The right of reply

Enough is enough. People who proclaim to fight for freedom of expression and free media but censors other's legitimate reply based on their whims and fancy, must realise that on the internet, they cannot suppress peoples' legitimate right to reply and express contrarian views. This blog welcomes all views. ~ Ellese

The state we are now


Helen was lamenting that we rely on who we want to believe and thus we will not be fair and objective. I think its a fair write. I have called for an objective media than the rubbish MSM and AM we have now but won’t elaborate any more. But thought to record down my comments for future reference. Its incomplete as I still need to develop the UMNO prognosis as well as how to move ahead.

Dear Helen,

What we are seeing now is a reaction of both polarities. I expect going forward it’ll get worse. Why? Its the Internet and the liberal values we’re adapting to. I was reading Times the other day and do think the current fissure is in a great part due to the advent of Internet/social media. We used to be circumspect and keep things private. Now everyone think they own the world, becoming more nacarcisstic and have no inkling that what they do have a reaction. They are reality tv ready thinking that others want to see them.

So what’s happening now is everyone posts thoughts and views as to what they think it should be. Being abusive or vulgar are not an issue. Being racist and highly aggressive are not an issue as well.

So the advent of Internet has opened the pandora box on being racial. The non Malays are becoming more assertive. This to me is an expected reaction and to a large extent its acceptable . But then I think DAP pushed it too far left when they pushed the Malaysian first agenda cloaking the Chinese interest. Suddenly everyone becomes racist and they become the saint. The pru 13 thus showed the true colours.

So what we’re seeing is a reaction from the right. The Malays will be more and more assertive and consequently the non Malays (generally the Chinese) too. Both have and will become hyper sensitive. This does not bid well. The Chinese is epitomized by dAP and Malay ( to a lesser degree) UMNO. Issues of race and religion will become more and more prominent and these parties becoming more racial in outlook.

What should we do in moving forward? We should adopt what we have done in the past. We recognise each other differences and compromise. We acknowledge we live together and thus be sensitive and emphathize with the other. That’s what we should do.

But to do this, DAP must stop the hypocrisy that they fight for all malaysians in particular the Malays. No Malay sees that except the syok sendiri DAP supporters. Mca is too weak now.

We must admit that we are racial in our everyday life. Issues after issues come from a deepening sense of racial character. DAP must recognise this. DAP Chinese must recognise that they don’t fight for the Malays and thus stop proclaiming they’re Malaysians more than Malays when they’re the same. And by all means stop this racist accusation.

Why must DAP do this? Because de facto they are the current Chinese standard bearer. Because by doing so then we all can come for a compromise. How? Ill write later as this is too long. But if they don’t do, there’s no more meaningful discussion. We will have Umno (and in fact PAS also) moving more to the right with race and religion and DAP moving to the left with Malaysian first concept cloaking the ethnic interest. With DAP’s insistence that they are not racial when they are, how are we to meet in mid point. This believe in high moral standing and accusing others racist, will never see the need for DAP to compromise.

Until then we are doomed into deeper polarization.


6 thoughts on “The state we are now

  1. Ellese, I agree with most of your points. True, everything we did in the past and do now and will do in the future is racial in nature – at least in Malaysia. It’s pointless to deny it though some, apparently sophisticated ones, may try to portray various excuses to present a softer rendering. Consciously or otherwise the proofs are abound like vernacular schools, race-based associations & clubs and political parties etcs. In the long past this wasn’t too problematic because communications were face-to-face which tend to make the actors to be more polite to one another. When human interactions improved with better technology like printing machines, telephones & radio sets etcs, any situations facilitated by the better technology that could cause problems & frictions in relationship were addressed by the appropriate laws. The laws were respected by most and relative peace & tranquility were preserved. Like you said, with the Internet/Social Media, communications were at lightning speed, very aggressive and very “impersonal” (not face-to-face) hence most often rude, vulgar, highly emotional and still, on many ocassions, racial as well as racist. Now the laws are being challenged and some of them are phased out or amended by populist government actions, the authorities too are challenged and even established norms are challeged as well, all in the name of liberty & freedom of expression. The trend leads to no good ends unless controlled, both the right and left wings must be controlled – but the word control is seen as very obscene. So, go find better sounding words like moderate, harmonise, compromise etcs but the effective results must be control, control and control. This means aprropriate laws which must be applied without any fear or favour and without any discriminations or exceptions. Of course, there will be shouts of disapproval from all quarters whenever such controlling laws are legislated but what choice do we have to deal with these barbarians of the Internet/Social Media? The barbarians need to be taught some culture if they want to use the Internet. Of course those barbarians over our shores are untouchable but we must look after those within our own fences first.

    Law legislation & its effective non-discriminating enforcement without fear or favour is only one aspect, though a very important one, in improving our racial relations. Many other aspects need to be addressed too like our education system that still allows separate vernacular schools, having race-based associations, clubs and political parties etcs. We have to look at what the Indons do in this respect as well. The Malays must also learn to be less race-sensitive or race-biased because the Malays, in Malaysia nowadays, are not an ethnic or homogenous race. They are the Constitutional Malays, whether they like it or not, and are heterogenous and inclusive with many ethnic blood lines comprising it. UMNO too needs to learn, just like the Malays, that it is not an ethnically race-based political party because it represents the inclusive Constitutional Malays and look after their interests besides that of other citizens as well.

  2. Dear Ellese,

    I’ve always believed in an open choice free “market” system of sorts. If the deal is good, we buy it. Similarly with ethics and politics. If they do good stuff, its good and we adopt it. A pragmatic approach.

    To hope for DAP to change their stance is futile. Even if they do change, what then? We still have 4 more years before elections (another weakness of representative-democracy in general). Another thing I believe is if you have that power, you should have the responsibility. Having said that, the prerogative is on the government of the day to settle issues like this.

    Rumours exists only because the full truth is not revealed. Give us facts. Meeting minutes from the PTA will show their agreement on the “satellite canteen” and when it started. How are recesses conducted? How long was the supposed installation of the glass door, show the invoice. Who gave the decision to install the door (again, staff meeting minutes will reveal this? As of now, what they say do not add up at all. Even the numbers I’m getting from papers do not make sense. I believe all these can be revealed if the government has the will to do it.

    James Chin once gave a talk last year on the education system and the politics involved. He was solemn during the speech, and only focused on one main point throughout his entire talk, to change, there must be political will. Without that, forget about change.

  3. I can see only two main issues. Domination and secularization. In their vision of future Malaysia the Nons are concerned of the domination of the Malays/Islam – forcing their life styles on them, under pain of subjugation and cultural annihilation. Well Ellese… we have fanatics and bigots from both sides of the barricade working hard to paint a picture of total and profound sense of dispair and instability. I am thinking that the Sedition Act should be strictly enforced to stop all these nonsense and stupidity. 🙂

  4. +1.

    I totally agree with what you wrote here, Ellese.

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