Why does Jamal expect to have special treatment?

In the May 27, 2018 edition of the Malay Mail, Jamal Yunos’ lawyer, Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin, said that the Red Shirts leader “…is still unwell and will only cooperate with authorities to complete his bail process after he feels better…”

This raises the question: Why does Jamal think that he deserves any special treatment? After all, he left before his bail process was complete. This technically means that he’s jumped bail, and is a fugitive. To their credit, PDRM put – and to my knowledge, still has – an All-Points Bulletin (APB) out for his arrest after his “escape”.

To me, this just points to the fact that UMNO-BN leaders are still living in some sort of deluded reality where they can thumb their noses at the law. You have Najib still in denial that what the Malaysian government owes is over RM 1 trillion; the de facto head of UMNO Perlis basically telling that state’s Ruler that it is he (not the Ruler) who decides who becomes the Menteri Besar; Arul Kanda thinking that by giving a rubbish answer like “I’m on gardening leave” is satisfactory; or, UMNO itself telling the government to “return” all that cash found in Najib’s mansion to them because “it belongs to the party”.

This led me to an interesting conversation recently. Why don’t we just throw the book at the lot of them and put them in jail already?

One of the people I had the conversation with gave an interesting perspective. This whole “wayang” isn’t meant for us city folk. If you’re reading this, chances are that you are a PH supporter who has already pretty much decided who the “bad guys” are. My learned friend, however, told me to think about the “kampung folk”, who still made UMNO the biggest single party in Parliament (they still have 54 Federal seats). Due process aside, the reason is to show the thievery that was done in its entirety in the hopes that our rural friends will finally see that “Amanah, Bangsa, Negara” was just a tagline to enable thievery on a massive scale. Hopefully, this will bury UMNO (and with it, BN) once and for all.

KUDOS TO Setiawangsa MP and PKR Youth Chief, Nik Nazmi, who – on the same day – called for the National Civics Bureau (BTN) to be shut down. Nearly everyone who has dealt with the civil service will tell you a story of how the BTN ran programs to practically brainwash Malay attendees that they were under siege from Malaysians of different races and religions. Of all the vile organizations set up by the BN when in power, the BTN was probably the most insidious – and effective – in spreading hatred and national disunity.

How effective was it? I remember when I was in Standard Six. I had a good friend named Ismail. We were really tight – sat next to each other in class, played football together…basically, shared a lot of good times. Then, he went to one of the Malays-only residential schools. Within a year, his demeanor totally changed – not only was he unfriendly, you could tell that he was weary talking to me. As if I were some sort of devil! I’m nearly fifty now, so that’s nearly 40 years of hatred this country has to overcome. That’s why I say that although Siti Kasim has her heart in the right place, please don’t expect Dr Maszlee to perform miracles in overhauling the education system. What I want to know, though, is how those countless civil servants (“political appointees”, no doubt) who ran the BTN sleep at night? Do they actually think it’s OK spreading lies and hatred?

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