Monday, September 3, 2012
We are over tolerant
Many of us are wondering as to whether the government had and is making the right move to bring the people together, ensuring them peace and stability and at the same time preparing them with a better future.
(While writing this post, former IGP Tun Haniff Omar is chairing a meeting on Bersih, tasked to look into the overwhelming support Ambiga gets, and its demand. We cannot just deny that Bersih is getting popular).
Yes, some of the government's decisions did produce good result. However, some are fast backfiring and provide the opposition and radical groups with a better platform to score their undesirably results on the people, and the nation as a whole.
We managed to wage a war against religious extremist such as the Al-Maunnah and Ibrahim Libya. The Sauk and Memali episodes detailed out how we should act fast and with full authority in containing such elements that could harm the nation.
Political extremism was also dealt with accordingly, especially those who tried to incite religious and racial hatred among Malaysians.
But we had the Internal Security Act (ISA) back then, the set of law condemned by the opposition, human rights groups and the developed West as draconian. However, it was this draconian that helped put the country to order, the same law which Singapore refused to repeal.
I believe (I guess majority Malaysians would agree) we need a new set of law to safeguard everybody's interest. It has to be fully-enforced without bias and prejudice if we want to see political stability and public order are attained. Whether it takes some heads to roll - opposition or not - we must come down hard on them.
What happened at Dataran Merdeka on the eve of Merdeka celebrations should act as an eye-opener to the government and the opposition.
We are yet to ascertain whose idea was it to produce a new flag for Malaysia and who incited Malaysian-hatred among the youths who took part but their action can be well-described as subversive as it was against the Constitution.
The Home Ministry which is blamed for some 'blunders' of failing to take stern action on elements like these, cannot anymore be seen as compromising with those involved. If no action is taken, things would get worse.
The propagators of 'democracy, human rights and freedom' should be well aware of the consequences the nation would face if total or absolute freedom is awarded. Unless they want to see the country's vision of emerging as a fully-developed nation goes down the drain, they may contest the points.
Foisting democracy onto countries ill-prepared for its associated freedoms could also be detrimental to the country's stability
Sudden change even if it is for the good is disruptive. Democracy for people who are not used to it can undermine stability resulting in war, and in this case, Malaysia is still unable to accept the absolute freedom that Western democracies believe in.
Maybe one of these days, perhaps we would be comfortable with their values but for the moment, we are not.
Freedom should not be taken out of context. We are different from others. Better to take precautionary moves before its too late.
The opposition and outsiders may not like it but we have shown them how strong measures really augured well in keeping the house clean from extremism and subversive materials. If bloodshed and civil war start to tear the country apart, any action would be too late!