Boycott Batu Caves to show the people's will

Truly Malaysian

Modified 29 Jan 2008, 10:21 am

I refer to the letter Thaipusam: Other temples are okay too .

There are a plethora of reasons for why this and why that but here is an excellent opportunity to display the will and strength of the people against the narcissism of the ruling administration without civil disobedience, breach of rules, threats to national security, racist sentiments or terrorism threats unless, of course, if we are chastised for not attending Batu Caves for Thaipusam.

On Nov 25, 2007, the institutions and its agent provocateur, by merely being the ‘rakyat's’ agent, had blatantly infringed society's will. Denial of our freedom of will has diminished and tarnished the humanity and morality of society. The strength of ‘rakyat's’ agent through fear had overpowered the will of the rakyat and dethroned our freedom.

This, indeed, is not healthy as the will represents our choice and the choice to express our freedom. The will is the power to choose, a determination or preference to exercise a choice. The Batu Caves’ gatekeeper made his choice, now the ‘rakyat’ must show that the laws of humanity, morality and ethics are unaffected and shall prevail to determine the limit of our social obligation to the ruling elite and the chosen few.

We, by our will, collectively set these standards and create institutions to orderly govern us. A boycott of Batu Caves will show that the ‘rakyat's’ will is paramount. Paradoxically, it may actually have a more far-reaching effect than all the rallies to show that the will of society yearns for a better governance.

The symbolic act of not attending Batu Caves for Thaipusam will enshrine the will and strength of society irrespective of race, religion, creed as it is a Malaysian cause. This could be a resurrection of the ‘rakyat's’ will for a larger cause. We need to make the choice to express that humanity, morality and courage is alive and kicking and is ever ready to face any backlash.