Archive for August, 2010

Media Merdeka!

In conjunction with the 53rd Merdeka celebration this year, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has called for the unshackling of Malaysia’s mainstream press through the repeal of the Printing Presses and Publications Act.

Racists and the human race

In a world where racism drives a dangerous wedge between peoples, where hatred fights love, where discrimination craves for institutional respectability, where injustice tramples on human dignity, and where the incorrigible lust for power displaces the warm embrace for humanity, this song comes in handy.

Of Saints and Sinners

Malaysians who are critical of their government (not to be confused with the country), especially if such a view is expressed outside of the country, are deemed to have committed a cardinal sin.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom cautioned: “We should love our country and be prepared to defend it, as defending our own country is a ‘jihad’ (holy war) which carries a big divine reward. Hence, if the reward is big (for such a ‘jihad’), it is also a big sin for one to tarnish one’s own country’s image and honour to cause upheaval in the country.”

But what if some concerned Malaysians were to have expressed their deep concern and love for their country by highlighting and talking about the injustice, corruption, abuse of power and mismanagement of financial resources, among others, that exist in our midst — in the hope that these things would be addressed and redressed?

Jamil’s remark emerged in the wake of a critical comment made by Lembah Pantai member of parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar that was said to have ‘tarnished the country’s image and reputation’.

One wonders what would the ‘Saints’ have done instead — apart from flying the Jalur Gemilang…