Sunday, April 12, 2015

Najib Razak's Betrayal

The WC Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) has betrayed Malaysians.

[Note: WC does not necessarily refer to 'water closet' or 'flush toilet' but I can take it to also mean 'wretched and contemptible'].
In 2012, Najis... oops, I mean, Najib made a promise to repeal the repugnant Sedition Act 1948 along with other security legislation that dates from the British colonial era.
On November 27, 2014, barefaced Najib did an about-turn and declared that the law will continue to exist. And he also added that changes can be expected. Not positive changes, I'm sure.
On Friday, amendments to that said law had been approved by the Dewan Rakyat, effectively granting wider jurisdiction to the authorities to take action on speech or activities that are seen as seditious in nature.
The bill was passed with a simple majority following a voice vote at 2:30 AM, after it was debated for 14 hours and was subjected to one bloc vote at the second reading that ended with 108 MPs for and 79 against.
This is a serious attack on free speech and expression in a democratic society.
Putrajaya want to regulate news portals and other social media users that are critical of the establishment. The changes are not only intended to check on news articles or commentaries deemed seditious, but also to curb feedback from readers on social media and elsewhere. Moreover, provisions in the law could be used to remove any information that, in the opinion of the establishment, was against government leaders and organizations.
Civil rights lawyer Syahredzan Johan said the amendments were targeted against news portals and Internet users like bloggers, and social media users who provided alternative views and comments.
Another lawyer Eric Paulsen said the amendments were used as a mask to impose Internet censorship because the government was unable to come to terms with the Internet and social media era.
And another thing. The Sedition (Amendment) Bill 2015 appears to be inconsistent with section 3 (3) of the Communications and Multimedia Act which guarantees no censorship of the internet.
Didn’t we loathe China for doing the same thing? But then again, China is a communist country.
Let’s look at this political development positively. We're still better off than North Korea.
But at the rate we’re regressing as a nation, perhaps, one day, the world may be compelled to treat us like a pariah state, deserving total isolation. Believe me when I say it is not as far-fetched as you think!
Please pray for Malaysia!
On Saturday morning, I went to Jalan Jurubina U1/18, Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park in Shah Alam, Selangor to finally accept an invitation from Alice Chai – to take on the role of General Evaluator for the UNIPAC Toastmasters meeting. I ended up performing three other roles, i.e. Delivering an invocation and evaluating two CC speeches #2 and #3. My first time doing four roles! Wow!

Generally, a good meeting and unlike many other in-house clubs, this meeting started and ended on time. A very nice surprise. I would score this meeting a 5.5 over 10.

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