There is a definitely a pattern to the madness we are seeing with recurring cases of political- or politician-linked violence. From inciting a mob to storm a state legislative house and taking to the streets in bid to silence any voice of dissent, an unhealthy climate is being created.
We are hearing toxic discourses where some leaders are spewing the language and rhetoric that only bigots would use. We have seen groups of hooligans marching into business premises to exact revenge and execute their brand of justice.
We have seen the storming of the headquarters of a political party. And now, a mob has the temerity to attack a Member of Parliament in the compound of the august House.
According to Bernama, the group of men and women wore visitors’ tags and were already in the compound before Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad’s arrival.
The police had identified them, including Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman’s 34-year-old son Firdaus Tajuddin.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said a probe must be done since parliament is a forbidden area under the protection of the Chief Security Officer of the Government of Malaysia.
“If anybody or groups wish to enter parliament, they must be invited whether by a member of parliament or civil servant and must be registered at the gate. This is a serious matter because a member of parliament was threatened. So, a probe must be done quickly,” he said.
In a well-structured society, there are proper institutions, appropriate agencies and functioning apparatus to ensure a smooth operation of the affairs of the state and the well-being of the people.
Law and order are observed and enforced by our police and the courts. Rules and regulations are in place to establish lawfulness, peace and justice in our society. The interests of the people are served by these institutions and apparatus of the state.
When individuals or groups take the law into their own hands to mete out punishments and seek their perceived justice, we see a breakdown in this structure.
Law and order are no longer in the hands of the authorities as far as these thugs are concerned. This group is probably emboldened as the key culprits behind previous altercations had gone unpunished or merely had their wrists slapped.
The book must be thrown at the culprits if they are found guilty in court. Then, misguided political supporters, paid goons and lawbreakers holding political office would think twice before acting irrationally.
What has led to the recurrence of political- or politician-linked violence?
It has a lot to do with the toxic discourse we face in our current political climate, with some leaders spewing the language that only bigots would use. It is their unchecked hyperbole that has inspired their hordes of undesirables to take the law into their own hands.
Then there is loyalty in the pocket. Paid protesters have only one loyalty, and that is to their pockets.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online