DAP wants to topple the UMNO/Barisan Nasional government for making Malaysia a “global kleptocracy”, but by constitutional means through the democratic process by the ballot box and not in any violent, unconstitutional or revolutionary manner


DAP National Organising Secretary and MP for Seremban, Anthony Loke is the first casualty of the Bersih 5 crackdown which have seen the arbitrary, indiscriminate and mass arrest of Bersih chairperson Maria Chin, other Bersih activists like Mandeep Singh, Hishammuddin Rais, Muhamad Safwan, student leaders Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof, Muhamad Luqman Nul Haqim Zul Razali and Pakatan Harapan elected representatives Zuraida Kamaruddin (MP – Ampang), Tian Chua (MP – Batu) and Howard Lee (Perak State Assemblyman – Pasir Pinji).

Anthony is held under the Sedition Act for his speech at the Pakatan Harapan Convention the previous Saturday calling for the toppling of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Let me make it very clear that the DAP and Pakatan Harapan is committed to the toppling of the Prime Minister, Datuk Najib Razak and the UMNO/Barisan Nasiuonal government for making Malaysia a “global kleptocracy”, but by constitutional means through the democratic process by the ballot box and not in any violent, unconstitutional or revolutionary manner.

Are the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali now claiming that any attempt to secure not only the majority popular vote but the majority of parliamentary seats so that the Prime Minister and the UMNO/BN government in Putrajaya could be replaced have now become criminal and even seditious offences, which come not only under the Sedition Act but the new-fangled crime in Section 124B of the Penal Code, which reads:

“ 124B: Activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy. Whoever, by any means, directly or indirectly, commits an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years.”

If this is the case, then let the Prime Minister or the Home Minister bring an amendment to the Penal Code, the Sedition Act and the Constitution to make it a criminal offence even for MPs in Parliament to talk about replacing the Prime Minister and the UMNO/.BN Government through the constitutional and democratic process – and abandon all pretences of democracy, the rule of law and constitutionality.

Until then, the Inspector-General of Police, the Attorney-General and the Prime Minister should stop abuses of power and the law and constitution and stop arresting those who want to perfect and not undermine the system of parliamentary democracy by enabling a change of
the government in Putrajaya through constitutional and democratic means, as through the ballot box.

No DAP leader in the past 50 years had ever advocated violent and unconstitutional overthrow of the elected government of the day, and no Bersih leader whether from Berish 1 to Berish 5 rallies in the past nine years had advocated any violent overthrow of the government by undemocratic and unconstitutional means.

If Najib still believes in the system of parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, he should direct the Inspector-General of Police to immediately release all the detainees in the Bersih 5 crackdown, including the Bersih Chairperson, Maria Chin, Bersih activist Hishammuddin Rais and Pakatan Harapan elected representatives – Anthony Loke, Zuraida Kamarauddin, Tian Chua and Howard Lee – who are still held in detention.

(Speech at the candlelight vigil for DAP National Organising Secretary and MP for Seremban, Anthony Loke, detained in the Bersih 5 police crackdown at the Sikamat Police District Office in Seremban on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 9.30 pm)

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  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Monday, 21 November 2016 - 3:03 pm

    I think most people miss the point of the use of SOSMA for the arrest of Maria – it means Najib will use the NSC to stay in power. Najib has broken one promise after another about EVERY LAW he has enacted.

    In other words, between the country and his own well-being, Najib will chose his well-being. Marcos did it, Mugabe did it, Erdogan is doing it, he is even more likely than any of them..

  2. #2 by machiavelli on Monday, 21 November 2016 - 4:21 pm

    Angels sell their wings
    Saints their halos
    What did the MO 1and the rest of his cohorts sell?
    Their souls.

    And for what?

    for a “few” dollars more.

  3. #3 by worldpress on Monday, 21 November 2016 - 7:05 pm

    Hope god punishment fall on them no mercy! save our righteous Malaysians and peace!

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 9:31 am

    WHAT is the current auditor general doing investigating a 2001 RM500m Mahathir deal today when he says nothing about inflated RM55b??

    The more Najib’s govt rule by power administration does, the more he reveals we have a broken govt and essentially parasitic,net destructive.

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