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I wanted to be suicide bomber: Mariam’s attacker

Tue 2015-Jan-27 @ MYT 21:25:45 pm

Or: how to find extremists everywhere

“Coming out of the mosque after the sermon, I immediately felt like becoming a suicide bomber. Very effective sermon, eh?”

Those remarkable words were stated on Friday by Zaparudin Abdul Rahim, who sells Korean apparel online, and fancies himself as a media critic. He’s now enjoying newfound fame in all leading Umno newspapers and websites for having gone to the police to accuse political commentator Mariam Mokhtar of sedition. » Sedition attack on Mariam Mokhtar by online apparel seller

He’s enjoying the publicity. “Not easy to get in the papers, you know,” he said on Facebook, after posting images of Berita Harian and Kosmo. “Frame them up, for the grandkids,” he said.

On Friday, though, grandkids were far from his mind.

Tajuk khutbah Jumaat dekat Shah Alam hari ni
“Kesejahteraan Ummah dengan Dakwah”

Lepas habis Jummat, keluar masjid saya terus rasa nak jadi seorang pengebom berani mati. Terkesan sungguh khutbah tadi eh?

Impressive sermon ... a wish to be a suicide bomber

Impressive sermon … a wish to be a suicide bomber

The next day, after being alerted to Mariam’s article on Free Malaysia Today, he began preparations to report her for sedition. Maybe that’s another way of becoming a suicide bomber.

Was he being serious about suicide bombing? Was he being sarcastic? Was he trying to give effusive praise to the imam? Was he trying to act tough? Or only trying to get attention?

Who knows?

But the way he said it is starkly similar to Eric Paulsen’s remark on Twitter a week ago. But instead of praise in Umno media, Eric’s remark riled up the Inspector-General of Police so much that he ordered Eric’s immediate arrest.

Arrested for poor syntax

Deleted but preserved by the Internet

Deleted but preserved by the Internet

The man who put the words “extremism” and
“Jakim” in the same sentence. Tut, tut

Oh dear. Struck by Eric’s poor command of English and atrocious syntax, the IGP (or some Umno cybertrooper, or some religious nutter) immediately labelled it “biadap”, using an image that apparently was lifted: from an Umno cybertrooper web site? or provided by a Special Branch black operative? Who knows?

It was good enough for the IGP. Eric must be arrested.

Because Eric said IGP is human rights enemy No 3?

Just for one silly tweet of 140 characters or less? Or because Eric had listed the IGP as one of the top 5 Enemies of Human Rights in Malaysia?

Listed by Eric as Human Rights: Enemy No 3

Listed by Eric as Human Rights: Enemy No 3

Or because of deaths in police custody?

Because people keep dying in police custody?

Or because police keep dying in police custody?

Oh. Because ‘biadab’ means sedition

When did Eric libel Isma?

When did Eric libel Isma?

Oh, the IGP said it’s because Eric was rude. So it’s rude. So what? So: being rude is now elevated to an arrestable offence, ever since the IGP or some ulama or some Umno pencaci said so. Being rude is now elevated to being seditious, that is to say, being rude is to seek to overthrow the government of the day by violent and illegal means. In 140 characters or less. No less.

The police, Umno’s pencacai, the religious thought police and right-wing religious and racist kooks all sing the same hymn. Very piously. And also suing for libel. If you can’t shut him up by locking him up maybe squeezing him for money might work, they seem to think. It’ll look good in the Umno media with headlines galore and maybe some air time.

Frame it up for the grandkids, as Mr Zapa said. Why not? But what if the grandkids, in 40 years’ time, having never lived under Umno thought control, are horrified that grandpa was an instrument of totalitarian repression? Perish the thought. One can show off the framed-up articles to the “geng” and bask in their admiration.

Sarcasm is now an arrestable offence

Obviously, these people have choosen not to believe that Eric could have been, or actually was, just a wee bit sarcastic. Better buat bodoh and treat it deadpan as fact.

Well, that brings us back to Mr Zapa.

Using the same logic, and with due care for syntax, one can immediately deduce the fact that the words “Friday sermon” and the words “suicide bomber” were used by Mr Zapa in the same sentence. Mr Zapa says he was convinced by the Friday sermon into wishing to become a suicide bomber.

That’s a bit much for a loving family man who likes to post selfies and food photos and the occasional worshipful praise of Muhyiddin Yassin. That’s going to the extreme. Being an extremist even (especially in praising Muhyiddin). Mr Zapa had in that instant become an extremist. And it’s because of a sermon, he said.

Now, what was it Eric had said on Twitter?

But never mind. Mr Zapa has friends in Special Branch. He has filed a sedition report against Mariam Mokhtar. Maybe the SB had coached him? Who knows. But we know the IGP doesn’t like Mariam. He even said in public: “She’d better watch out, or we will go after her”. And now somebody has followed through, to “go after her”. You see?

So it’s all right to use ‘May 13’ then?

So who will go after Abdul Hadi Awang, or Utusan Malaysia and Awang Selamat, just some of those putting the words “May 13” and “Chinese domination” and “DAP” in the same sentence?

Syntax police must keep their eyes peeled for irregular verbs, it seems.

Fomenters...cashing in on hate

Fomenters…cashing in on hate

Hadi Awang says local elections would lead to Chinese domination and “May 13” — even though the facts, from government statisticians, show that most local council areas have a Malay majority or plurality? » Census shows Hadi was wrong

And what about Utusan Malaysia and Awang Selamat who regularly harp on Chinese domination, “May 13” and how Lim Kit Siang single-handedly started the race riots of 1969 all even though it was the Umno-Alliance government that had lost Penang, was in a minority in Selangor, and was hanging in the balance in Perak?

Following the IGP’s logic, Hadi is taking an extremist view. Since he’s PAS president, it must follow that PAS is an extremist party. Similarly, using Isma logic and IGP logic, it follows that Utusan Malaysia and Awang Selamat are also extremists.

Indeed, there are extremists everywhere you look.

For people in power, my extremism good, your extremism bad.

It’s extremely simple. Devilishly so.

5 Comments
  1. Wed 2015-Jan-28 @ MYT 01:05:50 am 01:05

    Meanwhile, in Putrajaya….ada lagi Projek?

  2. ivan permalink
    Wed 2015-Jan-28 @ MYT 09:10:44 am 09:10

    What a ‘stylish’ piece that you have written and with such finesse ‘England’, I doubt those BN cyber troopers or all the ‘Drs’ in Bijan’s Cabinet would ever dare visit your page! Brilliant!

  3. Shadaan permalink
    Wed 2015-Jan-28 @ MYT 11:51:14 am 11:51

    The law does not seem to treat everyone equally, the sedition act is being used to pick on people they deem as them. Every individual is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefits of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability.

  4. Mantel permalink
    Wed 2015-Jan-28 @ MYT 12:40:51 pm 12:40

    Our authority only knows how to bully women and the ordinary people. They will not go after those UMNO big guns. Our prosecutor also used selective prosecution. The IGP played politics. He is supposed to be neutral and stay neutral and carry out his responsibilities and not used his time twitting.

  5. Nanook permalink
    Wed 2015-Jan-28 @ MYT 13:47:59 pm 13:47

    Its obvious that his tweet was made sarcastically in reference to Eric Paulsen saying that Friday sermons promote extremism. Just go through twitter on any Friday after Eric Paulsen made his remark and you will see it full of sarcastic remarks on how people are being turned into extremist after hearing the sermon.

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