malaysiakini reported that UMNO Youth warns bloggers they’re being watched ;-)
None other than keris (and kungfu sword) waving Hishamuddin Hussein, UMNO Youth Chief, is pressing for regulatory control over Internet bloggers following two widely publicised cases – don’t worry what those two cases are, because they were never the issues, no matter what Hishamuddin said.
General election is near and the usual stunts a la keris waving have to be conducted to shore up his and his party’s survival.
Because ... get this ...
Hishamuddin unbelievably (but then again, maybe not) said: "Umno Youth warns that freedom has its limits and we will not tolerate those who touch on the issue of national stability, harmony, cultural values and the personality of national leaders."
It would have been hilarious if it wasn’t so pukish.
The boss of UMNO Youth and his keris waving stunts, and with his members from time to time making seditious racist utterances like ‘wanting to bathe the keris in Chinese blood’ has told us he won’t “tolerate those who touch on the issue of national stability, harmony ...”.
Political grandstanding would have been accepted, and laughed off as a norm in the period before the election but when such grandstanding carries threats, warnings, (and on previous occasions) racist comments, these are actually acts of destabilization.
But it’s not that Hishamuddin doesn’t know or doesn’t care, or isn’t aware that regulatory control over Internet bloggers is an impossibility. He deems it essential to his own interests to grandstand anyway. His words will warm the cockles of the heartland – that has been the aim.