By Dean Johns
How about an Act Act?
I see that former Court of Appeal judge Mohd Noor Abdullah, perhaps emboldened by his getting away with falsely branding the Chinese-Malaysians as “traitors” to their Malay brethren for largely supporting the opposition in the 13th general election, has made a second bid for stardom by calling for a Treason Act to punish offences against the Agong.
He has now been supported in this call by Rural and Regional Development Minister and Umno vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal. And meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek has been mooting new regulations to control the online media.
But as far as I’m concerned, Malaysia has more than enough Acts and bad Actors already. Far more, in fact, than the BN regime knows what to do with or can be bothered enforcing, except selectively against its critics and opponents.