Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Two Monkeys in Parliament

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Nanyang Siang Pau found itself in hot soup over its cartoon on the RUU35i5 issue and portraying the PAS president and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys.
The monkey with the “songkok” was labelled ‘speaker’ and the other one with a “serban” – “Hadi Awang”.
The Nanyang cartoon with the caption “Monkeys playing tricks”, with the word “tricks” referencing to the said Bill – showed the “Hadi” monkey offering the RUU355 “hot potato” to the “Pandikar” monkey, who leapt off the tree saying, “Keep it for next time”, as a troop of monkeys below got into a fight fest.
It was published in the newspaper two days after Abdul Hadi Awang tabled his Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) on April 06, 2017.
Of course the Chinese daily had just as quickly apologized and hurriedly deleted the lampoon.
Predictably, PAS Youth and Muslim NGOs staged a noisy protest outside the Chinese-language newspaper’s office. The police too wanted to get involved in this monkey business and they promptly announced they would launch an investigation, with the Inspector-General of Police sternly warning the media against publishing “sensitive” cartoons.
Aiyah, what's the big deal? Mocking the RUU355 debacle that had witnessed a fifth tabling of Hadi’s Syariah Bill – which seeks to enhance punishments – without resulting in any debate and vote, thanks to Najib Razak’s manipulative handiwork DID NOT even qualify as an itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie deal lah. This is more like a circus act featuring two performing primates.
And for everybody’s info, the newspaper cartoon did not insult Islam! It merely took a jibe at the way Hadi’s Bill had been politicized since it first appeared in Parliament’s Order Paper in April 2015. Hello, a piece of legislation cannot be equated to a religion.
Why the brouhaha over a caricature when Hadi himself had called the DAP a piece of “shit”? Play fair lah.
After all, it is Hadi’s right to give names as he chooses even if it makes him sound severely stupid!
Why can’t we allow people to say whatever they want, as long as they do not advocate physical harm? Why can’t we allow for diversity of thought and opinion? Seriously, why do we take things so seriously?
If Nanyang Siang Pau must be guilty – it is simply for ridiculing monkeys! Now that is rude!


And on Thursday, artist activist Fahmi Reza uploaded a caricature of Abdul Hadi Awang as an ape on Facebook, tearing up the published cartoon that had depicted him as a monkey.
It was his way of protesting against PAS for their hypocrisy as well as telling us his right of freedom of expression.

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