Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An 'Animal Farm' In Malaysia

We have outlined a method in our last post, where the voter may punish erring politicians, without worrying if they belong to the party or coalition of their choice or not. It is ironic that animal abuse started our series of posts on this issue, and co-incidental that an arrogantly ignored animal rights protest, by the duplicitious DAP, further fuelled the fire of our outrage. What we are trying to do, other than ensuring justice is dealt out to a demented abuser, and to those who protected and tried to white-wash her crime, is to avoid an 'Animal Farm' in Malaysia.

This has already happened in Penang's Kpg. Buah Pala, where the residents, barely having completed celebrating that they had got rid of the BN, found themselves facing the BN. No, it is not a typing error.

So, we seek a tool, a method to ensure that the voter is treated with due respect throughout, rather than only during elections. Power must remain, in the hands of the citizens, and not transferred to politicians, who wield it carelessly and effectively cease to fear the vote, and the voter. Citizens must have the ability to punish any party, and any politician, for their transgressions, no matter which side of the divide they belong to, without being hobbled by the chains of coalition, or party, loyalty.

Or we will end up like the animals in 'Animal Farm', which after vanquishing a cruel whip-wielding owner, found themselves years later, and we quote :
"As for the others, their life, so far as they knew, was as it had always been. They were generally hungry, they slept on straw, they drank from the pool, they laboured in the fields; in winter they were troubled by the cold, and in summer by the flies. Sometimes the older ones among them racked their dim memories and tried to determine whether in the early days of the Rebellion, when Jones's expulsion was still recent, things had been better or worse than now".

Ean Yong did what he did for one reason and one reason only, to gain more votes from his constituents, however miniscule that number of votes. For a few paltry votes, he was only too willing to pervert the course of justice and allow a self-admitted criminal to go free. He may have watched the awful video of the killing, but clearly felt nothing, or he would not have acted as he did.

This is the fatal flaw of the DAP as well, they subject non-negotiable Humane Values and Principles to cold, uncaring political calculation. They scream of the need for Humane Values, while burying it, with cynical smirk, in their own backyards.

As for his statement that he was 'only' trying to give the abuser a platform to apologize, we ask him to save these nonsenical defences for the more guillible. It is no business of legislators and public officials to try to protect criminals. They should be upholding what little law there is in uncaring Malaysia to protect the defenceless, be they animal or human.

To the crass, unfeeling Ean Yong, it was only a cat, and he would not have expected this unceasing furore. To us, it is a distraction from our duties to keep writing about this small-time politician. But his transgression is grave, and we will see him punished.

We will end by saying, to those who think that this is a 'small' issue, that it is not. Every inhumane act, big or small, must be punished. No transgressor or abettor can be allowed to escape punishment. For if we weigh crimes by our own perceptions, instead of letting the law take it's course, and let them off lightly, they will only grow more bold, and we all, human and animal, will find our rights in jeopardy.

And we may find ourselves remembering too late Martin Niemoller's words, when 'they' come for us and there is no one left to protest.

Or, we may wake up one day, in the future, after thinking ourselves successful in ridding Malaysia of a tyrannical government, and find we are living in Malaysia's own 'Animal Farm'.

Note : We have referred to 'Animal Farm' several times in this post and perhaps should explain, as some may not be aware, that it is a short book by George Orwell. For those who have not read it, you will have to. For those who have, it may be time to re-read it. Though it is always hard to read of Boxer's fate, which broke our heart, when we, still a child, read it, and had thought it really was, a story about an animal farm.

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