The real reason for the Malaysian travel ban

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The travel bans imposed on a handful of influential Malaysians, to prevent them from travelling overseas, is a clever means to distract the rakyat from the issues plaguing Malaysia.

The international media is like a child with a short attention span. A Malaysian travel ban may cause a frisson of excitement, but the media will soon move on to a new story.

On the other hand, the ban may excite the lawyers, who will argue the merits of the constitutional rights of the banned individual.

To the man-in-the-street, a ban will restrict an individual's freedom, to travel, but for the owners and editors of papers, the bottom line is readership, and more importantly, money. To a lesser or greater extent, editors must respect their corporate partners/sponsors.

So, news about a travel ban is not as exciting, nor will it sell as many papers as a warped Malay male groping a cardboard cut-out of an attractive female who is promoting the products of a certain oil company. Blame it on the indoctrination of a nation that is driven by the testosterone of the mullahs.

All in all, the "Malaysian travel ban" and "Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban" have two things in common.

i) They are ineffective.
ii) They are a distraction.

The Malaysian travel ban is meant to wear down the people who are banned, by making them concentrate their efforts into appealing against the ban, thus depriving them of valuable time creating awareness about our problems.

Instead of being active in highlighting the many abuses of the system, the individual is more active in attending court or spending time with his lawyer preparing his case notes.

Do you think that banning Malaysians like Tony Pua, Hishamuddin Rais, Maria Chin Abdullah and Zunar from overseas travel will hide our corruption scandals, Muslim extremism or the regressing educational standards of Malaysia? No! The ban will only stop these people from telling others about the desperate political situation in Malaysia...

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