Feb 3, 2007

Samy Vellu and the draconian OSA

Ever wonder we are actually living in the MATRIX world? (Yes, the MATRIX world as in the movie). These so called "democracy", "freedom of speech" and "power of the people" are just bull-shit and everything is just for the show, where none of those are actually practice at all.

What is the deal with Samy Vellu calling for punishment of the four opposition members that disclosed the toll consession agreement?

So what are the consequences that he mentioned? As far as it is concerned, the tolls are still collecting money from us. Nothing has changed much except the fact the government actually lied and made a big drama to us every time there is an increment of toll.

Speaking at a press conference after officiating a textile shop in Kuala Lumpur this morning, he criticised the opposition leaders for revealing details of the document in public and blowing the matter out of proportion.

“They take it, they exhibit it and they did a big drama with it [...] without realising the consequences of it,” the minister said.

“This is an agreement between the government and the concession company. And that has all been done with the requirements of the law.

“It is part of a government document which cannot be revealed. And they have revealed it and they will pay for it,” he stressed.

He reiterated that those who revealed the documents must be brought to justice.

Four opposition leaders have been summoned to the Bukit Aman police headquarters on Monday under the draconian Official Secrets Act (OSA).

They are DAP NGO bureau head Ronnie Liu, PAS treasurer Dr Hatta Ramli, PKR treasurer Khalid Ibrahim and information chief Tian Chua.

Points mentioned by Lim Kit Siang in his blog :
(Lim Kit Siang) Are these revelations so earth-shattering as to shake the government, society and nation to their very roots as to require invocation of a draconian and repressive law to jail the four for a minimum term of one year each?

In fact, astute Malaysians would have guessed the lopsided contents in the concession agreements and privatization contracts, even without sighting them.

The question is what has made Samy Vellu so “bloodthirsty” that he is behaving as if he has usurped the powers of the Attorney-General or had arrogated to himself the powers of a Super Attorney-General on toll concessions and OSA prosecutions? Why is he demanding his pound of flesh, muttering that “they will have to pay the price”?

Samy Vellu should know that anyone charged and convicted under the OSA would be mandatorily jailed for a minimum of one year, regardless of whether the offence is grave or trivial, or the motive – whether it is to betray the country by selling national defence secrets or in the exercise of the highest form of patriotism to uphold accountability, transparency and integrity and to expose corruption and abuses of power.

This was because Samy Vellu is one of the few remaining Cabinet Ministers responsible for the most shameful, undemocratic, repressive, draconian and pernicious pieces of legislation in the land – the 1986 amendment to the Official Secrets Act imposing a mandatory minimum one-year jail sentence on conviction, regardless of the gravity of the offence or the noble motivation for the disclosure.

Malaysians are definitely living the "MATRIX BOLEHLAND" now. Sigh.

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freelunch2020 said...

AGREE LA...Samy veloooooooooo ,,,,,,

should spend more time officiating textile shops etc etc

go threaten ppl alll....

Lame Basket said...

My contribution on the well known OSA. :-)


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