PKR vice president N Surendran took Senator Ezam Mohd Nor to task for threatening to burn down news portals Malaysiakini and Malayisan Insider over articles they had filed on the Jais raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church.
“We are appalled that a sitting member of the Dewan Negara has uttered such words and threatened publicly to carry out criminal acts. This is an outrageous threat to the property and offices of these two news portals; more seriously it is also a threat of grievous harm or death against their staff, writers and other occupants,” Surendran said in a statement out on Friday.
“Freedom of the press is an essential pillar of any proper democracy. It is disturbing that a Senator from UMNO, which is the backbone of the BN government, has threatened mob action and arson upon the news media.”
Surendran said Ezam’s threat was yet another attempt by UMNO to clamp down on “independent, impartial, balanced coverage to the public”.
“It is well known that the print media are under the strict control of the government and subject to permit conditions under the Printing Press and Publications Act 1984. This threat of the UMNO senator also proves once again that UMNO and BN have no respect for the rakyat’s freedom of expression and speech under Article 10(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution,” said Surendran.
Clear by now UMNO behind the Jais-DUMC raid
Ezam’s comments come amid revelations that Prime Minister Najib Razak and Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud had used taxpayers money to buy ‘positive publicity’ to raise their global image and to promote their projects abroad. Yet not once did Ezam, a former PKR Youth leader, mention their wrongdoings but instead vowed to go after the two local news portals.
“We are saying here that we will launch an all-out war to defend our faith if they (anti-Islam elements) do not stop (and) use their agents – Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider – which were biadap (rude) towards the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais). Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider, we are giving you a very last warning. Our warning is a serious one. If you do not stop this rubbish, we are going to burn you down!” Ezam said after Friday prayers at a Shah Alam mosque.
Ezam was referring to a religious row that had erupted after Jais raided the chruch in Damansara Utama, where an AIDS NGO was holding a dinner for about 120 people, of which 12 were Muslims. Jais barged in without permission and questioned them, taking their details. They are now trying to arrest the 12 for attending the dinner. Jais officials also accused the AIDS NGO and DUMC officials of trying to proselytize the Muslims, which the church has denied.
Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim is waiting for the Jais report before taking action but he has apologised to the Church for Jais entering their premises without any warrant.
By now, it is clear the latest Christian bashing has been stirred up by UMNO in abid to embarrass the Khalid administration. Selangor UMNO has vowed to take back the state in the next election and is perceived to be drumming up Malay support by using the Christians as their battering ram.
Ezam has committed a criminal offence
Surendran also remined Ezam that he had committed a criminal ofence with his threat. He called on the authorities to act immediately against Ezam.
“Needless to say the making of this blatant threat is a criminal offence under our laws. The police and the Attorney General must take immediate action against Ezam Mohd Nor under sections 503 and 505 of the Penal Code, for criminal intimidation and mischief,” said Surendran.
“Those who commit criminal offences must not be allowed to escape prosecution simply because they are from the ruling party or aligned to the government. To do otherwise would be to uphold the rule of men, and not the rule of law.”
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Who would have imagined that a small alleged scuffle on Godhra platform in the evening of 27th February nine years ago would stain the secular India by a lot of bloodshed? As mentioned by Wikipedia.com, the unprecedented repercussions of the sordid event of burning 58 passengers, mostly Hindu pilgrims, led to “the retaliatory massacres against Muslims on a large scale, in which 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed. 223 more people were reported missing. 523 places of worship were damaged: 298 dargahs, 205 mosques, 17 temples, and 3 churches. Muslim-owned businesses suffered the bulk of the damage. 61,000 Muslims and 10,000 Hindus fled their homes. Preventive arrests of 17,947 Hindus and 3,616 Muslims were made. In total 27,901 Hindus and 7,651 Muslims were arrested. Nearly 10,000 rounds of bullets were fired by the police, killing 93 Muslims and 77 Hindus”. The local Muslims have been maintaining that the scuffle, the burning of S-6 compartment and the entailing riots were the part of one big conspiracy. Their viewpoint got strength from the report of the Ahmedabad-based Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), which expressed that “it is impossible that inflammable liquid could have been poured from outside into the train compartment”. One of the reasons it gave was that the height of the window of the coach was around 7 feet from the ground at the place and in the position it was not possible to throw any inflammable fluid inside from outside the coach from any bucket because by doing this, most of the fluid was getting thrown outside. According to the report, inflammable liquid was already present in the train compartment and fire started from inside.
