Haris Ibrahim is presently facing a sedition charge for his words uttered in a public forum at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on the night of 13 May 2013.
Also awaiting trial for speeches delivered at the aforementioned KLSCAH forum are Reformasi icon Hishamuddin Rais, PKR vice president Tian Chua and the son of former Deputy Minister Ghafar Baba, Tamrin Ghafar.
Safwan Anang, former chairman of Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia, has already been found guilty and sentenced to 10 months jail on a sedition charge speaking at the same event, as has student activist Adam Adli who was given a prison term totalling 12 months.
They’re the Gang of Six caught in that particular sedition swoop.
Decent and rational human beings simply just cannot fathom the what-kind-of-people-are-they.
Please read Ellese’s posting today ‘Those against Sedition Act don’t think‘ at Hak Bersuara. The blogger talks about the spirit of give and take and the value of jaga hati, which if we possessed, then there wouldn’t be so much of the hatred which the Act is trying to curb.
“We know we are different so we don’t purposely offend. We don’t unnecessarily provoke …”, writes Ellese.
They’ve lost their sense of reason
Quite right. For example, why in the world did Haris choose to record on video, for the viewing of close to 90,000 YouTube users and other audiences, his offensive and provocative challenge – “Najib … Are you ready to die?”
I couldn’t agree more about semangat bertolak ansur, jaga hati orang, don’t purposely offend and don’t unnecessarily provoke. The Dont’s that Ellese has described is merely reasonable and civilized behaviour.
The constant fitnah, bohong, tipu dan putar-belit which are being carried out by some love-love-love Malaysians is plain revolting.
By-elections on the cards?
Young activists Safwan and Adam were sentenced to 10 months and a year’s jail respectively for what they said on 13 May 2013 – a “heavy and outrageous” punishment, according to Hannah Yeoh’s retweet.
Those awaiting trial for speaking at the same event are Haris, Tian Chua, Hisham and Tamrin – a half dozen of them in the same boat.
The politicians in the list below, if found guilty and fined more than RM2,000 or jailed for a term exceeding one year, may lose their seats.
Isma’s Abdullah Zaik, if convicted, will be precluded from contesting in the next general election should he have any GE14 ambitions.
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According to the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Malaysians whose sedition cases are pending are as follows:
1. Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman, Isma president (charged on 19 June 2014)
2. Ali Abdul Jalil, activist (8 Sept 2014)
3. Alvin Tan, blogger (18 Aug 2013)
4. Vivian Lee, blogger (18 Aug 2013)
5. Azmi Sharom, law lecturer (2 Sept 2014)
6. Tian Chua, PKR Parliamentarian (1 March & 29 May 2013)
7. David Orok, politician Sabah Reform Party (3 Sept 2014)
8. Gopinath Jayaratnam, assistant engineer (19 June 2014)
9. Haris Ibrahim, Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (29 May 2013)
10. Hishamuddin Rais, activist (29 May 2013)
11. Khalid Samad, PAS Parliamentarian (26 Aug 2014)
12. Md Shuhaimi Shafie, PKR Adun (7 Feb 2011)
13. N. Surendran, PKR Parliamentarian (19 April & 28 Aug 2014)
14. R.S.N Rayer, DAP Adun (22 May & 27 August 2014)
15. Tamrin Ghafar, politician (29 May 2013)
16. Teresa Kok, DAP Parliamentarian (5 May 2014)
17. Wan Ji Wan Hussin, ustaz (10 Sept 2014)
* in brackets, the date they were charged – source: Suaram