Press statement by the MCA Presidential Council on crime fighting (10 Sept 2013)
“There are suggestions to reintroduce preventive detention laws like the previous enforcement of the Emergency Ordinance. A balance must however be struck between the rule of law, human rights and police powers to maintain law and order.
We feel that immediate legislative reforms to combat crimes are needed.
MCA is of the view that instead of reintroducing preventive detention law, we propose that powers provided under the existing Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) 1959 should be fully utilised …”
MCA is taking a position against the reintroduction of the ISA and the EO.
However, the party mouthpiece is to the contrary. The J-Star acting CEO and group editor Wong Chun Wai in his editorial titled ‘Off with the kid gloves‘ (4 Aug 2013) urged that “you have to deal with criminals the hard way”.
Wong Chun Wai wrote:
“Enough is enough. Let’s not expect our cops to fight crime with their hands tied behind their backs. Let them do their job with our support and the necessary laws to clean up the streets.”
Wong declared that “Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar have the fullest support of this writer to crack the whip on criminals who don’t deserve any sympathy from us”.
His tough guy words would certainly warm the cockles of Zahid’s heart.
Wong is furthermore in full support of Zahid’s methods. Below is what Wong wrote in his op-ed last month:
“The harsh reality is that you have to deal with criminals the hard way. You cannot expect a criminal to volunteer a confession over a cup of coffee, and then be whisked to the courts to be charged and convicted. That doesn’t happen in real life and even movie makers would not use that script because it is simply unrealistic.”
The stand taken by the MCA Presidential Council is however quite different. The council believes that a “balance must however be struck between the rule of law, human rights and police powers to maintain law and order”.
Neither the hot air farted by Wong nor the liberal sensitivitity expressed by the reform-minded author of the MCA press statement really matters at the end of the day because the Chinese party no longer has any locus standi since the exodus of its supporters to the DAP.
The purpose of this posting is not to delve into both their stance because one is the consummate lalang who cannot hold a principled position while the other is yesterday’s old newspaper to wrap fish with.
On the contrary, my purpose in posting this is to highlight how The J-Star says one thing but the MCA says another.
While the MCA is taking a nuanced point of view and recalling “human rights”, the J-Star group editor is all guns blazing, with Wong scoffing: “I fear some of these people with their purported lofty ideals and principles are not in touch with the sentiments on the ground.”
Wong Chun Wai whinged: “Thanks to the human rights advocates who successfully pushed for the abolition of the Emergency Ordinance and the Banishment Act, many of these hardcore criminals are back in business.”
“It may be fashionably liberal to preach civil and personal liberties but the overall interest of society surely must always come first,” lectured Wong. Ouch.
Our sensitive, liberal and reform-minded author of the MCA position paper who is observant of “human rights” must be feeling the sting of Wong’s rebuke on his cheek.
The ostensible position held by the J-Star group editor can be gleaned from Wong’s following declaration:
“Let’s be blunt: I’d really like to know how those who oppose the introduction of a preventive law against criminals would react if they or their family members were to be robbed and beaten to a pulp by these scums.”
Wouldn’t you infer the above passage as Wong endorsing preventive law (ISA, EO)?
Okay, so it’s like this: MCA is anti-ISA whereas The J-Star is pro-ISA.
What is the implication of MCA and its media mouthpiece having different views on crime-fighting?
Well, the implication is that the MCA mouthpiece says one thing to Umno but the Chinese party leadership actually thinks the opposite.
The J-Star says what Umno wants to hear about keeping ISA and the EO.
While in reality, the owner of the paper is actually against the idea to bring back both preventive detention laws.
Now let’s look at it from the Umno lens — Umno hears one story from the MCA’s media when behind Umno’s back its long-time coalition partner is really cooking up an opposite story.
I’ll illustrate to you the above proposition through two cartoons,
(i) Below is what The J-Star is telling Umno, i.e. look, the Malay guy is standing in the middle and remains the most important figure in the show.
(ii) Below is what the MCA is plotting for the DAP to achieve, i.e. UBAH! Ini kali lah … let’s just for once put the Chinese guy in the middle and it’s about time we steered the sinking ship.
Sudah terang lagi bersuluh. The discrepancies between The J-Star and its majority share owner is when the Malays are bamboozled.
‘Bangsa Melayu bangsa yang senang ditipu!’ (Barking Magpie blog)