Do Malaysians have to accept wielding of weapons to reflect supremacy as a way of life, lawful action?

IN July 2005, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in his capacity as the then UMNO Youth chief came under fire with his keris-waving antics during the wing’s general assembly.

In so doing, the now suspended former UMNO vice-president did subtly convey the following message: ‘If the Chinese community is still perturbed and fearful of the keris, then I believe this community will be unable to compete in the present world which talks about atomic and nuclear bombs and Scud missiles”.

Fast forward two decades (almost) later, his so-called ‘protégé’ Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh – in a similar capacity – goes one better by wielding a longer – perhaps sharper – universal sword but with a more ambiguous message: “No matter what, we will not waver from our stance. Better to die standing than live kneeling.”

Against the backdrop of KK Super Mart founder Datuk Seri Dr Chai Kee Kan having been charged on March 26 for hurting religious feelings over the Allah inscription on socks affairs in addition to a 68-year-old mechanic arrested by the police for uttering death threat against the Merlimau state assemblyman, one wonders if Dr Akmal’s action is not an incitement of violence.

One cannot blame social activist and human rights lawyer Siti Kasim from seeking an explanation from the police on the matter: “Indeed why @PDRMsia? The words that go with the photo is instigating violence. Why are you not taking action?”

She was echoing a question raised by former MCA vice-president Senator Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker at the Dewan Negara yesterday (April 2) as to why the Melaka state executive councillor was not investigated under the Sedition Act 1948 even though the now retired DAP supremo Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang was interrogated “simply for interpreting the Federal constitution”.

The argument posed by both Siti Kasim and Ti have sparked many reactions among netizens who are equally dumbfounded as to why till today, the unremorseful brain behind the call to boycott all 881 KK Super Mart outlets nationwide is still free to roam the streets.

Here are some insightful ones: – April 3, 2024

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