Friday, June 21, 2019

Mahathir's free speech

From MM Online:

Dr M says his remark on Jews is free speech


Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attends the Prime Minister’s Department Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house in Putrajaya June 20, 2019

Picture by Firdaus Latif

PUTRAJAYA, June 20 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today defended his right to free speech, after he was criticised for making purportedly anti-Semitic remarks in the UK.

He also criticised the West for what he claimed to be practicing a biased definition of free speech.

“But that is my opinion. They talk about free speech, I can’t say that thing, there is no free speech.

“That’s why I say the Europeans, they have double standard. When they like, (it’s) free speech. When they don’t like, don’t say, it’s wrong,” Dr Mahathir said.

To him, freedom of speech includes the right to describe Jews as people with 'hooked noses'.

To him, freedom of speech includes the right to declare every Chinese Malaysian is rich.

To him, freedom of speech includes the right to say the Pakatan manifesto is not a biblical-clad book of promises, meaning Pakatan promises may and have indeed already been broken.

To him, freedom of speech includes the right to deny his involvement in so many scandals during his PM-ship from 1981 to 2003.

But does freedom of speech to him include the right to deny Anwar Ibrahim the PM position 2 years after 05 May 2018?


  1. Grandfather logic. The elephant in the room. Repeal the Sedition Act in the name of free speech. Time to go Toonsie, tick tock tick tock...

  2. Ah Mok the pot calling a kettle black

  3. Freedom of Speech does not include Freedom to slander, defame, racial rhetorics, religious hate speeches, promoting hatred, etc It's common sense and human decency to understand and not make a mockery out of it and say it is part of Freedom of Speech.

    Would TDM tolerate it under Freedom of Speech if someone called him a Bastard, sleazy face, pig faced, monkey faced, Pariah, Dalit, Harijan, terrorist, Kafir, infidel etc etc?

    I call it pretentious of a self appointed Smart Alec in his own small world until he himself is the victim.

    And he is not alone, since Malaysia is full of such pretentious Smart Alecs who lives only in their own small world.