Final comments from readers
on the ‘ultimatum’ which was issued by Umno
Youth against MP Loh Seng Kok (MCA-Kelana Jaya) for his
speech in Parliament on religion and politics.
This incident has shown to be a very sad state Malaysia is
in. The actions of Umno Youth has proven that the democratic
freedom of our country can't be guaranteed even by the
Parliament. Malaysia is a multiracial and multicultural
country, even the smallest minority's rights must be
respected and their voice be heard.
I don't think Umno Youth's reasoning that the Malays have
the biggest vote therefore they have a free hand in doing
things holds water. What makes you so sure that Malays are
angered? What make you think your actions are doing good for
the Malays or Muslim? I for one think that your actions are
disgraceful, short-sighted, narrow-minded and destroying the
very unique culture we have inherited. I can't explained how
many times I felt ashamed when questioned by my foreign
friends about our "bumiputera" policy and the way we do
Once again the arrogance of Umno Youth and others in the
privileged political sphere have unmasked themselves for the
'bullying cowards' that they are. They are not having it
their way altogether I am sure, these days and such tactics
will not deter the free expression of people 'hurt' by the
marginalising laws passed by the lop-sided parliamentary
democracy practised in the country! Non-Muslims have the
right and will stand up for the rights of all Malaysians, in
any issue considered unfair, demeaning or intentionally
wanton of human rights. The pawns in Umno should look around
the world before they venture out to do the 'dirty work' of
Anak muda jangan mudah lupa
Sejarah jua Saksi kita
Negara ini bukan Melayu, bukan Cina, bukan India
Negara ini semua yang punya
Chin Peng? Jangan fitnah semua Cina,
Ingat Tun Razak jabat dengan Komunis besar
Tapi kalau nak ungkitkan kisah lama
Siapa penceroboh, siapa pembina bangsa?
Sosial kontrak imaginasi saudara
Takan nak kekal selamanya?
Perlembagaan pun boleh dia orang ubah
Masakan kontrak tak boleh dikaji semula?
Perkauman? Yang "racist" tu, siapa?
Cina, India bukan lagi tumpang semata
Cuba lihat tanah subur Malaysia
Ada Keringat Melayu, ada Peluh Cina, ada Darah India!
Ikan tuba tidak kedapatan
Tiba masa untuk menukar umpan
Jangan hanya ingat hutang orang
Jika sendiri juga banyak berhutang.
Umno Youth members and Hishammuddin Hussein (who is a lawyer
by training) ought to know the 101 of constitutional
practice and understanding.
It is a parliamentary convention that no subject is
sacrosanct in the chambers where the people's hopes and
fears are given expression. It is the petri-dish where
cross-fertilisation of ideas allow for the germination of
policies germane to the development of a strong, harmonious
and stable society. For that reason Parliament is supreme so
that its course of proceedings is unimpeded by threats from
any quarter. If we boast so often that ours is a free
society, why is our august chambers such a poor reflection
of this pillar of freedom? Freedom of expression is the
paradigm of a free society.
Anyone with some understanding and training in the
constitutional practices of common law countries based on
the Westminster model like ours ought to understand that Loh
Seng Kok's reasoned presentation is a rather fair, unbiased
and bona fide reflection of real segments of his voter base.
He wasn't even saying anything seditious or criticising
Malay rights or Islam which is indisputably known as the
official religion in the country. He was merely saying what
some segments of his constituents wanted him to say and
would defend him for saying it. Surely he must be allowed to
say his piece. Equally, Loh would stand up to voice support
or critique of policies detrimental to bumiputeras, if
bumiputeras in his constituency or elsewhere were aggrieved
by government policies or practices that do not conduce
towards building a congenial multiracial community.
I am shocked that time and again our politicians and our MPs
have more fire in their heads than right thinking. I almost
want to give up meaningful discourse because if politicians
and MPs don't engage in social discourse, and if Parliament
disallows such intercourse, how else do politicians learn
and how can they be the people's voice and act as the
mouthpiece for the people's aspirations? In sober moments,
one need only to recall that the government's constituency
is the whole body of citizens, all Malaysians - Malays,
Ibans, Kadazans, Chinese, Indians and many, many other
communities. A democratic government represents their
interests, all of them and not just some of them. Or,
truthfully, is it any different here?
Allow me to quote the words of The Hon Sir John Laws in his
lecture on 'Law and Democracy":
"...no impediment may be placed on parliamentary processes,
such as, for instance, by a claim against an MP for
defamation; it is no more nor less than a rule of absolute
legal privilege... Its effect is that no constraint of any
kind is to be imposed on the freedom of Parliament to debate
whatever it likes. That of course is a vital principle."
We haven't even begin talking about freedom of expression in
the context of human rights. And this is Parliament where
Loh is accosted for his remarks! I could go on and on. But
sometimes I ask myself: "What's the point?" This is 101!
No point to keep on talking. Make your vote heard the next
round of elections. Don't vote MCA, don't vote MIC, don't
even vote Umno.
Make full use of your ability to speak and speak without
fear or favour. Not all Malays are Umno people and not all
Umno people represent the Mat Public - Malays interest. Most
of my Malays friends are moderates. We don't need to
tolerate each other because we just take each other as we
are, another human, warts and all. No race in our
relationship, just people.
Youth represents the Malaysian racist political primitivism
at its worst. Its Jurassic tribalism appeals to the most
base idiocy for mores without any regards to universally
understood human ethics which evolved with civilization. It
represents both outrageous selfishness and insolent denial
of reality of the Neolithic stage - permanently.
How long will it remain to insult the intelligence of all
and sundry thinkers (not just the intelligentsia) with its
unhinged demands and unrelenting hubris?
The honourable MP should make a police report against Umno
Youth Kelana Jaya. I see the action of Umno Youth Kelana
Jaya against the honourable MP as a threat and intimidation.
There is no dignity in responding to the 'ultimatum' letter.
Pro Bono Publico:
My only fear is the kind of "political culture" within Umno
Youth in Kelana Jaya that has bred such arrogance, such
shamelessness, and such bullying tactics. It does exist,
does it not?
My only hope is that it is confined to Umno Youth in Kelana
Jaya. If this is operative all over the country, then like
Jose Rizal, I must cry for my country and ask of my country,
"Cry, my beloved country."
My only prayer is that we as a country can get back on track
as soon as possible since we have lost our way a long time
ago. Can we do that with the minimal of fuss and in the
soonest of time?
Let us pray for our beloved country.
Let us pray that those in power will be endowed with the
kind of wisdom that seems so lacking in Kelana Jaya Umno
Youth, especially the 50 people who bared their teeth. Woe
betide us if this has spread further.
Let us pray that those in power will be emboldened with the
kind of courage to do what is right. And the right is might
... and never the other way around. Woe betide us if
Malaysians believe that might is right. Then, we stand
cursed by the ghosts of May 13. Then we stand haunted by the
evil of May 13.
Let us pray that wisdom and courage visit our leaders.
Let us pray that peace reigns forever in our tanah pusaka,