YOURSAY 'Going after Suaram is a sure sign that allegations surfacing in the French Scorpene investigation are real and damaging to Najib.'
Six agencies to meet over Suaram
Gerard Lourdesamy: This is a classic case of killing the messenger. The government's vendetta against Suaram confirms that the Scorpene scandal is beginning to bite and that PM Najib Razak wants to derail the judicial inquiry in France.
Even undecided voters are now more than convinced that top government leaders were involved in the scandal; that hundreds of millions were paid as illicit kickbacks; and that the Mongolian national was murdered to keep her quiet. This is a God-send for Pakatan Rakyat.
Even if the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) was to strike off Suara Inisiatif and Suaram cannot get registered as a society under the ROS (Registrar of Societies), it can still remain as an unregistered or unincorporated association or become a charitable trust.
Whatever the case, the status of Suaram will not affect the ongoing investigation in France, which is criminal in nature.
To compound matters further the new Socialist president and government in France are not going to allow a cover-up to protect Najib and an insignificant backwater in Southeast Asia called Malaysia.
Gusnargh: Suaram has been around for more than 20 years and its legitimacy has never been questioned. Why now? It smells of yet another intimidation attempt.
Quigonbond: Someone in BN is trying very hard to sabotage Najib. Going after Suaram is a sure sign that allegations surfacing in the French Scorpene investigation are real and damaging to Najib.
Ferdtan: The six agencies - CCM, MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission), Bank Negara, ROS (Registrar of Societies), the police and Home Ministry - are obviously conspiring to bring down Suaram by hook or by crook.
All of us, including the NGOs, must come out strongly to condemn such vindictive action by government agencies. They will come up with some obscure law to get rid of Suaram. It is the rule by law, instead of rule of law.
Back in the 80s, there was a similar move to curb the rights of societies. It was the controversial Society Act Amendments of 1981 and 1982. Anwar Ibrahim, who had not joined Umno yet, was appointed as chairperson of the coordinating group of NGOs opposed to the act. The group represented a broad cross-section of Malaysian society.
One of the most controversial of the amendments was the requirement that societies register themselves as either "political" or "friendly". Any society not registered as political would be unable to indulge in any political activity.
And the definition of political was so broad that most societies would be deemed political. As usual, it would be the enforcing authorities, given the sweeping power, to determine the definition.
The main groups included then were Abim, Malaysian Medical Association, the Malaysian Professional Centre, Aliran, the Consumers' Association of Penang and the Bar Council.
Even though the Act was passed, the ROS cannot implement it, as all the societies (many thousands) refused to classify themselves, leaving the task to ROS. Therefore, we urge all NGOs and societies of Malaysia to stand in solidarity with Suaram.
If you don't fight this battle now, the next target could be you.
Tholu: The meeting of the six agencies is a perfect and stark example of how the government abuses its powers in controlling and influencing the country's administrative and enforcement agencies.
Government institutions should be allowed to run its business without the interference of any outside party, including the government of the day.
But sadly, they are no more independent and instead are voluntarily allowing themselves to be servile and subservient to their political masters.
They have been inadvertently turned into government tools for its corrupt agenda and to seek vendetta against its opponents. This meeting is definitely initiated by the government and it must have given the agencies a set of ‘terms of reference' (TOR).
Your guess is as good as mine on what the TOR entails - come down hard on Suaram till it is killed off and thus keeping the corrupt practices of the government unexposed and uninvestigated.
Boiling Mud: This is outright intimidation and victimisation of an NGO that strives to do the right thing and to contribute to nation building.
Suaram must be on the right track to reveal all the dirt in the Scopene scandal and the murder of the purportedly pregnant Mongolian woman to attract this much 'attention' from those goons.
Whether or not Suaram is silenced by any despicable means, the investigation into the scandal has already been set into motion in France.
RKR: This is straight from the minister's mouth - "If you slam people, people can slam you, it's fair."
So now you know why they are after Suaram. It's not because Suaram received foreign funds or they are unregistered, etc. It is because Suaram is probing the Scorpene deal. Najib, what have you got to say now?
Onyourtoes: Domestic Trade Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, your argument reflects your caveman mentality. When an organisation or an individual censures the government, you think the government has the right to retaliate by using the whole government machinery to bring that organisation or individual down.
The government does not belong to you, Ismail Sabri. When we criticise the government, we criticise individuals in the government who may have done wrong or have abused power.
You have no right to make use of government power and machinery to victimise those who criticised you.
Malaysian Born: This is the same problem again, low-grade civil servants promoted well beyond their competence making idiotic comments when they would be well served to keep their mouths shut.
Ismail Sabri has as much as admitted that the action was somehow linked to accusations of corruption. The energy and effort being thrown in to this effort reeks of desperation and revenge.
Given that this circus is being carried out for all to see, their eventual failure to establish any real and tangible wrongdoing is going to unnecessarily do severe damage to the perception and credibility of the government. What on earth were they thinking.
Headhunter: Najib is indeed desperate. He's using all his powers to beat Suaram into submission. But it's already too late if he's hoping they Suaram will clamp up because the Scorprene affair is already in the French court.
Besides, there will be others who will take up the fight. Persecuting Suaram will only bring the issue to international attention. Like they say, revenge can be a dangerous thing for those who seek it.
Jiminy Qrikert: Indeed, Najib is using a sledgehammer to pound yet another nail into his own coffin.
Armageddon: Only if the same procedure applies to all the corruption and money laundering cases in Malaysia, this country will definitely be the least corrupted country in the universe (not only in the world).
Unfortunately, it only applies to protect certain individuals or organisations. So the opposite is true.
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