Governance

The Silent Majority?

According to the Star, the Silent Majority has spoken. This, coupled with the news about the Signature Drive, made me laugh. Still, I will be the first to admit that this is no laughing matter. What’s worrying is the small, subtle trend to see as the protestors as demonic and intent on chaos.

I for one, do not agree. While I may disagree that street demonstrations and the like are not the way to go, I do agree that there are many issues that resolving, and they need resolutions fast. Or at the very least, they need people to step up and say, “Yes, we will resolve this, and this is the manner in which we will do so.” There are many takers for the first, but precious few for the second.

Also, this particular wording worries me in the NST’s article:

Meanwhile in Petaling Jaya, some 48 Indian organisations have expressed their regret at the increasing strident voices of disunity threatening ethnic harmony among Malaysians.

“We are anxious to work together to build a better home for all of us,” they said in a joint statement yesterday.

Bold is mine. For some reason, that particular sentence evokes the feeling that after 50 years, these people still feel that Malaysia is not their home, that they are merely visitors or expats here, and that they could be deported at any time. The thing is, Malaysia is our home, and for me at least, the above speaks of a expat mentality, rather than a citizen mentality. It implies that they think they are only allowed to receive visitor rights instead of citizen rights. You know what’s the scariest bit of them all?

They may be right.