People should not be afraid of their governments.
Governments should be afraid of their people.
Who am I who have not been in? But talking as an outsider, I'd hesitate in condemning the ISA outright. Two sides of the coin sort of thing. Many countries in the democratic world have versions of them. We inherits ours from the British. Of course there are checks and balances and venues in and around it.A little thought, as opposed to a little bird, comes to mind. Two actually.One, applied to RKP especially, why wriggle yourself into a position which invites unwelcome attention. There should be a good olde English proverb for this but it escapes my mind for now. Why go out on a limb and prod the hornet's nest? What is in it for you? This question on the other side of the fence should be asked too or else it will all forgotten in our rush to join the bandwagon on the other side of the divide of the question.Two, ah, this second question should prove to be interesting in more ways than two or three.So what's the fuss over being sent to detention is all about? I forgot, I'd been sent to detention, not once but twice. First time because I did not finish my homework. Second I was late for class. I only felt miserable at the injustice of being punished for a minor arbitrary offense and when my name was called at assembly. Being confined to school grounds was okay.It was only in my adult years which is roughly about now (hehe)that I saw the light or the other side of detention or banishment for some minor offence, difference of belief, or even lese majeste.To wit, many former detainees or banishees (another word?)rise above their experience not only to tell a good tale but some even to step up to a good position.Nelson Mandela comes to mind. The whole Ozzie nation is made of descendants of those who were banished for having picked up a stray penny. Rudd whatshissname is one. Anwar Ibrahim was one. Samad Ismail. Kassim Ahmad. Awshucks, world history is replete former detainees make and come good.Okay putting aside possible maltreatment of the Guantanamerah, oops, Guanguano ... aw, I give up ... kind, a stay at Kamunting is not as "Thriller" a type as we armchair critics seem to make it out to be.Teresa Kok said it wasn't that bad ... only the food was smelly or something ...Hey, all they want is to knock back your arrogance a bit, bring you back on the straight and narrow, so for Chrissake, play to the pipe and don't stiffen your upper lip. Loosen up and you'll soon be out before you can say Jack Robinson or Masya'allah!That's it, just want to share my Maggie Mee with you ... now don't be too proud, dey, or risk extending your dude run by another two years. Clang!
Zaharan Razak, thanks for your visit and your comments.They are food for thought, however many, including myself, may beg to differ with some of your views.The ISA is, being misused, it was definitely not enacted to be used willy-nilly against the likes of Raja Petra.That is the reason why the ISA should be repealed; existing, or specific new laws, can be used to effectively deal with terrorists and armed insurgents. Detention without trail should be condemned whenever and wherever it is carried out.
The truth is that Umno has ruled supreme for the last 50 years. It always got its way because the dominant ethnic majority of the country always supported its policies. The state of the nation is corrupt, racist, discriminatory, abusive, unjust, inefficient, and backwards. If Malaysia stinks then it is because Umno stinks. If the "morals of the country" stinks, then it is because the morals of Umno politicians stinks. I won't even discuss the morality of explosives and murder of foreign nationals as most people seem to be able to tell the difference between right and wrong in this instance. Instead, I shall talk about Umno corruption and Umno racism as the former will occasion the disastrous downfall of this nation, and the latter will be the downfall of the Malays. Umno teaches that it is just to discriminate against all non-malays and non-Muslims - jobs, education, schools, colleges, universities, business opportunities, government contracts, taxes, and even finding a cemetery to bury the dead. Umno teaches that it is right to discriminate on the basis of a person race, culture, language or religious belief. In front of non-malays, it speaks of tolerance and unity in diversity, and in front of malays it speaks of race, religious, cultural and language supremacy, and the glorification of power and ethnic subjugation. Bung Mokhtar leadership role as characterised by a yobbish machismo, obscene gestures, medieval attitudes towards women and minorities, and strutting bigotry within Umno is not only not an accident of chance, but an exemplary example of Umno appeal to the baser instincts and darker fantasies of its ethnic constituency. To the vernacular schools it gives a pittance for support, and to malay language schools, there is no need to be diplomatic and call them "national language" schools, it gives 100% support. As for English-medium schools, the type that made Malaysian education the best in South East Asia, and our school-leavers the most sought after anywhere in the civilised world, they were made extinct, courtesy of Umno language and cultural supremacist fantasies. So we are left with unemployable graduates with deplorable job skills and prospects. Umno policies caused a brain drain to Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada, and the US. Umno language supremacist policies caused the extinction of the best high quality education that Malaysia and the malays would ever know. Umno perversion of the very idea of meritocracy in favour of racist discrimination has ensured the lack of meritocractic competition for all Malaysians. Sooner or later, the malays will realise that denying meritocracy to non-malays guarantees that there can be no meritocracy for malays even within their own community. The fact that there is no notable inferiority complex nor entitlement complex or NEP dependence amongst the non-malays is no accident.If the non-malays were the dominant ethnic majority, and they had an Umno-like racist party to lead them with promises of ethnic supremacy, racial discrimination and ethnic privileges, then I believe they would have lost their self-confidence, self-respect and self-belief too. Farish Noor once said "Umno ternak melayu untuk disembelih".I agree, and if the dominant ethnic majority fails to see past Umno seductive promises of ethnic supremacy and false gods of ethnic aggrandisement, then we are all finished.
Ruyom, thanks for your detailed commentary.Many true words indeed.Going by informal discussions I have had with many people, including numerous Malays, the overwhelming conclusion is that a lot of Malaysians HATE UMNO.After the losses they sustained in the March 2008 General Election, UMNO in particular and BN in general have shown no sincere desire to change their selfish, arrogant, self-enriching and undemocratic thinking, which is still all too evident, furthermore UMNO has shown itself to be still overtly racial biased, and UMNO is still apparently virtually immune from the long arm of the law.This vital question need to be asked:"Why is Malaysia, given its vast natural resources, not, at the very least, economically on par with and as developed as Singapore?"Possible answers could be:Endemic bribery and corruption.Widespread incompetence.Sub-standard education system.Personal greed and selfishnessDivide and rule policies.Unsound economic policies.Public apathy,Etc.Change for the better is very long overdue, and in my opinion, Malaysians will not have to wait too long to experience these winds of change. A progressive, prosperous Malaysia will then be on the horizon.UMNO / BN will hopefully soon be condemned to the garbage can, they will be just a bad dream, and an infamous part of the history of Malaysia.
I personally think that there's nothing wrong with ISA. Every government need such Act to operate. But it is the abuse of power from the government that poison the spirit of ISA. If we can't change the government, we should change the Act. But at the end of the day, the one who has all the controls to change the Act is the government. It's a chicken-and-egg argument.
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