the good’s gone

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?

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2 responses to “the good’s gone

  1. I find Khairy Jamaluddin a disappointment given that he’s an Oxford scholar and all. I expect something different from him despite his questionable ways of climbing the political ladder and gaining political mileage. He doesnt have my vote for anything except for giving him the boot from politics.

    Obviously, the ruling gov will not openly submit to the demands of people especially if the demands have the potential to highlight its weaknesses. I can accept that from a PR point of view but this doesnt mean that they should not take action to clean up the whole election process or whatever other issues that requires them to take drastic action.

    Ni tak…they sit on their asses and keep on saying it’s an opposition’s ploy. So what if it’s a ploy…who cares? What people care about is what is best for them and at present the gov is not presenting the people with a very promising idea of what is best for them. Plus, it’s the opposition’s job to keep the whole check and balance mechanism continuously working in order to keep the ruling party on its toes at all times.

    I can go on and on and on but it would probably be the same thing that others are thinking….so I wont. At least we know we’re on the same side…which is the side that demands the gov serve the people as best as they could not for their own (personal) gain but for the benefit of the masses. Which party becomes the gov I couldnt be bothered as long as they are doing good stuff for the people.

  2. nuaqe

    “I have a dream that one day this great nation of ours” will be seeing a true government by the people ,for the people. KJ is a disgrace to Oxon.Period!

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