If we have human rights, we don’t need laws?Posted: October 14, 2008
I had the live coverage of today’s Parliament session tuned in on my computer as I was rushing through my assignments, so I didn’t really catch much of what was going on.
But the ISA did get a little bit of time, with MP Batu Pahat answering to questions being posed by both opposition, and also the independent MP, Ibrahim Ali.
Pakatan Rakyat MPs brought the issue of human rights to centerstage when they debated on the use of the ISA, and its relevance in today’s Malaysia.
I stopped what I was doing to listen in, because Ibrahim Ali made a statement so ridiculous that I just went *gawk*.
He said something along the lines of:
“Kalau kita nak cakap pasal konsep human right, kalau betul kita nak ikutkan konsep itu, maka tak payahlah kita adakan undang-undang. Biarlah yang bawak kereta tu, bawak ikut suka mereka, sebab itu ikutkan kebebasan mereka. Itu kan right mereka.”
(“If we want to talk about the concept of human rights, if we really want to follow that concept, then there is no need to have laws. Let those who drive cars drive in any way they like, because it is their freedom. It is their right”)
You would have had to listen to him speak to really get that he was being overly sarcastic, and trying his hardest to be silly. (Now come to think of it, I think he was actually serious. I think he actually believes that human rights is some weird concept where drivers are allowed to drive in any maniac way they like!)
I’ve never heard anyone equate Human Rights to Anarchy.
What I’ve quoted is most definitely not his exact words. But the essence of it is there. And judging from what I heard, that was the worst analogy I could ever imagine coming from someone arguing for the ISA.