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Jawapan kenapa rakyat Malaysia berdemo? August 4, 2009

Posted by nikmj in General, islam, National, news, Politics.
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WHY march, when the government has said that it will review the Internal Security Act? Why march, when there are other very cosy ways of giving your views and feedback?

One would understand if these were questions posed by nine-year-olds. But they are not. They are questions posed by the prime minister of this nation we call our home. Answer we must. So, why?

Because thousands who died while in detention cannot march or speak any more. That is why others have to do it for them.

Because persons in the corridors of power, persons who have amassed tremendous wealth and live in mansions, and persons who are in the position to right wrongs but won’

t, continue to rule our nation with suffocating might. And they certainly would not march. They would prevent others from marching.

Because the have-nots, the sidelined, the oppressed, the discriminated and the persecuted have no effective line to the powerful.

Because the nice ways have been tried ad nauseam for decades, but have fallen on deaf ears. 

Because none of the major recommendations of Suhakam (including on peaceful assembly), or of the commissions of inquiry, has been implemented. Because the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) is not in sight, while corruption and insecurity live in every neighbourhood; and (despite reasoned views expressed ever so nicely in opposition) Rela (people’

s volunteer corps) is being brought in to make matters even worse.

The proponents in “Su Qiu” (remember them?) were not marchers. In fact it is hard to find nicer ways than “su qiu”, because the term means “present and request” or “inform and request”. In terms of putting forward a view or a request, it is the height of politeness. Yet they were labelled “extremists” –

they who did not march.

And now you ask, why march?

Because you gave non-marchers a false name! You called them the “silent majority”, who by virtue of their silence (so you proudly argued with twisted logic) were supporters of government policies since they were not vocal in raising objections. You claimed to be protecting the interest of the “silent majority”

. Now some of them do not want to be silent anymore, and you are asking why?

Yes, because double standards and hypocrisy cannot be covered up or explained away forever; and incompetence cannot be indefinitely propped up by depleting resources.

Because cronyism can only take care of a few people, and the rest will eventually wake up to realise the repeated lies that things were done in certain ways purportedly “for their benefit”

.

Because the race card, cleverly played for such a long time, is beginning to be seen for what it really is –

a despicable tool to divide the rakyat for easier political manipulation.

Because it does not take much to figure out that there is no good reason why Malaysia, a country with abundant human resources and rich natural resources, does not have a standard of living many times higher than that of Singapore, an island state with no natural resources and that has to import human resources from Malaysia and elsewhere.

Because, in general, countries that do not persecute marchers are prosperous or are improving from their previous state of affairs, and those that do are declining.

Because Gandhi marched, Mandela marched, Martin Luther King marched, and Tunku Abdul Rahman marched.

Because more and more people realise that peaceful assemblies are no threat at all to the security of the nation, although they are a threat to the security of tenure of the ruling elite.

Because politicians do not mean it when they say with a straight face or a smile that they are the servants and that the people are the masters. No servant would treat his master with tear gas, batons and handcuffs.

Because if the marchers in history had been stopped in their tracks, places like India, Malaysia and many others would still be colonies today, apartheid would still be thriving in South Africa, Nelson Mandela would still be scribbling on the walls of Cell 5, and Obama would probably be a slave somewhere in Mississippi plotting to make his next midnight dash for the river.

And because liberty, freedom and dignity are not free vouchers posted out to each household. 

They do not come to those who just sit and wait. They have to be fought for, and gained. 

And if you still want to ask: why march; I can go on and on until the last tree is felled. But I shall obviously not.

I will end with the following lines from one of the songs sung in the 1960s by civil rights marchers in the US, without whom Obama would not be able to even sit with the whites in a bus, let alone reside in the White House:

“It isn’t nice to block the doorway
It isn’t nice to go to jail
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways have all failed
It isn’t nice; it isn’t nice
You’ve told us once, you’ve told us twice
But if that’s freedom’s price
We don’t mind …”Yeo Yang Poh is a former Bar Council president

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1. nikmj - August 4, 2009

Salahkah berhimpun?
Oleh MOHD HASBIE MUDA

SEBAHAGIAN rakyat Malaysia masih memandang serong pada perhimpunan aman. Kononnya, ia dilihat sebagai budaya rakyat Malaysia yang emosional dan berfikir pendek.

Pada asasnya, saya berpendirian menolak sebarang usaha untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara Anarki. Tiada kompromi.Namun, benarkah berhimpun sebagaimana semalam boleh membawa Malaysia ke arah sebuah negara Anarki – negara yang kacau bilau dan tidak berperaturan. Kononnya, pelabur tidak akan datang, FDI akan jatuh, peluang pekerjaan akan berkurangan dan ekonomi negara akan merudum. (Frasa dan ayat-ayat ini biasa dimomokkan dalam kursus BTN.)

Sejujurnya, saya bukanlah orang yang berminat dengan perhimpunan atau ‘Demonstrasi’. Selalu juga disindir oleh teman-teman sewaktu menjadi pimpinan pelajar dulu kerana jarang turun berhimpun atau berdemonstrasi. Walaupun kurang berminat, saya tidak menafikan perlunya berhimpun.

Kita harus jujur dalam membuat penilaian.Salahkah berhimpun? Pendek akalkah orang-orang yang berhimpun sebagaimana prasangka kita?

