What passes for sedition these days is what the authorities says it is. Or perhaps what Perkasa says.
The latest target of the dreaded “S” word is Nurul Izzah Anwar.
Read here for more details.
Very very arbitrary isn’t it?
The young politician and MP for Lembah Pantai is being investigated following a police report lodged against her by so called Malay rights group Perkasa.
She isn’t fazed, and good for her. The woman fights with conviction and does Brahim Pasir Mas really want to engage her in a rational argument? I think he’d lose.
Perkasa IMHO is more like an outsourced job, an attack dog if you like, that is allowed to play in the Malaysian political arena for specific reasons and it can’t function outside its strict instruction.
The thing is, as we have seen increasingly these days, temper tantrums, outbursts, loud and belligerent proclamations of supremacy are all Perkasa is about.
It could have been different if it had some intelligentsia behind it. But as a strategy, the formation of Perkasa itself seems ad hoc and flawed, and even more fatal to its credibility as a pressure group, is its inability to engage anyone rationally.
If it captures any semblance of support among the Malay community, it would be because of Dr M, tacit support for it. But what next? Perkasa as an entity that exists simply because of some quarters’ anxiety or downright disillusionment over PM Najib’s 1Malaysia inclusiveness?
Something is definitely wrong with a populace that would see 1Malaysia as threatening to Malay rights simply because it aims to be more inclusive.
This insecure populace sadly, does exist and the likes of Brahim Pasir Mas and like-minded individuals harness the fear to become a political force in their own right.
If it wasn’t, then Perkasa would not be mulling a change from its pressure group origins to enter the fray as a political party.
A thinly disguised supremacist organisation aligned along racial lines. I think they are no different than that other bunch of misguided folks in Hindraf which has splintered into many different shards, each with an agenda.
This too at a time when we hear many exhortations to NOT have race-based parties anymore and instead, ideology-centric ones.
Changing the status-quo has never been a reassuring process, but I think the time is ripe to rethink the whole past we’ve been somewhat comfortable living.
Brahim, if he chooses to think for himself and cot continue to be a pawn, would know that times have changed.
His protestations of eroding Malay privileges ring hollow at this time, and doesn’t penetrate to the young either. Maybe he finds the ears of the fatcats who fear the erosion of their ill-gotten, crony-laced income and traditional power base.
The events of the recent times too are telling. Perhaps the establishment too fears the loss of power, and that is why they are quick to use draconian laws to stifle, if not totally silent political dissent.
Seditions Act is a very useful tool. What is sedition, if you are charged, would be decided by a judge, and if you appeal further, a few judges. They decide it is not, and the very next day might find themselves transferred to career Siberia.
What is seditious in this country, is indeed what the establishment deems it to be. If an elected rep like Nurul Izzah cannot speak up, then what about you and me? And how come Brahim’s ugly rhetoric isn’t deemed seditious?
Or for that matter, all the hate speech/rhetoric that is coming from the likes of Ridhuan Tee, or those amorphous character (s) that spew poison under the pen name of Awang Selamat? Isn’t that incitement?
Very convenient, this Seditions Act. It is something that belongs in George Orwell’s 1984. Remember terms like Newspeak and Thoughtcrime? If you don’t, read more here.
I hope the Seditions Act’s days are numbered, just like the current political hegemony.