Lim Guan Eng was sent to jail because the court found him guilty of promoting hatred. In a High Court decision delivered on 28 April 1997, Guan Eng was found guilty under Section 4(1) (b) of the Sedition Act.
He was also found guilty under Section 8A of the Printing Presses and Publications Act for maliciously publishing false news.
The Court of Appeal found that the pamphlets printed by Guan Eng had “the effect of bringing the administration of justice into hatred and contempt” and that his allegations amounted to “denigrating and undermining the administration of criminal justice” — both offences which are deemed seditious under Malaysian law.
The Court of Appeal upheld both the High Court convictions.
It also revised Guan Eng’s punishment to 18 months’ jail on each charge and ordered that the two sentences run concurrently. The Court of Appeal coram comprised Justices Gopal Sri Ram, Siti Norma Yaakob and Denis J.F. Ong.
The same court also affirmed that “the [High Court] trial judge was entirely correct in holding that the ingredients of each offence had been proved beyond a reasonable doubt”.
For breaking the law, Guan Eng was sent to Kajang Prison on 25 Aug 1998 and released a year later after his concurrent 18-month sentences were commuted.
The 12,000-word judgement by can be read at law journal website, here.
Let us be clear about this
Lim Guan Eng was not jailed for “defending the honour” of a Malay girl.
It is perfectly in character that Guan Eng – then MP for Kota Melaka – had chosen to attack and defame the then Umno Malacca Chief Minister.
He is a politician who attacks Umno every chance he gets.
The still (photo above) captured from a recording of the Penang state assembly sitting on 7 May 2012 shows him attacking Umno, as usual.
Umno state assemblyman Azhar Ibrahim lodged a police report against Guan Eng concerning his statement – “sekiranya Umno kembali berkuasa, saya rasa semua kuil Hindu terancam” – uttered that day, which the Penang opposition leader regarded as seditious.
Guan Eng will continue to attack Umno tomorrow and the day after as reliably as the sun rises.
On the other hand, it is out of character for Guan Eng to defend Malay individuals. He does not make it a habit to defend Malays whether girls, boys, adults or the community in general.
Ask yourself: Which is Guan Eng’s consistent trait? (a) attacking Umno and BN, or (b) defending Malays, any Malay?
Therefore in January 1995 when Guan Eng printed 5,000 copies of a pamphlet promising to divulge “the Rahim Tamby Chik sex scandal”, do you think he was really defending the honour of a Malay teenager or was he attacking Umno and badmouthing the authorities?
Still the same Guan Eng today
Throw a stone and you will hit a BN politician who’s said before that Guan Eng is the chief practitioner of the politics of hate.
In May 2011, H’ng Khoon Leng, the vice chairman of Penang Gerakan Youth lodged a police report against Guan Eng accusing him of inciting hatred through his Wesak Day message.
The two police reports by H’ng and Azhar alleged that Guan Eng tried to incite Buddhists and Hindus. In other words, attempting to promote hatred and public ill-will.
No religious denomination is spared. Only recently Guan Eng’s Christmas message on the Allah word caused another furore.
Dapsters who are Guan Eng groupies
Guan Eng’s followers endlessly repeat the propaganda that the DAP sec-gen went to jail for the sake of a Malay girl.
Below (screenshots) are three reader responses to Calvin Sankaran’s letter a couple of days ago in Malaysia Today. Their comments sing the same old boring tune, i.e. “LGE has fights for a malay girl and been jailed for three years” (R1) as well as “A Chinese who went to prison for an underage Malay victim” (R3).
Funny how the Dapsters berate Tunku Aziz for still talking about his DAP experience a few months following his resignation from the party but they themselves ceaselessly parrot the ‘Malay girl’ line from 15 years past.
I will do a content analysis of the three Malaysia Today reader comments on Calvin which I’m tagging as R1, R2 and R3.
A predictable pattern can be observed from the thought processes of Dapsters (and pro-DAP bloggers), especially those who are staunch Guan Eng loyalists.
How they operate
(1) Dismissing critic’s arguments through meaningless insults
R1: “This is the most stupid article I have read so far.” ;
R2: “u r either a utter fool, or worst u r a scumbag …”
R3: “you Calvin are a blinkered fool”
(2) Pointless personal attacks, name-calling
R1: “With all these venoms you are spewing out …”
R2: “For u to write this Utusan type rubbish …”
R3: “Hey Calvin Snakemoron”, “u still proudly lick their ass!”
(3) Throwing mud, hoping some of it will stick
R1: ‘Now you are just spewing out rubbish fit for the rubbish bins.”
R2: “… would sell yr mother and wife to be a BN ass licker!”;
(4) Holier-than-thou and chest-thumping
R1: “I don’t see any goodness in you.”
R2: “Shame on u”
R3: “He has done a good job as Penang CM.”
(5) Getting their facts wrong
R1: “been jailed for three years” [wrong, Guan Eng was jailed one year]
R3: “cannot compare Lim Snr and Lim Jnr with Razak / Najib or Mahathir / Mukriz [dynasties]. For one Lim Jnr has earned his stripes himself.”
[Fact A: Tun Razak had passed away before Najib ever entered politics. Fact B: Mukhriz was elected Umno Youth exco in 2004 whereas Dr M retired as prime minister in 2003.]
Najib and Mukhriz were never in politics at the same time as their fathers. Najib was only 23 years old when his father died and TDM actually forbade Mukhriz from entering the fray during his tenure as Umno president.
Whereas DAP is the “Daddy Anak Party” – so says former DAP MP Wee Choo Keong – where the company chairman received the highest number of votes at the party’s 16th national congress and the CEO obtained the second highest number of votes in a tainted election.
(6) Making irrelevant dares to the critic
R1: “Calvin, when you have gone to jail, then, you are qualified to talk.”
R2: “pls remember to tell yr grand children how, being Indians, although after 55 yrs of being screwed teruk teruk by umno inside out, upside down …”
“No scandal with the Lims?”
Oh, is that because Lim Jr threatens with a sledgehammer any reporter wanting to dig into possible scandals? Remember his infamous warning, “print first and you see what I do to your paper” and [you publish] “then you see what I do to you”.
It is not for no reason that Calvin believes the supporters of Dear Leader and Our Lady of Jerusubang to be “Talibans”. Just look at their behaviour.
The R1 comment is 89 words, R2 (80 words) and R3 (75 words). Combined, the three altogether only total 244 words but they pack a whole punch most revealing of Dapsterism.
Guan Eng’s fans behave just like him inasmuch as Yeopies behave just like ‘her’.
A reader of this blog once asked, “Don’t they realize how insulting they are?”
Do they? You tell me.
Reader #1 EU
Reader #2 Sonofmsia
Reader #3 tommyT