Following on from the ‘fake news’ mess earlier in the week. The outrage has had a partial impact, with a maximum sentencing now pegged for six years. Just get rid of it, says Human Rights Watch. Or at least defer it, says Najib brother and CIMB boss Nazir Razak. Nazir’s comments are interesting and I think reflects how poorly Barisan Nasional has played this. You have both big business and family calling for the reins to be pulled in. Pakatan Harapan hasn’t missed a beat and is absolutely swinging.
At any rate, plans to ram it through Friday have been ditched and debate will resume Monday. IF the intention of Barisan Nasional is to have this as law before the election officially begins I think next week is going to be a juicy one. Even controlling an outright majority in the house, ooh boy.
They have been very busy this week at the Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament passed the new electoral boundaries (yes, those ones) after just one hour of debate and massive criticisms from the opposition and civil society groups. Once the fake news business is sorted, it’ll be time to go!
The passing of the bill triggered protests in Kuala Lumpur, led by Bersih who submitted a memorandum to the Parliament registering its anger. But it was the ejection (and six-month-long suspension!) of DAP favourite Lim Kit Siang which has really ignited the fury online. He demanded to know why the Election Commission bill had remained embargoed, at which point Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia gave him marching orders.