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Malaysia’s Mr No Further Action

July 20, 2013

News Analysis by The Malaysian Insider July 20, 2013 Latest Update: July 20, 2013 09:56 am

Still waiting for Datuk Zulkifli Noordin to be charged with sedition or some law for uttering insulting words against Hindus? No Further Action.

Still waiting for Datuk Ibrahim Ali to be charged with threatening to burn Malay-language bibles? No Further Action.

Still waiting for Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi to be charged with causing grievous hurt? No Further Action.

Still waiting for Malaysia’s Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to take action against the rich and powerful implicated in the judicial fixing appointments laid bare by the Royal Commission of Inquiry? Do Not Bother.

In the past 48 hours, the mercury has been rising over the sledgehammer and swift treatment meted out to publicity-seeking duo, Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee, for their mocking Facebook posts on Ramadan and conspicuous inaction against politically-aligned individuals.

Much of the blame has landed in the lap of the Royal Malaysian Police, historically a major player in nothing happening when the accused lives in a tony neighbourhood or has a few political cables.

But a picture is emerging that the biggest obstacle to fair play and justice being part of the country’s legal landscape is the man who has sworn to protect the integrity of Malaysia’s legal system: Attorney-General Gani.

At a press conference last night, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar deflected blame on the inaction against Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli for his cutting comments about Indians and the Hindu religion.

He said that the police completed their probe on BN’s stellar candidate for Shah Alam but were told by the AG that there was no evidence to charge him with anything. So the case involving the man who has enjoyed favourable ties with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak since he left Pakatan Rakyat has been classified as No Further Action.

No evidence? Maybe Gani and his investigators could have got away with that throwaway line in the pre-Internet days. Maybe.

But multitudes of Malaysians have seen Zulkifli insulting and demeaning Indians in a video clip that has gone viral. We have seen the evidence and it is damning, in the same way that thousands of Malaysians have seen that rubbish posted by Alvivi and have been mortified at the stupidity and crass insensitivity of the duo.

In the case of Alvivi, the AG charged them within a week of their Facebook post becoming public knowledge.  Great, Malaysians are all for speedy action.

So please explain what has happened to Ibrahim’s file?

On January 18, in Permatang Pauh, this is what he said: “Muslims must unite to protect their religion. They must seize those bibles, including the Malay editions, which contained the word Allah and other Arabic terms, and burn them.

“This is the way to show anger against the disrespect to our sensitivity.”

This incendiary statement is seditious every day of the week. And yet, seven months later, still no action. Or No Further Action.

Of course, Ibrahim’s defenders such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and greenhorn minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said that it was not the Perkasa chief’s intention to insult the Bible.

He was merely articulating a common way to destroy an illegal publication. But here is where that ridiculous argument falls flat: it is not an illegal publication. Under the 10-point plan put forward by the Najib administration, it is permissible for Malay-language bibles to be imported into the country.

In any case, save the arguments about Ibrahim’s intention or motive for mitigation or the plea bargaining stage of the trial.

As former minister and noted lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim wrote in 2011 that Malaysian AG’s assume two roles: legal adviser to the government and Public Prosecutor.

As Public Prosecutor, the AG has to ensure that the criminal justice system functions well and with integrity.  As a Public Prosecutor, the AG works for the rakyat, not Najib or the BN government.

“He is the barometer by which we measure our success as a country governed by the Rule of Law,” said Zaid, who while he was the de facto Law Minister tried to persuade the then PM Tun Abdullah Badawi to make the AG answerable to Parliament.

Surprise, surprise but the Umno ministers and Abdullah were loath to consider changing the reporting structure of the Attorney General or alter anything to do with that office.

Why would they? Why change something when it ain’t broken, right? – July 20, 2013.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ed G permalink
    July 20, 2013 9:36 am

    Zul Noordin’s riducule of the the Indian faith is comparable to those of the Alvivi duo. And both the cases have evidence that are easily available on the internet. The only difference is the way the apologies are conveyed where the Alvivi duo posted their apology via the internet while Zul had had a grand coverage by the main stream media. Who can forget the ‘kisses of forgiveness’ that Zul received.

    Ibrahim Ali’s call for the burning the Bible is an act of direct incitement of the people to take the law into their own hands; if we put aside all the reasons and excuses given by his supporters, defenders and apologists. It is unambiguously an act of sedition far worse than that of Zul’s or the Alvivi duo. I believe that police reports have been lodged. And did he ever apologise or show any remorse for what he had uttered?

    These are only 2 of many other cases of NFA. So why is there such a haste to charge and punish the Alvivi duo when there are so much precedence of ‘tolerance’ shown towards ‘freedom of expression’?

  2. najib manaukau permalink
    July 21, 2013 4:00 am

    Malaysia is famous for NFA, no doubt about it, that is why people like A. Ali has the courage to say anything he wants. He knows he is getting the support of the AG who can even order the IGP to stop any investigations they are doing.
    Now you know who is really running the country ? The only way to get rid of the present system is for the coalition partners to leave the so called BN just so the rapscallions from Umno will be kicked out of Putrajaya and consequently so will the AG ! Only then all these lackeys of Umno will no longer be around to instruct the police to stop further investigation of any crime ! Best of all then one of the first persons to get indicted must be the AG together with him must be the shenanigan Mahathir for the atrocities he inflicted during his 22 years rule as the P.M. !

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