The sorry Suaram witch-hunt — Jaleel Hameed
SEPT 18 — Well, well, well, my dear sirs of Putrajaya, how pathetic are you?
After weeks of sabre rattling about the human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), all the federal government has are two charges of anomalies in the accounts of its registered company Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd.
That’s all? That’s their offence, Mr Domestic Trade Minister sir?
This fact alone shows that the federal government is trying to shut down Suaram from more exposes about the Scorpene deal.
Otherwise, why did Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob even say, “In one year, we investigate over 200 cases, Suara Inisiatif is one of them... not because we have personal problems with Suara Inisiatif,” as reported by The Malaysian Insider.
And why are there five more agencies hounding Suaram, sir?
What is the scope of investigations by the Registrar of Societies, Bank Negara, the Home Ministry, the police and the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)?
Don’t they have better work to do than expand it beyond anomalies in the accounts, sir?
Aren’t you taking a hammer to swat a fly, sir? Do you want to make Suaram an example so that other NGOs toe the line? Do you think this will work, sir?
Like some of your other colleagues, sir, you look pathetic in shaking down Suaram. It also reflects your fear and inability to counter Suaram’s exposes.
You come across as a bully, sir. And even a buffoon because this is such a sorry witch-hunt with all the energies and efforts of the state against one company, one activist group.
You’re making them bigger, sir. You’re making them a cause and their cause as a struggle for others.
Instead of silencing them, you’ve made them louder and a lot more righteous. And you made yourself so small, so petty, so stupid.
Sir, you are another reason why people won’t vote for Barisan Nasional, because this coalition is now seen as vindictive and vengeful, one that is unable to fight fair in a marketplace of ideas and issues.
* Jaleel Hameed reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.