Wong Chin Huat was my ex-university course mate in UM. I have known him for more than 15 years. Wong is a respected lecturer, socio-political activist, writer and a member of the civil society.
He has written extensively on the electoral process, democracy, race relations and others. His detention under the controversial Sedition Act is a national shame.
In Lisbon, I have just spoken to some Iranian young activists about life and personal freedom in Tehran. They told me that Iranian youths are beginning to talk back and question the mullahs. However, the regime is able to maintain a tight control and instill fear in the society by taking sudden and awe actions against critics e.g. detention without trial.
Wong's arrest reminds us of a chilling similarity with what our friends in Iran are facing. In the true spirit of 1Malaysia, the government should drop all charges against Wong for exercising his democratic rights. Malaysians are smart enough to decide if they are going to follow Wong's suggestion or not to wear a black armband, t-shirt etc. on 7 May 2009.
What is wrong with black? Is it becoming a forbidden word or colour too?