July 26, 2006

Hail Big Bro

Posted in Malaysia, Religion, The Cause at 10:56 pm by egalitaria

My goodness, it was just yesterday that I lauded the social engineering processes as outlined in 1984 and Brave New World. Apparently our leaders seem to stick closely to authoritarian tactics. Does AAB think he is Big Brother?

Article 11 forums to discuss inter-faith issues must stop immediately because they are deemed to cause tension in our multi-religious society, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

If possible such discussions should not be carried out at all. It has passed the stage where it is worrying all of us. The Government will monitor the situation and developments.

How delighted one and all must be that the government will monitor the situation! How willingly we are to delegate all responsibility into their hands, since (of course) we fully entrust the governing of the nation to them, for crying out loud! But Wong Nai Chee, MCA parliamentarian pointed out clearly that:

Sweeping the issue under the carpet will not placate the minority groups into silence … assuming them into a pressured position from the strident voices of majority group. Firstly, the constitutional rights of every Malaysian is a matter of public concern, and secondly, the objective of the forums is to discuss matters on freedom of religion and it does not question the position of Islam as the official religion of Malaysia.

The general consensus on religious issues among the public could only be reached by having a rational public debate.

Is there such a thing as rational public debate in this country? Surely you don’t imply this is an impossibility! *with wide innocent eyes* Anyway, now Article 11 is seeking a meeting with our beloved Big Brother.

“(We) will seek a meeting with (him) to request further information about his concerns regarding the coalition’s activities and to provide clarification on the misconception that links (us) with the IFC.

Let’s see what Big Bro has in store for us tomorrow. Every morning a new story, everyday a new discovery in the continuing sandiwara journey of Malaysia. Keranamu Malaysia!

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