Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Hunt for NameWee Continues........ It Continues!

This is a continuation of my previous blog. It would seem that the hunt will continue after all. From the articles (here and here) today at Bernama, it would seem that the entire cabinet is agreed that the matter must not be allowed to rest. It must be brought to it's full conclusion. I generally agree with that sentiment and thing should be brought to a resolution.

According to our Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim:

"This is a country of rules and laws...and you have to go by the process of it. As ordinary citizens or even as members of the Cabinet, we are not the ones to decide whether such action contravenes the law. But we have qualified prosecutors who can decide on the action to be taken based on the results of the investigation."
What can I say. I had already smelled this coming. For now, NameWee's case might have been jeapordised by the shenanigans of the MCA. As he had already issued a public apology, some might view this as an admission of guilt, even though he vehemently denies the charges made against him, in the apology. There really isn't a reason to apologise if he had not done anything wrong.

I would also like to comment on the actions of our opposition party, DAP. From the articles:
"Nazri also disagreed with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng for defending Wee's action on the pretext of freedom of expression and ignorance."
Personally, I have already said that I don't like the idea of DAP extending an invitation to NameWee. That action only made things worse, without presenting any solution to the problem. And if freedom of expression and ignorance is the best that our opposition party can come up with as an argument, it shows further incompetence on their part. What happened to arguing the case based on law?

They can possibly pin him for violation of the National Anthem Act 1968, which carries a maximum sentence of RM100 fine or 1 month in jail. That's probably why the government started beating around the sedition stick instead. They probably didn't want NameWee to get off on such a light sentence. So, let's look at the sedition charges in a little more detail. According to wikipedia, Section 3(1) of the Sedition Act defines sedition as:
(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against any Ruler or against any Government;
(b) to excite the subjects of the Ruler or the inhabitants of any territory governed by any government to attempt to procure in the territory of the Ruler or governed by the Government, the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established;
(c) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Malaysia or in any State;
(d) to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the subjects of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or of the Ruler of any State or amongst the inhabitants of Malaysia or of any State;
(e) to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Malaysia; or
(f) to question any matter, right, status, position, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of part III of the Federal constitution or Article 152, 153 or 181 of the Federal Constitution.
I am not a lawyer. But, I just realised something: by the broad definitions of the Act, we can possibly consider that our Government had acted seditiously. This is because, recently, our Sultan of Selangor had come out on a limb to raise his unhappiness on how things were being run. In addition, the Crown Prince of Perak has also come out to openly criticise the actions of our government. Does this mean that if everyone starts complaining loud enough, that we can accuse our Government of sedition? Wow, this is a real revelation for me.

PS: I'm not trying to do anything seditious. I just find this entire thing very fascinating. It's something new that I've learned today. Anyway, I give up already. This whole fiasco is just getting out of hand and nobody is helping. I'm already fed up with all the legal and political posturing being done. If NameWee had money, things would have been solved already.

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