Cambridge dictionary defines the word ‘jibe’ as “an insulting remark that is intended to make someone look stupid”. The dictionary illustrates the word by alluding to how it is typical for politicians to indulge in cheap jibes at other people’s expense.
‘Heckler’s Veto’ is a legal term to explain the “position taken by law enforcement officers based on an alleged right to restrict freedom of speech where such expression may create disorder or provoke violence” (ref. Duhaime’s Law Dictionary).
Outside of legal terminology, the phrase is also used by the layman to describe how a hostile mob may coerce an individual to self-censor.
Oxford dictionary defines the word ‘heckle’ as a verb which means to “interrupt (a public speaker) with derisive or aggressive comments or abuse”.
‘Veto’ means refusing to accept or allow.
To exercise a veto through the means of heckling can be taken as indirectly causing a person to keep a forced silent by verbally abusing or directing derisive/aggressive comments at him.
In our local scenario, you may be reluctant to voice a contrary opinion because the minute you do, the Dapsters will jump and brand you a “racist”.
The Dapsters are best at this form of attack. And on top of the heckling, they hurl slander and fling fabricated smears too.
Take the episode where a vice president of Isma attempted to explain the concept of “perantau” in the context of “pendatang”. The Dapsters rained derision on him to try and drown out his arguments.
Most recently, Ustaz Nasha’s appointment as the CEO of the Moderates movement has been met with heckling too.
The EvangeliSTARs label you as a hater and a racist to preempt you from putting forward your views, or to create a negative impression of you to the audience in order to discredit what you’re saying.
You may be telling the most correct and accurate facts but the Dapsters will still nonetheless carry out their drive-by shooting and heckle one-line their putdowns at you, such as, “You’re talking nonsense/rubbish/gibberish”.
Hannah HECKLER Yeoh leads the Dapster pack in this art of heckling. It is a very useful skill for a DAP politician to have.