October 24, 2008
Dumbing Down of Politics
By Tricia Yeoh
IN legal terms, the “reasonable person” standard is often used in arguing out cases. It is not always easy to define what this means. But it is generally accepted that the reasonable person is one who is well informed, capable, aware of the law, and fair-minded. Thus “reasonable politics” would be one that similarly lives up to each of these ideals.
It is safe to say that if Malaysia had ever practised reasonable politics, we have certainly long abandoned it.
In the last week, things have been quieter on the political front, presumably due to the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations across the country. But nay, never a dull day in hyperactive and hypersensitive Malaysia: at an open house hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a group of 200 Hindraf activists handed over flowers and a Hari Raya greeting card appealing for the abolishment of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the release of the Hindraf five (the Hindu Rights Action Force leaders imprisoned under the Act that allows for indefinite detention without trial).
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