‘If we are to lead then one must and not practice elegant silence either when racist and ring wing groups who were soundly thrashed by the electorate in the past general elections begin to make noise and threats and unsound and unrealistic demands that pitches like South Africa in the years of apartheid!’ Dr Jacob George
Consumerist: Malaysian Politicians Told Elegant Silence – Not An Option When Racist Chants Are Made Or Stability Threatened!
The elections are over and as in every contest there are results one has to respect and adhere to.
If that fails, we have anarchy that destroys all that we have built from the time of our founding fathers to today.
If there are issues that stand out and I must admit that there are – parties aggrieved must use the proper channels to address that grief and in a manner that uphold dignity and decorum.
Those who have the reins of power too must be gracious and magnanimous in their dealings with dissent and not be tempted to put the clock back by using draconian approaches which the world has turned its back on unless one is tempting reprisals from international agencies and groupings which is unnecessary.
For those who think that they are untouchable – think again – as the house at the Hague has indeed been busy!
Unless you have desire for ‘cuti cuti Malaysia’ and no intentions to do international travel, have kids abroad, assets and huge deposits and offshore accounts in international banks and other places?
If we are to lead then one must and not practice elegant silence either when racist and ring wing groups who were soundly thrashed by the electorate in the past general elections begin to make noise and threats and unsound and unrealistic demands that pitches like South Africa in the years of apartheid!
The recent elections and the race relations in the country is just brilliant as can be seen in the racial composition in the various peaceful and well organized rallies that have been held!
If racist and ring wing fanatical groups continue to threaten minority groups, attack dissent, attack the religious lives of others they must be punished and the same goes for any strain of the media – you cannot have two sets of norms – you cannot have the law upheld to the core and immediately against political opponents while allowing great leeway to ‘those considered friends?’ when they threaten the very fabric of the nation and race relations!
Much as I hope that there will be change and flexibility that those expected to lead will indeed lead rather than hide when confronted with issues and stand out as statesmen rather than political pussies and brain dead politicians caught up in self preservation rather than aiding and abetting holistic change that would truly be 1Malaysia, I cannot but feel a uncomfortable unease of late!
May the ALMIGHTY shows us mercy and truly guide our decisions and steps always!
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