaya to attend the Extol Toastmasters meeting. I was the Timer. Even so, we started two minutes late and finished even later. I would score this meeting a 3.5 over 10.


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