End the Fear Politics for a Clean Election

Think tank Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan (KPRU) criticizes the decision of the police to arrest activist PY Wong from the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Tindak Malaysia under Section 124 (c) of the Penal Code for his involvement in an activity that disrupts parliamentary democracy or the preparation to do so.

The action by the police is one of many scare tactics and dirty tactics that smells of politics. Prior to this is the scare tactics of scaring the voters of the negative racial implications of what will happen if there is a change of government. Just as with the scare tactic of a negative impact on the economy if there was to be a change in the government.

This act by the police is another act on a long list of scare tactics made on voters. The prediction of the 13th General Election (GE13) as the dirtiest general election in the history of Malaysia seems to hold truth to it.

It is a rather peculiar thing when a founder of a NGO responsible for the education program teaching the public on their rights during the election is interrogated by the police, just a day before the candidate nomination day for his involvement in teaching the voters on their legal rights.

By reason that the identity of the individual whom reported PR Wong to the police is not identified, hence, it is plausible to think that the act by the police is intended to make PY Wong as an example of what constitutes as a threat to parliamentary democracy during this election season, just as touted by the government and Barisan Nasional (BN).

However, what seems to forgotten by the police is the fact that this action itself is a threat to the freedoms contained in the parliamentary democracy, that is teaching the public on their rights during this GE13. Is the police and those relevant parties contented if the public is blind on their rights, particularly during this GE13 season?

The interrogation of the election activist smells of it. It signals that Malaysians will be showered with overt scare tactics to ‘enlighten’ the public that the peace currently enjoyed in Malaysia will be perversely affected if they were to vote for the opposition parties and not BN. Just as the reluctance of the police to act upon BN as they themselves are responsible for interfering with the parliamentary democracy by using fear tactics on Malaysians for the sake of vote fishing.

In a nutshell, this action by the police is a tactic reeking of dirty politics, irresponsible as well as cheap. It belittles the importance of Malaysian citizens rights during voting and sends a clear signal to activists that they will be made into sacrificial pawns in the games of politics. In another view, it also signals that the authorities or the government does not like it when the people are made aware of their rights.

KPRU urges activists not be made into pawns of politics. It is the basic right of the people to know and be made aware of their rights. Any actions made onto any activists after this will be seen as a harassment of the parliamentary democracy and if its roots are from any political parties, then the police sohuld remain neutral in practicing their duties.

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