Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Lulu's Been Tagged - 50 Posts to Independence

Many thanks to the Josh for tagging me to do #12 of 50 posts to independence (counting backwards) the brainchild of Nizam Bashir.
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The Seven Commandments, when first given out in the Animal Farm, was
1. Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.
2. Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.
3. No animal shall wear clothes.
4. No animal shall sleep in a bed.
5. No animal shall drink alcohol.
6. No animal shall kill any other animal.
7. All animals are equal.
Later on, Napoleon and his pigs were corrupted by the absolute power they held over the farm. To maintain their popularity with the other animals, Squealer secretly painted additions to some commandments to make it benefit the pigs while keeping them free of accusation of breaking the laws. The Pigs manage to get away with this because only Benjamin the donkey and Muriel the goat can read and thus only those 2 have the ability to challenge the Pigs and the change in wording.
1. No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets.
2. No animal shall drink alcohol to excess.
3. No animal shall kill any other animal without cause.
By the end of the novel, Napoleon had consolidated his twisted commandments into a singular law to control the other animals completely, while appearing to keep within the old boundaries of the Animalism laws:
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Will this 50th year of Merdeka be remembered for 50 glorious years of independance?
or
Will the generations to come remember us for allowing the continuous degeneration of the Federal Constitution which was drafted for the nation and all her citizens 50 years ago?

Article 3, Religion of the Federation
(1) Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.
Yet, increasingly we hear claims that Malaysia is an Islamic state.
*LimGuanEng The 1957 social contract that gave us Merdeka clearly established a constitution with a secular nature but enshrining Islam as the religion of the Federation.*
Unless there is a constitutional amendment Malaysia is and never was an Islamic state.
**Azmi Sharom When the religious freedoms of individuals are not respected (no matter how repulsive one might feel it is), when normal governmental decisions dealing with matters such as health have to be referred to religious authorities, when the doors of the civil court, the only court open to non-Muslims, are slammed in their faces in total disregard of the Constitution, we are losing sight of the secular principles upon which this country is meant to be run on. **

Article 10, Freedom of Speech and Assembly
(a), (b) and (c) has the clause "in the interest of the security of the Federation or any part thereof or public order"
which somehow, revolved to "get a permit"
A permit for angry UMNO youth is allowed.
And even without a permit, Khairy Jamaluddin is allowed to pull a stunt, protesting along with his band of 200 or so protestors. Making 30 minute speeches, breaking through FRU barries, squatting outside Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, burning flags and demanding to see an invited foreign guest to hand over a childish memorandum.
BUT a bunch of women marching from BSC down the roads of Bangsar Baru to raise awareness of violent crimes against women is not allowed. Even plans to relocate the event indoors at an exhibition center hit a snag when they were given the runaround when trying to obtain a permit.

Article 11 Freedom of Religion
(1) Every person has the right to profess and practise his religion and subject to Clause(4), to propogate it.
Lina Joy was not allowed to profess and practise her religion of choice.
It is her constitutional right, but sadly, denied to her.
Even R Moorthy in his death. He was buried according to Muslim rites even though he worshipped at the Sri Subramaniar Temple. 11 months before his death, he described in a TV3 interview how he was celebrating Deepavali. There was a picture publised in a newspaper of two men carrying Moorthy in his wheelchair up the steps of Batu Caves. He ate pork, drank liquor and took part in Hindu festivals. Even with all these facts staring in their faces, MAIWP and the Syariah court "snatched his body" and forcefully buried him as a Moslem.
In life, and in death, they are not allowed to profess and practise their religion of choice.

Article 4 Supreme Law of the Federation
(1) This Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation and any law passed after Merdeka Day which is inconsistent with this Constitution
shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.
The impact of this Article means simply what it says.
But increasingly, we see this article being ignored, growing smaller and smaller in it's scope and meaning.

Now I pose these questions to you -

At this rate, 50 years since Merdeka, 50 years since the drawing up of our Federal Constitution, where do you think we will be in another 50 years?
Do you want our Federal Constitution to go the Animal Farm way?
What are you doing to ensure it doesn't?

*** Haris Ibrahim Sad to say, the BN MPs are not defending the Constitution.
Instead, they are systematically destroying it. ***
I urge you to make a difference in your vote.
Join Lulu!
End this 2/3 majority!
Safeguard the constitution, and preserve the country for our next generation.

btw, Lulu did a BP [now aka SV] here and there. Not entirely, like SemiValue's "poetic" attempt, cos most of it was my own
Quotes were taken from

* Lim Guan Eng here
** Azmi Sharom
here
*** Haris Ibrahim
here
small little Federal Constitution book printed at ILBS is available at most major bookshops. Bought mine 4 years ago at RM10. else go to
Wiki.
Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is an excellent read. Get a copy. In the meantime, read it on LuluFarm

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I now pass the baton to civil servant, surgeon Dr GC George who blogs at Odysseys of George.
Over to you, George!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Madmonk says,

Orwell states: "Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals any richer--except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs."

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."

Lulu, sounds familiar! Yes, we have in our midst, characters of our own rats, squealers, Snowball, Benjamin, Mollie, Mureil, pigeons and the whole lot.

lucia said...

very good, lulu! interesting and informative. one of the best post for the 50 posts to independence i see.

Josh said...

Good on you, Lulu..
Well said and the challenge now is whether the Malaysian Blogosphere will get their voice heard and vote counted in the next election.

Of course I will be patriotic and vote likewise.