Friday, September 01, 2006
being a prick
I was supposed to compile the list of the Happy Malaysia bloggers, but that can now wait until I get this off my chest. Labels: malaysia
I just read something written by a few people who said that we would be better off under British rule and never gained Independence in the first place.
As far as common logic goes, there is a blurry line between what is outrageous and what is acceptable. You can say you hate your government - fine, that is your right as a citizen of a democratic country. You can even say you hate your country - I think it outrageous, but your preference is yours alone and I hope that you get the hell out of my country as soon as possible.
But to say that we shouldn't be Independent - to say that we would be better off under the rule of people who came to our land and took it away from us in the first place - that is a fucking travesty. It is unacceptable behaviour that shows nothing but disrespect everything and everyone associated with this country, or any independent nation for that matter.
Human history is plagued by wars fought by people desperate to be free, to be independent, and here we have misfits of society wanting to be under colonial rule. It goes against everything our founding fathers fought for, and heck if you can't associate your sovereignty with the Tunku, with Tun Tan Cheng Lock, or Tun Sambanthan, then at least respect the fact that not too long ago, your father...OUR fathers all lived in fear of communists - where truly people were afraid to step out of their homes in fear of getting shot. They didn’t plead to the English to take them back - they fought their way through the adversity and emerged victorious, yet here you are speaking from the comfort of your nice leather seat without a fear in the world that a bomb would literally drop on your head saying that you prefer to be ruled by a foreigner.
Would we be better off under the Brits? Maybe, but maybe not. Look around the world and you could ask the same of other countries. Would Brazil be better off under Portugese rule? Would the Indians under the Brits? The Phillipinos under the Spanish and the Americans? Maybe, but maybe not. It is not just us - people all around the world have in time fought for their independence - sometimes in blood, sometimes thankfully, in ink.
Today we have Palestinians willing to kill themselves to take back a land they feel is theirs, but here in Malaysia, we have fucking retards who whore themselves saying - "Hey, come back here...take what is ours - we would be better off that way, you know." Saying that you don't think we should have gotten our Independence is saying to all the people who spilled blood and sweat - in war and in freedom - it is saying to them, "Thanks a lot for everything, suckers, but no thanks!" Best you spit on the Tugu Kebangsaan while you are at it, you ungrateful miscreant.
There is a blurry line between loving and hating your country, loving and hating your government, and hell, you could say there is a blurry line between celebrating Merdeka because you mean it and celebrating it because it is a holiday for you. You can aruge over anything, but there is no argument to make about this - the fucking line cannot get any clearer. To say that we would be better off under colonial rule is sickening and unacceptable to the very core - no matter what walk of life you hail from.
I have called people many things in the past. But this has got to be the harshest. The Malays call it kurang ajar, the Hokkiens say bo ka si. Whatever the fuck you want to call it, it is nothing short of disgusting.
History has repeatedly taught us that humans (in general) are never happy under foreign rule - and that it is our BASIC INHERENT NEED to be our own master.
Why, even in the home environment, we have teenagers rebelling against the parental control - be it openly or silently behind closed doors.
Saying that our country would be better off under the rule of a society so culturally different from ours is just unthinkable.
It's like telling your parents that you'd be happier and better off as your neighbour's maid.
Fighting the communists was only a security concern. And to the communists credit, they helped to expedite independence and also secure the formation of Malaysia. Read about the Baling Talks and how it gave Tunku and the Alliance party a "ticket" to make demands in London. And how the Communist insurgency in Singapore was used as as reason to extend the Federation.
I don't think anyone has ever questioned Tunku and the Alliance Party's (not Barisan Nasional) sincerity in gaining independence. In that era, independence was in vogue and the British Empire was fading. Everything was ripe for independence. And thank God someone like Tunku got it, and not the CPM.
I think the point of the writer (that pissed you off) really is that Tunku and posse shouldn't have fought for independence. It's just that somehwere along the way, our so called liberators have turned out to be like our former colonialists.
- Divide-and-rule tactics (saying one thing in govt/UMNO-linked Malay newspapers and another in govt/UMNO/MCA-linked newspapers to pander to different groups) has been mastered.
- the preservation of a Malay elite and feudal society to rule over the other plebian Malays
- the continued reliance on the police and other organs of the state (JAWI/JAIS etc) as a means to instill fear and mould society's behaviour, ignoring the fact that the population's hearts and minds need to be won. In other words, treating all the population as if we are uneducated half-human beings that need to be caned like dogs.
I think the writing is on the wall, the Ruling Govt of the day has to realize that it is beginning to look more and more like our former Colonial Masters, and more and more people are realizing that.
To call that writer kurang ajar or bo ka si or worse than disgusting only distracts your readers from the whole point of that contentional article, asking themselves:
Who have we liberated ourselves from then?
No, the comparison should be more like Cinderella (or something along the lines of it):
You have parents who sacrificed everything for you. Then one day mom dies. Dad marries again, to an evil witch. Then one day, dad dies. The evil witch and her other daughters then imprison you and don't let you go to Prince Charming's Ball.
The UMNO of today is not the same as the UMNO of yesterday. It was deregistered in 1987/1988. Anyway, the Tunku and Hussein Onn refused to join the new UMNO that UMNO created.
