Things to do when you claim 'neutrality'


S Thayaparan            

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." - Paulo Freire

COMMENT Not much apparently. I was a tad disappointed in Josh Hong's piece entitled 'False neutrality'.

Besides, the last place one can claim "neutrality" is here in Malaysia because Umno has made it impossible for a certain section of the voting public to view the current ruling coalition as anything but power hungry plutocrats bent on retaining power at any cost.

I realise that it is impossible to remain neutral on a moving train and if I came across anyone advocating such nonsense, I would be the first in line to fire off a few salvos, but after 55 years of BN rule and a real shot at changing government, we seem to be stuck in the rut of holding political parties beyond criticism of any kind...


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Things to do when you claim 'neutrality'

S Thayaparan,

"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." - Paulo Freire

COMMENT Not much apparently. I was a tad disappointed in Josh Hong's piece entitled 'False neutrality'.

Besides, the last place one can claim "neutrality" is here in Malaysia because Umno has made it impossible for a certain section of the voting public to view the current ruling coalition as anything but power hungry plutocrats bent on retaining power at any cost.

I realise that it is impossible to remain neutral on a moving train and if I came across anyone advocating such nonsense, I would be the first in line to fire off a few salvos, but after 55 years of BN rule and a real shot at changing government, we seem to be stuck in the rut of holding political parties beyond criticism of any kind...


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