Ali Tinju, the nom de guerre of Armed Forces Veterans Association President, Mohd Ali Baharom, has been arrested under the Sedition Act for the inflammatory speech he made to the mob outside Low Yat Plaza. The mob then entered and caused a ruckus inside Low Yat Plaza, before proceeding to attack and injure 5 people in the surrounding area.
Ali Tinju first became famous for organising the infamous “butt exercise” protest outside former Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan‘s house. In the recent Low Yat Plaza incident, Ali Tinju seized upon the false story that the suspects were cheated by greedy, unscrupulous Chinese traders to organise a rally to “defend Malay honour” at Low Yat Plaza.
Ali Tinju’s Alleged Seditious Speech
We have a video of the speech outside Low Yat Plaza that got Ali Tinju arrested for seditious speech. Take a look and judge for yourself how inflammatory it is :
Of course, this brings into debate the benefits and dangers of the Sedition Act. Do you think he should be jailed for sedition, or do you think the right to hate and incite hate is part and parcel of the right to free speech?
Updated @ 2015-07-15 : Who Will Be Next?
The police have said that they are looking to arrest Papa Gomo, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris; and an unnamed political party branch leader. Will this guy, Azmi Arshad (La Salle old boy and University of East Anglia alumnus), be next?
Updated @ 2015-07-16 : Ali Tinju Released!
Ali Tinju has been released after making bail at the Sessions Court this morning. The Sessions Court judge, Jagjit Singh Bant Singh, granted him a RM8,000 bail in one surety and fixed the 30th of July for a re-mention of the case.
Ali Tinju, whose real name is Mohd Ali Baharom, was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of Sedition Act 1948, which provides for a maximum fine of RM5,000 or a jail term of up to three years, or both, upon conviction.
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