Nur Jazlan’s statement that Maria Chin’s arrest under SOSMA was not because of terrorism is irrefutable proof that Najib is the undisputed “U-turn King” and Malaysia’s most untrustworthy Prime Minister whose promises and pledges, even in Parliament, are not worth a single sen


Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Seri Nur Jazlan’s statement yesterday that Bersih chairperson Maria Chin’s arrest under SOSMA was not because of terrorism is irrefutable proof that Datuk Seri Najib Razak is the undisputed “U-turn King” and Malaysia’s most untrustworthy Prime Minister whose promises and pledges, even in Parliament, are not worth a single sen.

In fact, the extraordinary scenario where the Najib administration through one Minister makes a solemn pledge about a new law in Parliament is contradicted when the law is implemented by another Minister was foreseen by the DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok during the winding-up debate enacting the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) in the Dewan Rakyat on 17th April 2012, when she posed the question:

“Teresa Kok Suh Sim (Seputeh): Yang Berhormat Menteri, kenapakah selepas rang undang-undang ini di luluskan di Dewan ia akan dilaksanakan oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri, tengok Kementerian Dalam Negeri semalam kebanyakkan masa tidak ada, tidak mendengar keluhan daripada pihak di sebelah sini dan juga macam mana dia boleh melaksanakan apa yang dicadangkan oleh Dewan ini.”

At the time, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nazri Aziz, who was responsible for the passage of the SOSMA bill in Parliament, ridiculed Teresa Kok’s concerns boasting:

“Tuan Yang di Pertua, Yang Berhormat Seputeh, saya ini Menteri yang menjaga Parlimen dan ditambah juga dikatakan sebagai de facto Menteri undang-undang. Ini ada kaitan dengan Parlimen dan ada kaitan dengan undang-undang……kalau saya hendak, saya boleh menjawab bagi mana-mana pihak oleh sebab saya dalam keadaan yang emergency kalau sekiranya ada orang yang tidak dapat hadir, tidak melanggar apa-apa peraturan untuk saya menjawab bagi pihak mana-mana kementerian.”

Nazri went on to make two important pledges: firstly, the SOSMA Bill “merupakan undang-undang yang menentang keganasan, oleh yang demikian rang undang-undang ini akan berbeza dan tidak bolehlah disamakan dengan undang-undang jenayah yang biasa”; “bertujuan untuk melindungi Malaysia daripada terdedah kepada ancaman pengganas” that SOSMA would only be used to fight terrorism.

Secondly, that the Najib Cabinet is bound by the principle of collective responsibility – “Kementerian tidak akan hilang, individu akan datang dan pergi dan kita terikat dengan apa juga keputusan yang telah dibuat oleh Menteri-menteri yang terlebih awal”.

Clearly, the principle of collective responsibility is meaningless for the Najib premiership, where SOSMA was presented to Parliament in 2012 with the specific undertaking that it would be used solely to fight terrorism could be violated and reneged by the same Prime Minister!

It is time for Najib to speak up as to why he is breaking his undertaking to Parliament made through his Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department on April 17, 2012 that SOSMA would not be abused and would only be used to fight terrorism, and whether he would ensure that Maria Chin would be released from SOSMA detention immediately without any delay.

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  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 12:55 pm

    This is how it goes with Govt by Rule of Power NOT Rule of Law. Logic, reason, the law – these things do not matter and it makes no sense. Its basically sheer Darwinian, initially polite, ultimately brute and beastly.

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