Malaysia: An Exclusive Club which no one wants to join – Mariam Mokhtar

by Mariam Mokhtar
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Some Malaysian women don’t mind being wife number two, three or four (or even a mistress), provided hubby provides a bungalow, two cars, a monthly allowance, overseas holidays and club membership.Yesterday, I celebrated the first anniversary of a special relationship with a man. He is a Tan Sri, an Umno-Baru man and very powerful. He probably thinks I am ‘a good catch’. He has promised me membership to an exclusive club, for which membership cannot be bought! You may know this man. He is IGP Khalid Abu Bakar. The exclusive club he mentioned is the Sedition Club of Malaysia.

This time last year, Khalid accused me of writing a “highly seditious” article called ‘One Ideology, Two Reactions’ which I have posted on my website ‘Rebuilding Malaysia’ ( Khalid should re-read the article. I am not responsible for his poor understanding of English.If Khalid wants to apportion blame, criticise the Education Ministry for Malaysia’s bog standard education. Today, Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin could make a change, but appears reluctant.

Under Najib’s orders, Khalid apprehended ordinary members of the rakyat and detained them under the Sedition Act. Umno-Baru is on borrowed time. Anyone who shows dissent will be forced to join this exclusive club.

The message in my write-up was simple, and to save time, Khalid could have engaged the services of a competent translator. A good one charges between RM200 and RM400 for a one-thousand word article, and he could pass the bill to the government. Other ministers allegedly charge hundreds of millions of ringgit, for less worthy causes.

Here are seven reasons why Khalid is wrong to suggest that the article was seditious.

First. I am a co-lum-nist, not a com-mu-nist. Three letters of the alphabet make all the difference. It is not that difficult to understand.

Second. My article ‘One Ideology, Two Reactions’ was a comparative study of two people. I did not praise the communists or communism.

Third. The article questioned the counselling which was promised to Aishah (the Malay woman in the article) but was denied the Penan victims of rape. Both are bumiputeras, but two standards of care were displayed.

Fourth. My observation was that the Malaysian government was trying to act like a ‘hero’, and be seen as the saviour of the lost Malay girl who had embraced communism in London. This “offer” of help was done primarily to show the Malay community that Umno-Baru leaders wanted to give Aishah a grand homecoming and rehabilitation. In other words, make a freak show out of her, parade her as a reformed person.

Fifth. The Metropolitan Police had not leaked the name of the Malaysian girl when the story was first published. Malaysian Ministers tripped over themselves with offers to help. Khalid had released her name to milk as much publicity as he could.

Sixth. Aishah gave them the two-finger salute and told everyone to leave her alone.

Seventh. With mud in his eye, Khalid chose to warn me at a press conference about my “highly seditious” article.

The moral of the story is never to use others as scapegoats for your own failures.Talking about education, Najib Abdul Razak studied at Malvern College. His former school is probably wondering what went wrong with its former pupil. Some teachers are probably saying, “I predicted this, when I wrote his school report.”

We should not blame the British schools and universities. They are hard up for funding and take in foreigners because of the higher fees they have to pay. In England, as in Malaysia, money talks.

Khairy Jamaluddin is a product of Oxford University. One would have thought that his privileged education would have been put to good use, for the benefit of the country. Yesterday, he proved all of us wrong. Extremism appears to be a skill he is adept at.

Sedition is hanging like a dark cloud over Malaysia. If you happen to receive a knock on the door at midnight, take your cue from Zunar the cartoonist. Only give your name, address and IC number, and only speak in the presence of your lawyer.

When Zunar refused to answer any questions, the police had a fit of pique, and decided to target the people who bought his books instead. Invading people’s privacy should not be at the top of the police’s list of priorities. The police are trying to kill off Zunar’s livelihood and harass the rakyat.

Khalid should stop being a lapdog for Umno-Baru. Instead of deciding the next candidate for membership of this club, he should focus on solving crime.

The real reason behind the upsurge in sedition charges is fear. Najib’s incompetent government is losing its grip on the populace. It is afraid. Najib is frightened. Losing power will mean jail, when Pakatan gets to Putrajaya, and Najib and other alleged criminals are prosecuted.

Najib can buy a little time with this simple cure – just listen to the needs of the rakyat! Unfortunately, the smell of fear makes it difficult for the government to think straight.

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