New Delhi: Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily has finally accepted the fact that there is inability on the part of Court or the Constitution to safeguard minority rights at times. His statement comes a week after former Chief Justice of India A. M. Ahmadi accepted that the Supreme Court could have
prevented the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
Moily said, “At times Courts or the Constitution may become helpless to go to the “rescue of the minority when there is a tyranny of the majority.”
Moily said this while addressing a gathering at a panel discussion on Indian Constitution and the US Bill of Rights, a report in the Indian Express said.
Elaborating further on his idea about safeguarding minority rights in India and a comparison with the US, Moily said that US President Eisenhower had sent federal police to take action and put an African-American student back on the bus, when that student was reportedly thrown out.
But if an Indian Prime Minister or the President does the same kind of thing in case of any discrimination, then “a stricture may come from the Supreme Court,” he further added.
the burning of a train in the village of Godhra, in India’s Gujarat state, in 2002 killed 59 Hindu pilgrims.
Rightist Hindu politicians blamed Muslims for the fire and it led to Indian’s worst religious violence in years, killing about 2,000 people, mostly Muslims
After a trial lasting almost nine years, 59 people were found guilty.
Al Jazeera’s Prerna Suri reports from Ghodr
The Muslims of Gujarat have been persecuted to no end. After Godhra, more than 150 Muslims from areas nearby the station were arrested under suspicion of having caused the train fire. Very few people may remember this, but a few months back, 90 of these were acquitted of all charges and released. They stayed behind bars for 9 years for no crime committed by them. Who is going to give them their 9 years back? Even the courts in Gujarat are tainted by the stigma of communalism. There is so much demand for Gujarat riot cases to be transferred out of the Gujarat HC.
But why limit this discussion to the Godhra riots only? We can talk of the brutal murder of Haren Pandya, a BJP leader who had ambitions stronger than Modi himself. I had seen Haren at close range. He was a college-mate of mine though much older in age. He was the firebrand BJP leader who rose to fame right in front of my eyes. When Haren Pandya was brutally murdered, it was not surprising that many fingers were pointed at Modi. Till date, Pandya’s father accuses Modi of having murdered his son. Why not talk about the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, which eventually got Modi’s hand-picked Home Minister, Amit Shah in jail. Whatever the credentials of Sohrabuddin, it was the way that the matter was treated by Gujarat that raised the hackles of level headed people.
It’s really sad that a liberal and modern state like Gujarat has to suffer the ignominy of its CM’s US visa application being rejected repeatedly. There would be very few world leaders who would be meted out this treatment. What must be irking Modi is that every other family in Gujarat has someone or the other in the US. It is the Gujaratis who have made several towns in New Jersey look and feel like neighbourhoods “back home”. And yet, for Modi to visit the US is impossibility. Not only has Modi tarnished his own state’s image, he has also tarnished the image of India – a country known for its tolerance. How strange it must feel to the world that the state that gave birth to the world’s biggest proponent of non-violence – Gandhi – also gave birth to a man who comes closest to being described as Hitler anywhere in the world. Modi’s supporters like to compare him with Sardar Patel – but even if his administrative skills are as brilliant as Patel’s were – he will never be able to match up to the grand gujarati of the Indian freedom struggle….
There is simply no point in targeting the cops who are the whistleblowers in the Godhra case. They are whistleblowers and even the BJP is fighting for protecting whistleblowers in the Lokpal Bill. Forget this, Modi and the BJP owe an explanation to the nation as to why there is no Lok Ayukta in Gujarat in spite of the BJP being in power for the 3rd time in a row. The BJP must be worried about Modi. On the one hand, he is one of their strongest leaders. On the other, he’s becoming a burden. Having lost another strongman Yeddy in Karnataka, is it now going to be Modi’s turn to go? Is the Supreme Court going to implicate Modi? Will a hugely popular Modi be forced to step down from power under strictures from the highest court of the country?