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My two-line tweet

Zaid Ibrahim  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | First I received a scathing royal rebuke from the sultan of Selangor for my now-infamous tweet. Umno also took full opportunity to gain political mileage—they went to town burning effigies of me and calling me names like bangsat (bastard), biadab (rude), derhaka (traitor), kurang ajar (ill-mannered) and much more. (Umno Malays are fond of calling people such names when they are angry at them).

Then they lodged a police report against me.

Jamal Md Yunos, the main actor, threatened to smash my head with a big hammer, but fortunately for me, the police arrested him. I want to thank the deputy prime minister for assuring me during our brief encounter that my safety was assured.

In a few days’ time, I expect to be called to Bukit Aman to answer some questions about the subject of my recent tweet, which has greatly angered some people. I also expect to be charged with sedition and some other offences. I assure the police that I will give my full cooperation and answer their questions about what I wrote on that fateful day truthfully.

It’s certainly my hope that I will not have to spend time in the lockup or endure long spells in detention, as I have just recovered from my prostate surgery.

The menteri besar of Selangor said I have a responsibility to explain my two-line tweet to the people. I will, but he must come along. He fully understands my tweet and the circumstances and context it was made in, so he can join me on a roadshow. He is a brave man because in doing so, he might upset the ruler. That’s probably why no one has come out openly talking about the issue...

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