I refer to the malaysiakini report Cabinet rejects apology from rapper.
It has been really amazing that a nobody like Wee Meng Chee fom Muar can rock the government of the ruling coalition with just a rap tune which uses the national anthem. Whilst death threats to him and his family have been reported to be made, nobody has taken the effort to find out why such silent dissent amongst the marginalised youths has begun to surface.
This young person is actually sending a message to the whole nation that to move forward, we have got to help all the races. To help all the races, we have got to stamp out corruption or at least take action on it.
This is something which we cannot hide from the young anymore, they are asking questions based on what they have to endured in an education system that does not seem to be fair to all. If we are going to stifle dissent from the young with threats, how are we going to expect the young to be loyal to the country and return from afar to serve the nation?
Wee Meng Chee's case is just the tip of the iceberg. The recent Student Leader's Convention in the federal capital saw a lot of debate on issues which were of national importance. However, their input was cooly swept under the carpet. Again, our young leaders of the future have shown us that they are more than willing to make Malaysia a better place if all if its citizens are treated equally under the law.
The young are observing and reading the history of this nation and are beginning to question the charade that we are all playing. How long are going to be in the same mode or play? How long do we continue acting? The young have a right to know as they are the inheritors of this nation.
Instead of arguing as to what action is to be taken against Wee, we must start to think of what has gone wrong with the youth of the nation thinking that no one is listening to them. We want our students to be world beaters but at the same time we want them to be docile and compliant. If that is the scenario, we will be still in the same position in 50 years time.
This silent dissent is just another cry for a level playing field for all Malaysians in the future so that the young can take us on to the world stage as world-class and towering Malaysians. Why are the bumiputeras fearing that their rights will be overshadowed? They have done remarkably well over the past 50 years and time has come to allow them to break free from the protective screen so that they will achieve even more.
Students like Wee are everywhere; they want to express themselves but fear that they will be receiving the same threats if the voice their opinions. Therefore, it is about time that we start looking at the education system to see where is it going instead of pointing missiles and guns at poor Wee.