National Service and Sedition Charges

The Micah Mandate takes on tough subjects in Malaysia. But then we cannot ignore them can we?

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Commentary
WHO ARE THEY? By Goh Keat Peng

… Questions have been raised by concerned parents about the professionalism and competence of the administration of NS camps. Have complaints been properly considered and addressed? Do the camps have adequate medical and counselling facilities? After four years, surely evaluation reports both from the trainees and the trainers have been amassed, studied and considered? How have the 2008 camps improved compared to the 2004 ones? Such information and particulars of review and change, rather than mere assurances and gung-ho “we will carry on” statements or statistics, will go a long way to reassure very troubled parents.

Further actions are proposed by mengyee: We must create more momentum in calling for the abolishment of this ill-planned program which have claimed the lives of 20 of our young! We must pressure our MPs to bring this cause to Parliament!

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Commentary
A TROUBLESOME LAW FOR TROUBLEMAKERS by Bob Teoh

… Gandhi’s trial came in the wake of the mounting political agitation against British oppression in the country following his famous call for non-cooperation and civil disobedience which began on 1 August 1920. The immediate cause, however, was his publication of three articles criticising severely the repressive measures adopted by the government to put down the struggle. The articles in question were branded as seditious and calculated to cause disaffection against the existing government.

To the Mahatma, the issue was simply law versus conscience. He did the unthinkable in any defence against sedition. He pleaded guilty as charged.

He termed sedition laws as the “Prince among the political sections of the Indian Penal Code designed to suppress the liberty of the citizen.”

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