23 comments on “Evidence to the contrary – freedom of speech Malaysian style

  1. Malaysia Boleh indeed that our Vision is now “clouded by myopia and a dictatorial tendency to control and subjugate the masses”.

    I hope Goof and Poof had not said anything that was seen as contrary to the new amendments and deemed unacceptable.

    Thanks for informing us and enligtening us, John, about the net of steel that has been thrown over our heads. 😦

  2. Don’t worry Trace I think Goof and Poof can rest easy.Their dogspeak was quite harmless πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks John for the warning. It is so disheartening to read what our government is doing by stifling his people *can’t breath*.

  4. John, thanks for the warning. I don’t think our government is aiming at celebrity blogs but more towards the political blogs. If they are, we better nominate Goof and Poof to be the security guards here. πŸ™‚

  5. Haha Akang! πŸ˜€

    You are right, this amendment is definitely aimed at political blogs rather than people like us. We are harmless, nice, sweet people who may be just a little mad πŸ˜€ Some madder than others of course! πŸ˜€

  6. John

    When I mentioned Goof and Poof, I was being sarcastic pointing to the government putting a gag on the masses. Lol πŸ˜€

  7. Shuyee

    Perhaps there is a need for such an amendment. The internet is often used to spread rumours that can cause alot of falsehood.

    I am not politically inclined. Neither am I condoning what the government is doing.
    But is Malaysia really ready to have full democracy?
    Are we mature enough as a society?
    My instinct tells me that most of the masses are not.
    Many people who yell Democrasi, I feel, have their own agendas.

    I’ll stop there – I think John and perhaps some others are contemplating throwing stones at me. πŸ˜€

  8. Thanks for the information/warning! It is so good to have an in-house attorney!!! πŸ™‚

  9. Is a nation ever ‘ready’ for democracy and freedom? There’s no such sharply defined arrival point: either you are free or you are imprisoned metaphorically speaking. Democracy may be a journey but you never ‘arrive’. You only experience ‘degrees’ of freedom I suppose. And if you are a voter ( and I hope you are) then in some small way you are exercising your political prerogatives.

    While we doubt our capacity to embrace true freedom we have the Burmese living under an oppressive regime in their own country without any voice or avenues to express themselves. They are a people ‘imprisoned’ in their own country. I for one do not wish that to happen to us.

    This new law is nothing more than a deceitful attempt to silence us from expressing our thoughts and disseminating information. Putrajaya has learned a lesson from the past where they lost an election because they were ignorant to the power of the net to form opinions and to sway the public. So they are determined to use the law to gag people and to curtail the power of the net as a medium in which dissenting voices can be expressed. The many socio-political activists in Malaysia has only the net as a tool to express their views because our mainstream papers are nothing more than the mouthpiece of the ruling establishment but now the ‘gomen’ is trying to muffle them as much as possible. It’s just sickening.

    Ok that’s about all the politics that I’m gonna discuss here πŸ™‚ After all this is Archuland – home of the boy ‘born to sing’ and where we are allowed to be contrariwise when discussing the merits or demerits of our favourite singer no? πŸ˜‰

  10. No John, this is not just Archuland.
    A diversion of any kind feels good. πŸ™‚

    And we have definitely learnt alot from this post.
    Afterall, we don’t want to be nestling in our cocoons feeling that everything outside is going well.

    I’m glad you expressed what you did. πŸ™‚

  11. John, thanks for sharing your opinion. FYI, fair elections, justice and peace to our land are the no.1 prayer items in churches around Malaysia.

    Nice new banner! Thanks whoever designed it.

  12. Thanks John! Appreciate your sharing and enlightening us on this new amendment. We have certainly learnt a lot from this post.

