In case you didn’t catch the 101 East episode on AlJazeera last night which discussed the BERSIH rally, here’s a 4-part video of the show. Guests were: minister Nazri Aziz, Khairy Jamaluddin and human rights lawyer, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar.
I *heart* you, Imtiaz.
Part 1 of 4
Part 2 of 4
Part 3 of 4
Part 4 of 4
Stinky and I were truly offended by the smugness of minister Nazri’s interpretation of what a democracy is, and his and KJ’s obvious disdain for the Opposition. Here is what Stinky had to say after I had finished wailing that they didn’t give Imtiaz enough airtime.
Nazri said that “we are the people, as we are democratically elected by the majority, and therefore we represent the majority.”
However, democracy does not mean that you only have to represent/listen to what the majority wants. Democracy is, first and foremost, a guarantee that the majority shall not trample upon the rights & voices of the minority. That is why in the UK, there are imams who preach hatred against Jews during the Friday prayers’ sermons, and are still NOT denied their right to say so, what more detained under some sort of ISA.
That is also why there are devil/satan worshippers in the UK or the US who are free to do their devil/satanworshipping as long as they don’t interfere with another person’s rights/liberty. That is also why there are communist organisations/parties still in existence in the West, spouting their beliefs, and not denied the chance to do so, despite the countries being a democracy.
For a true democracy is a guarantee that ANY voice, no matter how small (or absurd/immoral) shall be heard and never obstructed/denied.
Khairy’s point that the rally is actually an ‘Opposition rally’ and not a ‘common people’s rally’ glaringly misses the point, because the rally itself is a voice, whose voice it is is totally irrelevant. What is important is that voice shall be heard and not denied/obstructed.
How’s that for a wet Friday morning?