When ordinary people stage a peaceful protest to demand effective price controls and relief from socioeconomic pains, the long arm of the law sweeps down hard and fast on them.
Organisers are, within hours, summoned to Bukit Aman in the name of protecting social order and public security.
But when a convicted felon stages an avalanche of social media antics to sway public support and allows the Palace of Justice to be perceived in poor light, does this not affect the security of the nation?
Why are the authorities not acting swiftly on Najib Razak, who seems to be staging all kinds of poison dramas and using social media platforms to bring his fight for justice outside the courts?
He held a ‘sumpah laknat’ (an oath asking for divine retribution if the words uttered are untrue) in a mosque in the Malay heartland, Kampung Baru – one of the hotspots of the long-forgotten May 13 unrest in 1968.
The numerous media statements by him, his defence teams and his supporters could undermine peace and order in the country.
Not only are the courts in Malaysia made to seem like that they are not impartial but a segment of society have fallen for his staged antics.
Are there no laws governing what one can and cannot do while out on bail?
Why then is there no police action?
Why are the political leaders helping to fuel Najib’s social media war, which could create chaos in the country? Certain political leaders – through their stoic silence or by spiking the masses with subtle messages – are fuelling possible social chaos.
A number of people have stepped forward to make public statements that seem to support Najib while casting doubt on our courts. One individual even went the distance to threaten the safety and life of the Chief Justice but thankfully was hauled up.
In the name of social order, peace and the nation’s security, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob should pull the brakes on those responsible.
Law enforcement authorities should act and be seen to act without fear or favour. If peaceful protests against unguarded inflation are seen as detrimental to the nation’s peace and order, then the antics of Najib and his political party bigwigs are far more serious, are they not?