Brave New World
By AZMI SHAROM
Large balloons with writings pose a danger to passenger aircraft, and black clothes – the colour is associated with death – will drive investors away.
BELOW is a transcript of the final exams for the BA (Governance) degree conducted by the University of Malaysia in the second semester of the academic session 2020/2021. It is an excellent example of a First Class exam script.
Please answer the three questions below. Please ensure your handwriting is legible.
In your opinion, what is a threat to National Security?
A threat to national security is fundamentally anything that the police or Government wants to declare as a threat to national security.
In Malaysian policing and governance, what is important to realise is that the discretion to determine national security need not follow any logical thought process. To call something a threat is in effect to make something a threat.
The citizens of the country are safer and happier under such a system, because with such broad powers the police are able to ensure peace and prosperity.
Any citizen who does not understand the need for such powers is either mentally disturbed or a traitor to the nation who should surrender his or her passport and return to where he or she came from.
Give examples of a threat to National Security.
This question deserves much more time and space than a two-hour examination allows. I shall therefore limit my examples to two.
My first example is the dangerous act of flying large balloons. Balloons are a grave danger to the country because they can interfere in our growing air and space industry.
Aeroplanes flying over Malaysian airspace will have difficulty navigating if we allow large balloons to be flown.
There is always the risk that a pilot may mistake a balloon for a cloud and fly through it only to entangle the aircraft in the lethal combination of rubber and cable, causing the plane to crash and resulting in the death of hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of people.
The problem is compounded if the balloon has writing on it, for a pilot may be distracted and may take the time to read the writing, causing him to lose control of his aircraft and crashing it, killing everyone on board as well as people on the ground.
Another example of a threat to national security is the wearing of black clothes. Black is a colour associated with bad things like death and darkness.
If the people are allowed to wear black, then foreign investors will think that Malaysia is a country of death and darkness. They will lose interest in investing here and they will take away all their money.
This is the reason the Appropriate Malaysian Clothing Act 2015 was passed. Malaysians should wear bright coloured clothes, preferably silk batik, so as to portray a lively and cheerful country, thus attracting investment.
If we do not have foreign investment we will not be the great country that we are. According to the 2018 World Bank Report, we are still richer than Somalia and Myanmar.
This is because of foreign investment, and if anything threatens foreign investment, it is a national security threat; like black clothes.
What is the use of Part II of the Federal Constitution?
This is a trick question. Part II of the Federal Constitution is entitled “Fundamental Liberties” and this entire part has been removed by the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2011.
In its place a new Part IIA has been put in. Part IIA is entitled “Fundamental Duties” and it lists the duties of citizens.
Among these is the duty not to light any candles whatsoever – unless in the event of a blackout – and the duty to not show solidarity with any person or cause unless a permit is applied for and obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security.
Note: The candidate whose script this is went on to graduate summa cum laude and is now a personal assistant to a Minister. He is currently being groomed for a leadership role in the near future.
Dr Azmi Sharom is a law teacher. The views expressed here are entirely his own.