When I perused the newspapers the other day, I was shocked to learn that two key publications of the opposition, Harakah and Suara Keadilan were suspended for three months by the Home Ministry. The reason given by the Minister was unsatisfactory: the publications were “wrong, sensational and sensitive in nature”. He was also reported by The Star that “But what cannot be tolerated is when the stories confuse and cause anger among the people. We also do not tolerate wrong and sensational reporting. This is detrimental in a multi-racial society like Malaysia.” This order came a few days before the UMNO elections and also before the vital by-elections in April.
His reasons may or may not be justified. However, when I came to know that there exists a blog (bukitgantangbersatu.blogspot.com) that so blatantly and valiantly calls for the death of former Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin, and that no actions are being carried out by the Home Ministry, I was and still am appalled and disappointed.
The particular post, entitled, “Kill Nizar”, lists down reasons why he deserves such a sentence. His supposed defiance by not resigning as the menteri besar weeks back was seen as treason by the owner of the blog. The blog also stated that only “dogs, swines and prostitutes would support Nizar.”
My question is why is not the Home Minister issuing any order to bring in the owner of the blog for questioning? Why is not the blog blocked from public viewing? This blog not only perpetrates a murder of a leader but also mocks him as a puppet of DAP. Surely this verges on defamation. And surely this propagates lies and, to borrow the exact words of the Home Minister, “detrimental in a multi-racial society like Malaysia”. So why is not Syed Hamid Albar doing his job as Home Minister? Where are the infamous ISA or Sedition Act?