The Najib administration’s bid to silence its critics through a display of muscle signals a return to greater authoritarianism and fascism . It was moving further away from the government’s dream of a world-class democracy.
We questioned Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s commitment to pursue greater freedoms for a truly democratic developed nation after the May 5 polls.
The test of a genuine democracy is to allow words to be said even when we disagree with them..
The recent arrests of opposition leaders, elected representatives, civil activists and supporters who had kept candlelight vigils in peaceful gatherings and the seizure of opposition political newspapers at Najib’s feet, saying such actions clealry constrasted the sixth PM’s electoral pledges.
We highlighted further the authorities had showed partisanship and a lax attitude in their failure to act against obvious cases of incitement where right-wing religious and racial proponents had made provocative statements demostrating seditious tendencies.
We named the president of self-declared Malay rights group champions Datuk Ibrahim Ali whom he noted had called for Malay-language bibles to be burnt; Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Nordin and truculent Chinese-Muslim scholar Ridhuan Tee Abdullah and Datuk Zulkifli Noordin who have both been alleged to have insulted Hinduism and made disparaging remarks against the faith’s believers; and Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah, a former Court of Appeal judge whom Leong noted had accused a racial group of treason and warned them of retribution by another race.
What were spoken and promised by Najib during the GE13 election campaign and what is happening now are so different. All these strong arm tactics over the past few days will only drive people further from BN. People are no longer afraid.
All those reconciliatory messages are most likely eyewash only...
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