Guilty of treachery and treasonPosted: July 9, 2008
I read this piece by Zorro early this morning while at work. Didn’t have time to leave a comment, but his piece definitely left a considerable effect on me. So much so that I think my response to his piece warrants a full post, because a comment just wouldn’t do it justice.
An excerpt from Zorro’s blog:
Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Mahathir had also adhered to a critical view of the ISA. In 1966, when Mahathir spoke out in support of the Internal Security (Amendment) Bill 1966 as a backbencher, he stated that “no one in his right senses like[s] the ISA. It is in fact a negation of all the principles of democracy.”
We all know NOW that Dr Mahathir didn’t mean it in 1966. Because he proceeded with Operasi Lalang, which was in 1987.
But say if we were to have believed him in 1966. Say we were to have thought that he would amend the ISA, or even abolish it, when he became the premier. Wouldn’t we have been led down the wrong road and impression? Because on hindsight, that was DEFINITELY not what he had in mind.
But say if we weren’t born then. Or say we didn’t know that Dr Mahathir made such a statement. Say he doesn’t remember.
Another part of Zorro’s post:
“The fifth and current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, went on the record in 1988 to state “If we want to save Malaysia and Umno, Dr Mahathir (then Prime Minister) must be removed. He uses draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act to silence his critics.”
The year before, he had also stated “Laws such as the Internal Security Act have no place in modern Malaysia. It is a draconian and barbaric law.“
This was what got my blood boiling.
Does this not lead us to believe that he is against using the ISA? He criticised Dr Mahathir for using the ISA to “silence his critics”, so are we not to assume that he wouldn’t? He calls the ISA a “draconian and barbaric law”. So are we not to assume that he wouldn’t use it?
But no. This also from Zorro’s blog:
In 2003 when he became Prime Minister, Abdullah called the ISA “a necessary law,” and argued “We have never misused the Internal Security Act. All those detained under the Internal Security Act are proven threats to society.”
It is enough that he has a short term memory. It is enough that his ministers mostly have short-term memories. But don’t take it that us Malaysians will have short-term memories as well!
“Never misused the ISA”? What happened to “Dr M using it to silence his critics”? What happened to “Operasi Lalang”?
“A necessary law”? What happened to “draconian and barbaric”? What happened to “no place in modern Malaysia”?
And please-lah, “proven threats to society”? Which one of the many ISA detainees have seen the inside of a courtroom?
I may not be a human rights activist at the moment. But I don’t relent when it comes to the ISA.
No, I do not have any experience of the inside, nor the outside of Kamunting Detention Camp. I don’t personally know any of the ISA detainees. I don’t even know anyone who used to be detained under the ISA. In fact, I’ve never even been close to anything related to the ISA.
But if something is wrong, I will not stop.
The ISA is wrong. I will not stop. It is the ISA that has to be stopped.
And this is from the dictionary:
Treachery: betraying someone of their trust
Treason: disloyalty to or betrayal of one’s country
And in this case, and in my books, both Dr Mahathir and Abdullah Ahmad Badawi are guilty of treason and treachery.
*Note: Quotes taken can also be found on Wikipedia.