Sunday, February 17, 2008

Unchained Melody ?

Part of Article 8 states that (a) All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law; And, Article 10 of the federal constitution of malaysia states that (a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression; (b) all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms; (c) all citizens have the right to form associations.

The supreme law of the land guarantees free speech and assembly. Really ? Nice wordings ! But free speech and assembly that resulted in differing opinions and view points are often being labelled negativelly and subject to harassments. How do we promote and protect these sacred rights of all Malaysians ? Chemically laced water cannon ? Tear gas ? Detention without trial ? Political condemnation of peaceful assemby ? When would we be able to have the maturity to allow others to enjoy the privilege of freedom of expression even if it the expressions are not compatible to our ingrained preferences and biases ?

Are we supposed to be the perverted party that accept all the craps of freedom of illusions in the name of hypocrites' self serving interests of illusory national security, public order, and morality. Since when it has become morally legitimate to achieve maintenance of public order through unconstitutional violation of people's rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly ?

What is our achievement thus far in upholding free speech and assembly ? Reporters Without Borders in its 2007 annual worldwide index of press freedom report ranks Malaysia 124th out of 169 countries surveyed. Amnesty International USA, in its official website condemns Malaysian Government for failing to respect the right to freedom of assembly. The Amnesty International Report 2007 doesn't have a good impression of Malaysia either. Does India has good opinion of Malaysia ? Read this News Article by The Times Of India.

Increasingly, like all other Malaysians, I am disillusioned with our model of democracy and the perceived freedom of expression and assembly. It has incresingly become acceptable and politically correct where actions are not neccessary need to be consistent with words. I believed this disillusions are caused by the glaring political arrogances and decadences perpetuated by self serving rent seeking politicians. For the country to progress, we need to rid ourselves of unfair, unjust, and unequal treatments. We also need to rid the country of race based political parties and politics.

On March 8, 2008, go to your polling station and VOTE WISELY or VOTE ACCORDING TO YOUR HYPOCRISIES. In the mean times, perhaps, we should all sing in unison the song "Unchained Melody" to brighten up our spirits.

"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. " - Voltaire

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