Malaysiakini Letter

Malaysians - political maturity or mutation?

Truly Malaysian  |  Published:  |  Modified:

I think Malaysians deserve Umno and its lackeys to run us because we cannot see beyond ourselves as we continue to question every action with a myopic thought.

Yes, it is a freedom of thought but an individual subjectivity cannot hold its ground if it objectively does not serve the common cause of humanity in Malaysia. One then actually becomes a hypocrite.

Sure, you are oppressed in your own ways as I am but here it is not about you and me but a collective social consciousness that can permeate our society for the well-being of the whole community through collective self-conscious action.

Now, you ponder for yourselves. If Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Bersih and Hindraf did not come along to change our mindset for the goodness of society, we would have continued with our beloved BN as seen in the mandate given to them in 2004.

The check and balance in the society can only appear if we all participate, yet on March 8, 2008 our mindsets did not allow it and because of our fear and our inaction subjectively, BN is at still at the helm.

All that transpired after March 8, 2008 showed that the people are awakened and that is why the opposition keeps winning all the by-election. The infusion of information has now probably begun to change the mindset of individuals to accept that unless we individually change, it is the same all story.

Let's take Hindraf as an example. We say that it should stay apolitical, yet with all the controversy in Bukit Selambau, everyone was upset with Hindraf until they threw their support behind Pakatan Rakyat.

Now Hindraf, says it will give Najib 100 days to show what his administration can do to help the underprivileged and oppressed segment of society. Some quarters are also upset. But isn't this an apolitical stance?

I think, it is we who are political as we keep swinging right to left according to the tide without actually understanding the repercussion for the society in the long run.

As long as we are fine individually with a zillion questions and an attitude to satisfy our own alter egos as opposed to the benefit of the society, we don't bother.

Nobody is perfect nor can one judge what is perfectly right unless and until we can quench our own desire without fear and expectation to think and act beyond the box for the society at whole collectively as opposed to our own needs.

Is it your political maturity or mutation? This can only be answered by you as you have lived it. Either way, humanity survives.

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