25 September 2011
Mat Sabu charge will boost opposition support
An MCA leader today slammed the move to charge PAS’s Mohamad Sabu for his Bukit Kepong remarks, predicting it would tarnish the government’s image and elicit sympathy for the federal opposition.
MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu said prosecuting the PAS deputy president would also give the opposition the opportunity to cast doubt on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s recent promise to increase civil liberties.
Gan added that the government should have allowed Mohamad and his supporters to “continue making a fool of themselves” instead of taking the matter to court.
“Historical controversies ought to be resolved through level-headed debates and academic researches.
“Resorting to the courts may shed a negative light on the government and allow the opposition to spread cynicisms on the goodwill the prime minister has generated by the Malaysia Day eve groundbreaking reforms pledge, especially the abolishment of the Internal Security Act (ISA),” he said in a statement today.
Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, claimed trial on Wednesday to a criminal defamation charge of glorifying communist guerrillas and defaming the policemen and soldiers who defended the Bukit Kepong police station when it came under attack in 1950.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) immediately accused Najib of contradicting his own promise to improve civil liberties, with Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim describing the move as “malicious persecution”.
Najib announced a raft of reforms last week to give Malaysians more freedom but Mohamad’s prosecution has renewed fears of a crackdown against dissent.
Opposition politicians are convinced that the Najib administration will continue to prosecute its rivals despite the prime minister’s reform pledges, pointing out plans to replace the ISA with two new security laws.
Umno’s Utusan Malaysia had first accused the Mat Sabu of glorifying Ahmad Indera in an August 27 report that quoted him as saying that the communist leader was a true hero.
Despite disagreeing with the move to charge Mat Sabu, Gan stressed today that he opposed the PAS leader’s remarks as it had hurt the families of the victims in the tragedy.
“Many are furious with his views, especially those in Johor, where I come from. His statement is hurtful and has caused painful grievances to the victims’ families and their descendants. It reflects the true character of a mischievous politician,” he said.
He likened Mat Sabu’s controversial remarks to that of DAP MP M. Manoharan’s statement about changing the Jalur Gemilang once the opposition seizes power, saying they were symptoms of “politicians intoxicated by the lust to take over Putrajaya”.
Mat Sabu faces two years in prison and a fine if convicted.
the AG decides whether to prosecute or not. But the AG, from his unfair decisions especially against the opposition members has led the people to lose faith in him as an Independent authority. This is compounded by the many charges directed against him for corruption. He has sold his dignity to the devil.
Talking about defamation, people forget that two groups are involved. When Mat Sabu says that the hero is Mat Indera, the families of the slain policemen felt the dead relatives had been defamed. But if we remember the Johore official book on heroes, Mat Indera is there in that book.
Now, if the government claims Mat Indera is a villian, then his relatives can also say that he has been defamed. As such is the AG also taking those who claim that Mat Indera was a communist villian to court? If not, why not? Was he not a Malayan? Was he not an Independence fighter as recorded in the Johore official book?
See? There are two sides to this issue. If we take Mat Sabu to court for defamation of the policemen, should not those who claim that Mat Indera was some kind of terrorist be also charged with defamation of poor Mat Indera? Otherwise, where is the fairness, Mr. AG?
One may dispute what Mat Sabu said but he has his own point to suggest that we have allowed the British to hijacked our sovereignty and I want to agree with Maqt sabu.
What UMNO did in giving recognition to the victims suggest that UMNO has been the stooge of the British. I want to believe that it was UMNO that sold out on Malaysia and thoise who genuine fought for independence.
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