Najib premiership has not gone bonkers – there is logic in the madness as ISA is not the only route to authoritarianism

Many Malaysians are asking whether the Najib administration has gone bonkers with the political dysfunction of his five-year premiership most conspicuous on the occasion of the 57th Merdeka Day celebrations, viz:

• Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s break with the tradition of pre-recording and broadcast of Merdeka Day message to have “eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart” connection with all Malaysians in a “live” speech with the triple theme and thrust of unity, confidence and prosperity totally ignored by Umno Ministers and leaders who before and after Merdeka Day on August 31 continued to fan the flames of national disunity and racial discord by propagating the reckless and baseless myth that the Malay race and Islam are under attack.

• Najib’s pledge to repeal the Sedition Act and to make Malaysia “the best democracy in the world” torn into shreds with him presiding over the most number of sedition prosecutions against Opposition leaders and dissent under any Malaysian Prime Minister, while UMNO Ministers, leaders, UMNO cybertroopers and their front organisations allowed unchecked to spout incendiary and seditious utterances with immunity and impunity.

• The nation’s first prosecution of an academician, University of Malaya Law Professor Azmi Sharom for sedition, on the same day the Prime Minister cynically delivered an eulogy for academic freedom declaring he and his government’s regard for scholars and intelligentsia as the country’s most important pillars.

• The mass arrest of 157 Penang Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) on Merdeka Day taking part in a Merdeka Parade, showing the Inspector-General of Police’s utter contempt not only for Merdeka Day, the Prime Minister’s Merdeka Day message for unity and utter disregard for the spirit of patriotism and community-service volunteerism of selfless Malaysians to reduce crime and help out in disasters.

But the Najib premiership has not gone bonkers – there is logic in the madness as the Internal Security Act (ISA) is not the only route to authoritarianism.

It is most shocking and to most Malaysians, unbelievable, that the proponent of Political Transformation as an integral part of the National Transformation Programme (NTP) is ushering Malaysia to a new authoritarianism – as if trying to fulfil the promise of the “best democracy of the world” through the terrain of the “worst democracy of the world”.

The rule of law and academic freedom are under new-fangled assault. Malaysians must not succumb to a new despotism and must speak out, loud and clear, in defence of our democratic and academic freedoms as well as the rule of law.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Sabahan, Sarawakian – Its not Perkasa and Ibrahim Ali you should fear, its Zahid Hamidi and Khalid who are suppose to be your protector. They meant you too when they says “ungrateful” and “insulting”.. What can any of your local politicians, even your dubious “great” CMs do against them? You think your religion is safe? You think your future is safe with them in charge?

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Amazing, come 16.9, d true M’sia Day, some M’sians may b prosecuted/persecuted under Sedition, democrazy mah

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 - 9:20 pm

    Nah.. Najib is just dumb…

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 8:16 am

    The continued use of repressive and bullying tactics to hold on to power will eventually hits the brick-wall as the law of diminishing returns sets in. Even tightly-ruled Singapore has softened its treatment towards its citizens by making U-turns to placate its voters. For example, the city-state has lately introduced new labor laws to make it harder for foreigners to get jobs.

  5. #5 by good coolie on Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 6:02 pm

    Ah, the “True Malaysia Day”! Then, too, there will be the inevitable question: Have some Malaysians been cheating other Malaysians?

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