Tuesday, September 2, 2014

'No sedition crackdown? PMO, we're not stupid'

9:21AM Sep 1, 2014
By Yoursay

YOURSAY ‘Court only passes judgment. It does not investigate and prosecute.’

Putrajaya says sedition spree a 'court matter'
Homesick: The statement by the PM’s Office (that the current sedition spree is a court matter) is the biggest insult to the rakyat's intelligence.

For your information, the court only passes judgment. It does not investigate and prosecute. Investigation and prosecution are done by the police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers, respectively.

Both of these departments are under the federal government. So don't insult our intelligence. The rakyat are smarter than you thought, Mr PM.

JustAMalaysian: Every law student knows that an enforcement agency initiates the investigation into any alleged or suspected offence.

The DPP (on behalf of the attorney-general) decides whether the case merits prosecution and, if an offence is revealed by the investigation, proffers a charge in the court of law and after a full hearing, the court decides whether the accused is guilty or not guilty of the offence he is charged with.

As can be seen, it is only after a charge is registered in the court that it becomes a matter for the court. The court does not initiate an investigation, and neither it decide to prosecute.

It is the police and the attorney-general who determine whether someone is investigated and charged under the Sedition Act 1948.

The person from the Prime Minister's Office who made the statement above is either stupid and not fit to hold office or he does not know how to lie or ‘putar belit’ (spin). I only have sympathy for him.

UntaSenyum: At least 10 Pakatan Rakyat leaders are facing sedition charges, and almost simultaneously. The rakyat are not ‘bodoh’ (stupid).

We can compare all the opposition leaders’ remarks with those made by Perkasa, Isma, Ridhuan Tee Abdullah and the likes. It is so obvious this is selective prosecution.

It looks like a 'final onslaught' on Pakatan leaders. Even a secondary school student can tell you that.

Hearty Malaysian: A case of a desperate and weak government trying to muzzle the opposition with a slew of seditious charges.

PM Najib Abdul Razak, you simply underestimate the intelligence of people. This is no more the 1960s, where what the PM said was accepted blindly by the majority of people.

Keturunan Malaysia: This quote is from 1957; how accurately it describes many countries we know in 2014:

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing. When you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favours.

“When you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you. When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed." - Ayn Rand.

Vijay47: A matter for the courts? Malaysia must be the only country in the world where the judiciary institutes and enforces prosecution action.

Does this, hopefully, mean that the AG's Chambers will be disbanded and Abdul Gani Patail will be put to pasture?

Onyourtoes: This is just great, the police said it was AG, now it is the court. Soon, the court will say it is AG and police.

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