Do not be played out by hatred and fear

When everyone was still a small little kid, we all know very well how to get our parents to buy the toys that we wanted. Sometimes we beg. At times we cry. The worst of all is to throw a tantrum and get what you want. All these involved influencing our parents through emotions. Either they felt pity over the cries and give them the things that they wanted. Or they are just simply feeling frustrated over the tantrum and wanted to stop it.

Hardly there is any kid would negotiate and articulate the valid reasons on why they would need this or that toy. They aren’t even knowledgable enough yet to tell their parents that certain toys would help develop their brains or physical ability. Emotion is the easiest way to influence their parents.
This is us humans. Most of the time when things happen, we tend to be influenced by our emotions first then only we start to think rationally. But sometimes certain decisions made were too late before we start to think.

A life example would be when we wanted to buy a smartphone. When we are looking out for choices, we are easily influenced by the advertisement or peer pressure. We are attracted to how some smartphones can perform, the technology that it has, the newest apps that it can supports and many other amazing features. We wanted to feel trendy. We wanted to feel technologically-savvy. We want people to know that we are using the best smartphone. Subconsciously, we will then buy the smartphone and then only realise that we probably use some of the feature only.

The same thing happens in politics. Think about it, in public speeches, why do some politicians used words that will incite hatred, fear or anger? Why do they raise up the mistakes of their opponents more than telling the people on what their own capabilities are?

We have to look into the recent issue by DAP’s Hew Kuan Yau or better known as ‘Superman’. It is widely known throughout the nation how vulgar and offensive his words are in his speeches. Many times, at the end of the speech, he makes people feel so angry towards the government.

Last week, when the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie was banned due to a gay character, Hew Kuan Yau has posted very offensive remarks towards the Prime Minister and his wife on Facebook. I may agree that the movie shouldn’t be banned and the Censorship Board has to review their guidelines. But then, I don’t think that Hew has to resort to throw in vulgar and offensive remarks towards the PM. Due to that, he was arrested by the police.

If we can recall, remember in the middle of 2016, Hew announced that he quits DAP due to his Facebook postings in which he insisted that South China Sea belongs to China, drawing the ire of netizens.
Today, when he was detained by the police, suddenly the DAP top leaders were standing next to him backing him up over the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ issue.

I don’t have to explain much, but look at how the DAP plays on issues that easily plays the emotions of the public.

The same goes to the many attitudes of other politicians including the ones from DAP, Pakatan Harapan or even Barisan Nasional. Politicians are people who have followers, it is only a matter of the numbers. It is important to show the people especially the followers on how we should behave in the community.

The same things goes to the Tanjong MP, Ng Wei Aik who has parked his car illegally on a walking pavement and just exactly beside a fire hydrant. The Penang state government has been so aggressively issuing summons and towing cars which has been parked at illegal spaces; and yet an elected representative coming from the party that governs Penang is doing the exact opposite. It is a big slap to their own party leaders that they do not walk their talk. He has even brushed off the journalist who asked for his opinion on that matter.

Therefore, we must remind ourselves that the leader that we choose not only must know how to govern a state or represents the constituents. But an elected representative’s character is also important in shaping the community that follows them.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 24th March 2017.

别被仇恨和恐惧玩弄

我们小时候都懂得如何央求父母买玩具,有时我们哀求,有时我们哭泣,最糟糕的情况是发脾气!我们企图通过情绪影响父母,因为他们会可怜正在哭泣的我们,或只是想阻止孩子发脾气,而买下了玩具。

孩子们根本不会说明他们想要拥有这个玩具的理由,他们甚至还没有足够的知识,来告诉父母某些玩具有助于他们大脑或身体机能的发育。总之,情绪是影响父母亲最简单直接的方式。

这就是我们人类的特征,在事情发生的时候,我们大多先受到情绪的影响,然后才会开始思考。但是,往往在我们开始思考之前,已经做出了即将后悔的决定。

一个活生生的例子,就是当我们想买一台智能手机的时候。在选择手机款式时,我们很容易受到广告或同侪的影响。我们会被一些智能手机惊奇的功能、技术、可支持的最新应用程序所吸引。另一方面,我们又想要有时尚感,又想掌握最强的技术,希望大家知道我们正在使用最好的智能手机。不经意间,我们买下了手机之后,才意识到我们可能只会用到其中一些功能而已。

同样的事情发生在政治上。试想想,为什么一些政客在演讲时会使用煽动仇恨、恐惧或愤怒的言语?为什么他们不断提出政敌的错误,而不是告诉公众自己的能力是什么?

全国人民都知道民主行动党的“超人”丘光耀之演讲是多么粗俗无礼。在演讲结束时,他往往成功让民众对政府冒火三丈。

上周,电影《美女与野兽》因为同性恋情节而被禁播,丘光耀在脸书上对首相伉俪发表了非常令人反感的言论。我同意电影或许不应该被禁播,而电检局应该重新检讨他们的指南。但是,我也不认同丘光耀针对首相发表的粗俗无礼言论。丘光耀因而遭警方逮捕了。

我们大概记得,2016年中,丘光耀宣布他因一则脸书帖文–坚持南中国海属于中国而退出行动党,此事引发了网民的怒火。

今天,当他被警察拘留的时候,行动党领袖突然在《美与野兽》的课题上挺他。

我不需要解释太多,大家也会知道行动党多么擅长利用课题来玩弄公众情绪。

其他政客也是如此,无论是行动党、希盟,甚至是国阵的政治人物。政治人物都有本身的支持者,只是人数多寡而已。因此,政治人物必须向民众,尤其是支持者做出良好示范。

丹绒区国会议员黄伟益是另一个例子。黄伟益把车子停在人行道上,而且恰好在消防栓旁。槟州政府一直以来如此积极针对非法停泊的车子开罚单和拖车;而这位来自槟州执政党的人民代议士,却做出恰恰相反的错误示范。这简直是对自己的党领袖狠狠刮了一巴掌。记者针对此事询问他的意见时,也反而被他侮辱了一番。

因此,我们必须提醒自己,我们投选的领袖不仅要懂得治理一个州属或代表他的选区,他们的形象也很重要,人民代议士的一举一动,皆对支持者影响深远。

Double Standard Practice

In life, we always hate people who practices double standard. They treat different people of different groups, differently. Generally, the community dislike such people as they treat different people or groups unequally depending on the status or position.

