Actually I really don’t know who the bar council is representing? Which segment of society do they represent? Which segment of lawyers do they speak for?
Yesterday they passed a resolution to abolish the sedition act and replace it with a new racial and religious hate crime law in line with that proposed by NUCC. This effectively legalize all racial and religious incitement including incitement like “non Malays are pendatang”, “Islam is a @&$*# religion”, “Malays are lazy and stupid” and many other derogatory racial utterances so long as there’s no threat to physical harm. This is because as per my previous post, the NUCC’s draft only makes illegal if there is a threat of physical harm.
Ambiga, suaram, lim guan eng, lim kit Siang, Khalid Samad, marina Mahathir, Mujahid, DAPs, PRs, the liberals and the non Malays in general have all the while almost on a daily basis berate how racist and bigoted we have become. They claim our country has become worse than ever, and demand action be taken against those spewing racists statement.
Isma, perkasa, muhyiddin, our security forces, many/most in UMNO and the Malays in general have also been berating on a daily basis the bigoted insult to Islam, Sultans, Religious authorities, long held traditional practices and Malay privileges. They too claim our country has become worse than ever, and demand action be taken against those propagating hatred.
So for example, the first group, the left, will demand action be taken against the second group, the right, for inciting “non Malays are pendatang”. The right too will demand action against the left for example, for inciting, “derhaka” against the Sultan.
So if almost everybody wants action be taken against incitement, who then does the Bar Council represent when they resolve in legalising racial and bigotted incitement bar physical threat? Does the 700 to 900 people represent the whole bar of around 15000?
What is perplexing is that many in the Bar Council including their president and past presidents condemn racists and religious incitement yet want to legalize such incitement. Huh? How can the rakyat not see how hypocritical they are? How can the rakyat not see that they have ulterior sinister motive masking the hypocrital stand as part of human rights? Unless of course they don’t know what they do which imply they are “dumb”. I don’t believe so as I know some of them as very articulate and smart. But I leave all of you to decide. Whichever case you decide, it’s damning on the Bar for saying one thing and doing the opposite.
This is why I said before that the Bar Council has been one of the major player in the mess, dissatisfaction and disillusionment that we read daily. They have been taking selective stands on issues and fail to defend the constitutional compromise we have all agreed to uphold. They misrepresent us. In this case they even misled us with their hypocritical stand.
It’s time we reform the Bar Council.