Two more entries for discussion at our planned Festival of Intolerance.
First, from Thailand’s Prime Minister:
Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has lashed out at journalists, saying he would “probably just execute” those who did “not report the truth”.
The comments were the latest outburst aimed at Thailand’s media. Last month Mr Prayuth said he had the power to shut down news outlets. On Wednesday, he took an even harsher line.
“We’ll probably just execute them,” said Mr Prayuth, without a trace of a smile, when asked by reporters how the government would deal with those who did not adhere to the official line.
“You don’t have to support the government, but you should report the truth,” the former army chief said, telling reporters to write in a way that bolstered national reconciliation in the kingdom.
Yes, it’s that simple. Simply find out what the truth is by ringing Mr Prayuth’s office before reporting it.
Next, from our old friends in Malaysia, who have appeared on our ‘short list’ before:
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has warned Malaysians not to question Islam and hudud as it could provoke a retaliation from Isis militants.
The Star Online reported that Khalid said police surveillance and intelligence revealed that the group was planning an attack and the police were doing all it could to minimise the danger.
“We know what the group is capable of and its objectives. The public is advised not to simply comment on these sensitive issues as it invites a reaction from them,” the report quoted Khalid as saying at a press conference today.
“By openly discussing sensitive issues like Islam and hudud, it will make them sympathise. Hence, there will be a retaliation if we are not careful.
The top cop was also quoted by the Malaysiakini news portal as saying he did not rule out the possibility of a Paris-style terror attack happening in Malaysia due to comments on hudud.
The portal quoted him as saying such an attack could be done by locals who have been “poisoned or brainwashed” by Isis, or by foreign militants who had slipped into the country.
Khalid’s warning comes after human rights lawyer and Lawyers for Liberty chief executive Eric Paulsen was picked up after he had made critical comments on hudud on Twitter.
The IGP had earlier warned that police will investigate anyone who made comments on sensitive religious matters, but had no expertise on the subject.
The police are also investigating the producers of business radio station BFM89.9 and presenter Aisyah Tajuddin for blasphemy, after the station aired a video allegedly questioning the implementation of hudud in Kelantan.
So, essentially, the Islamo-fascists win the argument by default, because they have intimidated society into submission. Great.