Malaysiakini Letter

Freedom, democracy mean nothing if...

Truly Malaysian  |  Published:  |  Modified:

It is totally exhilarating to watch, read about and try to understand the mindsets of fellow Malaysians participating in various rallies. Every writer, blogger and observer partaking in these have their distinctive beliefs and views on how, why, what if, what may or may not happen.

My question to fellow Malaysian is: Why were more than a hundred Hindraf demonstrators arrested while none of the Bersih demonstrators were?

This is the Malaysian government for you and its own world of politics and decision-making. Double standards prevail but after all, we are the great nation of Malaysia with a confluence of society, an example to the world and presumably, have learned to live with tolerance. It must be the right decision then, let's live by it.

As Malaysians, aren't we mature enough to deal with the real message rather that being used as a tool for deeds that our lovely society disapproves of? Let's grow up and mature for the betterment of our society, not for the few.

Opinions and thoughts are enlightening but it have to be with conscience. Can anyone in their own conscience and thoughts deny the fact that the majority of Indians are currently the overrated underclass in Malaysia?

Other segments of society have their own problems but is there someone willing to do the necessary? Or will we forever be satisfied with camouflage? That is the choice the other segments of society have to make. Most Malaysians have grown up with all the other races. The only identity we carry is being Malaysian. Why do we continue to segregate ourselves, trying to identify as a Malay, Chinese, Indian or ‘lain-lain’? This is the precarious, default mindsets we have. Until we are able to deal with this, the few will know how to and continue to manipulate it.

Disregard freedom, liberty, democracy, press freedom. It means nothing if you cannot think consciously and justly for the society you live in. We need to change our collective mentalities rather than pursuing our own individual needs with the ‘tidak apa’ attitude. Vagabond forever.

A simple example is Hindraf, which from total obscurity had gathered such a momentum, due to the will of the people collectively. The message is right although the method may be flawed. What can you do when nobody listens? Imagine if Malaysians can act collectively - it would rattle the ballot box too. Rest in peace knowing that you are conscious and just.

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