Friday, September 19, 2008

Sedition in Malaysia

The Malaysian government is currently in crisis, with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on the verge of winning a vote of no confidence in the Parliament and toppling the Prime Minister. So they're lashing out, using the full force of Malaysia's internal security regime in an effort to cling to power. Last week, they arrested an opposition member of Parliament, a journalist, and blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (again) for daring to criticise them. Today they arrested another blogger, Syed Azidi Syed Aziz, better known as Kickdefella. His crime?

Deputy Comm Koh said he is being investigated for instigating others to fly the national flag upside down in his blog postings.
And for that, he could be sentenced to three years imprisonment under Malaysia's Sedition Act.

I think this rather proves his point. Malaysia is in trouble. And the sooner its government goes, the better.