Of Dr M, justice and the law

When commenting on the Syariah Court’s decision to sentence 32-year-old model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno to six strokes of the cane for having drunk beer, former premier Mahathir Mohamed rightly reminded Malaysians, particularly Muslims, that there are 43 verses in the Qur’an which stress on the importance of being just when meting out punishment.

He went on to say that “Islam propagates justness of the highest order”. So far so good.

But not far enough. Apart from showing due concern for cases like Kartika’s, Mahathir should also have wondered aloud whether the draconian ISA, which permits detention without trial, goes against the teachings of Islam that, to reiterate, “propagates justness of the highest order”.

For those who forget easily, Mahathir himself had used this very unjust law during his premiership against some people. We are reminded here in particular of the political crackdown codenamed ‘Operasi Lalang’ in 1987. 

This explains why to this day Malaysians have continuously called for the repeal of this obnoxious law, which, I am sure, is against the teachings of other religions as well.


12 Responses to “Of Dr M, justice and the law”

  1. 1 satin 25 August 2009 at 8:56 pm

    We learned more and more about him as days gone by- He dont speak from the heart.

    Sometimes we just wonder why not lay back and relax.
    No news is good news.

  2. 2 Chindianyu 25 August 2009 at 9:03 pm

    In the name of peace and harmony, ISA, would be the most JUST law. Malaysia is what it is because we have ISA. Otherwise, I wonder, how many unnecessary bloodshed. Look at what happen today, when everyone seems to have the freedom to say what they want to say… I’m not very sure how long this country could hang on. It’s going to be free for all. By that time, it’s too late…

  3. 3 Subramanian 25 August 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Mahathir does indeed talk at times like he really cares for justice. Does he? There has been a lot of criticism about him
    lately but he does not bother to reply to them.It is still not too late.He can come forward and give an explanation to all the unjust amendments he initiated to the constitution.What exactly are his dreams for Malaysia ? Will there be justice for all
    Malaysians irespective of race ? Well,if those in power continue to disregard justice then the natural law of justice- THe Law
    of Karma will take it’s course.
    They can still repent befor it is too late.

  4. 4 Hang Jebat 25 August 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Well Malaysia pls ignore this old man who is dying for attention from the same people who adored him in the past. It is very difficult to handle that he is no longer the centre of the universe.

  5. 5 romerz 26 August 2009 at 1:57 am

    From reading Chindianyu’s comment, it would seem that we have a long ways to go yet Doc of educating our brethren.

    Sigh, no rest for the wicked!

    Take care Doc.

  6. 6 jungleboy 26 August 2009 at 2:19 am

    Many a time I commented why bother to read what this old fox had to say. Mamak always talks with twisted tongue just as the mat sallehs told the red indians of America. On the other hand I love his daughter’s blog. Down to earth and sincere. Is it to redeem the sins of the father?

  7. 7 Musa Susah 26 August 2009 at 8:29 am

    He is certainly aware of all his wrongdoings during his reign but is too proud or too ashamed to admit it. Let him speak please and for God sake don’t associate Marina with her father’s past. She is not Mahathir Mohamad and deserve respect as an individual. We should be proud of her for having a mind of her own, a mind that sees justice. Puan Marina you are great for not retaliating all those adverse comments unfairly directed at you because of your father. I know you and have seen you when you were a little girl in Jalan Day, Alor Star. I even carried you in my arms when you were a cute little girl.


  8. 8 Maverick 26 August 2009 at 9:23 am

    Fairdinkum ,
    PM for humpty years because of ISA and I am
    very sure a lot of us will agree with this
    comment, cheers.

  9. 9 Nasir Khan 26 August 2009 at 9:42 am

    Dr M is a shifty, …… old man and everyone knew it. He’s one of the few in the history of this country who held high office, talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time.. and lying out of both sides!
    As for the ISA…it’s unIslamic! You don’t simply drag a person into captivity and not given him an opportunity to defend himself. It’s a sadistic law of the jungle!

  10. 10 Teh 26 August 2009 at 10:06 am

    You all talk of Justice. Frankly it comes from the Heart. As quite rightly pointed out by Chindianyu , we would have anarchy by now if not for the ISA. Tell me, which ordinary citizen oter than terrorist have been detained. So far only Politicians are the detainees, and this can be debated why. Dr M is on his last lap in life, don’t knock him for his wisdom, plus do not make him out to be a demon, thank him that your 4 square meals a day is on your table everyday you go home. Just look at other SEA countries( other than Peanut size Singapore ) , we are the best run, most democratic and admired . Only you opposition make it out to be in the dark ages, wait till PKR rules if ever it does, you will be scared to walk the streets, after all its a free for all, the Malays condemn the Malays, the Chinese condemn the Malays and so on. If its not potentially explosive , than what is?

  11. 11 Leithaisor 26 August 2009 at 11:49 am

    Alamak! The “Melayu mudah lupa” king of selective recall strikes AGAIN! Good think I have not had my lunch yet or else I’d have risked puking it all out!

    What a hypocrite. He should have learnt to examine his own actions and track-record before trying to sound like a wise senior statesman.

    Should also have learnt that at one time he could rely on ISA-backed iron-fist and compliant mass media to cow and fool the rakyat, but kini lain dah…

  12. 12 thor 26 August 2009 at 12:25 pm


    don’t be so simple-minded, can or not? the ISA is a law that if at all it is to be used, & that’s a very big if, must only be applied to violent terrorists. & even in the instance, it would require judicial supervision. it isn’t and shouldn’t be used against legitimate political dissent, something to perpetuate a regime’s hold on power.

    but that unfortunately is what the law is being used for.

    expressing one’s opinion and debating our differences — these are all part of the democratic process. there are enough laws to use against people who incite racial hatred and advocate violence. of course, in this country, it’s often not what is said but who is saying it that matters. all the venom spewed with impunity by utusan meloya and berita hairan, who need never fear being put in their place by the authorities says it all.

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