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NATurally confused

15 July 2007

On a rare rare rare occasion when I was surfing on PPS on Friday night, I had read about the Nat issue on E Contrario, but there weren’t much details (Nat’s whereabout was still unknown), then I found out more yesterday on the same blog, on trusty ol’ Screenshots and on Cheryl Tan’s blog. There was much on the local papers yesterday and a tiny bit more on The Star today.

You see, I’m not a very intelligent person and I get confused very easily.

1. The secrecy
If this is a legitimate investigation, why did the police act in the manner they did? Why did they not show identification or inform Nat that he was being arrested? It appears that Nat was told, “Tolong bekerjasama dan ikut kami sekejap, kami nak cakap sedikit.” and when asked whether they were making an arrest, Mr Policeman replied, “Bukan, hanya nak siasat sedikit” The next thing that happened? UFOs? To top it all off, Bukit Aman denied that he was being detained, and people was asked to lodge a missing person report.

2. Arrested for an anonymous comment
This isn’t the first time a blogger got into trouble for a comment on his blog. The first person that comes to mind is Jeff Ooi in 2004. I remember blogging about that and Chet leaving a comment, “It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last.” And to make matters even more mind boggling, Nat’s being investigated under the official secrets act, for things left on his blog by an anonymous commenter (and everything can be found on the commenter’s webpage).

3. An interesting way of looking at things
From The Star “‘The police must act to prevent them from tarnishing the image of the country,’ he (Datuk Johari) told reporters after the opening of the delegates meetings of the Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings of Kubang Pasu Umno here yesterday.” They must have done the image of the country a huge favour, I mean… we do get free publicity from the good people of Global Voices, don’t we? As for whether this is the type of image we want to project… Erm… I don’t know. As for the police’s role to protect the people? Let’s not even go into that for now…

You cannot fault me for my stupidity and confusion. Assuming this is a legitimate arrest and all (I wouldn’t even begin to doubt the police force), why does it have to be done in secrecy? And why did they deny to having detained him? What is the rationale behind lodging a missing person’s report when the police are the ones who took him away? Then… why is he held responsible for an anonymous comment? Under the OSA too, no less. Is there a need to intimidate any person who dares to speak out? Is this the type of image we want to project? 50 years on, has Malaysia truly progressed? With the next general election coming up soon, is this truly an intelligent political move, even?

Hmmm… aren’t all these a bit too mind boggling?

Source: Mob’s Crib

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  1. Freethinker said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 6:09 am

    What surprises me is the heat and pressure the G Man felt with the blogsphere… it is simply astonishing.

  2. zewt said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    hi yee pei… thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving fantabulous comments… truly appreciate it.

    i assume you’re not in the country based on your comment and based on this entry. this issue is currently very hot in the blogosphere… everyone is talking about it but only a few brave souls located domestically are willing to blog about it.

  3. Yee Pei said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Freethinker: A long time ago, someone told me guilt and insecurity comes hand in hand.

    Zewt: Thanks for dropping by. I am in the country right now and I noticed that this issue is very hot on the blogosphere, I’m just jumping on the bandwagon. There isn’t much to be brave about, I am merely writing about what I read from other blogs and the local newspaper. And again, I’m just a confused girl :P

  4. zewt said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    the papers have gone quite quiet, which means… they have been asked not to talk much… i think this move is meant to be silent…

  5. Yee Pei said,

    on July 15th, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    If this was meant to intimidate, the fact that few local bloggers posted about it meant that they succeeded, yes?

  6. Reuben Lau said,

    on July 17th, 2007 at 3:04 am

    and if they meant to intimidate, they have just incurred the wrath of the blog community and the humans rights groups all over the world *Evil Grin*.

    Talk about a bunch of brainless idiotic hypocrites.

    Based on elizabeth’s account she should have taken the opportunity to search the police files for Nat.

    If they continue to do this, then what is the point in Malaysia signing almost all the human rights agreements.

  7. zewt said,

    on July 22nd, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    a lot of bloggers choose to remain quiet… so that their ass doesnt land in trouble. that’s the way malaysian works…sad but true. to a lot of us… so long as we have food on the table… we have a job, we are not exactly dying… we will all remain silent.

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