Friday, April 15, 2011

Ubah Sarawak Ubah -Nothing Else Matters

Ubah! Ubah! Ubah Sarawak Ubah!

Ahh... I haven't been doing some cheering for the longest time. I wish I could do that this time for our Sarawakian brothers and sisters since tomorrow is the most important day for them for many years to come.

Tomorrow, they will come out and vote. I was told that the ballot boxes will move from one long house to another so it is just so imperative to ensure that the voters are at the correct time for them to cast their votes. Such logistic complexity poses an inevitable risk for these boxes could be changing hands and contents and by the time the count stopped, the result could be far from reality in the ground. Such devastation could just numb our Sarawakian brothers and sisters because they know they wanted to UBAH and vote they did. How could things go so wrong for so long?

"That's a small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind" ~ Neil Armstrong

Psychologically, deep inside us, there's always an urge to do something good for others because it is the right to do.

I appeal to all those people who are involved in tomorrow's event to carry out their actions in humane and responsible manners. Please do not deny the rights of these people who have been caged by your inconsiderate actions in the past, changing the path of history to the bleak reality they have to face every single day for the past 30 years.

I appeal that you help them to carry out their right to vote whom they deem the best to UBAH their life.

I appeal that you feel for them as much as you feel when your favourite soccer player was sent off with a red card because the referee was biased.

You, in your personal capacity, can make things right!

For Sarawakian brothers and sisters and those people who have helped to galvanise their spirit to UBAH their destiny, I, for once, want to share Metallica's "Nothing else matters".

So close, no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
and nothing else matters

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
and nothing else matters

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
and nothing else matters

Friday, April 8, 2011

Election Mood: Who Do You Think You Are?

"I know I can't take one more step towards you
Cause all that's waiting is regret
And don't you know I'm not your ghost anymore?
You lost the love
I loved the most

Who do you think you are?
Runnin' round leaving scars
Collecting your jar of hearts
And tearing love apart
You're gonna catch a cold
From the ice inside your soul
So don't come back for me
Who do you think you are?"

~ Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts"

"I know I can't take one more step towards you
Cause all that's waiting is regret
And don't you know I will never vote for you anymore?
You lost the love
I loved the most

Who do you think you are?
Running around telling lies
Collecting your jar of votes
And tearing us part
You're gonna make a lot of dole
From the vice inside your soul
So don't come for me
Who do you think you are?"

~ Fi-sha

Friday, April 1, 2011

Going into Election Mood: Revisiting Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience (Resistance to Civil Government) is an essay by Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849. It argues that people should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice.

Resistance also served as part of Thoreau's metaphor comparing the government to a machine: when the machine was producing injustice, it was the duty of conscientious citizens to be "a counter friction" (i.e., a resistance) "to stop the machine".

The word civil has several definitions. The one that is intended in this case is "relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state", and so civil disobedience means "disobedience to the state.

Thoreau asserts that because governments are typically more harmful than helpful, they therefore cannot be justified. Democracy is no cure for this, as majorities simply by virtue of being majorities do not also gain the virtues of wisdom and justice. The judgment of an individual's conscience is not necessarily inferior to the decisions of a political body or majority, and so "[i]t is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right... Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice.

"That government is best which governs least" ~ Henry David Thoreau