Benar, kita boleh menyalahkan mereka yang berhimpun jika ia dilakukan terlaku kerap.Setiap bulan misalnya. Tidak dinafikan, kesesakan jalanraya akan berlaku, perniagaan ada yang terpaksa ditutup dan sudah tentu keheningan hujung minggu juga terganggu. Namun mereka berhimpun sekadardua tiga kali setahun. Besar sangatkah impak kepada aktiviti ekonominegara jika 2 atau 3 hari daripada 365 hari digunakan oleh segelintirrakyat untuk berhimpun menyatakan sesuatu kepada kerajaan?

Mereka yang berhimpun bukanlah untuk suka-suka atau mahu menghuru-harakan negara. Janganlah disamakan rakyat Malaysia pada masa ini dengan rakyat Malaysia pada 40 tahun lalu dalam Tragedi 1969, ataupun rakyat Singapura/Malaysia yang terlibat dalam Rusuhan Natrah pada 1950. Rakyat Malaysia pada masa ini sudah ramai berpendidikan tinggi dan cerdik-cerdik. Zaman telah banyak berubah,saya yakin tiada siapa yang tidak sayangkan nyawa. Memang bodoh bagi sesiapa yang berhimpun untuk kehilangan nyawa. Mereka sudah tentu berhimpun kerana bersebab. Jika tidak, lebih baik bersantai di rumah bersama keluarga.

Pengalaman menyertai perhimpunan aman membantah PPSMI dulu cukup mengharukan. Polis terbukti menjadi punca perhimpunan bertukar ganas. Mereka melepaskan gas pemedih mata dengan membabi buta. Apa salahnya dibiarkan peserta berhimpun dan menuju ke Istana Negara? Saya tidak nampak sebarang senjata yang mereka bawa dan aliran trafik pun tidak tersekat walaupun sedikit terganggu. Namun tindakan polis(FRU) langsung tidak berperikemanusian. Mereka langsung seperti alat kerajaan yang tidak mampu berfikir. Merekalah punca kekasaran fizikal dan gangguan trafik yang parah.

Kebiasaannya, perhimpunan yang dilakukan bukanlah langkah pertama atau usaha awal dalam perjuangkan sesuatu. Ia adalah jalan terakhir. ISA telah dikecam sejak 49 tahun sejak ia digubal pada 1960. Pelbagai wacana akademik, penulisan, disertasi,tesis, memorandum, referandum dan sebagainya yang berkaitan ISA dibuat semata-mata untuk membantah perlaksanaannya di Malaysia. Namun adakah ia berkesan?

Kerajaan masih juga tanpa segan silu menyalahgunakan ISA.

Kita akui bahawa ISA mampu menyelesaikan beberapa ancaman berkaitan keselamatan negara dan kita memang memerlukan akta yang berupaya mencegah ancaman dalaman. Namun, kerajaan Barisan Nasional/Perikatan semenjak 1960 tanpa pernah rasa bersalah telah menggunakan ISA untuk menahan ahli-ahli politik khususnya pembangkang, aktivis masyarakat dan juga orang awam yang tidak berkaitan.

Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Chandra Muzaffar, Halim Arshat, Karpal Singh, Maximus Ongkilli, Teresa Kok adalah antara ahli politik dan aktivis masyarakat yang pernah merengkok. Berbahayakah mereka? Apa ancaman mereka kepada keselamatan negara?

Banyak cadangan yang lebih waras untuk diambil dalam membantah ISA. Namun, akan pedulikah kerajaan?

Kerajaan khabarnya akan mengkaji semula ISA. Ia satu permulaan yang baik jika kerajaan benar-benar ikhlas mahu berubah.

Membantah ISA bukan bermaksud kita tidak mahu akta pencegahan yang mampu menjaga keselamatan dalaman negara kita. Namun, bantahan ini diharapkan agar mampu mendesak kerajaan supaya sekurang-kurangnya meminda peruntukan tertentu yang membuka ruang kepada penyalahgunaan kuasa.

Membantah ISA juga bukan bermaksud kita membenci apatah lagi mahu menyusahkan kerajaan. Sebaliknya kita mahu supaya suara insan yang menderita akibat ISA didengari dengan lebih kuat oleh pemimpin kerajaan yang kita kasihi itu.

Kita tidak merasa menderita kerana kita tidak berada di tempat orang-orang yang sedang menderita itu. Cubalah memahami.

Source : http://mstar.com.my/variasi/rencana/cerita.asp?file=/2009/8/4/mstar_rencana/20090803154438&sec=mstar_rencana

2. apple - August 4, 2009

kerajaan mungkin akan bubarkan ISA tapi.. dengan adanya demo yg baru di lancarkan ini mungkin kerajaan terpaksa berpikir 2 kali bimbang ada yang mengaku jadi “HERO” kalau kerajaan mansuhkan selepas demo berlaku…

suatu kedaan yang tidak berhubung kait antara satu sama lain. Soal HERO dan ISA tiada hubungan. ISA haram, dan kerajaan yg majoritinya Islam seharusnya mengharamkan undang-undang kuno ini

3. nikmj - August 5, 2009

Tindakan ganas yg tidak perlu dari PDRM

4. munawar - August 10, 2009

Kebebasan berbicara dan berserikat adalah hak azazi manusia, apa guna kekayaan jika tdk ada kebebasan, ibarat burung dalam sangkar. ISA sanggkar rakyat burung ha ha ha


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