Lessons From NASIR SAFAR
Not many really knew NASIR SAFAR, former Special Officer of DS Najib, until he attracted news headlines since a few days ago for uttering certain remarks in a 1Malaysia forum in Malacca, understood to mean that early Chinese came here to sell their bodies, while the Indians as beggars, which received swift condemnations from leaders of both sides of the political divide.
Many, including UMNO leaders and supporters were in utter disbelief, how could some one like Nasir narrated something WITHOUT historical basis. Obviously, Nasir’s remarks were uncalled for. He is considered to have crossed certain NO ENTRY stretch of road, and had NO OTHER OPTION but to resign. As for the moment, to have to resign from the PRESTIGIOUS POST as the Special Officer to the Prime Minister is the immediate form of punishment he deserves.
Whilst Nasir was dealt with certain form of PUNISHMENT, the question now is, what about thousands of people, including bloggers, who have made DEREGATORY and SEDITIOUS remarks against others, perhaps much much worse than what had been uttered by Nasir Safar, WITHOUT being noticed by the relevant authorities, let alone being punished. How many among our fellow bloggers have made DEREGATORY and SEDITIOUS remarks about the Malays, like associating Malays with laziness, living on Government handouts or being allowed entrance to Public universities without necessary qualifications. Is not labelling the Malays as LIVING ON GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS the same as labelling them as BEGGARS?
Apparently, one of the words that certain non-Malays DISLIKE most is the term ‘Pendatang’, which in English is ‘immigrant’. UMNO Bukit Bendera chief used to be in ‘hot soup’ for uttering the word ‘pendatang’ in one of his speeches. It is definitely wrong if the word ‘pendatang’ is labelled against our non-Malay fellow citizens, who could be the 3rd 0r 4th generations of the ‘wave of immigrants’ landing on the shores of Tanah Melayu during the British ‘protectorate’ era of 19th and 20th centuries.
However, its a fact of history that the forefathers of Chinese and Indians were immigrants BEFORE they were granted citizenship of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu in early 1950s, a few years before the independence of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu in 1957. And it is a fact that prior to the arrival of the British ‘protectors’ and the ‘immigrants’, the Tanah Melayu states and the rest of the Malay Archipelago were LIVED, and RULED by succession of Malay sultans, kings and chief, dating back to TIMES IMMEMORABLE, before any historical documents, let alone books, were ever written. The Malays were all KING’s SUBJECTS and became AUTOMATIC CITIZENS of the lands re-named Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, and later Malaysia.
On the road to full independence of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, the Malays under UMNO and Raja Melayu, agreed with the British to grant citizenship to the IMMIGRANT Chinese and Indians, with the condition that they recognised that SPECIAL POSITION OF THE MALAYS who are the original owners of Tanah Melayu. The understanding was known as SOCIAL CONTRACT.
However, 50 years after the independence, VOICES OF DISSENT among the non-Malays, QUESTIONING certain provisions of the Federal Constitution seem to become be LOUDER. In order to justify their NOISES, some are claiming that Malays are not natives of Tanah Melayu, that the forefathers of Malays were from Indonesia, Yunnan and even Taiwan….. And in order to hide their GRUDGES against pro-Malays policies like the DEB, they are calling for the abolishment of DEB, on the basis that DEB only enriched a small group of malays in UMNO.
At this juncture, why not we refresh ourselves of what are considered ‘seditious’ under the Sedition Act 1948(Revision 1971):
|(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against any Ruler or against any Government;(b) to excite the subjects of the Ruler or the inhabitants of any territory governed by any government to attempt to procure in the territory of the Ruler or governed by the Government, the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established;(c) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Malaysia or in any State;(d) to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the subjects of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or of the Ruler of any State or amongst the inhabitants of Malaysia or of any State;(e) to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Malaysia; or(f) to question any matter, right, status, position, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of part III of the Federal constitution or Article 152, 153 or 181 of the Federal Constitution.|
Why not we have closer look at item (f) above which says: ….”to question any matter, right, status, position, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of part III of the Federal constitution or Article 152, 153 or 181 of the Federal Constitution”. Meaning, according to our Federal Constitution, to even QUESTION anything to do with SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS is seditious in nature and a form of CRIMINAL OFFENSES. Yet, out of thousands and thousands of non-Malays, including bloggers, who openly QUESTION and RIDICULE such provisions, HOW MANY have been arrested and charged under Seditious Act 1948.
NASIR SAFAR may have crossed certain lines, and got punished within DAYS. The question is, HOW about those who have CROSSED LINE under Seditious Act of 1948 by QUESTIONING matters like the SPECIAL POSITION OF MALAYS.