In the mind of the ordinary rakyat, what we call the “government” usually equals the prime minister and his cabinet.
The government however further comprises “the entire federal public service from the highest to the lowest, including of course the police force and the armed forces”, according to Tun Mohamed Suffian Hashim, the late Lord President.
Tun Suffian also stressed that the government, although powerful, must nonetheless conform to the law.
Maintaining law and order
The job of the Malaysian government is to uphold and enforce Malaysian law – no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ about it.
A Reuters report yesterday quoted Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying:
“Even though they [Rohingya] are a migrant community that is trying to enter the country illegally, and breaking immigration laws, their well-being should not be ignored.”
The two facts we gather from Zahid’s statement above are, (1) the Rohingya are illegal immigrants, and (2) they’ve broken our immigration laws.
Under Malaysia’s Immigration Act 1959/63, a person who enters the country illegally – if found guilty and convicted of the offence – can be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed up to five years, or both. He shall also be liable to whipping of not more than six strokes.
Rocky says “Please let the Rohingyas in”
Rohingya are clearly lawbreakers if, in the guise of boat people, they attempt an unauthorized entry into our territorial waters. Other Rohingya have contravened Malaysian immigration laws by smuggling themselves here overland through the Thai border.
The Burmese government considers Rohingya to be illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and ethnic Bengali, i.e. a people originating from Bengal in the Indian sub-continent. Burma’s 1982 Citizenship Law omits Rohingyas from its list of 135 recognized ethnic minorities.
Every now and again we read about police operations to round up illegal immigrants. The Rohingya on the boats are illegal immigrants.
Why is it that they’re being treated differently just because they’re floating on water?
Regulations are regulations to be obeyed
Some excuses are being made for the Rohingya illegal immigrants such as pregnancy,
cf. LGBT activist Azrul Mohd Khalib’s column in The Malay Mail, “They had no qualms leaving pregnant women, children and infants to suffer and die on those fishing boats …”, “There are malnourished, sick, pregnant and dying adults and children on those boats.”
So, if a China national who is in Subang Jaya working illegally as a GRO gets herself pregnant, would she be given special treatment too, and her arrest waived?
Immigrant children are exploited by the beggar’s syndicate. That is human trafficking and an illegal activity also.
Fussing about how the West views us
Najib is too eager to convince the West that we are Muslim “moderates”. The reason a lot of Malaysians miss Tun Mahathir’s premiership is because he dared to thumb his nose at the Jews and the whites.
Rocky blogs that if reversing the decision taken by his own government is perceived as “a ‘weakness’ on the part of the prime minister, it is one that we should welcome with open arms” – see screenshot above.
Again no. The last thing we need is a weak PM. What we desperately need is a war general or else the BN is going to lose the next election.
Marina Mahathir: “We need to demand that our govt do the humanitarian thing. At least get pregnant women, kids, old and sick off the boats. Show leadership.”
Is the preeminent character trait of our cabinet members their bleeding heart or a safe pair of hands and adherence to the law?
The law is there as an infallible guide to how ministers should conduct themselves in carrying out their duties. Just follow the law, please.
Be they cabinet ministers or red ribbon social activists?
I’d be most appalled if the MPs and Senators who are entrusted with ministerial portfolios start to talk like they are Marina Mahathir. Please don’t! Ministers should stick to realpolitik.
If we must use the word ‘crisis’, it should just as well be Crisis of Confidence in the BN government. It does not inspire confidence when the country’s top leadership quickly make a U-turn upon being held to ransom.
Putrajaya is allowing itself to be taken hostage by the threat that some Rohinghya bodies may wash ashore and Malaysia would subsequently be labelled “inhumane” and “cruel”.
The truth of the matter is the Rohingya and Bangladeshis have already been there and done that. These two groups clashed viciously on board the boat off the Indonesian shore.
‘Kill or be killed’ choice on the boat
On the boat’s lower deck were the Bangladeshis while on the top deck were the Rohingya.
Bangladeshi Mohammad Murad Hussein related how the Rohingya were pouring hot water as well as water laced with pepper from their upper deck down upon those below. “Anyone who went up was hacked at with a cleaver,” said Murad.
The fighting with axes, knives and metal bars left between 100 and 200 passengers dead, survivors told AFP. Dead bodies and even the living were thrown overboard. See ‘Jump, kill or be killed on foundering migrant boat‘ (Bangkok Post, 19 May 2015).
Decisions that will factor when GE14 rolls around
Out of 860 respondents to my online survey asking ‘Should the Rohingya boat people refugees be allowed to stay in Malaysia?’, 60.5 percent or 520 readers said ‘No’. Six out of every 10 of those polled do not believe that the Rohingya should be allowed to stay in our country.
This is the voice of the silent minority.
Only 29.65 percent or 255 readers voted ‘Yes’, the Rohingya should be allowed to stay.
The voice of the vocal minority is similar to the likes of Marina, Azrul and Eric Paulsen.
The silent majority are double in number but deprived of media platform.
Najib’s administration must weigh whether it wants to listen to the sober voice of loyal BN voters or comply with the demands by liberal activists. Will the government defend the rule of law?
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