When Being Anti is Ok
In the old days, the dreaded label was "anti-national" or "subversive".
It was the easiest tag to slap on your enemy.
Those days, anyone critical of the government was a pain in their backside. You'd be accused of being subversive or anti-national .
That could put you away for a long time.
We have come along way. At least, we are supposed to.
You'd think that this "anti-government" bogey used against people would have long gone.
Don't be surprised, though, if this is resurrected.
There are among us who are paranoid. Afraid of shadows. Most times, our own.
Of course, there are the exposes in the blogs.
Consider the remarks by Ahirudin Attan aka Rocky in an interview with AFP after his hearing was adjourned by the High Court in Denmark House on Thursday, February 22.
(The hearing on his application to strike out the defamation suit against him by the NSTP and 4 others, has been adjourned to April 2 2007 because the plaintiffs made last-minute amendments in their writ of summons.)
Rocky told the AFP that he does not write anti-government articles.
"(Articles) critical of the government, yes," he said. Later, he elaborated on this issue in his blog, pointing out that he is also not pro-government.
He said that he is anti many things --racism, apartheid, crime, spying and plagiarism, among them.
Well, that makes many of us, doesn't it?
Also check out Rocky's latest on Malaysia's Turkish Cobra here.