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M'sia is a constitutional, not absolute monarchy

YOURSAY 'Assuming that Ahmad did insult the sultan on Facebook, is it justifiable for the police to subject him to harassment and emotional torture?'

Ahmad subjected to daily grilling of 8-9 hours

your sayNot Confused: Surely, the facts that Facebook user Ahmad Abd Jalil was (1) arrested without being told on what the charge was, (2) that he was refused legal advice and (3) that his family were not told as to where he was or who the investigating officer was, is enough to throw the book at the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) in a court of law.

Malaysia is becoming more like a corrupt police state every day. If BN wins the next GE, I for one will consider leaving my adopted home for good.

Changeagent: Assuming that Ahmad did insult the sultan on Facebook, is it justifiable for the police to subject him to the sort of harassment and emotional torture that he had been through?

Does the punishment even fit the crime? If the police think they have any incriminating evidence against him, they should just charge him in court instead of trying to fish for evidence.

Swipenter: Reading Ahmad's account of his interrogation by the police, you can be forgiven if you think that the police was interrogating a terrorist suspect/sympathiser.

But that was not enough for the police. They went on to harass Ahmad's family and friends and even lodged a police report against websites Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider for reporting this incident.

Magnus: Can someone perhaps clarify if Malaysia has a constitutional monarchy with parliamentary superiority or an absolute (divine right of kings/queens to rule) monarchy with feudalistic servility or a democratic republic as I'm as little hazy now on the nitty-gritty of the basics of political governance here.

I know it is probably very silly of me not to know the basics of such matters even after 55 years of independence and so I have to ask for clarification now to clear my ignorance. Thanks in advance.

Gerard Lourdesamy: Malaysia, both at the state and federal level, is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government.

The prerogatives of the Agong and the rulers are severely subscribed and limited under the federal and state constitutions and overlaid by convention to render them purely dignified and symbolic in a representative democracy.

When the rulers want to behave like absolute monarchs with some medieval ideas about their powers and prerogatives, they are seriously damaging their own reputation and standing with the rakyat, who allow them to reign and not rule by consent.

Such conduct and behaviour seriously undermine and damage the institution of constitutional monarchy and impedes efforts to instill loyalty to and respect for the royal institution, especially among the younger generation.

Ipohcrite: I think Ahmad should go ahead and sue the police for wrongful detention and vindicate his innocence if he feels that he has been wronged.

If he's short of funds to fight his legal battle, I'm very sure the rakyat and well-meaning supporters will rally to his cause, just like they did for DAP information chief Tony Pua, by making small individual contributions.

A RM1 contribution each will be more than sufficient. I'll throw my wholehearted support behind you. Stand firm.

Little Hantu: Shame on Prime Minister Najib Razak and the IGP (inspector-general of police) for allowing the police to behave so unprofessionally.

It's really a shame - no wonder US President Barrack Obama doesn't even want to visit Malaysia (and instead visiting Thailand and Burma later this week).

Ferdtan: "Ahmad was shocked when told that the police had lodged a report against Malaysiakini for criminal defamation for articles on him, apologising profusely for it."

Wow, the police can make a police report themselves over this small case. When asked on other more important cases involving BN, the police always make excuses that no action can be taken as no police reports had been made. Why the double standards?

Anonymous #48453460: We have a Gestapo-style police force. Last year, they charged the PSM leader Dr Michael Jeyakumar for waging war against the Agong. These police are a bunch of clowns.

Dr Jeyakumar is as pure as Mahatma Gandhi; he comes from a respected family of doctors. This specialist doctor has dedicated his life to socialism and fight strongly for the underclass and the Orang Asli.

I don't know how the hell these people can lock up this humble and soft-spoken doctor. I feel sorry for Ahmad and his family for undergoing the same ordeal.

Kumara: Are we becoming a police state? Am I risking imprisonment for merely writing this comment in Malaysiakini? Are those in position becoming very insecure, and are these positions themselves untenable, which leads to my first question?

Anonymous #19098644: Telling the truth is defamation because it brings the authorities into disrepute for their abuse of power and unconstitutional activities.

Malicious and false charges to persecute and intimidate Malaysians who do not support the BN regime is the name of the game.

Already their abuse and misuse of the various legislation such as the Communications and Multimedia Act is intensifying. The BN is not to be trusted. After 55 years, it is time to change this government.

Sinner: Well said, Ahmad, forget the Rohingyas, save the dignity of Malaysians first.


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