As a Malaysian and a blogger how am I to assess the conduct of the Police and also our law courts, rather than saying something is rotten in the State of Denmark as quoted by Shakespeare. This is not Denmark but Malaysia. Something is terribly wrong here.
First we had the Anwar fiasco, and even before it ended, Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin, 58, was arrested today and charged for defaming Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, and two others.
Malaysians by nature don’t like to be arrested, it is a stigma, and whatever your state is in the social order, you become a non-entity when family and friends refer to you.
Anwar has gone through the mill, to speak, and so has Raja Petra, and in some way they become heroes for the people who have not even stepped into a Police station to write a Police report, let alone getting involved in some criminal activity. When people like Anwar and Raja Petra get arrested and are charged, mindful of the authority the Police and Courts have over an individual, the general feeling is that the Police and the Courts defy definition. It can range range from crooks to blood suckers. Simply put the general public is frightened of the Police and the Courts.
Look at Raja Petra’s case:
Meanwhile, his lawyer Amarjit Singh Sidhu alluded that the charge was defective because Raja Petra was initially investigated under Section 203 of the Penal Code for giving false information relating to an offence committed.
“This is not right because it catches the lawyers and the accused off-guard. When we found out it was Section 500 instead of 203, we were shocked,” he told reporters.
According to Section 500 of the Penal Code, “whoever defames another shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both”.
Surely the Police and the legal chaps should know which is which. But if it is just putting him behind bars, anything goes does it. Can the IGP or AG explain this. Or is it a bidding from elsewhere, does not matter how, make sure he counts bars. What a cruel joke. No rule of law or justice.