Equality under the rule of law, Inequality under the ISA
The lawyers from the Malaysian Bar Council and many other civil society groups and also opposition politicians, had all declared, in one way or the other, that we have adequate laws in place to deal with the security and lawlessness in the country and that there is no need to use the ISA to arrest and imprison indefinitely any Malaysians without a proper open trial in our courts. This is an inclination towards political tyranny and inequality.
What Malaysians have been longing for, in the last 51 years, is for a time of political maturity, where, talent and hard work matters (not race and religion), loyalty is not automatically owned to any one and that respect for each other had to be earned and not demanded by using tyrannical threats and intimidation like the ISA.
Ironically, we have inherited the old form of tyranny from which we have emerged as a nation but that has been transformed by our present government to oppressive its electorates.
So, we are eagerly awaiting the next change of government (legitimate or otherwise), as this present group is not doing what they had been elected to do, which is to protect the country from abuse of power and leading us to the road to despotism and despair.
Freedom under the rule of law, tyranny under the ISA
The behaviours of our recently elected representatives in government in Malaysia are becoming increasingly authoritarian and in an arbitrarily manner. Using the Internal Security Act (ISA) they had, in this month, arrested four Malaysians and later released three (Tan Hoon Cheng a reporter, Teresa Kok a parliamentarian, Sheih a blogger) and detained one (Raja Petra a blogger) for a two year period.
These four and many thousands of other Malaysians who had challenged their elected parliamentarians’ authority in the business of governing the country are labelled as ‘a threat to the security of the country’. The reasons for their arrest and sudden release or continued detention show that the cabinet is in disarray and autocratic, with internal ‘power struggle’ going on in the ruling party. To covering up their in-house political struggle, they have in the meantime, created a situation of fear among their electorates.
These politicians, over the years in power, had not been listening to the peoples’ concerns which are ideas that promote open debate, equality, honesty and fairness. The official responds to these request of basic Human Rights is to use the ISA on its citizens. This is what Malaysians want to change and we hope it will come soon.
The needle on my right hand draining blood down to the bag.
My friend Lee donating his blood at the UH Blood Bank
Sharing blood with our brothers and sisters
This morning, the air over the country was filled with a lot of political expectancy, there could be a new government running our nation, but what was more important to me and my friend Lee, was to answer an urgent SMS call from the University Hospital requesting O+ blood. We each gave 450ml of our blood.
There is a usual shortage of blood donors at this time of the year and it was crucial they call people up requesting blood and if you feel generous and would like to give some blood to save someone’s life, please go to the hospital, its urgent!
While lying on the bench, waiting and watching my blood flow down to the beg, I was thinking what I would like the newly elected political representatives to keep in their minds and hearts – perhaps a sense of generosity? – of giving and sharing freely with anyone, known or unknown (as in the case of giving blood to a blood bank, you do not know who will need your blood).
One of the main complains about the present government for the last 51 years is that there had been no generosity of spirit, there was only sharing of huge amount of wealth among a selected group holding power, while those majority who had elected them had been only given just ‘crumbs’ from the financial cake or else only lip service during election times.
Malaysians long to see a change of government and also a change of minds and hearts in our country.