How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Tricia Yeoh: Egalitaria - Freedom to offend


"THERE are many ways to think about freedom. If you live with your parents and your parents impose a curfew on you to come home by midnight, you might say that you are not free to do as you wish. That may be true. But that is not the same thing as defining the freedom of a country or a particular system.
Let me put it another way. The state or the government plays an important role of facilitating things like healthcare, education, defence and foreign affairs. But the question is when the government takes on the role of making decisions on behalf of us as individual citizens that the state of our personal freedom comes into question. To quote from Hayek, "The more the state plans, the more difficult it becomes for individuals to plan".
Of course there are many indicators that show where we stand as a nation internationally. Freedom House's Freedom in the World 2016 report shows that Malaysia is "partly free". Our press freedom status is considered "not free", and net freedom is "partly free". We perform particularly poorly in the areas of political rights (18/40), civil liberties (27/60), and Freedom on the Internet (43/100). The Economist's EIU Democracy Index classifies Malaysia as a flawed democracy, ranked 68th place amongst 167 countries. Finally, Amnesty International's report stated that in 2015 alone, 91 instances of the Sedition Act was used to arrest, investigate or charge individuals. That is nearly five times as many as the first 50 years of the Act's existence.
So by international standards, we know we're not quite hitting the mark. But critics will turn around and tell you that Malaysia is unique in its multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural society. That we have our own way of doing things and cannot be compared with the rest of the world. "Itu bukan budaya kita" is what you hear a lot of the time especially when advocates of human rights and liberty confront conservative views.
The real question we are confronted with when living in Malaysia is balancing freedoms with communitarian values.
Malaysia has the highest scores in the world in the Power Distance Index, according to a study cited by the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre's Asian Leadership Index 2014. The power distance measures the extent to which the less powerful members of organisations and institutions such as the family accept and expect power to be distributed unequally. Countries' high power distance may observe traits such as those in authority openly demonstrating their rank, politics being prone to totalitarianism and class divisions within society being accepted. Based on the study, society's power inequality in Malaysia is endorsed by followers as much as its leaders.
Malaysians are highly intolerant when this delicate balance is tipped over, preferring not to rock the boat. A recent example is when nine Australian men were charged for public nuisance when they stripped down to reveal underwear with the Malaysian flag design. Or the four tourists who stripped naked on Mount Kinabalu. Malaysians responded harshly by saying they are disrespectful to local morals and customs. Public morality is held in high regard here.
Contrast this to how Malaysians responded when our foreign diplomat was charged with burglary and assault with intent to rape after following a 21-year-old woman to her home, or when a Malaysian student was sentenced to jail in the UK for possessing over 30,000 images and videos of child pornography. These were actual serious crimes, and yet there were Malaysians who felt sorry for them, saying we should bring them back and pardon them. The Malaysian High Commission originally sought diplomatic immunity for Rizal – and Mara initially supported their scholar to give him a chance because he was a "smart student". Where was our public morality then?"

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