If you asked the average Bolehlander about political asylum, he would likely shake his head and stare at you like you were not up there in the head.
That is how rarely, if ever at all, that we hear of Malaysians seeking asylum.
However, in the space of a month or two we have already heard of not one, but two Malaysians, and young ones at that, doing just that.
The latest seeking asylum in Sweden had alleged that he was being treated like rubbish by the rulers and the dUMNO led government, threatened with death by gangsters and the Malay right wingers, and even harassed by the authorities,
This recent asylum phenomenon tells you of an increasingly intolerant administration running scared even of its own shadows. Maybe this is not surprising after all - realising that, for the first time ever since, they have lost the moral legitimacy to rule on a minority vote, Ah Jib's administration may be resorting to rough hand tactics to scare and cow the rakyat into submission.
By going on a recent sedition blitz, arresting not only politicians but also law professors, lawyers and laymen for speaking up, Ah Jib's administration is showing that it is intolerant and afraid of criticisms and discourse.
The more you try to suppress public discourse and opinion, the more you risk antagonising the people. There is only so much you could do, especially in this cyber age, to suppress public opinion and discourse before you realise that you have gone too far.
Is that why we are beginning to see even our otherwise malleable and timid university students willing to risk their academic future and the prospect of arrests to speak up in defence of the people's right to freedom of speech and expression?
We must say bravo to the University Malaya students who had invited Anwar to speak at their campus despite attempts by the university authorities to frustrate it and take the organisers to account.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Political Asylum, University Students And An Administration Scared Of Its Own Shadows
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