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Harapan, stay out of the comment section

S Thayaparan

Published
Modified 13 Mar 2019, 7:26 am

One of the problems with defending free speech is you often have to defend people that you find to be outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting."

- Salman Rushdie


COMMENT | When Gobind Singh Deo says he is considering creating legislation that takes action against news portal operators who do not take action against readers who leave comments “that touch on racial, religious and royal institution sensitivities,” what he is doing is curtailing free speech in Malaysia.

Whenever political operatives talk about the sensitivities which revolve around the 3 “Rs,” I always wonder why they do not talk about the big “G” – gender. What about the misogynistic in the comments sections, especially when they offer outlier views?

Remember when Maryam Lee was viciously attacked for her role in the Undirosak movement? Empower (an NGO) summed up the situation: “Instead of demonstrating maturity when engaging in the discourse, many supporters of the opposition resorted to unwarranted sexist, misogynist and extremist harassment against Maryam, and targeted their attacks solely at body shaming and (at) her identity as a young woman...

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