'Utusan Malaysia has lied far more than anyone but no one from the Umno-owned newspaper is ever charged with public mischief.'
Mat Sabu to be charged over Bkt Kepong speech
Louis: Where is the freedom of expression? This is just an opinion of (PAS deputy president) Mohamad (Mat) Sabu which you can choose to disagree. How can an opinion be construed as a criminal offence?
I wonder if this is the only way to shut the opposition leaders from freely expressing their opinions.
Mat Sabu's lawyer had rightly said that the real people to be charged are those in Utusan Malaysia. Very often its reports are so inflammatory that only the BN government is blind to it.
Onyourtoes: I have said so a long time ago - there is no need for ISA any more. It is unpopular and opposition politicians detained under ISA will only become more popular. So they used specific criminal laws - whether justified or not is another issue - to finish off opposition politicians.
Mat Sabu will be found guilty, sentenced and disqualified from running for Parliament.
Ferdtan: The police has gone insane by charging Mat Sabu for his opinion on Bukit Kepong. This is obviously a political charge; and the police can now be rightly condemned by all right-thinking Malaysians for their involvement in politics.
The plot to neutralise the PAS deputy president Mat Sabu will be the greatest mistake Umno ever made. Mat Sabu is not your usual politician - he is a rabble rouser par excellence. He is a man of the people, who represents and understands the ordinary man on the street.
The way he speaks and dresses - you know that he is one of us. If Umno dares, then let him have his day in court - then his opponents will know who they are dealing with. The trial may be a tipping point leading to the downfall of the government.
Balas: Ibrahim Ali was not charged, Ahmad Ismail was not charged, Tajuddin Ramli is now being let off the hook with a settlement, the cow head protesters (with police in attendance) were not taken to task and given a slight tap on the wrist.
But Mat Sabu is to be charged for his opinion after some skewed reporting by Utusan. What kind of liberal democracy is this, Najib?
Anonymous: Section 505 of the Penal Code provides as follows: Statements conducing to the public mischief.
Whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report
(a) with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, any officer, soldier, sailor or airman in the Malaysia Armed Forces or any person to whom section 140B refers to mutiny or otherwise disregard or fail in his duty as such; or
(b) with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility;
(c) with intent to incite or which is likely to incite any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.
Exception - it does not amount to an offence within the meaning of this section, when the person making, publishing or circulating any such statement, rumour or report has reasonable grounds for believing that such statement, rumour or report is true and makes, publishes or circulates it without any such intent as aforesaid.
Limbs (a) and (b) of Section 505 Penal Code is definitely not applicable. The only limb that is worth to give a slide consideration is limb (c) of Section 505 Penal Code.
But how can an opinion like the one made by Mat Sabu can be said likely to incite any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons?
In any event, to my mind, Mat Sabu's opinion falls under the exception of Section 505 Penal Code.
Karma: Utusan Malaysia has lied far more than anyone but no one is ever charged with public mischief.
Utusan lied about Christian conspiracy in Penang and Israel conspiracy in Bersih 2.0. Are these not amounted to public mischief? Berita Harian lied about a man in Bersih 2.0 was carrying a knife which turned out to be a mini-flag. Why were they not charged?
Mohd Khir Toyo lied about Teresa Kok complaining about the loudness of azan (resulting in her being detained under ISA). Is that not public mischief?
This confirmed that the attorney-general is only charging those who are against BN or Umno.
Tkc: We are right on track to be the best democracy in the world - by charging someone who was merely expressing his opinion that happened to be disagreeable to the government of the day.
AciTeh: Only in Malaysia, you can charge someone for interpreting history differently.
Najib goes 'cool' on popular radio talk shows
Ferdtan: PM lost it all - especially the youths - when the police manhandled the marchers in Bersih 2.0. It is a long walk to be cool: Nelson Mandela suffered 27 years in jail before becoming president of South Africa.
You should have chosen someone closer to home: Anwar Ibrahim who has been struggling against the Umno government for more than 12 years - jailed almost as long both under ISA and criminal law and now faces another sodomy trial under the government of your care.
In spite of all that setbacks, he has comes back stronger as ever. If Anwar is imprisoned again this time, which is conceivably the case, you are actually jailing the 'Nelson Mandela of Malaysia'.
TKC: How cool can you get when you still listen to songs from the 80s like Culture Club's ‘Karma Chameleon'?
I suggest everybody google the latest photo of Boy George, the lead singer of Culture Club, and see what I mean. By the way, the word ‘chameleon' best describes our PM. No wonder he wakes up to the same tune every morning.
Jedi_Who: Actually, he is a cunning fellow. He feels the rural people don't know much except what is printed in the media and will vote for him. But he had always been scared of the social media-savvy youth and feels he should reach out and brainwash them as well.
Najib, do you know what would be really ‘sempoi'? Clean and fair elections, putting MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) under the authority of Parliament, independence of the judiciary, free press... can ah?
Indon Planter: Ask those Malaysian youth who got soaked by chemical laced water and smoked with tear gas on 709 if Najib is ‘sempoi'.
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