Citizenship for foreigners, deportation for senator
‘Interfering' and raising awareness for a cause can be misconstrued by the public and put into a negative light.
However, standing up for a just cause as a human being should not be wrong; rather it is a basic human right.
Just yesterday, Nick Xenophon, an independent Senator for South Australia, was deported to his home country from Malaysia due to certain ‘higher ranked' people being unhappy with him.
That begs the question as to why such a move was taken by the Malaysian government.
For starters, a number have said that he is a supporter of the opposition coalition in Malaysia and that Xenophon is trying to meddle in the affairs of the Malaysian government.
Let me get it straight and clear. Showing support for a party and/or a coalition is not the same as showing support for the cause they are championing for.
Xenophon would not be stupid to support a party, considering he is also an elected official in Australia.
However, the issue he is supporting is the same as the opposition's call for ‘free and fair' elections.
Now, to get deported for saying that having a clean electoral system in one's country is the right way and definitely the only way to move forward, that means that something is definitely not right in the Malaysian system.
The Election Commission of Malaysia has said that its system isn't perfect, so why then is the government so afraid of someone who is pointing out that there should be reforms in the electoral system of Malaysia?
Has it got something to hide? If you have nothing to hide, then you should have nothing to fear!
Xenophon has been discriminated and even defamed, culminating in him lodging a suit against Malaysian newspapers for claiming that he is against Muslims and Islam, an allegation he has totally denied.
Why go to an extent of defaming someone from another country when all they are doing is pointing out that our system isn't up to scratch and something has to be done?
It is inappropriate for Malaysia to behave in the way they have, deporting Xenophon without any rhyme or reason and treating him as an enemy of the state, when as a matter of fact, Malaysia is trying to foster healthy diplomatic relations with neighbouring countries.
The action of those who called the shots in Xenophon's deportation is extremely unbecoming for a nation which claims to be a democratic country, wherein this totally shows that we are run by a dictatorship.
I am sure that this will have a domino-effect whereby Malaysia will be looked at as a country which will not be a go-to point in terms of investment.
We have opened our gates to refugees, given identity cards and citizenships to foreigners in broad daylight as shown in the ludicrous findings of the Royal Commission of Inquiry in Sabah.
Then, we resort to deporting people who, for once, seem to have a point and stand up for justice and fairness?
There is only one direction this country is heading to - unless there is change.
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