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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

OMINOUS clouds for academics who speak their mind-Dr Azmi Sharom is latest casualty

AND do you now NOT KNOW  "WHY" NegaraKu is suffering a brain-drain. The powers-that-be only wants the 'meek and mild" and bodekers among their university ships --not those who use their critical mind.

TEAser Q. Which country wants the great thinkers like Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, show your hands please?

******************** The DISQUIETING NEWS follows:~~~~~~~~


UM law professor latest caught in Putrajaya’s sedition dragnet

University of Malaya (UM) law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom will be charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court tomorrow, for a remark he made in an article on news portal Malay Mail Online. — Picture by Siow Feng SawKUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 ― University of Malaya (UM) law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom will face a sedition charge tomorrow for his comments on the 2009 Perak crisis, making him the latest individual to be hauled up in Putrajaya’s ongoing clampdown on dissenters
According to Dang Wangi police, Azmi will be charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court tomorrow, for a remark he made in an article on news portal Malay Mail Online.
Section 4(1)(b) states that “uttering any seditious words” is an offence punishable with a fine not exceeding RM5,000 for a first time offence, or imprisonment not exceeding five years for subsequent offences.
It is not known which part of the article had landed Azmi in the soup but Malay Mail Online understands that the law professor was previously under probe for his quotes in the article titled, “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told”, which was published on August 14.
In it, Azmi had cautioned Pakatan Rakyat (PR) against taking any action outside the Selangor state assembly to resolve the ongoing impasse over the state mentri besar’s post, and insisted the lawmakers wait until next sitting to indicate their lack of confidence.
Last week, PKR’s newly-elected vice-president Rafizi Ramli claimed trial to “defaming” and “provoking” Umno members by accusing them of conspiring to instigate religious strife in February.
Earlier last week, DAP’s Seri Delima representative RSN Rayer was charged with sedition, believed to be over his “Umno Celaka” remarks uttered inside the Penang state assembly.
PAS’s Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad was charged last week under the colonial-era law over his alleged remarks on reducing the Selangor Islamic religious council’s (Mais) powers.
PKR’s Padang Serai MP N. Surendran was also recently charged with sedition for allegedly criticising the Court of Appeal’s ruling that reversed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal in his second sodomy trial, while DAP’s Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was similarly charged earlier this year over a video clip.

DESIDERATA: UMNO has two interpretations of the law, one favourable one for themselves and their lackeys, and another oppressive one for the Opposition, whether political. academic or civil society activist...UMNO is using the courts to cut down the number of Wakil Rakyat from PKR, DAP and PAS when they have no confidence to face the next polls, GE14 due in 3 to 4years.

Let's see first what the relevant minsiter related to this topic of examination -- TOP of my list of questions for the one who should answer is:  WHY no action has been taken against his compatriots who have uttered more seditious statements accompanied by equally provocative actions, including Perkasa and Isma leaders, Mr Home Minister? -- is up to:


Non-Malays getting arrogant, says Ahmad Zahid

KUALA LUMPUR: Malays are paying the price for being kind to non-Malays, said Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said non-Malays are getting increasingly arrogant and are insulting the bumiputras, the royalty and Islam.
"We allowed them to be indebted to us without needing them to pay it back; they are now insulting Islam and the Malays under the pretence of democracy, freedom of speech, and globalisation," he said when launching the Umno Segambut divisional meeting today.
He attributed this to the perception that foreign cultural norms are inherently better than Malaysia's, and urged non-Malays to respect the bumiputras.
Ahmad Zahid, who is home minister, also urged Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to expedite high-profile sedition cases to protect the government's credibility and stave off accusations of selective prosecution.
He was responding to Umno Segambut division chief Kamaruddin Ambok's allegation that Malays are being selectively prosecuted while those who insulted Malays, royalty and Islam are escaping quick punishment.
For example, Kamaruddin said, the road rage incident involving Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin, otherwise known as Kiki, saw her sentenced in court within eight days of the act while Seputeh MP Teresa Kok is still free.
He was referring to Kok's political satire video "Onederful Malaysia", which was posted on the internet during this year's Chinese New Year celebrations. Kok is facing a sedition charge over the video.
Kamaruddin cited many other cases where non-Malays posted inflammatory comments on the social media and said this is a sign that non-bumiputras in the country are getting increasingly "biadap" and "kurang ajar".
He said this is because the Malay community is divided and weak, and there are now even Malays joining DAP, a multi-racial but majority Chinese opposition party.

DESIDERATA: Minister Zahid, the non-Malays are getting more arrogant, NOT THE UMNO, Perkasa and Isma goons? REALLY?

You were the one soon appointed the minister of Home affairs who told us citiznes something to this effect (paraphrasing here): If you don't like the electoral system in Malaysia, #move (pindah); translated to mean, #YOU CHINESE, go back to mainland China, YOU INDIANS, go back to India. To me that's bordering on "incitement' to create public disorder, NO?


Postscript: In case the honourable is among the Malaysians yang "mudah lupa" as former PM Dr Mahamd Mohamad would put it, let me remind him:


I use the Bar Council to elucidate my point, Mr Zahid, can?

Again, from the


Bar Council slams Zahid Hamidi

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 11, 2014): The Bar Council is unhappy with the authorities for dragging their feet in acting against the perpetrators of the "chicken blood smearing" and "reward to slap" controversies.
Its president, Christopher Leong, said that delaying enforcement may seem to be "encouraging" such incidents.
He described the actions by a group of Muslim NGOs as being a clear "incitement" and "a threat to public order".
"The demonstration by the NGOs, slaughtering chickens and smearing the blood on the pictures of certain leaders and the implicit or explicit reference to May 13, is an incitement and a threat to public order.
"It is wholly irresponsible on the authorities not to take immediate action when there are valid images of the incident," he told a press conference at the Bar Council here today.
The fact that the authorities were dragging their feet on the matter contributed to the unease that was currently prevailing in the society and may even be seen to be encouraging such incitement, he said.
Leong also criticised Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for his statement brushing off the cash reward offered to anyone who could slap Seputeh MP Teresa Kok by saying that it was "not a threat". Ahmad Zahid had said that it was only a real threat if they issued a "death threat".
Leong said the nation's leaders were supposed to resolve tensions that prevail. "Leaders should not by their action or inaction contribute to such tensions," he added.
On Thursday, a group of protestors calling themselves the Council of Muslim NGOs, caused an uproar here when they slaughtered two chickens and offered a RM1,200 reward to anyone who dared to slap Kok as a sign of anger towards opposition leaders for allegedly insulting the Malay leadership and Islam.

PPS: I am no lawyer, but I rest my case ... as the Bar Council serves this scribe pretty well in rebuattal!:)


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