The two Malaysians are housewife Nini Seron and former university student Cassandra Chung. These courageous women took it upon themselves to report a wrongdoing, and highlight something that is criminal
What subsequently happened to both women is shocking and unacceptable.
Their stories show the decline and loss of values in our society. The harassment reflects the arrogance of our leaders, who use thugs to bully and scare others with threats of violence.
I highlight their experiences, so that you will kick these leaders out, at GE-15 but in the meantime, you must speak up, and urge others to do the same.
Now is NOT the time to keep quiet. Now is the time to show our leaders that enough is enough. Now is also the time to stand in solidarity with Nini & others like her.
Housewife Nini Seron lodged a police report, against the Mentri Besar of Kedah, Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, and his aides, for allegedly violating the strict rules on the SOP during the Coronavirus total lockdown.
Nini had taken her cue from the National Security Council’s (NSC) Senior Minister (Security), Ismail Sabri, who urged the public to alert the authorities, if they observe someone breaking the SOPs.
Malaysia has seen a dramatic rise in Coronavirus infections, because people have been careless, ignored the SOPs and neglected social distancing. The rakyat is afraid for themselves and their families. They are alarmed by the double standards of politicians and celebrities, both of whom have broken the law with impunity.
When Nini saw the Kedah MB at a car showroom in Penang, allegedly inspecting a Ford Raptor and then taking it for a spin in an alleged test drive, Nini did what she felt was her civic duty.
She took photographs and a video recording of the MB, then reported the incident to the police. She saw what she felt was a clear infringement of the lockdown rules. A few hours after reporting the incident, she lodged a report.
Nini only lives a few miles from where the incident had taken place and she is confident that the person who broke the SOPs, was the Kedah MB. She said that during the total lockdown, she had observed salesmen and customers breaking the SOPs despite the NSC order.
One would have thought that after she had performed her civic duty, the police would then follow up on the report; however, what subsequently happened was totally unexpected.
Strangers targeted Nini and her family making vile threats and accusing her of slander. They didn’t just attack her, but also pounced on her husband, her children and her relatives.
Nini does not understand why her family should be bullied and admits that they felt pressure from being harassed. She asked, “What did we do wrong?”
Not content with intimidating and ridiculing her and her family, the cyberbullies shared personal details of her family on social media, and circulated photos of her husband, her son and her sister.
It is alleged that the cyberbullies are supporters of the Kedah MB. They represent all that is wrong with Malaysia. They sent Nini hate messages and issued threats on her Facebook personal account and her husband’s business page.
Such was the vitriol, that her husband was forced to deactivate his business page after his mobile telephone number and pictures of his customers were circulated.
Nini has received the support of Sisters in Islam, who have told the cyberbullies to stop their vile threats.
Nini’s courage and sense of responsibility is something she shares with Cassandra Chung, a former student of the University Nottingham.
In 2016, Cassandra initiated a petition and debate to have a two metre high portrait of the convicted felon, Najib Abdul Razak, removed from the King’s Meadow Campus at Nottingham.
Overseas Malaysian students had been increasingly alarmed by various news reports that Najib had been involved in high level corruption in the 1MDB scandal. They were incensed that the government of Malaysia was covering-up for him. Many students supported Cassandra’s action.
However, when the students got wind that a delegation from the Malaysian High Commission would travel from London to Nottingham for the debate, support for Cassandra fizzled out.
Many overseas Malaysian students are aware that during talks by Opposition politicians, a visiting Bersih delegation, or attend protests against Najib’s administration, members of the Special Branch plant themselves amongst the audience and secretly record video footage of everyone, especially of the more vocal students.
It is alleged that letters are then sent to the students, who are funded by the government, containing threats to revoke their scholarships.
Sadly, Cassandra’s attempt to have the debate failed to have its desired impact because Malaysians were too scared to attend the meeting or to sign the petition.
The cyberbullies who defend Malaysian leaders
These scare tactics are commonly used in Malaysia, as has happened to Nini and also in overseas locations, as was experienced by Cassandra.
It was also alleged that whilst Cassandra was organising the debate, her family members in Malaysia were targeted by Najib’s supporters. Their personal details and home addresses were released and threats were allegedly made against them.
The extent of Malaysia’s moral decay can be summed-up by the retaliation against those who criticise a leader’s wrongdoing.
Will the Kedah MB issue an appeal to the cyberbullies to desist from their insults? Or will his ego prevent him from doing this because he feels slighted by the police report lodged by an ordinary member of the rakyat?
Will the NSC take action against the cyberbullies?
How committed is this PN administration in taking action against cyberbullies?