Wee Meng Chee Negarakuku rap -
Cabinet on Wednesday should end the persecution mania and listen diligently
to the legitimate grievances of Malaysians expressed by his rap
by Lim Kit Siang
When Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi became Prime Minister 45 months ago, he invited Malaysians to speak
up and pledged to “hear the truth, however unpleasant”, from the people.
Wee had acted on Abdullah’s invitation and spoken up about the injustices
and wrongs in Malaysia 50 years after Merdeka so that the country could be
improved to become a better nation capable of competing with the rest of
Instead of a “thank you” from the Prime Minister, Wee, is now the target
of a sledgehammer attack by the entire government machinery led by a
cohort of Umno Cabinet Ministers orchestrating a campaign to demonise,
criminalize and crush him.
The very spectacle of the entire state machinery led by Cabinet Ministers
to crush a 24-year-old undergraduate for his rap on internet conjures an
image of shame for Malaysia on the occasion of the 50th Merdeka
anniversary, both nationally and internationally.
Is the campaign to demonise, criminalize and crush Wee, with irrational,
excessive and outrageous demands of prosecutions under the National Anthem
Act, the Sedition Act and even the Internal Security Act, the stripping of
citizenship, the cancellation of passport and extradition of Wee from
Taiwan to Malaysia, the signal of the end of another one of Abdullah’s
reform pledges when becoming Prime Minister 45 months ago – to “hear the
truth” from the people?
As I informed the Malaysian Dialogue in Petaling Jaya yesterday afternoon,
Wee can be faulted for his rough language, irreverent expression and lack
of sensitivity when touching on religious matters, but he cannot be
accused of being unpatriotic, disloyal or guilty of the capital crime of
treason or sedition.
Wee had done what very few Malaysians had done, taking the national flag
Jalur Gemilang with him when he went overseas to study, and waving the
national flag when his multi-national university sports team won a game,
showing his pride and love for the nation.
Which Umno Minister or leader demanding for a pound of flesh from Wee for
his Negarakuku rap had such love and pride for the country as to take the
national flag with him or her when going overseas?
It is a disgrace that the Cabinet last week spent a lot of time to discuss
Wee’s case neglecting the many important national issues plaguing the
country, particularly rising crime and worsening corruption. What is even
more shocking, no Cabinet Minister had time to listen to the grievances of
Malaysians articulated by Wee in his Negarakuku rap but only how to
demonise, criminalize and crush Wee.
The Negarakuku rap video clip on YouTube has doubted to almost 2.5 million
hits because of the irrational and outrageous Cabinet decision last
Wednesday, reeking with double standards when extracting an apology from
Wee and yet refusing to put the issue to rest by insisting that Wee face
the full consequences of the law.
The Cabinet on Wednesday should end the persecution mania against
24-year-oild undergraduate Wee Meng Chee and instead listen diligently to
the legitimate grievances of Malaysians expressed in Wee’s Negarakuku rap.
Last night’s capacity turn-out at the DAP forum at the KL-Selangor Chinese
Assembly Hall, organized at less than 48 hours’ notice and which had to be
moved from the first-floor hall to a larger second-floor theatre because
of the overflowing crowd, represents a clear message from the people that
the high-level irrational campaign to demonise, criminalize and crush Wee
Meng Chee should stop immediately.
The 400 people at the forum had earlier unanimously put up their hands to
demonstrate solidarity with Wee and to demand immediate end to the
campaign to demonise, criminalize and crush Wee.
Later, they also unanimously put up their hands when I asked whether they
love the National Flag, the national anthem and the country and regard
themselves as patriots.
Abdullah should salvage his pledge “to hear the truth, however unpleasant”
from the people. Start by listening to the grievances of Malaysians rapped
by Wee, whose love and patriotism for the national flag, national anthem
and the country must not be questioned, as they are second to none in
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman