Ever since police arrested 2 teenagers (or more?) for stepping on and showing bare buttocks to Najib’s and Rosmah’s photos, people have been asking about similar acts particularly against opposition leaders.
Police has said that they will be impartial and will persecute others as well if police reports are made (if I am not wrong, some police reports have already been made but no action taken.
So now Malaysiakini has kindly dug up its archives and uncovered similar incidents against:
- Lim Guan Eng
- Ambiga Sreenevasan
- Nik Abdul Aziz and Abdul Hadi Awang
- Lim Kit Siang
- Khalid Samad
- Perak’s 3 frogs
- Koh Tsu Koon
- Najib Abdul Razak
- Higher Education Minister Khaled Nordin
Below the full article, courtesy of Malaysiakini:
11:17AM Sep 7, 2012
For the first time ever, the authorities are on the hunt for individuals accused of showing disrespect for public figures by means of stepping on their photograph or in one case, baring a bottom at their photograph.
Currently, the police have identified 11 individuals accused of performing such acts during the eve of Merdeka Day at Dataran Merdeka.
Thus far, a handful of people have surrendered themselves to the police and in one case, a teenager was even put in handcuffs for her alleged crime.
However, it has been pointed out that the 11 are subjects of selective persecution, exacerbated by the haste in investigations and the uncanny ability of the police to identify them with such uncanny accuracy.
The police, however, have denied taking sides and vowed to probe similar instances involving Pakatan Rakyat leaders, provided police reports are lodged.
Since, it has been established that showing disrespect for public figures is a crime under the Sedition Act 1948, below is a list fromMalaysiakini archives to show that the application of this law is not always consistent.
Lim Guan Eng
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng often boast about many firsts under his administration, but he could add "facing the most number of demonstrations in the shortest period of time as chief minister" under his belt as well.
The numerous protests have been varied in nature its objectives appear uniform: It is not just to make a point, but to insult as well.
Not only has his posters been burnt and stepped on several occasions, he has also been given cake shaped in the form offaeces and a had a mock funeral staged in front of his house.
The perpetrators of such acts are widely known as some of them had been quoted by the media. Some of their leaders have also led numerous protests. None of them have been prosecuted thus far.
Due to the sheer shock factor and frequency of such acts against Guan Eng, he deserves to be placed first in this list.
The former Bar Council president turned electoral reforms activist had quickly amassed a legion of new fans for her work with the Bersih coalition, but it attracted enemies as well.
Detractors came right up to her doorsteps flipping burgers andexercising their posteriors in protest against the Bersih 3.0 rally on July 9.
One group led by Jamal Md Yunus, a prominent restaurant operator and luxury car dealer, even painted yellow boxes on the road in front of her home for flea market stalls.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall could have taken action against the group for vandalism but no known action has been taken, other than to paint over the yellow lines.
Prior to this, Malay rights pressure group Perkasa had held a rally in Kuala Lumpur to protest plans to hold Bersih 3.0 where posters depicting Ambiga were set alight.
In April, Jaringan Melayu Malaysia held a noisy anti-homosexualitydemonstration at Universiti Putra Malaysia which saw posters depicting Ambiga being burnt and stepped on.
Nik Abdul Aziz and Abdul Hadi Awang
PAS' top two are lesser chosen as targets by vandals but a series of photographs that have stuck to the minds of their supporters is one depicting several youths urinating on a banner.
The banner was believed to be strung up somewhere in Shah Alam, prominently featuring Abdul Hadi and Nik Aziz's mugshots. The streams of urine were clearly visible in the photograph.
One of the perpetrator was clad in a BN t-shirt.
Lim Kit Siang
Like his counterparts in PAS, Lim also had to suffer the same indignity of people urinating on his photograph.
The incident happened in April 2009, outside the Shah Alam courthouse where 12 individuals were being tried for their inflammatory demonstration involving a cow head.
Khalid Samad, the Shah Alam MP, strangely became the target of protestors who were against the court ruling allowing a Christian publication to use the term "Allah".
He was accused of conspiring against Muslims and one banner accused him of "sodomising" the Islamic faith.
For good measure, protestors also made sure that posters with his photograph were stepped on. All this took place within the compound of the Selangor state mosque.
Perak's independent trio
Pakatan Rakyat is not totally clean either, as revealed during the Perak DAP convention in November 2009.
A giant banner depicting three former Pakatan state assemblyperson who paved the way for the BN takeover of the state in February that year, was used as a door mat for the convention.
Kit Siang was among those photographed standing on the banner while his son Guan Eng had gingerly leapt over it.
Perak DAP chief Ngeh Khoo Ham later conceded that not all party members condoned the act, but stopped short of condemning it.
Koh Tsu Koon
In September 2008, a minor tiff between then Penang BN chief Koh Tsu Koon and Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Ahmad Ismail escalated to the point where it almost tore apart Gerakan and Umno's long ties.
Eventually, the only thing that was torn up was a large framed photograph of Koh adorning Penang Umno headquarters wall at that time.
After Ahmad's fiery press conference, one of his men smashed the photo frame before tearing up koh's photograph of while letting loose a loud roar which overwhelmed the staccato sounds of camera shutter clicks.
Najib Abdul Razak
Compared to the above, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak seemed to have got off pretty easy.
In December last year, a flag bearing his image was lowered during a protest by some 500 youths demanding academic freedom.
The perpetrator was Adam Adli, a student leader, who was later quizzed by the police. He has been suspended by his university for three semesters, but no criminal action has been taken.
In April this year, the same group of students held another demonstration.
A framed photograph of Najib and Higher Education Minister Khaled Nordin with a funeral wreath was paraded by the protestors, before being dumped into a rubbish bin.