It seems like there is a war on symbols going on: first the Pakatan Perak State Assembly held a seating under a tree, thereafter named `Democracy tree’. Then the plague for the tree’s new found fame was vandalised and broken into 5 pieces, while other newly planted trees nearby were uprooted. The PR auctioned off the broken pieces of the plague -to enthusiastic buyers! Not enough with this a DVD was produced by a Perak Assemblyman -but the showing of his DVD landed him in police’s lock up-where he is charged for not obtaining a license for distributing his DVD! Let’s put this in proportion: few if anyone has been charged for such home made DVD production-the arrest must be on account of the symbolic significance of the DVD on a tree. So: has the party fight degenerates into a fight over symbols? It remind one of the fight over colours at 1 time-where the green colour was looked at with negative feelings by some ruling party members.
Enough of it and get on with the election on a more substantive basis!
From Lim Kit Siang’s blog here:
Perak Assemblyman arrested – for producing DVD on “Democracy Tree”
Boon Piaw was released by police on personal bond at 1.10 am this morning for allegedly violating the Film Censorship Act 2002 for “manufacturing, circulating, distributing, displaying” the “Democracy Tree” DVD without first getting a B certificate from the Film Censorship Board.
Such an offence entails a fine from RM5,000 to RM30,000, three years’ jail or both.
Boon Piaw is to report back to the police on April 13 to find out the next course of police action.
Just imagine the far-reaching repercussions of such a law – which will make a criminal of every IT-savvy citizen in the country!
Ominous signs of increasing repression in Malaysia under Najib.