Thursday, July 03, 2008

MCA Youth holdsfirm on Article 153

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth has lashed out at Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for hinting that action would be taken against the Malaysian Bar Council for holding a Social Contract Forum last Saturday.

Its legal bureau chief, Gan Ping Sieu, was disappointed with Syed Hamid for saying that the police could begin investigations if a report was lodged against the Bar Council for sedition.

"Discussing the process of drafting the Constitution, including its historical background and reasons, must not be interpreted as questioning the Malays' special position," he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that no one should object to organisations or bodies which conducted forums to discuss the Federal Constitution objectively and rationally, without distorting the facts.

It was reported that speakers at the forum -- lawyer Tommy Thomas, academic Dr Mavis Puthucheary and political analysts Dr Kua Kia Soong and Dr Farish Noor -- discussed Article 153 of the Federal Constitution in relation to Malay rights.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam had also criticised the forum, saying it was part of the Bar Council's move to suppress and discredit the Malays and Islam.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had called the forum an "unhealthy" development, adding that the social contract on the position and rights of the Malays was a historical fact.

Gan, however, argued that the forum was needed because the public had the right to clearly understand Article 153. He said the MCA believed that all Malaysians were knowledgeable and mature enough to openly discuss any matter related to the Constitution.

"Anyone who wants to prevent such forums has actually gone against freedom of speech as enshrined in the Federal Constitution."

seals: the message that I get here is, government lives in fear. They don't want people to know and understand the Federal Constitution. I don't know what can be the reason.

It is every ones right and everyone must know the Federal Constitution clearly, that makes him/her a complete Malaysian. No one can deny that.

On top of living in fear, trying to create a fear in the people of Malaysia by using "Police Investigations" "sedition". Look at the positive side, it is better for Malaysian to know the details so that they know where to stop and respect the rights.

How to respect the rights when they don't know the details, or do you expect people to remain stupid and shake head to what the politicians says.

I agree with Gan, people are matured and you have to deal with matured and educated Malaysians. You failed the last elections because you were in the past and people became more matured.

Grow up.

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