One step forward, three steps back !

In recent days, everyone is talking about Raja Petra who  , according to Malaysiakini , “has rejected all contact with the outside world including his own wife, Marina Lee Abdullah.”

One would have thought that for a party that has lost 5+1 States and the popular votes in Peninsular Malaysia, there would be much soul searching and perhaps adoption of much needed reform and new strategy to win back the trust of the people.

I was hopeful when the PM announced that judicial reform would be undertaken. I was hopeful when Pm announced the formation of an Independent body for fighting corruption, the MCAC, in the mould of the ICAC of Hong Kong. I was hopeful when suddenly  many proBN politicians started to blog, thinking that  perhaps more freedom of expression would be allowed.

Alas!! My hope was dashed when the Sedition Act was used to charge well known blogger RPK.

Sedition Act is an archaic law  enacted by the British in 1948. The situation then and now is totally different, and this law should have been repealed long ago. It is like using a 1948 car in the formula one race of today, totally out-of -date.  

According to Wikipedia, the act criminalises speech with “seditious tendency”, including that which would “bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against” the government or engender “feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races”.

Is RPK’s writings seditious? I would not want to go into the debate as the case is before the court now.

But if anyone feels slighted by RPK’s writing, or for that matter, if anyone feels slighted or defamed by any writings of any blogger, there is such a thing called civil law and civil court. The person feeling slighted or defamed could sue in a civil court for libel or defamation, if necessary for hundreds of thousands ringgits, if necessary for millions.

It is just like the ISA, another archaic piece. If you feel someone is undertaking activities that may lead to security of the nation being threatened, by all means charged him in open court. So just like ISA, Sedition ACt is out of date and both should have been repealed long ago.

Lee Kuan Yew sued for libel and won many times against those who slighted him in either speeches or writings. I do not remember him using the state machinary to charge someone who has alleged defamed him. He has used ISA for security reasons, but not the Sedition ACt for personal vendetta.

I have a feeling of deja vu; it is like 2004, when we were promised so many things but none came about after 4 years. Is this a repeat of things? Will we ever see the lights of a Judicial Commission or a MCAC, despite the promise? Will it be like the IPCMC? I hope not.

But what RPK case has shown is that, we are taking one step forward , three steps back.

 

 

 

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. monsterball
    May 08, 2008 @ 11:18:53

    All political bloggers are talking about RPK .
    Najib supports what was done to RPK….and as usual….things happen….when Dollah is at overseas.
    For 5 years…same pattern. Are the police always act tough…when Dollah is not in Malaysia…..or could it be approved by him….then he akes off…a if he knows too late.
    He will surely…echo the same tune as Najib…..not that he likes it….but because…he has no power…..to stop it? Take a guess.
    Actually…so much bad bad news …like The typhoon in Mynmmar…..killing more tan 100,000 and the Tibet case. I requested … a write up on Dalai Lama from Doc…received no response.
    Unless you are knowledgeable about Buddhism…history of the Dalai Lama.. what does he represents…in the past and what is he now…and Tibet’s way of life…you can never give an accurate opinion.
    One Muslim NGO blogger put out a post…condemning China. I challenge him ….to tell me what he knows about Dalai Lama….and he said…next to nothing.
    I like to part ..what I know..so that one can understand…..what the fuss is all about…with the Olympic Game .. China is facing.

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  2. peng
    May 08, 2008 @ 11:20:18

    I totally agree with you. Either BN is too arrogant to learn from experience, or to thick in the head? Whichever, it’s doom for us Malaysians.

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  3. Dr Hsu
    May 08, 2008 @ 11:58:38

    monsterball, I am sorry. I would like to do a post on Dalai Lama, but I am no expert in Buddhism, so either i read up or I let others more knowledgble to be it. I cannot and will not mislead people reading this blog.

    I have also promised A True Malaysia to do a post on religion and politics, but I need to read up more first before I can write accurately. And for the past few weeks, I a very much occupied and really wish to have 36 hour day.

    I will try, monsteball, but no promise! Ayway, I believe that no one should boycott the Olympic Games in Beijing, because Sports and politics, like religiona nd politics, should be separated.

