In the courts of Law, a person giving a testimony will have to undergo an oath taking ritual and made to utter – “I swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God”
Upholding the Truth seems important and withholding it is perjurious and in Malaysia one could be charged under the Malaysian Penal Code
Outside the courts however, the Truth is not as popular and telling it is virtually an act of crime.
Lies and deceits abound especially so within the govern-ment, revealing or telling the truth is not encouraged, in fact forbidden and anyone who chooses to do so could end up in trouble with the authorities.
It is very very clear that the Truth is heavily discouraged for everyone to engage in as can be seen through the numerous enactments by the govern-ment:
The Sedition Act, Official Secrets Act, POTA, COTA , etc., etc…
Here comes the corny part. When a person is dragged into a court under these Acts for revealing the Truth, what does he do? He is now in the territory where the Truth is to be upheld…and he was charged for doing just that?
“When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent” – Isaac Asmiov
Malaysian police said on Monday a special task force set up to probe reported transfers involving a state investment fund to Prime Minister Najib Razak is now itself under investigation to see if its members leaked classified information.
The Wall Street Journal reported on July 3 that investigators had discovered nearly $700 million had moved through government agencies, banks and companies linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) before ending up in Najib’s personal accounts.
The report created a storm of controversy in Malaysia with the prime minister dismissing the WSJ report as “political sabotage” and threatening possible legal action, while 1MDB denied any wrongdoing, saying it had not transferred any funds to the premier.
Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar in a statement released Monday said that after the publication of the report, on July 8, the Attorney-General instructed the police to launch an investigation into “the criminal act of leaking classified documents to foreign nationals.”
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” – George Orwell