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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 Egyptian and Malaysian conundrum


It is really sad for me to see and read today about the killing of unarmed protestors in Egypt. There seems to be no end in sight as I saw one of the head of the muslim’s brotherhood leader spoke on TV condemning the attack while his daughter was killed. Pro Morsi supporters now regard those who died as Jihadis. The anti Morsi believes they are doing the right thing to remove a dictatorial Morsi.

When sequence of events takes place, what is right or wrong seems irrelevant. Both sides create their own truths to justify their actions and dig themselves into a deeper polarization. Hatred becomes personal vengeance and justified under a pretext of religious and democratic truth. There is no room for compromise. In their mind there’s only one solution to the crisis: my solution and not yours. Truly a tragic consequence.

At the root of this issue is the limitless or boundless partisanship. A partisanship which suspends the ability to distinguish between what is right and wrong. We decide based on who we want to support rather than the action done. An action is wrong if a person we don’t like does it but right if it is carried out by a person we like.

As the Egyptian crisis develops, I am seeing more and more writings on facebooks people expressing support for pro and anti Morsi based on our already fractious polarization divide. Those who believe in an Islamic agenda are calling our government to support these matyrs. Those who are against it justify it as a necessary need to ward out the Islamist dictatorial agenda. We begin to pick facts rather than being objective. We again somehow failed to realise that at some point we need to put a stop and boundary to politics.

No matter how inept and dictatorial many claimed of Morsi, there is no justification to depose an elected government through a coup. Under every democratic process there is always a venue to remove the elected president by impeachment or a vote of no confidence. This is a fundamental legitimate precept as a platform to settle a dispute. If you have a majority, by all means do it. But if you don’t, you need to convince other legislatures to follow you failing which you can always convince the people at the end of the term to vote a different government. It is the most civil form of resolution. A respect of process and rule of law. Once we decide to use other means like a street protest and coup, it is naive and illogical to think others won’t do the same.

This is what has become of Egypt. Anti Morsi knows they do not have the numbers. Despite their protests and vehement objections, the constitution was not only passed by the parliament but by a referendum. This is telling. Knowing this full well, the anti morsi supporters went for street protests and a coup with the army. This is blatantly wrong. Lets be clear on this.

Now we in Malaysia must be firm on this. Those who support the Islamist agenda is supporting Morsi not because he is a very good leader. (The second biggest Islamic movement, the Salafists, have also rejected Morsi). But because it is wrong to topple an elected government by undemocratic ways. Those who are against the Islamists agenda, please stop the crap of justifying the coup based on Morsi’s alleged ineptitude and dictatorial style. The coup is patently wrong. Be principled.

Let’s have a clear thought on this issue. Lets also establish a clear value for us Malaysians. Lets be clear where the boundary of politics are. Partisanship has a limit. Failing to recognize the limits will only bring untold miseries.


2 thoughts on “The Egyptian and Malaysian conundrum

  1. “Once we decide to use other means like a street protest and coup, it is naive and illogical to think others won’t do the same.” Ellese.
    But some politicians might feel that all is fair in love & war and resorting to other means to get to their political objectives might be just as democratic as long as they can produce seemingly strong support from a large number of people though not necessarily the majority. Didn’t we experience that nearly similar kind of thing just after the last GE13? Luckily the majority amongst us were not cheated by that propaganda again and some were just truly suffering from the “street-demo-fatigue”.
    One thing to note about the Egyptians is that the vast majority of them have nothing to lose anymore from upheaval & anarchy. Malysians are slightly different – we have more to lose. Propaganda can work for a while to give the impression that the “UBAH” call will be answered by all and the Chinese especially, besides the other gullible urbanites, fell for it and were tricked into believing that the “UBAH” dreams will materialise. They have been proven wrong and some are regretting it, I am sure. That is why the renewed call for “RESORTING TO THE OTHER MEANS” after the GE13 received dwindling support and this is the clear evidence that the people feel that “once beaten, twice shy”. No, we will never be like Egypt and don’t dream for such thing to happen here.

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