GERAKAN MP, Liang Teck Meng, should be ashamed of himself for defending the indefensible

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 19th of April, 2015

GERAKAN MP for Simpang Renggam, Liang Teck Meng, defended the amendments of the Sedition Act by saying the following: “If BN can deliver the goodwill of the amendments clearly to the people and also people understand the rationale of it, they (DAP) can be unseated in the next general election.”[1] It is sad to see how far a party that is supposed to be the “conscience of the BN” has fallen in its pathetic and disgusting attempt to defend the amendments to the Sedition Act.

Liang Teck Meng must be either blind or deaf or both if he thinks that the amendments to the Sedition Act were proposed in a spirit of “goodwill”. Was it the same spirit of “goodwill” which led the government to charge the cartoonist Zunar on 9 counts under the Sedition Act for his cartoons criticizing the judicial decisions to uphold the sodomy convictions against Anwar Ibrahim? Was it the same spirit of “goodwill” which led to the overnight detention and police investigation against MP for Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah, for a speech she made in parliament criticizing the judiciary? Was it’s the same spirit of “goodwill” which led to the overnight detention and subsequent charges under the Sedition Act against 4 journalists from the Malaysian Insider and the publisher of the Edge Media Group?

Liang Teck Meng must also think that the voters in Malaysia are stupid when he said that “In contrast, the government is actually giving greater freedom and protection to the people through recent legislative efforts… Gerakan reckons the potential threat of creating religious tension in the social media and concurs that certain control and monitoring should be introduced to keep it in check”. Is he totally ignorant of the double standards which are practised by the authorities in this country? Is he not aware that no action was taken against Ibrahim Ali even though he threatened to publicly burn copies of the Bible? Has he not read about how Minister for Agriculture, Ismail Sabri, was given the VIP treatment when he was allowed to give his statement over the telephone after his infamous Facebook post asking Malay consumers to boycott Chinese traders and businessmen? And how former Deputy Minister, Mashitah Ibrahim, was also given such a VIP treatment after she made the baseless accusation that a Chinese person had burnt a copy of the Quran in Kedah?