Sunday, July 10, 2011

Yellow Fever


Yup, we're all still struck by the Yellow Fever. 

Just look at your Facebook wall.  Almost EVERYONE is talking about it.  And even arguing on who's right and wrong.

If you're one of my 700 friends on Facebook, you'd know who I am for.

On the opposing hand, Bersih 2.0 is the opposition plot to topple the current ruling party.  Those who think that our goverment is doing an excellent job in ruling our country would definitely be against this.  Why do we want to cause disharmony in an already peaceful country?  Plus, the rally is a huge inconvinience for everyone in KL - being stuck in the jam for hours, plans cancelled.  And also, what would the tourist and people from other countries think of Malaysia?  We'd definitely drive them away, hence a loss in tourism income.

And on the other,  Bersih 2.0 is what it is.  A rally for a cleaner electoral.  Whoever believes in a cleaner electoral, can join in.  Whether you are for or against the government.  Dirty politics do happen on both sides, right? So whoever wins the next General Election, it has to be based on true People Power.  We want a cleaner election so we can have a ruling party who can actually do something to help our nation e.g. giving back the poorest state its riches back.  It may cause a huge inconvenience to the people in KL for a day - but some has already gone through half a century of inconvenience.  As for thinking what would people think, why bother when we have already been a laughing stock and other countries seem to be cool with our fellow Malaysians holding peaceful rallies all over the world.


So.

Who's right and who's wrong?

We are all entitled to our own opinion.  We will believe what we want to believe - no matter how much facts and non-facts are laid out for us.  And the arguing could go on forever because we already chose to believe our own opinion.

The same goes with the media.  Whether you choose to believe the mainstream or alternative, it is your choice and nobody can change your stand.  Until something/somebody really fucks up and destroys their angelic perception in your eyes. 

Therefore, I decided to withdraw from this arguing and the 'forcing each other's beliefs onto each other'. 

What I'm sure of is, we all love our country.  And that's why we're arguing over who's destroying our beloved land.

So when we're over this Yellow Fever, let's go back to liking and commenting each other's status updates, links and blogs, yeah?

10 comments:

ALTing said...

I definitely agree and fully support Bersih 2.0 and the message it brings. However, bringing that message to the streets in an illegal rally is not exactly the best of ways to get the message across. Through the rally with all the troublemakers that managed to slip in between the crowd, that message has been diluted and tarnished. So, the Malaysian Democracy today is "if there is something you don't like about how the country is being managed, just go to the streets and hold a demonstration". Ok, so for the sake of argument, let's turn the tables around.

Let's say if BN is the Opposition after the next election, is it fair to say that if they are not happy about the way PR is running the country, will Government of the day allow them to hold a demonstration right in the middle of the city.. Without a permit... On a Saturday.. During the peak tourist season in Malaysia?

It's all about the execution of the idea.. And i think, as a man from street's perspective, this is an example of a great idea with the noblest message being poorly executed.

Melancholic Fool said...

for a whole different level

I DONT support Bersih, the cause - yeah, the execution - Not at all.

I believe that some people decided one day that they want to create some movement for a good cause, but it toppled and snowballed into something different as supporters with their own ulterior motives joined in.

I am FOR government... whether it is the current one, or a new one, but if i see that it is not to my liking, I will move....

the only reason why I think that i want to migrate (apart from the fact that i cannot use thepiratebay.com) is because i think the society in Malaysia has turned into an existensialism type and the type who always professes but have the 'akal' of a fourteen year old. I dont want to be associated with these people ...

I support Bersih's initial cause, but I DONT, in fact i HATE the way they decide to make their voices heard. Even if they do the rally without the police provocation, would the electoral be clean from the supposedly dirty corruption anyway? I dont think so,...

That is the problem with Malaysian, always, ALWAYS resort to this 'tunjuk perasaan' thing, we all know the result of mob psychology, it is not honest, it's only influential, never true.

I hated it when they did it with the PPSMI thing a few years ago, i lost my respect towards the Sasterawan Negara at that time... and now, I lost my respect at most Malaysians.

This is all the leaders' politics, sometimes i dont even think that it has anything to do with us, little humans who they call rakyat with great rights. I am just trying to think how to bring good food into my mom's fridge...

And sometimes we little humans are affected by the mob psychology even though we only looking at it through the TV.

I had a talk with an avid PAS supporter who is also a president of the Opposition in UPM politic scene.

The way he described what he thought was like this-

'Eleh, dia kata bende ni menyusahkan org ramai, tapi bila wat jom heboh tak pe lak'

what kind of sore loser is that? and beleive it or not, it is a popular belief. I don't want my child to be brought up amongst the children of these people...

and at the end of the day, the election will come... despite the popular hullaballo, someone will win, and there will be more sore losers... on EITHER side...

I dont like it... I hate this mob-mania, it may work at times like in Egypt, but look at what the mob-psychology did to its people lives. SOmeone even got raped while they are rallying for a good cause...

This only reminds me of the Islamophobia movement that that has been and still going on in white dominated country...

Malaysia is moving, closer and closer to becomeing a juvenile america... while some may see it as a step to development, i see it as a step towards the moral/societal dark ages...

this is only My Opinion, like if i have a son, this is what i will tell them...

I have been keeping quiet about the BERSIH thing... when people ask, i would only say i dont support it and refuse to engage into an endless debate of how corrupt BN is... This is one and only time i would say things..

Thanks Amanda for giving space! Hehe...

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Alvin: True. I believe that could happen too. Let's just hope it won't.

Azhar: You're welcome. That must've felt great getting that load off your chest huh? :D

Santafire said...

The little rally that happened in Foh Sang was quite peaceful. Sabahan Police are profesional with the situation and are conducted well.

No violence on our side. but I wonder how many Sabahans eyes were open. I hope the rally in KL would be an encouragement since most of our Sabahan peeps who were there are sharing their 1st hand experiences online.

hojiayiing said...

6 elderly men died due to the tear gas threw by the police. - it's not as peaceful as the news reported.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Santafire: they allowed it in foh sang? that's nice...yes, they will never be forgotten...

Lucy: there were? that's so sad. n sadder that the media is twisting everything.

Phoebe said...

I agree with AL Ting. It's a great idea, but not exactly the best way to execute. To be fair, they did try less provocative ways before resorting to doing the rally.

However, I do take my hats of to their sheer determination.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Phy: yup, everything would've gone much better if there were more understanding between the two parties.

Zen said...

i believe it gets ugly when you throw in the fanatics and loyalists into the mix. i also think we are getting some influence from some other foreign countries regarding this demonstration and rioting stuff. We're a peaceful country as it is. So, please. No half-baked, reckless, baseless and totally unnecessary revolutionizationizing please.

from what i heard and saw, we would be totally bum-fucked (PUN NOT INTENDED. I REPEAT, PUN NOT INTENDED) should the opposition take the reins.

Amanda Christine Wong said...

Zen: we'll just have to see which party makes the best bum-fucker then.