Home Minister Hishammuddin will have an audience with the Sultan of Johor on Tuesday over an article written by Hindraf's P Waythamoorthy in the news portal Free Malaysia Today on October 7.
Moorthy who fled overseas had questioned the position of the Malays and Malay rulers in a posting on the website. Many felt his statement was to create hatred towards the Malay Rulers and to dupe the people's thinking.
What Moorthy wrote is secondary now. However, the ministry's 'a little late' action should be put to question. Yes, we are talking about the Home Ministry.
I think Hisham needs a special task force to monitor all blogs, news portals and other news medium the moment they hit the cyberspace. Sensitive matters such as postings by Moorthy and others like the Namewee case must be attended to immediately and not a few days or a month later.
A deferred action would lead to a public uproar. Racial sentiment will flare again. Hisham is always seen acting 'too late', especially on Namewee who is now free to go on with his concert in Johor Baru later this month.
There are things which Hisham himself can decide there and then without having to refer it to the police. A Home Minister is someone who can take prompt and drastic decision (depending on the circumstances) to contain subversive elements like that from taking a spread. The police can come later.
However, Hisham had never even once taken such an action. He normally will wait for the police or reporting it to the Prime Minister first. And by the time police begins investigation, the damage has been done, and the whole nation erupted with fury.
Come on, bro. You are a Home Minister, not an Education Minister anymore. Your portfolio warrants you to be strict, tough, stiff and willing to take pre-emptive measures. Or you just dont know what your real responsibility is and how much power is vested in you?
Dont be afraid if you are not popular for being a 'no-nonsense' minister as long as the country is put to order. Some crooks are popular too! So, be a man and you would be appreciated!