Tuesday, August 28, 2007

政治马戏笑死国际

Thankfully, I managed to get my Chinese column in Oriental Daily printed on Monday last week for I was discussing the issue of Wee Meng Chee, which as become a "political circus", while Malaysia became the butt of jokes by the international community. For on the very next day, the all powerful Internal Security Ministry headed by none other than the Prime Minister himself, issued an instruction to stop all further discussions and reports on the issue, well, except when its raised by the all-knowing Prime Minister himself, and his deputy.

Once again, I'll reiterate that I do not wholly agree with the content of Wee's songs, particularly in his use of coarse language as well as when he touches on religion. However, it becomes absolutely ridiculous when senior ministers of the Malaysian cabinet all took turns to jump on to the bandwagon to take potshots at the 24 year old student, threatening him with anything from detention under the ISA, withdrawing his citizenship and even charging him for treason!

The funniest of it all, must be Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz's highly thought provoking remark, when he wanted to take action against YouTube.com. If only our Ministers could act against all the other ills plaguing the country with equal seriousness and gusto.

(And Wee's back, now with his debut album to be released on 2nd Sept)


政治马戏笑死国际
潘俭伟

马来西亚内阁全然变成了一束国际笑话:一位24岁、年轻有为又潇洒的旅台生--黄明志只是唱了一首歌上载到YouTube.com网站,就足以使整个内阁直跳脚。

雪州前任州务大臣、巫统宣传主任莫哈末泰益及马六甲州首席部长阿里鲁斯旦建议政府撤销黄明志的公民权。首相署部长纳兹里要援引煽动法令控告黄明志。外交部长赛哈密提出把黄明志从台湾引渡回国的问题。。。。。。

还有,青年及体育部长阿莎丽娜威胁要援引内部安全法令扣留黄明志。教育部长希山慕丁及副首相纳吉把黄明志标签为“叛徒”。这可不是开玩笑的!叛国罪唯一的惩罚就是死刑。

马华的卫生部长蔡细历医生还特别代表黄明志向国人及政府道歉。然而,蔡细历在代表黄明志道歉时,却当着黄明志父亲即黄安熙面前通过电视及平面媒体再痛骂一顿,甚至批评黄明志是个“天真”、“幼稚”及“不成熟”的年轻人。

我们的内阁部长好像个个都特别空闲,以致没有其它更重要的事情急须处理。

过去3年来,马来西亚的犯罪指数飙升45%。我国外来直接投资额在过去10年内降低45%,反观城市的生活消费越来越高。耗资46亿令吉设立的巴生港口自由贸易区,引发涉嫌贪污及滥权的大问号。

根据最新公布的上海交通大学“世界500所最佳大学”排行榜,我国没有任何高等学府列在榜上。然而,我们亲爱的部长从来不认为这些属于国家大事,似乎不比黄明志所撰写的歌词来得严重。

即使黄明志道歉之后,内阁经过商议后还是决定要把黄明志提控上庭。如果我是黄明志,我很自然地反问:若是这样,我为何要先道歉呢?至于那些通过互联网发表威胁我及家人安全的人,为何没有面对同样的待遇呢?

最有趣的是,纳兹里竟然说除了援引法律对付黄明志之外,政府还要对付YouTube。纳兹里这番言论是否有点太“天真”、“幼稚”及“不成熟”?

YouTube是美国网络巨人Google的子公司。Google市值高达1千560亿美元(5千460亿令吉),或相等于占马来西亚国内生产总值的一半。最根本的问题还是Google的电脑伺服器未设在马来西亚。那么,政府又有什么权力“对付”Google呢?

要是这些内阁部长能够以同样程度的激情、热心与关心,去面对并解决其它领域包括经济、罪案、教育等方面的问题,我国人民肯定受惠无穷。只可惜,这些国阵领袖不仅成了马戏团的小丑,他们还成了国际社会见笑的卡通政治人物。
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