It is even worse when we have political leaders practicing the ‘double-standard’ way. Not only that they are treating people unequally; but they are showing the community that it is a norm to do it.
Recently, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained several individuals for investigation over a corruption case in Johor which involves the officers and the son of the state’s Housing and Local Government EXCO. MACC has believed that the suspects played a part in a land scandal.

In response to the issue, the great YB Lim Kit Siang called for Johor’s Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin to go on leave pending the MACC investigation into the corruption linked to land conversion case.

We are really not sure how on what basis that such a long-time politician in urging such actions to be taken.

First of all, the case in involves the son of a Johor State Exco member and not the Menteri Besar.
Secondly, the Johor State Exco, Abdul Latif Bandi has taken leave from his position in the government to allow the investigation to be done without any interference.

Back to the north; in Penang, all Penangites knew that the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged in court over a land issue as well. But no leaders from DAP has called for the Chief Minister to go on leave from his position.

In the south, it was not the Menteri Besar of Johor nor his officers or son investigated for the case; but Lim Kit Siang calls for him to go on leave. In the north, the Chief Minister was investigated and charged to court for the land issue; and yet Lim kept quiet about it. It is such an obvious double standard practice by the DAP leader.

The double standard practices by DAP has also been shown towards the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir. When Tun Dr. M was still the Prime Minister, the DAP especially Lim Kit Siang has so much hatred towards him that they criticised every public policy and actions that Dr. Mahathir has taken. It seems that the government that Dr. Mahathir led is so bad.

And today, when Tun decides to form a political party to challenge UMNO, and suddenly he was deemed as a good politician, and the DAP leaders start to cooperate together with him.

Probably, as ‘true politicians’, the DAP leaders were right. They were playing politics all the way from the beginning just to make sure they survive and win politically. They were playing so much politics that they probably ignored developing the community.

Probably the old leaders have dementia that they cannot remember what they have said and preached previously.

For whatever reason they are practicing double standards, as leaders, they are showing a bad example for the community. For those who look up to them, they might think it is a right thing to do.
Our community is already sick with so many social issues happening around. We must not keep on encouraging the people to do the wrong thing.

If the political leaders cannot show a good practice in life; maybe it is time for the people from the grassroots to teach the leaders what is right. We should take the initiative to tell them that their actions are not right.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 10th March 2017.

行动党双重标准

我们肯定讨厌生活中做事双重标准的人,一般而言,这类人在社会中不受欢迎,因为他们根据地位或其他因素,以不同的态度对待不同的个人或群体。

当一名政治领袖“双重标准”做事时,情况将变得更恶劣,因为他们将以不平等的方式对待人民,但他们却向社会表达这是一个常态。

最近,马来西亚反贪污委员会拘留了几个人,调查柔佛州的贪污案件,包括相信涉及土地舞弊案的掌管柔州房屋及地方政府委员会的行政议员的长子及其特别事务助理。

行动党国会领袖林吉祥对此问题发表意见时,呼吁柔佛州务大臣拿督斯里卡立诺丁在反贪会调查土地交易舞弊案期间休假。

我们真的不知道,这位资深的政治人物凭什么做出这样的呼吁。

首先,这个案件只涉及柔佛州行政议员的儿子,而非州务大臣。

其次,柔佛州行政议员拉迪夫班迪已经请假,以便调查工作不受任何干扰。

回顾北马,在槟城,所有的槟城人都知道槟州首席部长林冠英也因为一宗土地案被控上庭,但民主行动党领袖并没有呼吁首席部长请假。

在南马,现在不是柔佛州务大臣或他的助理,或他的儿子被调查,但林吉祥却要求他请假。在北马,槟州首席部长因土地案被调查及被控上庭,但林吉祥却保持沉默,这就是行动党领袖一向来的双重标准!

行动党的双重标准也体现在前首相敦马哈迪身上。当敦马在位时,行动党,尤其是林吉祥对他有深仇大恨,他们批评敦马的每一个政策和举动,仿佛马哈迪领导的政府已经糟糕到无以复加的地步。

今天,当马哈迪决定成立一个政党来挑战巫统时,行动党领袖突然称赞他是一位出色的政治人物,并开始与他合作。

也许,作为一位“真正的政治人物”,行动党领袖是对的。他们从一开始就一直在玩政治,只为了确保他们能够继续生存,以及在政治路上取得胜利。他们玩了这么多年政治,可能已经完全忽视了社会的发展。

可能一些年老领袖患有痴呆症,不记得他们以前说过的话,或宣传过的理念了。

无论他们为了什么而抱持双重标准,作为一位领袖,他们已经向社会展示了一个坏榜样,他们的支持者可能认为他们的所作所为是正确的。

我们的社会已经生病了,充斥许多社会问题。我们不能再继续鼓励人们做错事了。

如果政治领袖不能在生活中做一个好榜样,也许是由草根阶层来教训这些领袖的时候了。我们应该主动告诉他们,他们的所作所为是完全错误的!