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  4. Nick
    May 08, 2008 @ 12:41:24

    Dr. Hsu, I cannot agree more with your piece: 1 step fwd and 3 steps back. These guys in power never learnt their lessons. They think they operate in a “take no prisoners” system where they must eliminate all threats. Foolish guys! I dare say goodbye to these bunch of fellas at the next GE. Again, you are right when you said that back in 2004, the Nation breathed a sigh of relief and AAB’s promises were a breath of fresh air. Alas, they all came to nothing. As a leader, one musn’t promise anything that he or she cannot deliver. We have sunk so low now that it is not difficult to deliver even a modicum of progress.

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  5. monsterball
    May 08, 2008 @ 17:42:37

    Perhaps…Doc.will say……”Dear all…monsterball have my permission to put out a post on ….Dalai Lama and the Olympic Games and the fuss over China against Tibet. The floor is yours…..monty”……hahahahahahhaha”

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  6. monsterball
    May 08, 2008 @ 17:44:49

    And I gather….I will be speaking to myself only…with no response……but the pleasure to pet knowledge is good enough for me……..hahahahahahaha

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  7. novice101
    May 08, 2008 @ 17:54:24

    More like one baby step forward, three giant strides backward. New formula for excercising.

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  8. novice101
    May 08, 2008 @ 18:12:56

    There is new dance in town – one step forward, three steps backward, one step forward, three steps backward… ! Care to try?

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  9. rtee
    May 08, 2008 @ 18:34:47

    monsterball, u are wlcome to post on Dalai Lama. I am sure you have a lot of points for us.

    pls let us have your wisdom…..:)

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  10. Dr Hsu
    May 08, 2008 @ 18:37:52

    rtee, you r a good friend but you have taken over my role, how ???

    This is me:
    ”Dear all…monsterball have my permission to put out a post on ….Dalai Lama and the Olympic Games and the fuss over China against Tibet. The floor is yours…..monty”……

    hahahahahahaha

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  11. pohwatchdog
    May 08, 2008 @ 22:01:09

    Let the blogger decide. What is right or wrong? We need to blog with conscience.
    Do we believe every single words? We need extra sense to decide. Changes have been done and damage have been make.

    Dr. I don’ t agree 1 step forward and three steps backward. We need to blog with responsibility and conscience. Let justice take his course.

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  12. monsterball
    May 08, 2008 @ 23:06:31