    Akang, you’re a hoot! Goof and Poof as AAM’s security guards!!! HAHA

    Hey Trace, make sure you train your doggies to look out for imposters as they might come calling wearing AAM’s tshirts and acting like crazy fans…giggles 3x

  13. My last words on the state of politics in this country?

    “Go and vote in the next GE!” πŸ™‚

  14. Yes, Sir!! I have never failed to vote. LOL…

    I always love the year of General Election. This is the time I truly enjoy all these charismatic politicians bull-shitting their points as to why we should vote for them. The last was the most exciting and hope this year would be too. πŸ™‚

  15. Ditto John! πŸ™‚

    Akang, love what you said – the bull-shitting? πŸ˜€

  16. Trace and Amy
    The dollops of bullshit has been heavy of late and has been plastered all over – a sure sign the GE is very near πŸ™‚

  17. John
    You are right. One always knows when a GE is imminent.
    All the “earnest faces” pointing towards “a better world” take on an even more serious facade – a replay of past pre-election scenarios.
    We must all be dumbos to swallow all that. πŸ˜€

    You should write something about the before’s and after’s and in-betweens’s.
    Lol!……….oh well, nevermind.
    Don’t want you to get affected by the new amendment. πŸ˜€

  18. Trace
    Many times I’ve told myself to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the actions and decisions taken that are supposed to be good for Malaysians. I tell myself not to get all worked up because it’s not worth getting all stressed and risking elevated blood pressure and heart attacks over an unending barrage of ill-conceived and poorly executed policies and directions – all done in the name of the common good.
    It boggles the mind the sheer inanity and ignorance that abounds in the corridors of power. I am virtually left brain dead with the attempts to reconcile the absolute lack of common sense and simple logic that seems to pervade our public offices.
    It’s terribly important for those who hold the fate of our lives in their hands to be really on the ball when making decisions and enacting policies and to be triply sure that what they have decided is really the correct ones. Many times our policy makers have enacted laws without the necessary due diligence only to make a u-turn much to the confusion and inconvenience of the ordinary people. It also sends out all the wrong signals about the competency of our public officials to the international community.
    I am not demanding for rocket scientists or Mensa geniuses but merely administrators that know the difference between right and wrong; do the right things and do things right. But sadly this is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.

    There you go, you’ve got me ranting and raving again! Ok stop it John or you’ll blow a gasket lol πŸ˜€

  19. You are passionate, John. And I’ve always admired people with strong passions in their beliefs.
    According to the Google dictionary, “passion” was an old Greek word which means “to suffer”.
    Which goes to explain the stress you were going through to the point of working up your blood pressure.
    I understand exactly your feeling about this because I’m a person who is also passionate with certain beliefs, but not in politics.
    (I’m not politically inclined simply because once involved, I know I would be just as angry and frustrated as you – I believe that when you take on something, you do it well and with deligence, or else, don’t do it!)

    But I do abhor stupidity and idiocy in general and inefficiency and lazy thinking in administrators whether of the law or otherwise.

    What you said about “laws being enacted then taking a u-turn to the confusion and inconvenience of the masses” is disgusting and idiotic and totally unacceptable.

    That’s why I said earlier, that these people who outwardly show their commitment to the country, actually have their own agendas. Why would they want to conscientiously do what they are voted to do, when their eyes are looking into a different direction – meaning themselves?

    I wouldn’t lose any sleep over this sham. Simply because the stupidity will continue and the lack of deligence will carry on.

    This attitude does not boil down to apathy. What can one do when even the “administrators” on top are just as incompetent, to say the least.

    (Do you think we will get penalised for talking like this?
    Better ask Goof and Poof to take over from here πŸ™‚ )

  20. Goof and Poof: We are here in attendance! Kakakakakaka….(canine laughter…!)

  21. John, I can understand your frustration over some policy makers that are not so intelligent and fickle-minded. Agreed with Trace that most of them have their own agenda. I learned to take things one step at a time and try to make the best out of what I can do for my family with the ever-changing policies.

    After each election, I will watch out who will take the utmost certain important positions in this country and then check out these politicians’ resume whether they could carry their job or not.

    I’m sure our country is not the only one suffers with shortcomings of our local policies but other countries as well or more serious. I read an article concerning the young Moroccans’ frustration over their newly elected government who promise them that they will bring down unemployment rate by creating new jobs. Interesting to hear both sides of their frustration.

    Better shut-up before being penalised for talking. πŸ™‚

  22. On a lighter note…the foetus will be in Malaysia again in July!! Yay!!!

    Happy, happy times *doing a jiggly-jig* lol πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  23. Yes, shut up Akang! Lol! πŸ˜€

    I see you have gone quite MAD with the love of the lovable foetus! πŸ˜€
    Even Goof and Poofe seem to think so hehe!


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