Malaysia: Futile to talk about double standards


Washington DC

July 1, 2016

Futile to talk about double standards

by TK Chua

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com

Any Malaysian with some sense of fair play, justice and morality in their hearts would understand perfectly why Lim does not have to resign or take a leave of absence. Only the bigots, the self-righteous, the self-conceited, and the hypocrites would suggest he does. I think the people have accepted a long time ago that there is no absolute principle, or shred of ethics and morality left in this country. Most are willing to accept the “the lesser of two evils.”–TK Chua

LGE

What is there to argue about on whether Lim Guan Eng should resign, take a leave of absence or continue doing his job as the Chief Minister of Penang?

To me there is really no answer to this argument. The choice really depends on which side of the political divide the individual in question is on – whether he is a supporter or adversary. This is what partisan politics has done to most of us. We have become blind and adamant in our struggle, regardless of the rights and wrongs involved.

This is the nature of our “legal system” – we cannot argue why someone is charged while others are not, even though they may have committed similar or even graver offences. We cannot argue why a person is charged even though the evidence is flimsy or probably ridiculous while others are let go even though the proof is substantial.

The system says the power to prosecute is discretionary. When it is discretionary, it could also mean arbitrary or selective. Seriously, which parts of these predicaments are we Malaysians still unable to understand?

The next issue is the risks politicians face each day. Again, let’s be honest with ourselves. It is never easy to be an Opposition politician in this country or in any third world country for that matter. One must be squeaky clean and not to indulge in whatever indiscretions – personal or official. Again, I expect Opposition politicians to understand this.

Why then are we still talking about double standards, selective prosecution, or ridiculous or trumped-up charges? Are these not what most Opposition politicians are expected to face?

But there is still hope left. First, Opposition politicians should try their level best not to provide a beachhead for others to attack/prosecute them. It is not easy, but they should try. To be free from blemishes is not an option but an obligation. Yes, it is a “double standard” i.e. Opposition politicians have to set the bar higher.

Second, if indeed some are unfortunate enough to be charged, there is no need to resign or to take a leave of absence. There is nothing to be ashamed of. They should salvage every minute of the positions they hold and try to do the best they can.

Opposition politicians should try their level best not to provide a beachhead for others to attack/prosecute them.–TK Chua

Any Malaysian with some sense of fair play, justice and morality in their hearts would understand perfectly why Lim does not have to resign or take a leave of absence. Only the bigots, the self-righteous, the self-conceited, and the hypocrites would suggest he does. I think the people have accepted a long time ago that there is no absolute principle, or shred of ethics and morality left in this country. Most are willing to accept the “the lesser of two evils.”

 

7 thoughts on “Malaysia: Futile to talk about double standards

  1. TK makes some very good points in this. Justice in Malaysia (or “so-called justice”) is very arbitrary. It is a double standard — one for UMNO and its lackeys and one for the opposition.

    There is no reason for LGE to resign. That’s what Najib and company want — to get rid of him and strike one more blow against the opposition. So make the government try and prove the case in court. Let the Malaysian people and the world see “Malaysian justice” (a contradiction in terms) in action one more time.

  2. To resign or not to resign. This would merit consideration in any other country in the world. But in Malaysia! Just look at PM Najib. With all the allegations and investigations into all the offensives he has been accused of committing, and most very convincing, he struts the country and the world. And most astonishingly he is received and feted by world leaders. Truly amazing. Truly Malaysia.

  3. Ambassador Malott,

    Since when a politician cannot buy a decent house for himself and his family using his savings and a loan from a financial institution if he does it on an arms length and transparent basis. This charge against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is politically motivated. It is a mistake for Najib. If UMNO wants to remove him, it should defeat him in the next General Elections. MACC is just an UMNO lapdog.–Din Merican

  4. All Malaysian, Malay or non Malay knows there is a double standard. We all accepts double standards as a national character, our great social and national experiment. What is more important to most of us whether it’s fair and there lies the rub because ” fair” is subjective and worst, for most of us, we and especially Malays, are conditioned to think it’s not for us to define, for too long the self serving UMNO/ BN leaders set the moving goal post.

    We all know this is persecution. The question how many will stand up for him, especially Malay who are led by religo-racist leaders on both sides. This is religo-racism test of boundaries of malevolent or malficent politics in this country. It is equivalent early rise of Nazism in Germany.

  5. Numerous UMNO members live beyond their means by having thousand and million ringgit cars and homes of multi million ringgit in Malaysia and abroad. The tax department lends a deaf ear because they are the UMNO stooges and how many of these looters have been brought to justice?

    Penang CM, being transparent in his deal to possess a house is made a big issue and the rascals of UMNO having their big boss greater thief of the time is not asking him to go on leave while investigating but instead asking Lim to go on leave. Once Lim went on leave that would be the end of him as CM of Penang because there will be no way Appandi will let the hearing to take place sooner than after GE14 to make Lim miss the nominations.

    I hope Bar Council will come out with some decent news rather than telling Lim to go on leave. Cynthia of C4 was too fast in coming out of her statement. Ambiga has changed her stunt now by opposing to what she had said when Lim was first interrogated by MACC.

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