Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Stoking Religious Flames and Role-Playing Evidence Act Amendments By The Malaysian Insider

That the Malaysian Insider had on Sunday, first day of Hari Raya, reported an inflammatory political post at a purported UMNO Youth Facebook page, is nothing short of incredible and highly suspicious.

Reading the report when it came out, the first thought that came to my mind was Datuk Seri Hishamuddin and his keris act, the effects it had on the non-Malays since then.

Datuk Seri Hishamuddin was UMNO Youth chief at the time.

We all know how an innocuous and well intentioned actions by the Government or UMNO, in that instance, would always be exploited by the opposition. Exploited to the fullest.

BN would suffer the consequences for a symbolic act.

I am not defending Datuk Seri's keris wielding gesture. I am only extrapolating the present circumstance involving UMNO Youth with the past and the coming general election.

Hence, my first reaction was to take UMNO Youth to task.

A quick search and visit to the Facebook page and thorough check could not locate the offending post. A report the very next day by the Malaysian Insider had the post in question removed from the Facebook page. Although it could not be found, what I did find was that that were many pro-opposition comments posted in what seems to be an UMNO and Barisan Nasional friendly Facebook page.

So obviously I came to the assumption that this is another sham reporting by the Malaysian Insider. Not surprising since it is a known heavy opposition leaning portal, widely recognised for it's anti-government or BN publicity seeking spins and gimmicks.

But then going thru the Facebook page posts and comments was a very short pro-opposition comment mentioning present UMNO Youth Khairy Jamaluddin tweeting on the matter which gave the Malaysian Insider report some credence.

What Khairy tweeted was that UMNO Youth was not the administrator for the Facebook page in question, taken to mean that UMNO Youth is not responsible for the Facebook page and it's contents.

What is incredible about the Malaysian Insider report, going by it's Raya Day blazing "On Facebook, Umno Youth risks igniting religious firestorm" headline, is that it did not report the offending Facebook post immediately.

It waited until the next day, on Hari Raya day.

The Malaysian Insider cannot claim that it was only alerted to the Facebook post on Raya day itself. This is evinced by the fact that Malaysia Insider reported the very next day the "provocative posting was taken down about 6.30pm last Saturday after drawing nearly 300 comments on the Facebook page"?

It had been monitoring the offending Facebook post and all it's inflamatory glory.

The offending post had been removed. Why then is the Malaysia Insider making matters worse by publishing verbatim, "Babi punya DAP jgn nk kait dap k karpal sigh hram jdah byk kali hina islm org islm bleh wt apa dap komunis mlaysia" and making allegations that UMNO is playing the religious card?

By publishing the offensive poster it is the Malaysian Insider who is stoking a religious firestorm.

Earlier when I could not find the offending post, it was not missed upon me to suspect a play by the Malaysian Insider to exploit the Evidence Act 114A. UMNO Youth would be subject to the amendment as the Facebook page is called Pemuda Umno Malaysia.

That is why I did not immediately take UMNO Youth task waiting to see how it will all pan out.

My suspicion is being confirmed because enter Lim Guan Eng, "Will A-G dare charge Umno Youth over provocative Facebook post, asks Guan Eng". Is it any coincidence that Lim Guan Eng's DAP should be singled out verbatim by none other than the Malaysian Insider itself?

Lim Guan Eng concludes "So if they do not charge Umno Youth this shows there are double standards".

Clever but sorry to tell Lim Guan Eng, except for the Malaysian Insider report, what evidence is there that an offence has been committed, for UMNO Youth to be charged?

The Malaysian Insider with evidence most probably in their possession having monitored the Facebook page posting, can offer Lim Guan Eng whatever appropriate evidence to make a police report for an investigation to decide whether an offence has indeed been committed before UMNO Youth can be charged.

Even though Pemuda UMNO Facebok page is seemingly friendly and by name directly connected to UMNO Youth, the Youth movement did not wait to be challenged and had no hesitation to make a police report "to investigate those who posted seditious messages on a Facebook page created under the movement’s name."

Not only does this prove that UMNO Youth had nothing to do with the posting, it also proves that it when one has not done anything that goes against enacted laws, one has nothing to fear from applications of amendments to the Evidence Act.

And this is the very reason the amendment was effected. To eliminate anonymous postings which are malicious, slanderous and those that are threats to the security of our society.

Being the sole opposition leaning portal to not only raise and sensationalise but also publish incendiary comments of the Facebook posting, leaves no room for doubt that it is the Malaysian Insider who is fanning the flames of religious and racial discord in a matter that will only benefit the opposition, and no one else.

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