Secrets (2) February 1, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Human Rights, Malaysia.
What does a government, who has wronged and lied to the people, do when the facts emerge?
Buy Lease a luxury jet? Sail in a yacht? Organise durian parties? Send the running dogs (走狗) to work?
This evening, Dr. Hatta Ramli messaged around and said he had just received the summons.
This makes a total of four people (above photo, from left to right) – Ronnie Liu (DAP), Dr. Hatta (PAS) Tian Chua and Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (KeADILan), who will answer to current police investigations under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
Earlier in the afternoon, I told TS Khalid that it is highly unlikely to forsee a win in our court of law, but the moral victory lies in the court of public opinion.
When there are laws that are unjust – in this case – the Officials Secrets Act, it is incumbent on responsible citizen to act, in the name of ‘civil disobedience’, to reveal and correct the anomaly.
“It is not a matter of grave national security but it is a matter of grave public interest because it involve taxpayers’ money. People have the rights to know how their taxes have been spent whether efficiently or if there are a lot of wastage as reported in the auditor-general’s report.” – Tan Sri Raman Navaratnam, Transparency International-Malaysia.
There are more people such as Tian, Khalid, Ronnie and Hatta, waiting to do the right thing.
What’s left is for more whistle-blowers in companies, for example: the water-related Syabas, other toll contractors, or TNB, to bring issues of public interest to the fore.