The Alliance of 1955 is not the same as Barisan Nasional 2006. The component parties are not entirely the same, the objectives have changed, the assumptions have changed, and the people have changed.
Anyway, for the benefit of your readers, I believe that this is the article that you are referring to. Let people judge for themselves.
What Merdeka ? Malaysia better off as a British Colony?
And so today, we supposedly celebrate Hari Merdeka number 49 of Malaysia. There’re those of us who believe that Malaysia is worse off today than if she was still under British Colonization. That could very well be true. What we did during independence, is that we traded a bunch of benign forward thinking dictators, for a huge bunch of racists, corrupt, selfish and extremist politicians for this country.
Are we really an Independent nation ? Are we really Merdeka yet ? Some say no, because we are now out of the frying pan, and into the fire. We may be technically independent as a nation, but socially, mentally, economically, morally, intellectually, we’re still prisoners in this country. We have allowed our values to be degraded, our independent mind subjugated by these new dictators called Barisan Nasional. Merdeka to me, is just a technical decoration in the United Nations that brings no effective value to Malaysians.
We’re worse off than before, even more racially and religiously divided. We’re approaching Talibanists style of state rule. This definitely is a sign that we’re worse off under the current regime compared to the previous British rule. I am no white man ass-kisser, but I give credits to them where necessary. The Brits certainly do not exhibit the same kind of feudalism and religious extremism that is coming from our current generation of leaders. Yes they have their own faults, but if you compare Hong Kong in 1997 and before, they’re still a much more prosperous state than we are today.
Is Malaysia capable of being an independent nation? If not, then it has been a waste to declare ourselves independent. What are we really independent from ? What is the use of Merdeka if we squander it away and replace it’s existence with growing racial divide, corruption, nepotism, cronyism, indifference, religious extremism? Our indifference towards these issues that are ailing the country goes to show that we really don’t deserve our Independence at all. We’re probably much better off as a British Colony until a more suitable time in the future when we can truly call ourselves an Independent Nation.
Until then, please be more alert, less indifferent, and exercise our rights as voters and please make the appropriate choice in the next Election. I don’t expect any opposition party to be the next government, but together, at least we can guarantee that our current dictators do not get an astounding 2/3rd majority to continue their arrogant, insensitive and divisive ways of governance. We have to show that we have matured, that we have grown out of their feudalistic nonsense and that we earned and truly deserve our Independence, even if it means being independent of the undeserving Barisan Nasional.
This ends my ’sermon’ for Merdeka today and I truly enjoyed pinging PPS these last few days. Don’t worry, this won’t be a regular habit as I must now get back to finishing my other unfinished businesses.
Sekian, Terima Kasih.
Regarding hardworking Chinese (and how the Brits adore them), I have no comment. There are many examples to prove that, and many more that do not.
And to anyone who dares suggest that we need a common language, common race (ala Bangsar Malaysia), common religion etc. to unite us all pls think again.
Nations like Korea, Vietnam, Germany, parts of Indonesia, a few African states, and even China (viz. ROC vs PROC) are counterexamples.
I belief that this idea called "Malaysia" is greater and and means more than just a common religion, race, language.
That's why we always have this debate every August/September. We are still trying to ask ourselves what it means, no? It's a process of introspection and self reflection no? Even if it means it digs up a lot of shit?
And thus any suggestion that anything un-politically correct deserves to be called kurang ajar, and unMalaysian should be avoided.
We need to debate it all openly. Call it a waste of time if you want, but that's the beauty and ugliness of the whole thing.
If you're unhappy with the Captain steering the ship, then by all means, exercise your franchise and elect whomever you thinks is a better Captain up.
But I feel that Malaysia belongs to the Malaysians and it is better left governed by the Malaysians.
The loyalty we have to the country we have today is the same as the loyalty we would have had in 1957 (had we been born already).
Meanwhile, the government, although same in name only, has changed.
That I guess is the point of ShadowFox's article. The "people" that have brought us kemerdekaan have morphed back into "penjajah". In other words, Merdeka or not, we are still the same, not free.
Yes, I am a Malaysian and I will exercise my right to elect the government, now that I can vote.
In law, treason is the crime of disloyalty to one's nation or state. A person who betrays the nation of their citizenship and/or reneges on an oath of loyalty and in some way willfully cooperates with an enemy, is considered to be a traitor. Oran's Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as: "...[a]...citizen's actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation]." In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.
Traitor may also mean a person who betrays (or is accused of betraying) their own political party, family, friends, ethnic group, religion, or other group to which they may belong. Often, such accusations are controversial and disputed, as the person may not identify with the group of which they are a member, or may otherwise disagree with the group leaders making the charge. See, for example, race traitor.
At times, the term "traitor" has been levelled as a political epithet, regardless of any verifiable treasonous action. In a civil war or insurrection, the winners may deem the losers to be traitors. Likewise the term "traitor" is used in heated political discussion – typically as a slur against political dissidents, or against officials in power who are perceived as failing to act in the best interest of their constituents. In certain cases, as with the German Dolchstoßlegende, the accusation of treason towards a large group of people can be a unifying political message.
In George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four the government attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects, labeling unapproved thoughts with the term thoughtcrime or, in Newspeak, "crimethink".
In the book, Winston Smith, the main character, writes in his diary:
Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death.
He also makes remarks to the effect that "Thoughtcrime is the only crime that matters."