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Monday, 8 September 2014

Charged In Court For Merely Dissenting

1. Azmi Sharom
2. Haris Ibrahim
3. Rafizi Ramli
4. Adam Adli
5. N. Surendran
6. Khalid Samad
7. Susan Loone
8. Safwan Anang
9. Tian Chua
10. RSN Rayer
11. Teresa Kok
12. Nizar Jamaluddin
13. Hishammuddin Rais
14. Ali Abd Jalil

This is not even a comprehensive list of all those people who have been or are to be charged in court for "sedition".

Of course, in the Malaysian context, "sedition" involves merely speaking out against the ruling coalition, which forms the illegal government of Malaysia that the people did not even vote into power during the last elections.

Those accused of sedition are lawyers, politicians, journalists and activists who have criticised the government in the past.

In other words:

The sedition law criminalizes speech with an undefined "seditious tendency".

Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director of Human Rights Watch, said the prosecutions were reminiscent of so-called Operation Lalang in 1987 under Mahathir, when more than 100 opposition politicians and activists were arrested under an old Internal Security Act (ISA) which allowed detention without trial.

"The parameters are basically the same - you are using an antiquated draconian law to go after the opposition," he said.

But my respect goes out to the Malaysians, they are uncowered and unafraid of jail, and they are fighting back!

Don't stay on the sidelines.

Show your support. Are you with them?

10th Sept: Walk with Azmi Sharom

8th Sept: Walk with Ali Abd Jalil

2 comments:

Antares said...

This is in keeping with Dr M's tradition of service to the nation. Almost every single individual he arrested under the ISA subsequently became a prominent public figure and icon of freedom, justice and integrity.
Now Najib has handpicked for us all those who deserve at least a ministerial post in the new federal government. Thank you, Jibby!

Crankster said...

Yes, you're right!