Does freedom of speech also means the freedom to incite? I am afraid it does. Some may disagree. But should the inciter be blamed for the ensuing action due to his or her incitement? That is debatable. And incite against what? That must be defined first before condemning anyone with the sedition act.
For example, a certain commentator in this blog has been trying to incite others to burn the Malaysian flag. The incitement was merely by words and not deed. What happens next? His/her comment elicited several responses ranging from (a) &%$#@* stupid (b) what for (c) dont say like that, it’s seditious (d) let’s go, let’s burn the flag!!! (e) others. Yes, there could be negative and positive responses, but should he be blamed for causing (d), if indeed his/her words motivate others to act?
I am saying this, because it seems that the certain commentator, if he or she, is a cyber-trooper, is laying the ground for a police report against this blog. When the day comes, I’d really argue, there’s no grounds to find me seditious. I do not endorse the proposal (of burning the flag), for I find the very act unappealing. For who does it benefit? At its very worse, it’s bad for the environment! And I do not want to add another molecule of dust to our already hazy and fuzzy skies.
I may be moody during Merdeka, but not desperate!
In any case, I understand why people seek to burn anything, including their bras and panties, just to make a point. Anger, frustration, disgust, repression. These are among the reasons why people resort to setting flames to any fabric or construction, not to mention, some find it a fun-thing. It’s also a symbolic thing. After the activity, one goes away, feeling a relief, satisfied of having made a statement. In some way, it’s better than burning someone alive. Hey, it may even be better than all those cigarettes and cigars, not forgetting, incinerators, burning millions of ringgit away.
It’s a different matter of course, if after burning the flag, one goes to burn an office, a car, or worst still a human being. There are no studies, is there, to prove that this is a normal consequence?
I see that my commentators are not keen in burning the flag, except for a lone guy. Others have reprimanded him, too. So, the blog-hating ministers and organisers of Merdeka have no cause to worry. But they might start to worry for a very different reason. Of course, they are not worried that Malaysians have become less patriotic . They are worried about their unfulfilled coffers as there are calls of “Don’t Buy or Fly the Malaysian Flag” as well. I can see them exclaiming: What to do now with all these jalur gemilangs? Give it away free?
There are certain things in life that people reject even when it’s given away free. Hope the Malaysian flag isn’t one of them.
Well, it’s really nobody’s fault but UMNO/BN’s if this scenario really happens. Because everything Malaysian now is a reflection of UMNO or BN. And you know what reputation UMNO/BN has among many bright thinking Malaysians these days? I’d like to fantasise that they are more bright, thinking Malaysians now than those who think that UMNO or BN is “bright”.
Lets hope the situation does not reach the proportions of a national disaster because that is what it is, if people start seeing the Malaysian flag as an UMNO flag, and thus refuse to buy or fly it.