Saturday, November 26, 2016

Three Laws to Manacle Maria Chin Abdullah

Polls reform group Bersih 2.0 said what Malaysians know all along – that the police are merely clutching at straws to legitimize Maria Chin Abdullah’s detention.
 
The Inspector-General of Police did an about-turn on Wednesday and he did it without even blushing with embarrassment. His face is indeed blessed with a rhino’s hide, that’s why.
 
Khalid Abu Bakar (left) had attempted to explain that Maria’s detention under SOSMA had nothing to do with politics or even the Bersih 5 rally – but offences related to national security.
 
Then he went on to say that Maria was arrested for “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy” under Section 124(c) of the Penal Code – after certain documents were found by a police party during their raid at the Bersih office in PJ last Friday.
 
On November 24, Bersih 2.0 issued a statement denying that documents seized during the said raid could justify Maria’s arrest.
 
Bersih 2.0 is fully aware of what documents were taken from the office. It is absurd to suggest that documents belonging to us can be linked to a threat to security” – and maintaining that no such evidence exists.
 
It added: “Bersih 2.0 is an organization dedicated to electoral reforms and good governance; these allegations now repeated by the IGP are baseless slander upon Bersih and the millions of Malaysians who support it”.
 
Why don’t Khalid produce the evidence? Show us, if he dares! 
 
As if as an afterthought, Khalid also revealed that Maria too, is being investigated under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for not fulfilling requirements for a public assembly – in relation to the Bersih 5 rally.
 
Three different laws have been cited just to keep Maria manacled!
 
One day later, Khalid even had the gall to announce that the government would facilitate the safe return of close to fifty Malaysian Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria.

It appears that these combatants are a lot less dangerous than a 60-year-old widow.
 
I have nothing but feelings of disgust for this sole member of the UMNO "Bukit Aman" branch; this despicable fool, who is happily doing his political masters' bidding; this heap of shit. 
 
I am acutely aware that the country is descending into madness.
 
And Malaysians are right to be fearful. Yet, we must confront fear.
 
Please give a listen to Jo Kukathas – she also talks about this fear that is right here at our doorstep.
 
Her speech made at the Monash University Malaysia Graduation Day 2016 (Second Session) and on the same day as Bersih 5 – her speech begins 2:19:26 – is illuminating, insightful, and inspiring:
 
 
As Jo reminds us: "Don't wait for someone else to save the world. Please...save it yourself".

On Thursday, I was in Seksyen U8 in Shah Alam to attend the Zuellig Pharma Toastmasters meeting.

I took up three duties – as Grammarian and as speech evaluator for two CC speeches, #2 and #5. And I was again voted Best Evaluator.

 

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