Guilty! Go directly to JAIL. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200
There is a piece of very scary news on the front page of The Sun today. It is titled "Presumed guilty" and is about the recent amendment (No.2) to the Evidence Act. Doesn't mean anything to you? Not worth bothering about? You could be in for a rude shock. If you have a blog, use Facebook or just have a broadband WiFi account you could land in big trouble.
If "someone posts content said to be offensive on your Facebook wall, or if someone piggybacks your WiFi account and uploads a controversial document, you will be immediately deemed the publisher of the content and subject to prosecution under the relevant laws such as the Sedition Act."
So, say you post an essay of your personal experience at Bersih 3.0 then someone who claims to support you comments in your post that he/she/they think that Najib Razak is a bumbling, corrupt asshole. They can technically come and haul YOUR ass to jail!!! Until you can prove to them that you are innocent of the 'wrongdoing'.
Scared now? You should be.
A) How did they pass this amendment in Parliament without debate?
B) How did it miss the attention of The Bar Council?
C) How come the Opposition MP's did not protest such a draconian amendment?
A) = Remember that day when Parliament sat right through the night until 3AM? And passed 8 (I think) laws in one day? This amendment was one of them.
B) = They were probably asleep.
C) = -ditto-
And you've been thinking that the Barisan Nasional government has been putting efforts into some sort of 'liberalising' of life in Malaysia? Freedom of expression in Malaysia now has a different meaning. Sure. They can freely say that you are guilty of a crime. Until YOU can prove your innocence. Innocent until proven guilty? Nope. This is not American television. This is life in Malaysia la.
Remember those days when, at mamak stalls discussing or just plain belly-aching about life in Malaysia, you would look over your shoulder first and lower your voice before you mention the name Mahathir? Life could return to those "good" old days. Unless......
You make your voices heard NOW. Call your Member of Parliament and complain. Write in Najib's blog, Facebook page, Twitter page. Write in your Blog, Facebook page, Twitter account that as a Malaysian you, as a Malaysian, are NOT happy about the amendment to the Evidence Act.
I'm mad as Hell and I won't take it anymore!!! - Network (1976)