Saturday, August 30, 2008

Racial Politics and Racialism

By perusing the various blogs lately, racist remarks are insidiously disguised as fact. Comments that can incite hatred among our brother races are sprinkled all over these blogs without care or sensitivity.

I am one of those people who had the unfortunate experience of the darkest episode in our history ie the May 13 1969 race riots.

It had saddened me because of the bloodshed but more because of the breakdown in inter-communal solidarity.

Ironically one of the protagonists in the this saga, DAP (an off-shoot of Singapore PAP),while still a predominantly Chinese based party is presently blossoming.

Ironic because while accusing the UMNO of being a racist party the DAP is in itself predominantly Chinese based.

Meanwhile the multi-racial BN in general and UMNO in particular has its relevancy at its lowest ebb.

Can any of the dominant political parties in Malaysia shed its communal identity and and ideology and survive? I venture to say no. The exception seem to be the PKR. But I do not consider this party as dominant. It exists only because the DAP and PAS allows its participation in their political axis.

Therefore it is inevitable that anything coming out of any individual party will be perceived to be racist,rightly or wrongly.

However, can any of of the parties within the BN be branded racist? I can unequivocally say no. The landslide victory of the BN in the 2004 GE is proof positive.

The rakyat did not think so then. Why should it think so now?

It is only the opposition who are crying it out loud with their ill perceived popularity of the last GE. The DAP and PKR know that they have to make hay while the sun shines. PAS as always, an unwilling partner, forced to into this unholy alliance for political expediency, has to go with the flow.

We can go on and on about the present social and political scenario with all the racial innuendos, we all know WHY it has developed. The present Govt does not HOW to respond. How can the Govt respond because IT was the WHY. Or is it because IT does not want to.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Press Freedom and Anwar Ibrahim

The image now portrayed of DSAI is one of a folk hero. I have to say that the mainstream print media has a lot to do with this phenomenon.

Why I say this is that I firmly subscribe to the adage that there is no such thing as absolute freedom of democracy or the press.

We know that freedom of democracy and press in as far as the social context of our country is concerned, has to be responsible and take into account the sensitivities of all the various races and religion.

Unlike western democracy or press where the rights of the individual is paramount, ours place the rights of the whole community above the individual.

That was then and this is now.

And to my suggestion that the mainstream print media is partly to be blamed in the case of DSAI, it can be summed up as follows (please note that I am referring to the English medium):

1)The NST as we know it, is closely allied to AAB. It follows that it had failed to adequately highlight and address issues that were critical in determining the last GE results.

2) It also follows that a paper aligned to a leader advocating a “freer” press is now providing fortuitous exposure and publicity for DSAI.

3)With the last GE results, it now has little alternative but to take a careful posture in as far as DSAI allegations are concerned.

3)The STAR is closely allied to the MCA . With the disastrous performance in the last polls, the paper seem to be afraid that it might further alienate support for the party thus taking some sort of “freer” policy. Pretty weird if you ask me.

3)As for the SUN, it claims to be independent but I would dearly wish they would take a good look at themselves, shame the devil and admit they have been truly anti-establishment. More so now with this “born again” freedom of expression policy.

4)Letters to the editors of the Star and the SUN sometime make me cringe. What are the editors doing? Racist remarks are tolerated in the name of freedom of speech and expression.

5)These so-called journalists in articles of these papers, except for a select few (can count with the fingers on one hand), simply talk rubbish, on ego trips, are naive but try- to-be-smart and more often than not do not make much relevant point.

6)Despite this new freedom they have not provided one iota of reference to an impartial interpretation of the Supreme Court judgement which freed DSAI in its true meaning.

One very good example is the Malaysian Today news magazine taking opinions of a few twenty something peoples’ view of DSAI alleged sodomy charges.

How laughable but serious.

Laughable because how old were these kids when DSAI got entangled with his legal problems? Thirteen,fourteen years old!

Serious because this is the type of free image they are trying to portray. Unfortunately with a wrong subject from a wrong medium to a wrong audience.

I am sure there those among you who can understand what I mean.

For those who recall events before, after and leading to his incarceration;we all know where DSAI stands and what he stood for.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tun Mahathir - Truly a World Statesman

It pains me to see that all that the country stood for internationally, during our beloved TUN MM's leadership, is fast losing its credibility as a champion against injustices and prejudices. The nation once admired, is now just another ordinary far away place on a map. From chairing the Non-Aligned Movement and OIC at the tail-end of his administration and presently to being puppets and stooges in the name of a more 'open' and 'transparent' democracy. All this in such a short space of time. The polemics advocated towards the criminal regimes of Blair and Bush, with their ill conceived lies to legitimise an illegal war (in defiance of the UN) and sacrificing the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in Iraq, have now come full circle. From where TMM started, in vehement opposition to these criminals, to the present at the helm of a monocratic empty head in subservience. Blair's presence in our country is a sacrilege. To preach us their brand of hypocritical democracy in our country implies that we subscribe and adhere to their new world order.
While once I was proud to be Malaysian, now most oftentimes my head hangs low in shame. We have lost so much and are at sea in the absence of his astute and visionary leadership.