Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Keyboard Warrior Malaysians

Felt and itch in my mind and fingers and so, I have decided to blog again. I'm really gonna beat around the bush about this shit, can't think straight cause of exams.

The media is really picking on Malaysia, and its really, our fault. No, not only the gomen, but its really all our fault; and no, I'm not going to talk about voting rights and all those jack-dung. Okay, maybe a bit but its only to warn that change will not happen at the present nor will it happen in the near future. The voting system here is spoiled so deep, that only the reigning party of a a few decades will understand; they have only to win those important seats to regain control and in those areas. Adding to that, the reigning party has such a strong political hold in those important areas that only time can loosen their grip. The opposition however, is still growing and their leader does not even have a grip on their own allies. So enough said; we need to move on, and especially the youngsters.

I have to say, people of my generation, even me, we lose patience to fast, we learn too fast and forget to take a step back and think. What we see in the media, are to me, to different sides; we have that Malaysiakini style bunch and we have the loyal mainstream puppets. Readers of one get too emotional, readers of another are blinded by ignorance. What we get from this are storms on social media sites, like rants, complaints, hate posts, spreading of rumours and other shenanigans (what I call them). I'm pretty sure most of us believe that the freedom of speech or writing is important but we do not know how to make it work for us. Malaysia will not change for a long time because we lack one key thing, DIALOGUE.

For most of my Facebook friends, and sometimes me too; we like to complain and rant about what's going on in the news, how stupid our leaders look or sound when they say certain things or whether banning inter-religion marriages is against the constitution. All I see are posts going "I can't believe this, WTF, How can this happen etc." and then insert a news post. I know social media is for sharing but I don't think we see the point here, shit is really happening in our country and we need to prevent this from continuing, and posting news with a caption ain't going to help. We need to start talking about important things and coming up with educated criticism; but that's not it, sharing you views ain't enough to get the message across, no it won't.

Got to encourage others to join and share their thoughts as well. This is the DIALOGUE I'm talking about, we do not just want to hear our friends trying to calm us down or agree with passion, but our enemies to respond too; but with patience and some sense of course. A typical bad habit of Malaysians, (even seen in the parliament meetings or "Peoples Hall") is that we criticise not with substance but with nonsensical insults. Yes, we like to hit the jugular straight away. It is rude, it boils the other guy's blood, and it will eventually lead to sentences that involve personifying pigs. Then, we forget the main point.

In fact, we are still youthful, and full of rebellious energy, why waste that energy pouring hateful posts, quoting ridiculous words from our leaders being all emotional about bad leadership in our country. It's not for us to complaint when we are the future of this country; let the older generations complaint, cause they have the right to. They have lived here for so long, worked so hard for their children and the current situation isn't what they deserve to be honest. Those who are much more senior to us, some even seen the Golden Age of our politics (when we won independence), been through the emergency era, maybe even the war, and now to see our country like this, they have the right to rant and complaint.  This leads to us young adults today to actually make a change for the future.

We actually have less problems than most developing countries out there. Many friends of mine (International Students) have it worse at their home countries; people from Sri Lanka say their gomen (who ended the war against the Tamil Tigers, if I'm not mistaken) is actually a power hungry family business and have gangsters "deal" with people they don't like; A friend from Pakistan, will never go back cause you may actually lose you life there; Thailand is in turmoil; while we are here criticising our PM for visiting pandas. We have more important things to worry about, like our constitutional rights for freedom of speech, sedition act, freedom of religion and so on. Visiting pandas is probably a formality that the PM have to go through or the Chinese will get angry and a PR stunt to keep our minds away from GST issues. We can't even focus on the important things, so how can our leaders?

And to be honest, I do not know much about our own constitution; DO YOU? We need to buck up on that, get educated on our own country, its laws and its crazy economic movements; then we criticise. This generation needs to grow up fast and not just see right from wrong and what's ridiculous (because at the moment, a lot of news are obviously ridiculous) but to open our minds and ask the right questions as well. We need to start openly creating dialogues to share opinions because there is no true right or true wrong, and most importantly to understand the many issues from different perspectives with an open mind. Take the bigger picture, cause that's what we need to see.

I plead for all Malaysians to be mindful of what we post about our country or why we are ranting or complaining about a certain national issue. Try not to be emotional, be rational and be more accepting toward other people's opinions. From there, we can probably get more people to open their minds and think a little more. Usually, when we think, we get smarter, not when when attend classes. Maybe, just maybe if we are able to make more people think; we will have more educated leaders next time. Also, hopefully blokes our age would think twice than to ridicule themselves when some become our leaders.

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