Yes I am talking about the same as every Malaysian socio-political blog out there. No, I am not going to lambaste the government. Why? It would make me just the same as those in power. Besides, Ramadhan is a holy month so I will not taint my fasting with ridiculous accusations and assumptions.
What is there about the detainees? First, one was just doing her job and reporting the truth. As it was shown clearly that Ahmad meant what he said although he claimed that he was taken out of context but somehow sidestep the fact that he did not consider at all what he said would offend many. Another is an MP, yes an MP with a blog. And the final one is the gloriously famous RPK.
Sad to say that the current state of things has been blown wide open either deliberately or unintentionally as pressure mounts to unmanageable levels. Pak Lah certainly has no reason to be sleeping anymore since Muhyiddin made his statement on the transition of power in 2010. Najib too has decided that it should not be under his power to decide on the transition.
Basically there is some form of washing of hands which should have been done a long time ago. More importantly what does this whole drama has to do with us as Malaysians? It proves our suspicions beyond any reason of a doubt that the ISA is again used to silence, scare and restrict everyone against the wishes of the government.
Certainly a few has to be made examples to show who is boss (and not willing to let go under any circumstances). However the reason for ISA is to deter any terrorist acts. But is blogging on socio-political issues regarded as an act of terrorism? From my understanding and as well as referring to a few dictionaries, terrorism is;
The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
So it is stated clearly that terrorism is by an act to force or threaten. So should bloggers, journalist and a representative of the people in parliament fall in this category? I let you be the judge of it since individuals have different capacity of thinking and gumption from one another.
Now, it can be said that socio-political bloggers might be a long string of targets to be detained without a trial under the ISA. Which technically, socio-political bloggers are no where close to becoming terrorist. Those who read their entries are not forced to read them but instead do it by choice. So which part of it falls under the act of forcing or threatening let alone being an act of terrorism?
Since the definition of the laws of this country is all based on interpretation and pretty much can be changed at will on the fly. Even an old hag and kids can be detained under the ISA if those in poser so wishes. The ISA in my opinion is draconian, uncivilized and breaches some human rights.
But in Malaysia, the understanding of human rights is very low as compared to the European countries. We are first and foremost not properly educated on the essence and points of human rights. Thats intentionally you say? Perhaps it is and perhaps it is not. But as law abiding citizens we should be brave and not be egoistic like Ahmad Ismail and the rest of his supporters.
First even if the alleged statement was wrongly interpreted he should apologize in the sense that he did not explain in detail what his statement was referring to, he should at least apologize for letting people to misunderstand the context he was talking about prior to what he uttered from his pretty lips. If those who appose the government get to sleep in high gauge steel bars then ISA should be used to arrest internal people with malicious intent as well.
But who am I joking? That is never going to happen. If it does then the chances are still extremely slim. Now BN has brought even more attention to themselves in having a hand to arrest certain individuals who so called pose threat to their existence. Come to think of it governments cant be too smart can they? As for now they think that they are way too smart but in clear fact they are digging their own grave an inch a day. Then a switch of government will be more than welcome to people that matters most and they are people like you and me.
p/s: Can ISA be considered an act of terrorism based on the understanding given in bold above? It is initiated under the influence of Politcs.