Mariam Mokhtar: Muhyiddin and his cabinet fear the ‘Power of One’

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Jailing one will undoubtedly start a chain reaction.

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Muhyiddin Yassin is not bodoh (stupid), but he is afraid of the ‘power of one’. Not just him, but his cabinet too.

Previous cabinets (perhaps not the PH cabinet) would also have been afraid of the ‘power of one’.

Notice that in Malaysia, no one is punished for specific crimes. Despite overwhelming evidence, and going through the motions of a trial, the guilty remain free.

Crime Minister

A prime minister steals from the taxpayer. He is convicted but continues to live like an innocent man.

The convicted felon, Najib Abdul Razak, is NOT in prison. Why can’t he lodge his appeal from behind bars? His lawyers are paid millions of ringgits to defend him.

Around the world, high-profile criminals go to prison and then only file their appeals; but Malaysia?

The reason that Najib is still free is because Muhyiddin, his cabinet and former PMs fear the ‘power of one’.

If one man, for example Najib, is sent to prison, to serve his time, then the rakyat will think… “There is nothing to prevent us from sending the other corrupt politicians, their corrupt spouses, corrupt businessman, corrupt civil servants, corrupt ulama, corrupt policemen to spend the rest of their lives in jail”

If it can happen to one, then all the others who have stolen, or cheated, or committed some evil, can be jailed.

So, you see, that is the power of one. Think about it!

Teachers who rape

A teacher rapes his pupils or jokes about rape. The complaints of the pupils and parents fall on deaf ears.

The authorities know that a crime has been committed, but all they do is to transfer the teacher in the hope that we will forget.

Now imagine what were to happen, if one teacher who was guilty of rape was sent to prison, instead of being transferred.

There will be a rush of parents and pupils, demanding justice for their children and more importantly, to punish all the teachers who have allegedly raped their charges but escaped scot-free.

That is the ‘power of one’. There are no mixed messages and the authorities fear it.

Tahfiz school: Abusers and sexual predators

There have been several deaths from neglect in tahfiz schools. Scores of children have been abused, beaten, sodomised or raped.

You don’t hear about them because:

  1. It is embarrassing and will bring shame to the families.
  2. The parents often do not know how or where to lodge a complaint.
  3. The parents may have been bullied into silence, or ‘persuaded’ to keep quiet. (Remember that most parents who send their children to tahfiz schools are dirt poor, and a few thousand ringgit to buy their silence is a king’s ransom for them.)
  4. The children fear retaliation, so they rarely complain.

Some children who were severely beaten have been hospitalised. A few have died.

It may not be a beating because a few years ago, several children died in an arson attack.

If the head had not been negligent and had provided fire escape exits instead of blocking access to the fire escapes, locking up the fire doors, failing to install fire sprinkler systems, then some children may have escaped instead of being burnt alive.

The parents of these dead children want justice but the ulama and some key people in government tell the parents, “It is God’s will.” Shockingly, some parents accept this ‘explanation’.

The preachers then tell the grieving parents, “Look at how your son’s face is peaceful even in death. God has sent him to heaven. You should thank God for what has happened.”

If the parents refuse to accept the spin and demand justice for their children, just imagine the power of one conviction.

If one teacher/warden/head is sent to prison, then the message that is conveyed to the public will send shock waves throughout the community.

This is the ‘power of one’.

All it takes is one parent to refuse to accept the lies and excuses of those in authority.

Just one conviction will show that the government is serious about upholding justice and also of ensuring the safety of their children.

This is why the authorities fear the ‘power of one’.

Religious insults

Some Muslims who allegedly insulted people of other faiths have escaped scot-free.

Apply the “power of one” principle.

If just one Muslim had been convicted of threatening national security, then the bigots and extremists cannot abuse the “three Rs” to lord it over the non-Malays and non-Muslims.

Everyday lives

Apply the authorities fear of the ‘power of one’ to our everyday lives, and you’ll understand why Muhyiddin is afraid of the ‘power of one’.

Jailing one will undoubtedly start a chain reaction. – Rebuilding Malaysia