I’m on the move again. Now I’m in Kuching. It’s raining ever since arrived here. I was reading the Eastern Times paper ‘cos tat’s the only paper provided by the hotel. Came across an article by Dato’ Peter Minos tat I like to share clemfour visitors.
For those interested to read, here the piece of writing……
Demonstrations and riots solve nothing
The demonstration disease must be immediately stopped and, if it is not, it will surely pull Malaysia down. Something must be done to control the leaders and organisers of the public demonstrations because they cannot bring shame and possible troubles to an otherwise peaceful and stable Malaysia. At stake here are the reputation and honour of Malaysia.
Yes, all of us have some grievances. Every group or race has its own grouses and complaints. Whether a group is big or small in Malaysia, each has its own worries and concerns. Each has its wants and desires and each seeks progress and advancement.
As a member of a minority group in the country, I , too, have a lot of things to say out. But why must we go for street rioting and demonstrations to air our feelings? Why pull down our own country in order to solve our individual group’s problems?
We have our representatives in the State Assemblies and in Parliament. Why not make full use of them to bring up our problems and concerns to the government? We have political parties, as well as community associations. All these can help to bring up our grouses and worries to the authorities.
It is really sad and bad to see one community going to the streets in Kuala Lumpur to do some petitioning. This is an anti-Malaysian way. It is against our methods of airing our views. It cannot and must not be supported.
When a street demonstration is allowed to take place, the disease is contagious and will spread. It will give ideas to the other communities and that ideas are highly dangerous and detrimental to our Malaysian way of life.
Anti Malaysian forces or elements are like hungry vultures. When they see big public demonstrations, they make mountains out of mole-hills. Small things become big and bad in the media.
What would happen if the anti-Malaysian forces plant bombs and get people and the demonstrators killed and harmed? The whole world would condemn Malaysia as being bad and cruel. Sooner or later, some dangerous people will take advantage of the demonstrations and will put Malaysia down.
The Government must send a clear message – that public riotings and demonstrations cannot be allowed or tolerated for any reason or excuse. We will fully support the Government if the Government takes any action against the demonstrations’ organizers and leaders.
Over 90 percent ordinary Malaysians detest and abhor public demonstrations. Over 90 percent do not want these demonstrations to take place. So over 90 percent of Malaysians are with the government if it takes actions, whatever they are and what ever it takes.
I am not being pessimistic but it is feared that if the disease of demonstrations and riotings is not stopped now, it will surely spread and, once it becomes part of the Malaysian’s culture, it will definitely bring political instability. It will threaten national peace and even national security. The end-effects on the economy and the people can only be bad and adverse.
In our life-time, we have seen governments toppled by public demonstrations. It happened in Thailand, in the Philippines and in Indonesia. We do no want this sort of things, even if it is called “People Power” or whatever.
In a democracy, the Government is elected freely by the people through their sacred weapon – their votes. Thus government can only and must only be driven out, if necessary, by the people through their votes. It must not be by public riotings or demonstrations.
The other thing in Malaysia is that there are many races, big and small. What if one race is allowed to air its grievances through public demonstrations? If that demonstration brings success, the other races, will follow suit. This will be very, very bad to Malaysia. That is why a race-based or even issue-based public demonstration must not be allowed to take place.
This is the second time I have commented on this issue of late but I feel I have to air my view because, as a Malaysian I cannot stand and tolerate the demonstration disease. It makes our feeling bad.
As predicted, the Australians had spoken. John Howard, the Prime Minister, lost his seat in Sydney and his Party, the Liberals, was ousted.
Howards’ collapse was not a big surprise. It was predicted way in advance, months ago.
Howard was a typical leader who loved to go against public opinion. For a few rounds he could do it but, when repeatedly done, the majority got too fed-up and they ganged up and showed him the door.
Firstly, Howard used to bash the Asians, both openly and subtlely. The Asians in Australia politely complained but Howard and his Liberal Government took the matter lightly. Now, all Asian voters in Australia went against him and his party in full force. It is almost a tit for tat.
Secondly, Howard went heavily in support of Bush’s Iraq War, much against the wishes and protests of the ordinary Australian. Howard like Tony Blair, ignored the people and put Bush’s interest above that of the people. Now it is the people’s turn to kick him and his Party out.
What happened to Howard, Blair and the few leaders who supported Bush should be lesson enough. That leaders cannot ignore the feelings of the people. That, if they do, they do so at their own political perils.
Even Bush himself is being abandoned by his own men at the White House. Bush’s former Press Secretary had, for example, spilled the beans by disclosing the past use of lies, propagandas, manipulations of information and betrayals, etc by Bush and his group. The embarrassment to Bush must be terrible.
