I refer to the malaysiakini report Cabinet rejects apology from rapper. Wee Meng Chee's rap song with national anthem as the background has caused an uproar. His rap contain some words that are reflective of the mindset and attitude of many Malaysians, especially non-Malays, towards the authorities.
He is extremely observant about corruption in the police force and the lackadaisical working attitude of the civil servants though some may differ in opinion as to the way how Wee voices out his observations.
Unfortunately, whether one likes it or not, Wee's song reflects quite precisely how many non- Malay youths view the unequal treatment they receive with regards to their education, culture and economic and religious rights.
Wee himself is a victim of the BN government's discriminatory policies. As a Chinese Independent Secondary School graduate, Wee could be accepted into universities in Taiwan, Australia, US and the like but not into Malaysian universities.
If his sentiments are treated as inflammatory and chauvinistic, how about those apartheid-minded government policymakers that denied him the right to an education? Aren't these racist policymakers the actual chauvinists?
If the government decides to charge Wee under the Sedition Act, then Umno Youth leaders Hishammuddin Hussein Onn and Khairy Jamaluddin, too, should be charged under the same act for waving a 'keris' and making racist remarks.
If Hishamnuddin's and Khairy's remarks can be treated as freedom of speech, why can't a more subtle condemnation of corruption by Wee should be charged? There should be no double standards about it.
What we look for is consistency in the justice system in protecting everyone's freedom of expression. Freedom of speech should not be limited to the ministers. We should know that we will never reach a developed nation's status if we do not strive for a better human development and tolerance for freedom of speech and expression.