Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan In Kuala Lumpur On 13.12.2017.
If insulting BN leaders like the Prime Minister is an offence, what about making threats of bodily harm against the Penang Chief Minister or those insulting the Selangor Menteri Besar and a former Prime Minister? Not only have I been insulted but I have even been threatened and lodged police reports but no action have been taken.
Even my underaged son when he was still a minor 6 years ago, was insulted and humiliated with evil lies that he had sexually assaulted his classmate, but yet no prosecution was taken against the criminal offenders. The police had even encouraged me to lodge police reports so that criminal charges can be filed as lies were made against a child minor. But no charges were filed until today without any explanation.
I do not agree that the Prime Minister, Selangor Menteri Besar and Penang Chief Minister enjoy full immunity from insults because this would weaken the democratic process of elections. If these insults are untrue, then defamation suits should be filed to claim compensation.
The Prime Minister cannot be placed at the same level as the Rulers, that he cannot be insulted when he can make political capital out of insulting his opponents in preparation for the coming general elections. There should be level playing field in the electoral process as the Prime Minister is just another candidate subject to voters like other candidates.
For this reason, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Salleh Said Keruak should not abuse his powers by investigating The Malaysian Insight for allegedly insulting the Prime Minister. Why were then no investigation carried out against BN-controlled media such as New Straits Times, Berita Harian, The Star and Utusan Malaysia when they lost in defamation suits in courts, paid compensation, apologised and unreservedly withdrew their false reports against me?
Such double-standards must stop to preserve whatever little credibility left, or else online news media such as Malaysiakini, Free Malaysia Today and The Malaysian Insight would gain a wider readership at the expense of the plunging circulation of BN-controlled media.
LIM GUAN ENG