What is more in a liberal and open democracy? Even in a communist system, the people can burst out and topple the Government. This happened to the leaders of former USSR and some Eastern European countries. Terror, suppression of facts and information, the Secret Police, spies and threats cannot stop the people from thinking and knowing the truth.
Now we are living in a world of IT and the computers, which have been said to have reduced the whole world into one “global village” where information and facts of most things are open and free. It is thus impossible to silence the people or treat them with false propagandas, untruths and lies. They will somehow know and react. That is what happened in Australia.
By itself, the Commonwealth has nothing very big or powerful about it. It is just an association of the former people and nations once under the British Colonial Rule.
Unlike the UN, the Commonwealth Secretariat and body merely advise and do a bit here and here, mainly in educational and social matters. The Commonwealth does not have the big funds to help members out. It only tries to be helpful. That is all.
However, it is good and wise to be part of the Commonwealth if you are a former British Colony. It is a gentleman club of friends and associates.
But if your country is suspended or kicked out of the Commonwealth it is a terrible embarrassment. It is like being kicked out of a prestigious club.
Pakistan had been suspended of the Commonwealth because of what President Pervez Musharraf did – the dismissal of the Chief Justice, imposition of a Martial Law in the guise of an emergency, the arrests of opponents, critics, lawyers and those not with him and other things which looked blatantly bad and offensive to the Commonwealth.
Hopefully Musharraf got the message – that people are not pleased with what he did. And that displeasure must be translated in the form of some pains to him. His buddy, Bush, will not be able to rescue him now.
Respect the DUN
If some Ahli DUN think and believe that the DUN is a place to swear and shout at will and do things at their whims and fancies, they are very wrong.
The DUN is an august House. It is a house of respect and repute. No one, not even the Ahli DUN, can be disrespect to the DUN and turn it into a place of disrespect.
The DUN is a place where the Ahli DUN can and may talk, discuss, debate, argue and agree or even disagree on almost any issue, but in a respectable and proper way, with or without the DUN’s Standing Rules.
As far as I know, in the British Parliament in the past, if any MP showed disrespect to the Speaker or went against the Standing Rules, the Parliament guards could physically pull the offending MP out of the Chamber. Further defiance and disrespect could even see the MP in a lock-up.
People cannot turn the DUN or our Parliament into a fish-market where swear-words or vulgarities could be tolerated.
Take how we felt about those MPs in our Parliament who recently played around with such words as “bocor” and “tunnels”. They were offensive words and un-parliamentary and sexist. The MPs concerned were roundly condemned.
The people had elected the MPs and Ahli DUN with the hope that they can and do bring up State and National issues and even local or constituency issues – not behaving with rudeness and disrespect to the Speaker and the House.
Also the MPs and Ahli DUN must realise they are being addressed as “Yang Berhormat” (The Honorable). Thus, they must act, at all times, in or out of the House in the most Honorable way. They cannot bring dishonour to themselves or otherwise they will lose respect of the rakyat and be kicked out at the election.
According to the New Straits Times (NST) survey, Malaysians are quite worried and concerned of three things, in that order of importance – namely, inflation, crime and corruption. The NST called its survey the Merdeka Counter Survey, as published in the NST of Sunday November 25, 2007.
The NST said that 20 percent Malaysians were unhappy with the price hike and rising cost of living, 14 percent against crimes and public safety and 12 percent against corruption.
What are our comments? What are we to say on the NST survey?
As far as we know, the increase in oil price and of goods and services are the most worrying things to the people, especially of course to the lower income groups.
The housewives are the ones who complain the most because their household budgets have been affected by the rising costs of food and drinks. The usual comment is “it is very tough life” or “the value of money has really gone down.”
Yes, we the consumers can feel it. I used to spend RM10 on petrol for two or three day’s. Now RM10 cannot even sustain a day’s driving around. Nowadays, to buy things with RM100 means little. It is as if everything has “doubled” in prices in the last few years. It is kind of tough indeed.
It is, of course, tough on the government. If the price of oil keeps on rising in the global market, say, to US$100 per barrel, our pump-station price of oil will surely rise up. It will happen.
The Government cannot spend more and more on the oil subsidies, even though Malaysia is an oil-producing nation. The subsidies are a bit too heavy, “very heavy” said some. Regarding crimes and public safety, this is a big concern.
Many of us are affected by crimes. Some of us had our houses entered into and burgled, our things stolen, some of us lost motorcycles and vehicles, etc. Our ladies do not feel safe because of snatch-thieves.
News of murders, rape and abuses of women and children are almost daily news items. Yes, citizens feel not that safe anymore. This is the sentiment. The NST Survey is right in this respect.
There is a lot of thinking to be done and action to be taken to reduce the pains arising from rising cost of living and increased crimes in society. Everyone in the nation looks up to the government for the solutions and also for the help.
It is definitely tough on the ruling Government. There are some things that are beyond its control. Oil price is one.