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Can you simplify the Malaysian human rights commission? Wikipedia didn’t help.
(Updated 2018-05-10 07:24:36)
The Malaysian human rights commission, SUHAKAM, came into being after this whole Anwar Ibrahim fiasco that I wrote about above. Under the previous government, the Barisan Nasional government, "human rights" were seen as foreign, intrusive, and Western influence, and so SUHAKAM basically had its wings clipped. The one thing they could do is teach people about human rights, in little bits at a time, mainly by telling people about the rights of people in other countries that Malaysia didn't have.
They'd released statements about the use of emergency-era laws against opposition politicians, e.g. the Sedition Act, which is the extreme opposite of freedom of speech. The slightest critique of someone in power could land someone with jail and torture. They'd also run small seminars on various other kinds of laws that prevented people from talking about corruption, rights and freedoms on pain of detention without trial, and torture without trial. The main fear of the people is that people were scared to speak out about their frustrations because they could be taken away without any warning. The local police force had a far bigger body tackling "cybercrime" (read: dissent) than they did for actual crime.
Thing is, SUHAKAM was only nominally mentioned by the ruling government of the time as a means of saying "look, we care about people" when in practice, they were only paying lip service to human rights. It was just a trophy piece, or a thorn in the government's side. Basically, the government had become a narcissistic parent to SUHAKAM. I don't know if anything about it would change.
Anyway, I hope this description helps.
The description helped me a lot. I find that how you feel about Malaysian human rights commissions is how I feel about the American human rights ideals; they have hypocritical undertones every time they are passed; coddled, and set in place to appease those that hate Free Speech. Makes me sick; because while they claim to appreciate your right to living peaceably; those against anyone prospering besides the self-made billionaires (Who we later come to find are only billionaire's in name only; or if they are willing to sell a botched investment; like BitCoin to the masses. Electronic revenues that I am sure help to aid the Sex Trade.) https://thefreethoughtproject.com/allison-mack-accused-trafficking-children-billionaire-backed-sex-slavery-ring/
Which is why John Oliver talked about MLMs and coal mining honchos.
There still is a modicum of freedom, however small -- and that is still a lot better than having no modicum of freedom at all. I agree with you, the US in its current state needs a lot of work, but not entirely from the ground up.
Politicians are all the same in any country and any times. They care for themselves only. If something is announced as a posititve change, be damn sure it is either a lie or will have a painful backfire in other area. I'm observing it right now in my country and at the very place I work. So - yes, I'm afraid your doubts aren't baseless
Uhhhh, what you mentioned gave me shivers down my spine. Too true.
To Britain's credit, there have been positive changes, but again, we had to do it the hard way and often, democracy had to be endured with all the rulebreaking, gerrymandering, rotten boroughs etc. before they were finally brought to account. It's by no means the best country in the world, no country is -- but I must give credit where credit is due. The Republic of Ireland overcame its prejudice towards single mothers. France had Robert Badinter, who singlehandedly campaigned, and successfully at that, for the abolition of the death penalty in France and by extension, in the EU. So I won't go so far as to say there's no lasting change for the better in the world.
But lasting change is often won the hard way, by people who have been so burned that they want to avoid the same hurt being continued again. And I don't honestly believe that many Malaysians have truly experienced that yet, in large part due to what many have been made to believe.
Thankfully not from the ground up, but as long as there are people like you willing to talk about how bad things "can" get for someone, then a standard can be maintained. It is when we get this idea that we are immune that we get swept off our feet.
Never let it be said I take the education you are willing to share for granted and or did not know how to apply this information in the securing of my own personal liberties.
You really are an inspiration. Thanks for being willing to get that off your chest.
I just hope that something will become of this, something good. Because I don't care that my name not be attributed to this, just that people really want things to be far better than they currently are, and bring those desires to life. It'll not be on account of me that change is ever brought -- and that's for the best, I think.
@AGeekNamedBenny @Troisnyx alright thanks.
When I got to the part about sodomy charges I had to stop and scratch my head. Why do conservative politicians freak out about gay anal? If it was heterosexual anal sex, or lesbian anal, everyone would be down like a clown. But when two dudes start tickling each others prostates suddenly its devious...
The older I get the more childish it seems to base political policy around male anal sex. Like, read a fucking book it's just anal.
This is one thing I NEVER get about countries like these, especially with some form of Sharia implemented there, whether it encroaches on the population or not (which it will, to varying degrees) -- lesbianism is perfectly fine, but male homosexuality? Burn the warlock!
The worst part is that I went to an all-girls' school, and I saw hints of this about. This became more apparent when I was picked by lottery to become a conscript; lesbian relations were prevalent, and in many cases encouraged, presumably due to the all-female camaraderie you wouldn't get elsewhere -- and going out with male trainees was frowned upon anyway. But if two guys got involved in similar acts... well, they wouldn't hear the last of it. I don't understand it at all.