FULLY support the strengthening of the Sedition Act 1948 as it is a “necessary evil” to protect the nation against bigots and mischief doers, who are out to create chaos.
However, the law should be judiciously implemented and not abused to silence genuine critics of the government.
Of late, we have seen self-proclaimed “heroes” out to serve their own agenda. The people must be on guard against these elements.
I believe that the majority of Malaysians would agree with me that it is for our own good and security that we continue to support the present government as it has proved to be capable of ruling the country, although at times not the way we want.
As I mentioned in my autobiography, My Way, launched by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Sept 2, we have been fortunate to have capable leaders since Merdeka, who ruled with fairness and wisdom.
Our founding father, Tunku Abdul Rahman, ensured that every citizen lived in peace and harmony.
This was translated to rapid development by our second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who introduced the New Economic Policy and gave the country political stability with the birth of Barisan Nasional.
The third prime minister, Tun Hussein Onn, maintained the unity and stability of the country despite the communist menace.
His successor, Dr Mahathir, consolidated the achievements of his predecessors and brought much progress to our country.
Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who succeeded him, built on this foundation.
The government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak is doing its best to maintain peace and stability, but some are not happy and want to see the nation break up.
Seeing the disunity among the opposition, it would be risky for Malaysians to vote them to power as they could mess up things. We have seen their antics in the recent menteri besar fiasco in Selangor.
When they can’t even get their act together at the state level, imagine them running the Federal Government.
The three partners in Pakatan are poles apart, each with its own policies and agenda.
Our beloved country has great potential and there are millions of capable citizens who are prepared to work hard to bring the nation to a developed status, if only they are given the latitude to use their talents.
As Dr Mahathir mentioned at the launching of my autobiography, the trade union movement in the country had greatly helped to develop the country by ensuring industrial harmony.
I was gratified that he cited me as an outstanding unionist who contributed much to the country’s stability for almost 30 years.
Democracy is alive in Malaysia and it is the responsibility of each and every Malaysian to safeguard it for the benefit of generations to come. A. Ragunanthan, former president, Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services, Kuala Lumpur. The NST Letters 20 December 2014