Politicking the church burningsPosted: January 8, 2010
Walski left me a comment on my previous post about the church attacks, saying that the one thing that we should NOT do right now is speculate on who is responsible. I wholeheartedly agree, because politicking at a time like this helps none.
But I see that it is futile to even think that politicking might keep out of the way.
Immediately after I read that article on the church burnings, I read this on Malaysian Insider HERE:
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim today condemned Umno and urged the government to take full responsibility for the church attacks.
The title of the said article? “Pakatan wants UMNO to take responsibility for church attacks”
Look. I don’t care if you *think* that UMNO is responsible. But what the hell do you expect as a response from this accusation?
THIS, also from Malaysian Insider, is what comes in reply:
Hishammauddin also laughed off allegations made by Pakatan Rakyat that the Umno-led government should take responsibility for the spate of church attacks.
“If they want to blame us for the attacks, then the Pakatan Selangor government should take responsibility (because all the attacks happened in the state),” he said.
So what comes out of this? Another spat between the political parties over who should be held responsible.
Hello-o. We’re forgetting that *individuals* were involved here. I don’t care whether they are politicians, political party members, or kids who have been terribly misguided. The people responsible for the acts themselves have to be identified.
This is not a time to play politics. Sure, I’m naive and whatnot, seeing as how this whole issue was a political issue to start off with.
But if we want to get to the bottom of it, we’ve already taken a wrong turn.
P.S. And what’s this about using the ISA if need be? Again, I repeat. There has got to be enough laws in our country that allow the police to detain people who threaten to harm others, without resorting to using the ISA.