    OK ….here goes!!! First….we must have a brief history of Tibet. 800 years ago…Tibetans were cannibals…then Christianity took over…and finally…. Buddhism appeal to them most…up to this day.
    They became such a devoted country to Buddhism…..making monks from China and Indian very proud of Tibet.
    Lord Buddha …gave three types of teachings….one for the man in the street…”The Way of life”…one for the monks…and one more for the monks…to protect themselves..from being harmed by anything and anyone. This is in the form of chantings…and suppose to be secret……cannot reveal to ordinary people. But Tibet monks learn all that….showing their power to the world….thus fire eater….fortune tellers…side shows….eating glass…..bury alive…for days…all side shows were born. Each side show…create their own story….to get people to believe…to make money….out of a religion. Tibet monks… breaking the scared rules…became most revered and most powerful…..all over the Buddhist world. And so they are ..for centuries…and up to today….but was exposed by China…through Moa Tze Tung…with details later.
    To cut the story short….Tibetans can perform feats of wonders…walk on fire…..pierce huge steel needles into their body….go into a trance ….sound familiar?
    You see……all these are supposed to be sacred..and for the monks only…but Tibet monks spread them to all Buddhist countries….in complete control over China’s poor souls….for centuries..showing how powerful they are…fooling the whole world.
    Walla…..Dalai Lama idea was introduced…just like the Pope!!!.
    The Dalai Lama was recognized…as the reincarnation of the Goddess of Mercy…..Kuan Yin Ma. Notice almost all Buddhist families have Kuan Yin Ma idol ….to focus on their prayers….and not the image of Buddha?
    The power of faith and believe is very strong with Buddhists….thus Kuan Yin Ma is known….even till today….one who hears and listen ..to the cries of those asking help from her.
    So…..Dalai Lama is known as the living God for centuries…UNTIL…the present Dalai Lama announced …he is not Kuan Yin reincarnate…….but just spiritual leader…only 30 years ago. Why a Dalai Lama took so long to tell the people of the world? This is because…Chairman Moa.. exposed him…….and Dalai Lama cannot deny it….that …he is just a spiritual man…no more .no less….and not God …reincarnated. Anyway….better late than never….for Dalai Lama to confess….he is no Kuan Yin Ma.
    Generally speaking…..the Tibetan monks..are seriously one tracked minded….still believing they hold special powers. Those known as….Lamas or Rinpochi …this or that….titles..all believe…..the can die and come back….through powerful mind controls…but infect are…yogaism…meditations. They keep on confusing the public…refusing to change at all.
    All of China’s poor did believe … and will do anything… the monks tell them to do. Moa Tze Tung…saw his people are weak minded…easily led to believe…..and they spent alot of money..in praying…..and making ..monks fat and lazy. He was a devoted Buddhist himself….and knew…Chinese are being bullshitted..far too long. He burnt more than 1000 temples….forced the monks to go and dig shit holes…..and China became the first country in the world….killing their own religion… to start new again….which you can see….is now the world’s most feared and respected country in the world.
    Cleaning dirt..also mean…Tibetans have to change their ways. They refused….most ran way to Indian….including the head ….Dalai Lama.
    and that is the starting of a political Dalai Lama… than being …a spiritual leader……as everyone got use to know him as so. Dalai Lama is more political …than spiritual….the whole Buddhist world knows it.
    US government….have a reputation to always want to create trouble. what lovely chance to do one on China…through religion…..and so..Dalai Lama is very precious and important to USA government..to be their puppet on the string. Under the Republicans….the said Dalai Lama …..never had it so good….even win nobel prizes…to set him up by US government…..as the greatest man of peace ..walking on Earth today. So the stage was set….to free Tibet..like Moses…….believing Tibet can be free from China….then agreeing Tibet can be free ……still belonging to China…..all that jazz…only Dalai Lama knows what he…himself.. is talking about. Actually..he is now caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
    Bush supports for Dalai Lama is purely political…Dalai Lama knows it… but…the supports of millions of ordinary Americans and celebrities…are genuine of great faith in Buddhism. that is why..Dalai Lama is a much confused nowadays.
    Now….the Olympic Game in China will be the greatest show on Earth…….with record countries coming in. Something.no one has done before…another shame for US government. So..to spoil the show. .is most logical. Tibet is chosen…Dalai Lama main actor….now hundreds are killed for this side show….Dalai Lama is to be blamed!!! It makes US government happy.
    So to conclude…..killing and fights over Olympic games…are but fanatics..aroused by Dalai Lama…supported by Bush…..to spoil the show.
    May the Dalai Lama have good health ….and stop playing politics.

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  13. monsterball
    May 08, 2008 @ 23:19:25

    Don’t be poisoned by US and British propaganda….
    “communist is evil”
    Communist…..is their coined word. What China practices….after closing shop on Kings and Queens…is all men are equal..and all must work together….united as one.
    All just cast away their race identity..and be call Chinese..The Chin people…with one National language…Mandarin.
    China united 1.2 billion….now close to 1.5 billion in just 35 years….and look how rich they are.
    And Malaysia….with 27 million…have a full of shit government for 50 yrs…because we have more shit Malaysians voting them in…than true Malaysians.

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  14. steven
    May 09, 2008 @ 00:36:36

    Using sedition act to retaliate against blogger for BN significant loss of seats is the main reason behind s RPK arrest. Bloggers need to be held responsible for uncovering umnoputra lie, it is that simple.

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  15. monsterball
    May 09, 2008 @ 04:35:26

    I now know.. Dr.Hsu buys pirated…DVD.
    Look at him…copying me wholesale..except..his…..”hahahahaha”…put out-side….to confuse me…whether.it is his own…’hahahaha”. Only that.. not sure.copy or original.

