Sunday, September 9, 2012

Selective Persecution

A lot of people were seemingly very upset and angry when some youngsters mooned over or trampled on photographs of the country’s leader (i.e. Najib Razak) and others (i.e. Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor and even Election Commission chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof) during a pro-democracy gathering on the eve of National Day at Dataran Merdeka in the federal capital. Others raised a pre-independence flag that had an alternative design – now identified as the Sang Saka Malaya – instead of the Jalur Gemilang.

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Even so, I don’t know what the fuss is, actually! It’s not really a big deal and the governing administration shouldn’t over-react because I consider these as legitimate forms of protest.

It is amazing that the authorities demonstrated lightning speed when they came down hard on the youths for the so-called incidents – at least four were arrested. [It is equally amazing that when earlier incidents of pro-UMNO, pro-BN and Perkasa malcontents created trouble, commiting even worser offences – the police didn’t lift a finger. In fact, these transgressions were dangerous because they illustrated not just malicious, but evil intent].

The powers-that-be appeared overly determined to throw the book at the youths, even opening a probe against them under the Sedition Act, a law that the government has promised it will repeal soon – even though the young mischief makers had already apologized for their actions.

I suppose orders have been given. Najib must be really pissed off because he has carefully cultivated this false image that he is so immensely popular and to know that there are still many young people who are so dead against him must have really infuriated him!

Why must Ong Shi Ling (said to have stepped on Najib’s photo) be handcuffed when she had voluntarily surrendered to the police?
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Give Malaysians room for peaceful protest! Stop selective persecution!! Down with Najib!!!

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