Saturday, July 09, 2011

Big Brother, I Love You

"But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948) by George Orwell

Right this moment, an insanely huge throng of yellow-clad Malaysians is demonstrating in our capital city braving tear gas, water cannons and potential police brutality under the banner of the BERSIH 2.0 rally, and Malaysians in cities all around the world are doing the same - minus the possibility of being arrested for daring to exercise their right to assemble and to speak. And what are the seditious, unreasonable, unpatriotic demands of the BERSIH demonstrators which got our Big Brother so riled up? Why, they want measures to be taken to ensure that the next General Election will be a clean affair! How dare they!

The government have cracked down mercilessly on the demonstrators when they did it in 2006, and leading up to 2011's repeat (this time, it's bigger and yellower on several orders of magnitude), the authorities have thwarted the baaad people organising this event at every turn they could. Considering the magnitude of support BERSIH gets from the People of Malaysia, I think the government had committed a grave political cock-up in choosing to oppose it. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together in the ministry should have realised that the best possible action to take is to place themselves in support of it alongside the Opposition parties from the very beginning.

Right now, it looks like they are against instituting a fair electoral process. Jolly well done, good sirs!

I just returned from a four-day induction course organised by the Ministry of Health to initiate me into civil servitude and since I'm flying to the far side of Malaysia in the wee hours of the morning on the morrow to report for duty, I simply couldn't avail myself to be a head and a presence in the marching multitude - as much as I would love to. I offer instead my voice here. Now, I wonder if my employment with the government will be jeopardised by this heinous act of thoughtcrime?

On a related tangent, this slide was presented to us during a talk in the induction course on the conduct expected of civil officers a couple of days ago,

Obey the Big Brother
Translation: CONDUCT
An officer must be loyal to the king, country and government at all times.
Examples of breach of conduct:
Conspiring with enemies of the state.
Badmouthing/belittling government policies.
Breaking the law with the intention of opposing the government.

Tomorrow at 7:00 AM, I will be boarding the next flight to the rest of my life, and probably for most of it, I will be serving my country in my capacity as a physician. It's great that they are paying for my plane tickets and on my part, I've chosen to fly with the cheaper AirAsia rather than the amenities-included Malaysia Airlines (which costs double) like a fucking asshole bent on pinching every penny possible from taxpayers' money.

Goodbye, Malacca. Hello, Kuching.

P.S. For my foreign readers, "bersih" means "clean" in the Malay language.

Ready to help,
k0k s3n w4i


Phoebs said...

you'll be fine baby, you have your friends there :)

Azygous said...

Yang Dipertuan Agong allowed BERSIH's rally in Stadium Merdeka, even our beloved PM said they can shout as much as they want in the stadium.
Thus making it legal as long as they in the stadium, right?

Then, PM's cousin from the Home ministry said BERSIH is still ILLEGAL (waa...titah YDPA pun tak peduli).

Not too long after that, Stadium Merdeka's official announced that stadium is no longer available due to some shitty excuses like in-house activities going on la..renovation in progress la...

"Memburuk/memperkecilkan dasar kerajaan" wonder we never improve.

yuhhui said...

All the best.. to your new life there! Hope you're able to cope well( and i know you will!) and have fun there too! =) Oh ya, the moment I read your previous post, I asked if he has met you.. hehe.. Take care dude! Hopefully you get to blog often..i definitely will miss your posts!

k0k s3n w4i said...

Phoebs: thank goodness for friends. they are such great, helpful people!

Azygous: people won't want to improve when they think what they have right now is the best possible situation - which is naive. i don't trust anything that isn't capable or friendly to change.

yuhhui: i'll try to write at least once a week, but my posts will probably be shorter from now on - which some would say is a good thing :)