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Wong Chin Huat (Pic courtesy of Bersih)

BARELY a month after taking office, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration has wielded the Sedition Act — this time on academic and The Nut Graph columnist Wong Chin Huat. Few details have been released on the reasons and details of Wong’s arrest. As of today, he has been remanded for a day and is likely to be released this evening.

Malaysians are no stranger to the Sedition Act. Under Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration, from 2008 to 2009 alone, the Act was used against bloggers Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Sheih Kickdefella, and DAP chairperson Karpal Singh. In the last days of Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s administration, online news portal Malaysiakini was also targeted under the Act.

It’s important to note that historically in the US, for example, sedition laws were used to stifle political dissent.

Of course, the Sedition Act in Malaysia has its own definition of what is a “seditious tendency“. But readers would know by now that Six Words On… is not about boring legalese. It’s about being creative, pithy, and fun. The aim is definition, not … ahem … sedition.

To start the ball rolling, here is what The Nut Graph team has churned out so far:

Cindy Tham:

A government that brooks no dissent.

The concept of sedition is undemocratic.

Gan Pei Ling:

Baffled Malaysians: “Why arrest democracy’s defender?”

Police: “He’s seditious. We said it.”

Rakyat’s eyes are crystal clear, tuan.

Black for Malaysia. Black for Wong.

Jacqueline Ann Surin:

Why resort to an archaic law?

An easy way to stifle dissent.

Police actions reflect poorly on BN.

Who is afraid of an academic?

Shanon Shah:

Arresting Wong won’t make it right.

Cannot *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* the monarchy.

Made in Britain. Worn in Malaysia.

Testing citizenship the Barisan Nasional way.

Seriously? Arrested? For promoting black apparel?

Zedeck Siew:

“I think—” “Seditious behaviour! Arrest him!”

Give us your take on sedition in the comments section below.

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48 Responses to “Sedition”

  1. Michelle Gunaselan says:

    Wong Chin Huat for the win!

  2. Sivin Kit says:

    Black Beauty has gone into hiding.

  3. Sonia says:

    You’re guilty, I’m guilty, everybody’s guilty!

  4. Chingachcook says:

    Last of the Mohicans – Hawkeye seditious!

  5. Naoko says:

    Sedition arrest = 15 minutes fame.

    Hello sedition, goodbye freedom of thought!

    Watch out! I think she’s seditious!

  6. terri says:

    Devils speechless before champions of truth.

  7. Karin says:

    Join me in the Black Parade!

  8. Jason Sim says:

    Democracy in third world country – fail.

  9. Jason Sim says:

    “Let’s wear blac-” “Sedition! Arrest him!”

    “Altantu-” “Another seditious blogger! Arrest him!”

  10. menj says:

    A black day for Malaysia indeed.

  11. Noel Dass says:

    Sedition … humbug! Ketuanan rakyat! Malaysia boleh!

  12. amir says:

    Black seditious? Lim Kok Wing, hide!

    In 2009, two Wongs became targets.

    Anagram for ‘sedition’: “Not I? Dies!”

  13. siew eng says:

    Happy birthday to the murdered Mongolian.

  14. Pat Fong says:

    Telling king he is naked? Brave.

  15. Fahmi Fadzil says:

    1Malaysia + Sedition Act = fail!

  16. Nina S says:

    As Buffy would say, over-reaction much?

    Having a different opinion = sedition.

  17. Arion Yeow says:

    Lame excuse. Angry voters. Instant fame.

  18. Pratamad says:

    Sedition, as defined by the government.

  19. Long Lim says:

    To be safe, don’t mention black.

    To be safer, don’t mention HRH.

    To be safest, don’t mention demosntrations.

  20. Pratamad says:

    “Thursday, wear black” – seditious! Arrest him.

    “Happy birthday Altantuya” – seditious! Arrest them.

    “1BlackMalaysia, Democracy first, elections now” – seditious!

    “1Malaysia, people first, performance now” – OK?

  21. shefah says:

    Seditious – a dish best served cold.

  22. pang says:

    “Pa, why are the innocents punished?”

    “Because the guilty are in power.”

  23. Two Wongs don’t make it right.

  24. Lainie says:

    Orange jumpsuits are the new black.

  25. kamal says:

    Seditious in black, who would’ve thought!

  26. The Lord Panda? says:

    He had a goat one, aaah?

    That’s for giving me a D.

    Ben’s Bitches, Ben’s Bitches, Ben’s Bitches.

    Ramones Rarities: I Wanna Be Seditious .

    Let’s hang out at Paul’s Place.

    Samy: dada sedition seperti valium, merbahaya!

    The Panda Head Curry? are sexy.

  27. cruzeiro says:

    ISA + Police Act = Guilty

  28. Pat Fong says:

    Unclothed emperor: Peasants belong in dungeons!

  29. Pat Fong says:

    Dark days are descending upon us.

  30. elaine says:

    Black forest cake on Black Thursday.

    Speak no more, write no more!

  31. K S Ong says:

    1BlackMalaysia cannot outshine 1Malaysia, it’s illegal.

  32. Daniel says:

    All comments are subject to sedition.

    Some people are just soooooo paranoid.

    Nobody should follow any arbitrary rule.

  33. ylchong says:

    Johnny Cash: Walk the sedition line.

  34. myop101 says:

    Democracy is a lame joke here.

  35. myop101 says:

    Democracy in name, application not included.

  36. myop101 says:

    Some are more equal than others.

  37. Beth Yahp says:

    Be white sheep, speak black lies.

    Sedition? Be ‘friendly’, or shut up!

    1Malaysia? Be ‘friendly’ or locked up.

  38. aitze says:

    Sedition it ain’t. Right or Wong?

  39. Edmund Ngo says:

    Yellow cannot. Black cannot. Democracy? Cannot!

  40. Jen says:

    Cry sodomy no. Blackwell’s list yes.

    I say. You say. No way.

  41. Quah kok seng says:

    Too much freedom threatens multiracial society.

  42. Dr. Thinker says:

    Provoke and protest on Wong’s arrest.

    An academic treated like a thug.

    No accountability, no transparency, no loyalty.

  43. Hanan says:

    I wonder what he has been teaching his students. The school should act immediately.

  44. KohJL says:

    “Review ISA” means switch to “Sedition”;

    And sedition means to “sedate dissension”

  45. Jason Sim says:

    Attack of the Zambry Kampung Pisang.

  46. raguel says:

    Criticize autocratic government: PM, BN , Umnoputras.

  47. ken says:

    Police state full proof, Black Malaysia

  48. Lainie says:

    1Malaysia: where the crooks roam free.


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