Hornbill Unleashed

June 2, 2009

Free yourself from your mental prison

By Sim Kwang Yang

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For many decades in the past, many Malaysians gave up dreaming because they saw no alternatives to the status quo; they felt completely powerless, overwhelmed, and without hope, in the face of sheer naked power flaunted by the Barisan Nasional.

Whenever I floated the possibility of an alternative government in Malaysia one-day, voters like that would sneer at me and asked me to “dream on”. Even many opposition supporters in Sarawak today think that BN will be in power in my home state for eternity, simply because the Sarawak BN is too powerful and too rich, and the people are simply too stupid and too easily bought.

But the political climate has changed.

I wrote a piece several days ago, suggesting that a Royal Commission of Enquiry be set up to investigate into the Port Klang Free Zone scandal.  Several readers posted their comments, asking rhetorical questions like, “what is the point of setting up a royal commission of enquiry when so many in the past had not yielded results?’

This kind of questions betrays a defeatist attitude among many Malaysians.  For many decades in the past, many Malaysians gave up dreaming because they saw no alternatives to the status quo; they felt completely powerless, overwhelmed, and without hope, in the face of sheer naked power flaunted by the Barisan Nasional.

Whenever I floated the possibility of an alternative government in Malaysia one-day, voters like that would sneer at me and asked me to “dream on”.  Even many opposition supporters in Sarawak today think that BN will be in power in my home state for eternity, simply because the Sarawak BN is too powerful and too rich, and the people are simply too stupid and too easily bought.

brainI remember that in the 1980s and in the 1990s, the opposition leader used to call on the government to form Royal Commission of Enquiry on one scandal or another during many parliament sessions.  He shouted himself hoarse, and none was established.

But the political climate has changed.  We have had two such Commissions, one to investigate the police, and the other to investigate the Lingam Tape.  They may not bring us the results that we want, in bringing full reform to the judiciary and the police, but they were not completely useless.  They made revelations and recommendations that open up possibilities for the future.  Above all, they put the heat on two institutions which were hitherto untouchable.

To develop our infant – and often infantile – democracy, we need to improve our political institutions.  Any Royal commission of Enquiry are such an institution.  We must put pressure on our government to establish such a Commission as a matter of habit and a parliamentary convention.

People who are too ready to ask a question such as “what is the use of X?”,  or “what is the point of Y?” have to exorcise this question from the mental vocabulary if they want to help reform to our deformed political system.

wfd_educ_etsThey are too easily disappointed and de-motivated by temporary setbacks and stumbling blocks of the moment.  They surrender too easily.  They perhaps do not dare to dream, in the manner that Martin Luther King dared to dream.

What it means is that in this political struggle to realise meaningful democracy in Malaysia, those who are addicted to the brute force of power will not easily give up their power.  You must not surrender to their fetish for brute blind power.  Instead, you should pry their power from their tight grip, bit by bit, a little bit at a time, overcoming stumbling blocks every inch of the way.

In short, the road to democracy, freedom, justice, solidarity, posterity, and equality will not be a straight line, to be traversed overnight.  It will be a long and winding uphill road all the way.  You must engage yourself in climbing this road without whining, outburst of disappointment, and pouring cold water on other co-travellers on this road.  You must travel on this difficult path with hope in your heart, iron in your soul, and cheer in your bones and sinews.

On the Internet, especially in postings at RPK’s Malaysia-Today but less so in Hornbill Unleashed, I read many comments that are just outbursts of feelings that may be genuine personal expression of rage, but that are still thoughtless.

That is a pity.

The Internet is a domain for freedom of expression and self-expression.  The domain is precious like hell, and only people who grew up in those days before the World Wide Web like me will know how powerful and precious the Internet is!

That means we must cherish this platform for freedom of expression.

fdd6bbdb9e13032615137If we want to use this freedom of self-expression, we must first make sure there is a self worthy of expression.  As Socrates used to say, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

If out blog posting is the result of the first raw feeling coming out of the nadir of our body, then we are not being fair to ourselves and our freedom of self-expression.  We must reflect upon that feeling, be passionate about what effect our words will have on others and the world, and say the most helpful and the most cherishing things to our readers out there.

Mind you I am grateful to our readers, including those who leave their remarks on our new blog.

We are growing fast.

Chee How’s article on May28, 2009 entitled “Lord Lester QC: Najib talking nonsense” broke our blog record by registering 6875 hits, and was ranked 25 in the global wordpress ranking.

