Why was Zamihan really arrested? - By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Malaysiakini : “The spectacle of what is called
religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has
filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to
make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind
belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition, exploitation and
the preservation of vested interests.” ― Jawaharlal Nehru
COMMENT | So this
government-employed preacher spews the usual hate speech against the
Chinese community but more importantly, took a swipe at the Johor
royalty and he is arrested for incitement. Incitement against a royal
family or incitement against the Chinese community? Why do I get the
feeling that if it were solely for the latter, there would be no action
taken against Zamihan Mat Zin?
Yes, that is right because no action has been taken against other
government-aligned (including employees) personalities who have made
racists or bigoted comments against non-Muslim Malaysians. Anyone reading my articles would know that I am all for free speech
but free speech isn’t really the issue here and it will never be. The
real issue is the biased manner in which the state monitors free speech.
University lecturer Ridhuan Tee Abdullah who apparently comes to the defence
of his community in this instance has said worse about the Chinese
community. This country gives shelter to an extremist like Zakir Naik
who has spread lies about non-Muslims and their religions. There are
numerous examples of establishment politicians who have demonised entire
communities and they have been exempted from incitement charges.
So when this preacher who thought he was riding a wave of toxicity
and attempted to deliver his own blows against the Chinese community
made his religious pronouncements, the only miscalculation he made was
taking a shot at the royal institution, which is one of the pillars of
Malay/Muslim political ideology.