[Malaysiakini] ‘YB Josephine assassination story worse than ISA’

16 10 2008

The short story penned by Malaysia Press Institute CEO Chamil Wariya and published by Utusan Malaysia is ‘worse’ than the Internal Security Act, according to DAP Youth deputy chief Chong Chieng Jen.

He told this to reporters after filing a police report at the Dang Wangi police headquarters against the writer and the Malay daily in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

He claimed that the story entitled, ‘Politik baru YB J’ was “insinuating and instigated people to take action into their own hands.”

“I regard the Internal Security Act as a very bad law but this is even worse than ISA… (influencing people) to take the law into their own hands,” he said.

It has been alleged that the story penned by Chamil and published over the weekend was fashioned around DAP parliamentarian Teresa Kok.

The story relates how a female Chinese parliamentarian is killed by a youth for promoting a new brand of non-race-based politics which he felt could disrupt the country’s harmony.

Chong, who was accompanied by Serdang DAP MP Teo Nie Ching and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, also read out the last paragraph of the story to reporters.

The paragraph reads: “YB Josephine adalah ancaman terhadap keharmonian. Lebih baik riwayatnya ditamatkan supaya masyarakat berbilang kaum boleh tinggal aman damai di negara bertuah ini. Saya berkorban untuk masa depan.”

(YB Josephine is a threat to harmony. It is better her life is ended so that the people of various races can live in peace in this country. I have sacrificed for the future)

In his police report, Chong had stated: “The said short story contains a seditious message and is aimed at instigating and inciting its readers to commit political assassination against the Member of Parliament for Seputeh Teresa Kok Suh Sim.”

‘Literary terrorism’

He reiterated that the story was an act of “literary terrorism” which is unacceptable and undemocratic.

Moreover, Chong said the story was embedded with a “political message – a propaganda disguised as a fiction”.

He said the story cannot be taken simply as a work of fiction because Utusan Malaysia has a track record of antagonism against Kok.

“All the narration that is produce here we can easily associate with our domestic political scenario and I don’t think you need an expert in politics to identify the YB J referred here (in the story) as Teresa Kok (right),” he said.

Chong furthered said that the story was “an abuse of the writer’s intellectual creativity, rights and a form of political terrorism.”

The opposition MP said that he was “sickened” by the tangential responses giving by government MPs in Parliament yesterday and stated that they were “unfit to be leaders”.

“We also condemn all political parties that resort to such agenda and propaganda to try to consolidate their powers,” he said.

In addition, Chong said the story reflected “a form of criminal intimidation” and urged the authorities to act speedily on the matter.

This article is taken from Malaysiakini.


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