Sedition Act meant only for gov't critics
YOURSAY 'The rats are out. What they say is fine but what others say is not. What a one-sided Malaysia. What more do you want?'
Human Being: Journalism is to report the true content of any speeches. It is the one who made the speech who must be probed and arrested. Not the journalist.
Anyway, if Kelab Warisan Malaysia (Keris) president Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz said the speech is not seditious, then what's wrong with reporting it?
Homesick: I am confused here. Mohd Khairul want Malaysiakini to be charged for sedition. If it is seditious, then by the same token, former Court of Appeal judge Mohd Noor Abdullah should also be charged for sedition.
How dumb are these peoples? Or sedition does not apply to Umno-friendly people?
Vijay47: There seems an inexplicable penchant for some people, ministers included, to climb up a pedestal and reveal to all their monumental imbecility.
The latest member of this unique club seems to be Mohd Khairul who would want Malaysiakini to be charged for sedition. I need not add my comments to the wisdom of such a demand since this column already abundantly reflects the readers' stunned sentiments.
Nevertheless, I humbly and most charitably seek to enhance Mohd Khairul's take on the sedition laws. He holds that since the judge's speech was made at a closed "ceremony", the contents of the speech are not seditious.
If Khairul, eminent as he may be, had stayed for more than two of his law lectures, he would have learned that the sedition laws are all pervasive.
If a matter is seditious, then it remains seditious wherever uttered and this includes Parliament. What is depressing, indeed frightening, is that those most in need of understanding the law include an ex-judge and a lawyer.
Jaguh: The rats are out. What they say is fine but what others say is not.
But weren't the speeches made by student activist Adam Adli, Anything But Umno (ABU) chief Haris Ibrahim, PKR vice-president Tian Chua at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) on May 13 at a closed-door event?
What a one-sided Malaysia. What more do you want?
Sapa Nama: If the speech is considered not seditious, how come publishing it is seditious? Hanya (only) Malaysia boleh (can).
Swipenter: Making a police report against Malaysiakini for alleged sedition for publishing a seditious speech? My head is spinning from this kind of logic and reasoning. Really this country of ours is really Bolehland or Bodohland, or both.
MA: Funny indeed. The guy who spews the racist and seditious speech is not guilty but the people who wrote it is?
I hope the Keris president takes up this case himself and let's see how he will be made a monkey of himself in court.
Odin: Wait a minute. Point 1: When Malaysiakini published only parts of Mohd Noor's speech, some nitwits said it ( Malaysiakini ) was wrong, that it should have published the whole speech to enable readers to see that the ex-judge was not promoting racism.
Malaysiakini then published the whole speech. And what do you know? Now we have more nitwits blaming Malaysiakini for publishing the whole speech. What's wrong with these Malays?
Point 2: It is immaterial whether the speech was made behind closed doors; the fact is that Mohd Noor was inciting hatred against the non-Malays. He was making racist, seditious statements.
Speechless: Just when you thought people can't get any more stupid, one pops up. If Malaysiakini uploads a seditious speech, shouldn't Mohd Khairul be making a police report against the maker of the speech?
How can he accuse Malaysiakini of uploading a seditious speech and in the same breath maintain that the same speech is constructive?
If the speech is constructive, then surely Malaysiakini has uploaded a constructive speech. Mohd Khairul, don't you get it? Sigh, I don't think so.
Anonymous #49160111: Where is our Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who talked about national reconciliation? Instead we have complete silence in the face of all this nonsense.
Things are spiraling out of control. Judge blames Chinese and now this clown of a 'lawyer' blames Malaysiakini . When will it end?
Anonymous #44199885: If Mohd Khairul takes the view that Mohd Noor's speech is constructive, then on what basis does he lodge a report against Malaysiakini for sedition?
I find it curious that the police are quick to haul up Tian Chua, Haris and others for questioning and charge Adam Adli, but have so far not moved to charge Mohd Noor, nor Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali nor vice-president Zulkifli Noordin nor Utusan Malaysia for sedition.
Is this a crackdown? If it is, in this day and age it will not be accepted by Malaysians and will only endear the opposition to the electorate, which will not forget nor forgive. I hope the PM acts with wisdom.
CiViC: Everything is seditious as long as it came from those who are pro-opposition, whereas remarks like 'Chinese tsunami' , 'Apa lagi Cina mahu?' (What more do the Chinese want?), asking people to migrate or stay in the jungle , they are all okay.
By the way, remember DAP chairperson Karpal Singh when he quoted the constitution about royalties? He ended in court also.
FairGame: Again, it's a matter of "shoot the messenger". It has become a norm in our beloved Malaysia land. And that's the way it is, and will be, until the ‘regime' is changed.
ACR: Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS) challenged Malaysiakini to reveal the whole speech and not just report selectively. This was done.
Next, the full video of the speech is available on Utusan Malaysia's website and the MSM (mainstream media) had reported the event where the speech was given. What closed-door ceremony?
Mohd Khairul of Keris should be charged under section 182 of the Penal Code for making a false police report and sentenced to no more than six months' jail and fined.
Dood: This is probably one the stupidest things I've seen these people do. So now it's shoot the messenger? Even if the speech is not racist, how is providing the transcript considered seditious? I'm flabbergasted.
Jagara: Indeed, Malaysia is being hijacked by racists led by Umno.
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