Barely seven weeks after we launched our blog on March 26, we have attracted 71,000 hits.

Those of us who write for this blog do share a common vision: we want to offer the best quality of journalistic and literary writing to cyber space.  That is the best way to make our blog more popular.

We do hope that those readers who want to share our vision do the same – offer the best of yourself when leaving your comments.  You and I deserve no less.

(SKY can be reached at kenyalang578@hotmail.com )

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8 Comments »

  1. It takes Aung Sun Sukyyi almost her entire life to only achieve the opening of a small window for the world to see the darkness of the hell hole in Myammar, yet she never give up or surrender! More and more voices are throwing in as logistic to her struggle for peace and democracy! It was a sheer mission impossible but she started it, struggling with it, bit her lips and she continues to slug it out – the beacon of light in every one’s belief is near ahead!

    Never say late – though we have gone through 50 over years of gloomy state, under the hegemonic and imbalance far from fair rule of governance, Japanese also take 50 over years for them to rise up and face the unwanted powers that be and asked them to fly kite, they would like a change – so do we!

    So does in our beloved Nation, only we have the courage, hope and perseverance, we can also prick the 52 years dinasour’s skin and make her feels hurt, even with a hairy needle, collectively unleashed, they will turn into rain of arrows and kill the monster in its jugular!

    Only with solidarity, we have powers, can we only move the corpse of the giant into the ravine!

    Chnage we must! Slug it out SKY and comrades!

    Comment by Frank — September 24, 2009 @ 11:07 PM | Reply

  2. I think your site was so great and it is really awesome..Of course it really impress me a lot..

    Good job dude and i hope you can keep it up..

    Good blogging !!

    Comment by Malaysia Travel — June 12, 2009 @ 8:31 PM | Reply

  3. […] It seems that Kampung Sagah folks  holds the key to three ADUN constituencies. It is Tasik Biru,Tupong and to a certain extent Opar. BN YBs have been seen moving around during Christmas and now are using the “open houses” concept to strengthened their grip on a very vulnerable situation. This vulnerability is bests explained by SKY a former MP in the Hornbill Unleashed blog in which it is entitled  ‘FREE YOURSELF FROM MENTAL PRISON”  https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/1596/  […]

    Pingback by “PKR CALM, BN MENTAL TORTURE” « Audie61’s Weblog — June 2, 2009 @ 3:04 PM | Reply

    • Thanks for the link, Audie. Your reports from the ground is much welcome. I am hoping the Bidayuh revolt will come sooner than later. It will require very hard work to win those three seats you talk about though.

      Comment by sky — June 2, 2009 @ 6:34 PM | Reply

  4. HAIL THE CM (chief criminal)

    Comment by ALFRED DUNHILL — June 2, 2009 @ 2:25 PM | Reply

  5. SKY,
    you are a part of this awakening of our collective consiousness. Keep up the good work. One day soon, the people will retake what is theirs back from the neo colonial masters of UMNO and its running dogs.

    Shalom

    Comment by Admiral Tojo — June 2, 2009 @ 12:34 PM | Reply

  6. In one of his latest posting, RPK wrote about the Melayu Lama and Melayu Baru.

    The Sarawakian Lama are certainly thinking that no one can replace BN in Sarawak, or Taib. But Sarawakian Baru are certainly seeing it differently. Taib is coming to the end of the road, and so should BN.

    However, I think the racial politics must first be eliminated. It is worrying that whether new or old, most Sarawakians are talking about Dayak, Malay and Chinese rights and interests, playing into BN’s hands and game plan.

    Get out of our mental prison we must. The first step is to think as a Sarawakian, a Malaysian, not as a Malay, Dayak or Chinese.

    Comment by James K — June 2, 2009 @ 9:18 AM | Reply

  7. You are absolutely right, SKY. We should not give up because if we do, the perpetration will go on for God knows how much longer. Like I said before, it’s like an artist chipping at a chunk of marble which eventually will become a beautiful piece of sculpture to be admired. The BN, especially SUPP used to tell everyone you’re wasting your vote on the opposition but now most of us believe that we’re close to kicking this corrupt government out. Now SUPP don’t even dare mention it because they themselves are being kicked in the shin. This rotten government don’t deserve our support and if we care for our future and that of our children, we must get rid of them, the sooner the better for all of us.

    Comment by imwatchinu — June 2, 2009 @ 8:45 AM | Reply


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