Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Its a man eat man world out there after all...

You can say that I am an idealist...My dad said so anyway...and I'd agree to that...

My dreams may be at times impractical...and even conflicting with the real situation at hand...Which actually frustrates me even more at times...

In a way, I consider myself a grown-up...I pay my own bills, take responsibility for my own decisions, plan my own future...but on the other hand, I'm still very much a child...still choosing to hope that like your childhood friends, people will look out for you...just like a child, an argument is forgotten and the person forgiven...and then you head out to the playground to play...play with the person that you thought was your 'enemy' just a minute ago...

I'm still hating myself for doing a Don Quixote, choosing to hope, despite all the happenings around me...that there is some good in people...how impossibly naive...

My current mood is affected by the news of journalist and editor Malaysia Today (his blog), Raja Petra Kamaruddin being sent to detention for 2 years without trial...he starts his sentence today...

I may not know him by person, but my heart goes out to his family, two daughters and wife...Raja Petra was arrested by the ISA along with Theresa Kok and Tan Choon Heong...without any warrant...apparently ISA can do that, if the detainee were deemed a "threat to the national security"...

So what is this threat to the national security we are talking about?

Theresa Kok was arrested for allegedly (not even proven nor confirmed) telling mosque officials to tone down their morning call to prayer...this was later rebuked by the mosque committee themselves...

Tan Choon Heong was being arrested for reporting a racist remark by our fellow UMNO politician...real neat...Shoot the messenger, why don't you...

Raja Petra was for rocking the boat, "ridiculing Islam, insulting the Muslims and Prophet Mohammad himself", in additional to that, are articles that speaks against our Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Najib...related to the Altantuya murder case...

How threatened is we as a nation by all of the above?...And if one ever dare comment that these arrests are justified, as these people are inciting racial and religious tensions...then I would like to raise this question...whatever happened to the racist comment by (now ex-)MP Ahmad Ismail just half a month ago?...

Everyone knows how he says that we Chinese are acting like Jews...and all that bull...how come he escapes with just a slap on the wrist, a 3 year suspension from the policital game? If you ask me, his statement created more uproar that Raja Petra would have had...and if I were the Prime Minister, and I had my way...I would have had him exiled...ah, that will be a different post altogether...

If you ask me, arresting and placing Raja Petra in detention without trial...is one of the government's big mistake...they are making a hero and marytr out of him...and themselves, that laughing stock, in the eyes of other countries...

Speak against your Deputy Prime Minister within the space of your own blog, and you get a 2 year detention...

I guess freedom of speech and writing never existed in the first place....and I probably should stop rekindling the hope that it would happen anytime soon...so much for the self-proclaimed democracy in Malaysia...

Like some would say...
You either bite, or you'll get bitten...

2 comments:

Philip926 said...

Hi Emily,

Just a note to thank you for including me in your blog roll.

I know it's an insane world out there, but try to have a nice day.

Juanito said...

the other problem that i feel and i think it is justified when i whack the chinese in my blog is that all talk and no action kinda attitude...

i bet many chinese frequent MT.net but the problem was the petition signed to Free RPK stood at only 10k plus when the hits amounts to 10Million/day...

seriously, where are our balls when we are needed to walk the talk...what a pathetic lot!