As expected, popular web-writer, Raja Petra or RPK, was taken into police custody for questioning today. Harris Ibrahim smsed me from Dang Wangi and told me to 'please walk with RPK'.
We will walk together for democracy. We will work together to ensure that a hegemonic force will not destroy our nation's democratic structures.
This is the second time in less than 2 weeks a blogger has been taken into police custody on flimsy accusations. Most pundits can help but to concur that the ruling regime is trying to shackle the blogging community, long seen as a threat to their political dominance.
Gerakan's leader Dr Toh Kin Woon wrote in Malaysiakini, "The recent arrest of Nathanniel Tan, a blogger and the call by Umno to the police to take action against ‘Malaysia Today’, a much visited blog by Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin, reflect the growing trend towards stifling dissent in our country."
However, the ruling regime did not consider similar action to be taken against members of their party who had uttered racist, chauvinist and threathening remarks which could have sparked social unrest at the party's annual meeting last year.
Recently, the number two leader of the party declared that Malaysia is an 'Islamic State', which is itself a seditious statement which does not augur well in keeping a peaceful and harmonious inter-ethnic relations in the country.
The federal constitution, the supreme law of the land, was created with the spirit of protecting the rights of all Malaysians regardless of religion. Although it recognised and respected the role of religion in the society and the influence of Islam, the federal constitution is a secular document.
The interpretation of 'secularism' here does not mean the absence of religious values but all Malaysians of various faith can seek for a fair justice to be dispensed to them without being subjected to the values of any religion.
Some politicians have tried to usurp the spirit of the federal constitution although it is clear that an amendment must be made if Malaysia is to be declared an Islamic state.
In the mean time, all Malaysians must respect the position of the constitution.
Politicians who are becoming tyrants of democracy must be REJECTED!