People politics

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Politics, to be sure, is not the monopoly or preserve of politicians. Neither should criticisms of ‘political nature’ be confined to the domain of party politics.

For to suggest this kind of political limits is to promote depoliticisation and political ignorance among the ordinary people. Surely we don’t want to end up like the above monkey characters — although their antics have been largely emulated from time to time by certain politicians.

This suggestion also has the consequence of denying the rights of the citizenry to be involved in the decision-making process of the country, which is undemocratic.

Besides, in most cases criticisms of political nature are made out of love for the country. Patriotism, in case we need reminding, can go beyond the act of flying the national flag.

That is why it is rather disturbing to hear groups such as the Malay Businessmen and Industrialists Association of Malaysia (Perdasama) urging critics of the government, in particular Raja Petra Kamarudin, to be elected members of Parliament before they can make ‘political criticisms’. 

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6 Responses to “People politics”


  1. 1 Pat 9 March 2009 at 9:33 am

    That’s sad, isn’t it? Surely, RPK and others like him have a GREATER voice because they’re non-partisan.

    It’s so hard to make people understand that. I think it’s because we’re so entrenched in the idea that people only do things for themselves. ‘What’s in it for me?’

    That’s why they don’t understand RPK and where he’s coming from. Not only is he neither PKR nor UMNO, he isn’t Malay or Chinese or Indian. He’s all of them, and none of them.

    Too much for them to handle, I guess.

  2. 2 Leithaisor 9 March 2009 at 11:05 am

    Could it be the logical result of certain folks going into politics for business and other economic benefits?

    Possible after being so used to the patronage system, in which you have to be part of the system in order to reap the benefits, certain mindsets have become conditioned that to even critise, you have to be part of the system first?

    Democracy, integrity, fair-play and right to dissent – what’s all that rubbish?

  3. 3 Ex Neutral 9 March 2009 at 11:52 am

    Yes, I can vouch that RPK is non-partisan. He has been critical of Pakatan also. It’s just that bn/umno has done so many misdeeds that RPK has been more critical of them.
    Maybe (Perdasama)by issuing statement representing Businesses and Industrialists will hope the rakyat see their concern as coming from the business group. But I don’t think I’m much wrong to assume that the people issuing the statement are umno members as well. So why not just issue the statement as representatives of umno. Who are they kidding. Eventually for all these goons is ‘What’s in it for me?’
    Yes, I totally agree with Pat a lot.
    I also think that more people have to step up/out and make themselves counted. By just giving our votes might not be enough anymore.

  4. 4 Patek1472 9 March 2009 at 1:57 pm

    AFTER RAHMAN THEORY, IS IT MAHATHIR THEORY?
    (SELEPAS TEORI RAHMAN, ADAKAH TEORI MAHATHIR?)

    R.A.H.M.A.N Theory (Teori R.A.H.M.A.N)

    R – Tunku Abdul Rahman
    A – Tun Abdul Razak
    H – Tun Hussein
    M – Tun Dr. Mahathir
    A – Datuk Seri Abdullah
    N – Datuk Seri Najib

    M.A.H.A.T.H.I.R Theory (Teori M.A.H.A.T.H.I.R)

    M – Mahathir? Musa? Muhyiddin? Mohd Ali? Muhammad Muhd? Money?????????
    A – Anwar? Ahmad Zahid, Abdul Rahim? Abdul Hadi Awang? Altantuya? ???????
    H – Husam Musa? Hishammuddin? Hang Tuah? Hang Jebat? Hang Siapa? ?????????
    A – ??????????
    T – ??????????
    H – ??????????
    I – ??????????
    R – ?????????

    Why teori MAHATHIR? (Kenapa teori MAHATHIR?)

    Why not (Kenapa tidak) teori-teori ABDUL, RAZAK, HUSSEIN, ABDULLAH, NAJIB, RAHMAT, RAHMAT, MAMAK, ALTANTUYA, APANAMA, ELIZABETH, ARNAUD, SIVA, NIZAR, PPSMI ??????

    Answer coming soon! (Jawapan akan menyusul!)

  5. 5 Kok Keong 10 March 2009 at 5:33 am

    What groups like Perdasama are saying to Malaysian citizens is this: if they want to comment on politics, then say only good things about the government like they are doing. Otherwise, shut up. What stone-age mentality. It is also, predictably, not original. Singapore’s PAP government came up with such a policy in the 1980s. A case of monkeys see, monkeys do (with apologies to monkeys).

  6. 6 Townsville Nerd 16 March 2009 at 9:25 am

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    Mandy


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