Upside Down Flag and freedom of speech.

September 19, 2008 § Leave a comment

Upside Down Flag

Originally uploaded by Alex Millier

Malaysian authorities have arrested bloggers for speaking out about various issues.

This from the AFP website today…. “Syed Azidi, known for his links to the opposition conservative Islamic PAS party, had recently organised a nationwide Internet campaign to fly the Malaysian flag upside down in a sign of protest over the country’s political and economic turmoil.

The campaign caused outrage in the conservative Muslim-led country, with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ordering a police investigation into the matter.”

I was in Malaysia when there was a huge protest about rights for Hindu ethnic minorities there. Riot police, tear gas, water cannon with chemicals that sting the eyes and skin.

Could speaking out about this mean I can’t work in Malaysia again? If so, I’d rather not work there. Freedom of speech is what democracy is all about. The Malaysian government would like the world to think they are a democratic nation. They would move closer towards democracy by removing these sedition laws and releasing these bloggers.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


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