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  16. monsterball
    May 09, 2008 @ 09:31:26

    Tibetans Buddhism is call Mahayana….something like Methodist . ..to the Christian world..supposedly..very open minded..very modern…thus Mahayanas…have so many interpretations…the most followers from the Buddhist world.
    Buddha himself….born after 30 years …Confucious died….and a staunch Hindhu Prince…must have put both studies together….and with determinations…gave up all earthy world possessions….including his family….he loved so much….seeking to purify his mind and body….found it….after 49 days in the forest…sitting under a bodhi tree….2500 years ago…and the said Bodhi tree sippling..lives on. Each Bodhi tree is calculated with 600 years life span.
    Only Sri Lanka preserved and preach Buddha’s word…nothing else…and this Buddhism is call….Tharavadians….similar to Catholics…conservative and serious fellows.
    Tibetins….focus on the power of life after death….can say…master .the black magic…taught by Buddha..to protect themselves…and should be sacred and kept secret…not to reveal to ordinary people. Have all seen the famous movie..'”Exorcist”? Well …the catholics kept the power….to their priests..and never reveal to ordinary people.
    So…..Tibetans..from the start….broken all laws set by Buddha. Now you go and judge..what type of monks they are. Actually cannot blame them. They are not told the truths…even by Dalai Lama.
    Dalai Lama….only confess he is not God reincarnate……but a spiritual leader. That’s not enough. He should stop playing politics…trying to free his people. No way….China is going to give in to him…….especially..knowing he is used by US government.
    Now…so many died for this stupid game. Will he change?
    Dalai Lama is a very good….smart … kind and simple man…really great spiritual leader. he loves to repair watches and clocks…in his past time.Where ever he goes….all Buddhist respect him very much…but only deep Buddhists thinkers…like at the mountain range small countries….like Mongolia….Ladakh….Butan….to name a few…knows exactly ..what Tibetans Budhhism is…but Butan is being suspected to pull a fast one… .recently…with a boy…sitting at a tree..for months…eating nothing…..claiming to be Buddha….then disappeared.
    Do you know….how much tourism that stunt got for Butan?
    So religions are mostly…making money….no more spiritual.
    Richest is the Catholic..even have their own country and currency…army..and the POPE is supposedly….a descendant of St.Paul…actually real name is Saul….not Paul. But….Popes nowadays do not deny it…nor confirming it at all.
    Religions are needed by almost… everyone….but must not be crazy nuts…to memorize …and use that to belittle other faith followers. To each his own……to purify your heart…..and strengthen ..you mind.
    Amen.

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  17. puteriledang
    May 09, 2008 @ 22:27:48

    The problem with us all is when RPK is arrested under ISA …. We shout and yell … unfair government and asking the govt to charge innocent victims under any existing act and let the court decide.
    The Govt have now charge RPK under Sedition Act and allowing bail. now what happen? Our Hero refuse to be bailed out …. now all of you is blaming the govt. for this unfair act ??? Macam Macam lah blogger
    To be fair, let us fight the govt and show whatsoever evidences we have .. never mind under what act…. we fight to the end…
    It not one step forward three step backward,.. it should be the journey of thousand mile begins with the first step….
    AT Least RPK is not banged with ISA ….
    GOD BLESS RPK

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  18. monsterball
    May 10, 2008 @ 02:03:40

    puteriledang…well said…..but only way to fight them…is complete change of government in next election.
    In a way…it is a blessing in disguise…as all Malaysians can now see clearly…..how unfair UMNO can be.
    No need to hear from others….see for themselves.
    A so call developed country….using laws of the jungle…to bully Malaysians…clearly show …UMNO has no respect for anything….any law..except laws they made….to protect their evil deeds. Those that do not agree with them. …they apply jungle laws.They cannot accept defeats….like gentlemen. They cannot face realities. Thy cannot admit their mistakes…and worst of all…even being defeated…they cannot change.
    It is not Dollah’s fault. One man cannot do wonders. It is UMNO’s selfish and disunited people….first rojak the country….now rojak the party. That’s why we cannot progress under UMNO. Their mentalities are sickening. They are braggarts and have no shame or manners…thinking how great they are. We are their subjects. They planned it that way….all these 50 years…with their Datuks…Tan Sri.. Tun…..and enrich themselves….with stolen money…to program Malaysians…respect and be afraid of them. Poor good noble people with titles…deservingly…are lumped with these crooks.
    UMNO is finished. Most evils of all…is non other than Mahathir…not Dollah.
    We need to vote them out completely…..to be united.
    Enough is enough!!

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  19. steven
    May 15, 2008 @ 02:13:18

    Fight the governmnet? hahaha… cakap senang.. see HINDRAF 5, LGE, karpa, LKS, and many more opposition party members….rotten in detention camp, loss their freedom, under umnoputra racist law of the jungle supported by majority of Malaysian.

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