what message are we sending out???

September 13, 2008 at 2:48 am (politics) (, )

i truly don’t understand.

I just got back from a mooncake celebration with fellow colleagues and heard from my bf the news and rushed online to read the star. It would seem that…

Ahmad Ismail made the “comments” and after that big HOO HAA, he was suspended by UMNO and stripped of his post for 3 years.

BUT…

Malaysia Today’s editor- Raja Petra, DAP’s Teresa Kok and Sin Chew’s reporter- Tan Hoon Cheng was arrested on Friday, 12 September 2008 under ISA and for?

“Blogging about the obvious state of the country?”

“Asking for an apology when a wrong was deemed to have occured?”

“Defending or acting in the public’s interest?”

“Reporting what was said by a person who was callous with his words?”

My simple mind fails to comprehend. Before our general elections in March 2008, I was never one to follow the news or rather politics cause it was then somewhat portrayed as dull and mundane. However, with the way things are going, I am just trying to understand or rather digest what on earth is going on in Malaysia Politics with all the scandals and retardedness.

I mean, in my simple mind, correct me if i am wrong BUT wasn’t it Ahmad Ismail who made the statement FIRST and never apologised and further fueling the situation by demanding apologies from the reporter etc? How is it that he just gets suspended for 3 years (and with him saying he can still serve the party through different posts) where else Teresa Kok and Tan hoon Cheng are arrested under ISA?

It’s like punishing the youngest child for saying that mummies and daddies in the world are useless and suck but disowning the older sister for reporting the incident and the older brother for demanding an apology.

For those who don’t know what is ISA (Internal Security Act).. here’s a mini write up on it as taken from this site.

“The Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA) is a preventive detention law in force in Malaysia. Any person may be detained by the police for up to 60 days without trial for an act which allegedly prejudices the security of the country or any part thereof.

The ISA has been consistently used against people who criticise the government and defend human rights. Known as the ‘white terror’, it has been the most feared and despised, yet convenient tool for the state to suppress opposition and open debate. The Act is an instrument maintained by the ruling government to control public life and civil society.

The ISA goes against the right of a person to defend himself in an open and fair trial. The person can be incarcerated up to 60 days of interrogation without access to lawyers.”

What message are we telling the people? the nation? people overseas? our current and potential investors and especially foreign investors? Isn’t this contributing negatively to an even unstable economy? Are we kamikaze-ing? Why are the people in power who are supposed to represent and govern us NOT making Malaysia a better nation? Why are the crucial matters not being addressed BUT things that are insignificant ARE being blown out of proportion?

Let us not play into the hands of those that want our nation’s downfall. Let us reign in our emotions, think twice before giving in to the beast within us that cries out “injustice”! That is why with all the hoo haa going on, we must stay calm, rational and keep our wits about ESPECIALLY right now in times of political and economical instability.

Do not let there be a repeat of May 1969. Not only many Chinese were massacred but even Malays and definitely Indians were also victims. Think of YOUR loved ones… your parents, your family or even your friends and colleagues of different races and the times you’ve had together. That’s got to count for something.

Let us try not to see ourselves as individuals… as Malays or Chinese or Indians but as MALAYSIANS!!

After all, isn’t that what we call ourselves to begin with?

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