If the law is bad, break it

Posted on April 6, 2018



“It is clear this law is not to protect the people.

It is to protect the government.

This anti-fake news law is particularly obnoxious as it coerces Malaysians into self-censoring themselves. Having worked in the mainstream media, I know how insidious self-censorship can be. You can’t see it. It is invisible. It happens within the confines of our own minds. That’s why it’s dangerous. And very effective.

The moment we censor ourselves for fear of the law, the authorities have won. They don’t even have to lift a finger, let alone send the police after you.

Will this new law intimidate Malaysians?” – Steven Gan, of Malaysiakini, writing about the impending fake news law. You can read in full what he wrote at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/418121


 “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s comment in his famous letter from Birmingham Jail.

We all know why this fake news law is sought to be thrust down our throats at this particular time.

Social media is going to be an important tool in this next election.

Facebook, Whatsapp, etc.

That means ordinary folk like you and I can play an effective role in the dissemination of news that Najib, UMNO and BN do not wish to have circulating.

We all know what that news are, don’t we?

Consider this.

If each of us sticks 2 fingers up at this oppressive law and continue as we have been doing thus far on social media, attempts at enforcing this draconian law will see the courts filled with hundreds of thousands of Malaysians who would have thereby sent a strong message to Najib.

We are united and we will not be intimidated!

I was charged with sedition in May, 2013. The trial only started in late 2016.

They can charge us under this new law, but if we do not allow ourselves to be silenced and bring about a regime change, this law will be repealed even before the government printers can get copies of the same out for sale at the bookstores.

Any such charges will never go to trial.

I urge all of you to not fear this law.

Defy it, and send a message to Najib that it is he that must fear us.