The front page main news of the Star today: “Malaysian parents run foul of Swedish Law”. If we were to look at the highlighted news and stories under the stewardship of the Editor-In-Chief of the Star, Ms June Wong, such a headline reflects her train of thoughts or taste buds. Remember the hue and cry that were highlighted by The Star when the pron bloggers Alvin and Vivian were denied bail.
Whilst it may be the case that the Swedish law does not allow bail for offences involving cases of child abused, with the trend of wonton highlighting on matters involving so-called violations of human rights in the Star, one would have thought that the more appropriate headline for this story should be: “Detention Without Trial in Sweden”.
With such a headline the Star will at least appear to be impartial. It will also kill the “rumours” once and for all that the Star’s top management is under the control of an opposition sympathiser and supporter of the forces that are forever finding fault with the administration while hypocritically ignoring the faults of opposition leaders. This is how she maintains her “neutrality” as the Editor-in-chief of The Star.
Of course, as far as the top management of the Star is concerned such proposed headline would only be suited for Malaysia but not the so-called developed nations like Sweden.
Sdr Azizul Raheem Awalludin, a Tourism Malaysia director in Stockholm, and his wife Shalwati Nurshal, have been detained without a full trial since December 18, 2013 and both of them have been further remanded for another 2 weeks from January 16, 2014.
It must be noted that both Malaysians have already been detained for exactly one month based on an alleged offence of child abused. Strictly speaking they have already being found guilty of the alleged offence and as of today they have already served 1 month and 2 days imprisonment.
If the remand order continues until the end of the two weeks then that would effectively mean that they have been sentenced to imprisonment for one and the half months without trial. In actual fact, the two Malaysians have been “DETAINED WITHOUT TRIAL”.
Yours truly believes that any law which provides powers to detain any human being without trial must be strongly condemned and opposed by democratic loving human beings especially those “Champions of Human Rights” in Malaysia.
Yours truly would like to believe that all the “Champions of Human Rights” in Malaysia would not tolerate any law that allows detention without a full trial in court.
We have witnessed in Malaysia that there are many so-called “Champions of Human Rights”, some of whom have admitted to have received foreign financial supports would have screamed “Human Rights Has Been Abused in Sweden” and demanded for the abolition of such draconian law. These so-called “champions of Human Rights” would not think twice to call for demonstrations and protest to show how supposedly committed they were to the cause when it comes to Malaysian government.
Yours truly hopes that the so-called “Champions of Human Rights” will call for a demonstration and/or protest in front of the Swedish Embassy” early next week to protest against Sweden for the violation of the universal value of human right to have a fair trial before being detained in a prison.
I expect these so-called “Champions of Human Rights” to scream to the top of their voices that “A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty” and demand an immediate release of the two detained Malaysians.
The Ministry of Foreign Affair must now act.
It is most regrettable that the official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not keep Malaysians informed of such violation of human right in Sweden.
Further, in the light of the religious sensitivities, the Foreign Ministry must make a formal request that Swedish authorities to immediately move the children of Sdr Azizul Raheem in the care of foster parents, who are of Muslim faith.
It is believed that the draconian Swedish law was enacted to protect young children from being abused by their parents or to put it another way, the welfare of the children is of utmost importance.
If this is the case then, the exposing the children to non-halal food and sharing of crockery and utensils will also be seen as a form of child abused by Muslims throughout the world.
Yours truly believes that our Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Datuk Anifah Aman, was not kept fully informed of the situation prior to the matter being highlighted in Bernama yesterday.
Now that the matter has been exposed in the press, our Foreign Minister will, no doubt, take the necessary actions to protect Malaysians under such circumstances.