As an avid reader of news especially news published in Malaysiakini website, I am totally at a loss and confused nowadays. Maybe because of my pea-sized brain and poor intellect, I simply cannot understand the logic behind a lot of happenings.
a clown someone posted in his blog a falsified doctored picture of a VIP sitting with someone who was murdered. To create a doctored picture and subsequently post it on a website is very wrong . (see my argument in my earlier post : hitting below the belt ) .
It would be against the teaching of conventional morals and ethics. Even if the person targeted is your enemy and even if he is guilty of something (that has yet to be proven), you just cannot do that – it only belittle your own self.
Remember, even 2 wrongs do not make one right.
Then, next thing I knew, a blogger was arrested for investigation for OSA offence over a comment made in his blog. I am confused why can’t he be investigated without the arrest? It looks like quite a simple case to me. (Read my argument in my post : Avoid enforced solution )
After that, Raja Petra, whose blog Malaysia-today is as popular in Malaysia as J K Rowlings Harry Potter series, was called in for a statement over a police report made by a UMNO chief.
I am confused because there are many overseas websites with lots of abusive comments and derogatory remarks regarding race, religions and our country.
For example, if you go to the ever popular youtube website and type “Lina Joy” , or “Malaysian politics” or our national anthem, a list of video will come out for you to choose and watch.
Under the various videos , there will invariably be many derogatory comments about our country or the various races or religions . Some of these comments are 100 times worse than the comments made on our malaysian bloggers’ websites.
Some of the languages used are so foul I won’t even want my eyes to scan over it — (you might get conjunctivitis over reading them). I normally just ignore all these comments, because most of these are baseless and senseless.
Most importantly, majority of these comments are made by anonymous people, using all sorts of pseudonyms. So, why should we be worried or be bothered about something posted by someone who dare not even use their own identities.
As a simple man who is utterly confused, I have to pose these questions to you, the clever people out there.
1. Is everyone equal under the law? Is it not one of the most basic tenets of democracy?
2. If so, why aren’t police reports made against youtube owners? I understand youtube was started by 3 people who subsequently sold it to Google in Novemebr last year.
Google, as the owner of this website , must be responsible of its contents, if we use the same logic. (Google was founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. I think they are still big shareholders of the company).
3. Why aren’t youtube owners (= google owners ) be called in to answer charges?
4. If action cannot be taken against youtube, since it is an overseas based website (based in big brother’s country), does it mean anyone using an overseas server will be exempted? Then, can’t we extrapolate that Raja Petra’s blog , which is based overseas, would be in the same boat as Youtube or Google?
5. What about hundreds of other overseas based website which host Malaysian blogs and which contain derogatory remarks on our country, our religions and our races? e.g, Geocities, wordpress.com, blogspot.com etc etc etc… Do we have to apply our law on these people too? Most of them are either US or UK based.
This is getting too complicated for me. Someone please answer these, for my sake.
To a simple man like me, one simple solution is obviously just leave the whole thing as it is..
Old people always tell the children: never stir a hornet’s nest!