It appears that Umno-Baru is organising an attack on women who defend our civil liberties, our rights and freedoms.
First was the incarceration of Maria Chin, the chairman of Bersih, for her role in defending our civil and democratic rights.
She is being treated like a terrorist, by the authorities. They do this to a 60-year-old mother of three children, to put the fear in you.
Instead of the rakyat being scared, the opposite is happening. We are more determined than ever, to achieve the aims of Maria Chin and Bersih 5.
She is currently in solitary confinement, at a secret location, in a stuffy cell, measuring 15 ft by 8 ft, where they hope to break her spirit and her will.
With a cold concrete floor and a wooden pangkin (bench) for creature comforts, her toilet is in the same confined space, where she eats, prays and sleeps. Two light bulbs shine 24 hours a day, to deprive her of sleep, and wear down her resistance.
From time to time, policewomen shout at her, again, in a well practised tactic, to break her.
We know, as do the authorities, that Maria is not a terrorist. She is used, as an example of the fate, which will befall us, if we are stupid enough to demand good governance and a proper democracy.
The Malaysian book of records and Malaysian history, will soon show that Maria was the first Malaysian to be charged under the Security Offences and Special Measures Act (SOSMA).
Outside her prison walls, another attack has been made on another defender of women’s rights. She is Teresa Kok, the MP for Seputeh.
Yesterday, in parliament, the MP for Pasir Salak, who is also the Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, insulted Teresa.
He pointed to Kok and said that she was the only woman with a ” Kok”.
Wonder how he would feel, if we were to point to him and say, “There goes another Umno-Baru man, with no balls.”
Earlier this year, Tajuddin agreed that the PM’s spouse should be entitled to a few handbags, if her husband can afford to buy these luxury items for her.
He said, “One or two bags, why not? She’s a lady. I know women like handbags. In fact, I was told that one of the ways to tackle a girl is by buying her a handbag.”
Back in 2014, Teresa had been threatened by a group of men, who claimed to represent the Council of Islamic NGOs. They slaughtered four chickens and then daubed blood on the faces of opposition representatives, portrayed on a banner. They were upset by Teresa’s satirical video, called “Onederful Malaysia”.
The attack on the Chinese community by members of the Cabinet, is most unbecoming.
In 2015, following a tense stand-off between the Red Shirts and Chinese traders, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) ambassador, Huang Huikang, visited Petaling Street, to see, for himself, if the situation in Malaysia was sufficiently bad to warrant the issue of an advisory notice, from the PRC embassy, for visitors from China.
Tajuddin saw this as an opportunity to warn the Chinese community that they should be “slapped” for complaining about Malaysia.
He said, “I want to warn the Chinese Malaysians, don’t think when you have a problem, you want to complain – just a little bit also complain – that there will be people to protect them. (sic)
“Nak kena lempang macam itu (Get a slap, if like that).”
Warning them that foreign powers will not come to their defence, he said, “Chinese people in Malaysia, don’t fantasise that there will be a big boss coming, that there will be a godfather coming from China to help you.
“Don’t fantasise like that,” Tajuddin stressed.
Oops! Tajuddin spoke too soon.
With Najib making inroads into the PRC and accepting a trade deal worth around RM144 billion, Tajuddin might soon be eating his words.
Source : Mariam Mokhtar@The Heat Malaysia Online