I am disappointed at how a phone theft was manipulated by certain groups to turn it into an incident with racial overtones, which then allowed some to try and take the law into their own hands.
Look at this guy, for instance:
But I believe most Malaysians are sensible and mature enough not to be swayed or diverted from the real issues facing the nation.
It does show we have to take a closer look at some of the right-wing racial groups around, especially those with political patronage.
The authorities should also examine if the immediate response of the police this incident was in line with the highest standards of professionalism and impartiality. The nearest police station was just over a kilometre away.
It is interesting to note that this drama stemmed from the theft of a smartphone, one of the coveted ‘must-have’ gadgets in present-day modernity, indeed capitalism. Never mind if you can’t afford the fancier models; the desire created by marketing propaganda is so strong that young people feel pressured to beg, borrow (part of the reason for the high credit card debt?) or literally steal to acquire these gadgets – so strong are the desires generated.
It might also be useful to gauge to what extent youth unemployment, a poor education system and racist indoctrination over the years may have contributed to this incident.
Meanwhile, I don’t believe the Sedition Act should be used against those involved, when there are other laws that can be used against those who provoked and led these violent attacks.