Hehe. So many people want Utusan Malaysia's publishing permit to be suspended because of its front page report on May 7, "Malaysia Negara Kristian". Some jokers, including a deputy minister, are supporting the call that the editors and journalists be sent to jail. If they were the government, they might even burn a couple of bloggers on the stakes.
These are the same jokers who have been shouting at the top of their lungs about human rights and greater freedoms. Every year on World Press Freedom Day they would implore on the Malaysian government to throw out the PPPA and other prohibitive publishing laws. Freedom of the Press, they cry. These are the same people who oppose the OSA and call the ISA oppressive and cruel.
Now they sing a different tune. They want the KDN to punish the editors and journalists. Stop them from publishing.
Bah! Such hypocrites.
There's this DAP Member of Parliament who reminded everyone of the one-day detention of the Chinese journalist not too long ago. Why aren't the Malay editors of Utusan sent to Kamunting? Another Chinese MP, not from DAP, spoke of the time when a Chinese newspaper's permit was suspended for two weeks and questioned why the Malay-owned Utusan Malaysia was getting only a warning letter.
Subtle, eh, the racial undertones?
I can understand the need to appeal to your own race. But I hope the MPs are aware that they have just invited the government to detain journalists under the ISA and use the power of the KDN to stop journalists from publishing. Next time the authorities act on their news portals or party organs, citing Seditions Act or OSA or one of the many laws, I will be there to remind them that they asked for it.
By the way, when the Chinese reporter was sent detained under ISA, Syed Hamid Albar was the Home Minister and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was PM. That was the dark ages. Under Najib Razak, Kamunting and journalists won't meet. I'm sure of it.
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