(Remember Mehran Karimi Nasseri? This is what going to happen when you start revoking citizenships and those stateless people have nowhere to go. Image source: Wikipedia)
I guess 2 wrongs cannot make 1 right.
In the recent fiasco of PM’s special assistant uttering racist statements, there have many things done and called for by many Malaysians. Some asked for his public apology, others have made a police report and have urged the police to investigate him under the Sedition Act.
Nasir Safar on the other hand has apologised (perhaps under protest) and has tendered his resignation though, for some, this is still not enough – they say he still needs to face the music.
Whilst we are pushing the long arm of the law to deal with Nasir Safar’s uncalled for statement, there are few who decided to go one step further and demanded his citizenship.
A group of Malaysian Indian NGOs led by Hindu Sangam Malaysia will initiate legal action against Nasir Safar, demanding that his citizenship be revoked.
Didn’t these morons read what Dr M has said in the papers recently? He said:-
“That should not be questioned. We cannot banish our citizens now. The Constitution provides that you cannot take away citizenships,” he told reporters after opening the Malaysian Liver Foundation building at Ara Damansara here on Wednesday.
Mighty words from the Old Man who as a PM was not so successful to unite Malaysians as one people and the Malaysian Indian NGOs must also remember that many Malaysians did not like similar calls when this happened:-
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has rebuked Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders for their “outrageous actions” and urged the Government to revoke their citizenship.
Or when this happened:-
Malay nationalist group Gagasan Melayu Perak (GMP) told Ipoh Barat DAP parliamentarian M Kulasegaran to give up his citizenship and leave the country if he was unhappy with the establishment of Malay supremacy and the New Economic Policy (NEP). (2009)
Or when this happened:-
In July, when the status of Malaysia as an Islamic state was being debated, Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang of the DAP argued Malaysia was clearly a secular state, and cited a 1988 decision by the Federal Court. Badruddin then angrily yelled, “Malaysia ini negara Islam, you tak suka, you keluar dari Malaysia!“
(“Malaysia is an Islamic state, you don’t like it, you get out of Malaysia!”)
53 years after we have gained our independence and decided to live together as one nation, we still have uneducated people going around and asking the citizenship of those at fault to be stripped.
We have a good legal framework in place and those at fault should be subjected to the provisions of the law.
Certainly, no one deserves to be punished to the extent of being stripped his’/her’s citizenship – we are no longer in Stone Age where you can chase anyone out if they did something wrong.