I stand by what I said

Farez Jinnah explains why he felt compelled to use the word “fuck” so many times in his earlier post, “Politicians screwing Malaysia”.

hi all.

i love this country as much as all of you do. when i wrote “Politicians screwing Malaysia”, i was really fed up and broken up with all the bullying and lack of compassion and magnanimity shown by the majority and/or the people in power.

i see what i see, and i hear what i hear, and i understand what i understand.

i just wrote what i felt and it was brutally honest. i did not set out to mask my words in finer language or well thought out sentences. i realised that what i wrote was ugly but it was the truth. the truth has a nasty habit of making one feel uneasy because it brooks no nonsense. it is a hard task master.

maybe some of you feel that the message could have been refined. but at what cost? it is what it is and I’m telling it like it is. the thing about germany in the day’s of hitler’s shenanigans was the notion of the “good german” – where there any? we know now there were. but at the point in time and/or immediately after the 2nd world war, the idea of a good german was thought to be illusory, i.e. if they were good why did they allow the atrocities to happen?

evil festers when good men do nothing.

as a parallel, as a malaysian and a muslim, i had implored and if i have to I’d go down on my knees and beg each and every malaysian muslim, to write about the protection of minorities, be it of ethnicity or creed and its importance to the diversity and dynamism of this country we all call malaysia.

i feel powerless most of the time but i feel the strongest when i tap on my keyboard and with each keystroke, i feel like i reclaim my humanity and separate myself and my being from those who would do harm to others. i know i am different and i intend to show people that i am not bound by the constant drumming and programming of communal politics that have dulled this country’s economic and social competitiveness.

i want to excel and i do not see why malaysian muslims have to cower in fear of these acts of belligerence and intolerance just because they live in a society primarily fueled by prejudices and presumptions.

i am a muslim, and religiously that makes me PART OF THE MAJORITY. knowing what my faith expects of me emboldens me to understand that we have to protect the rights of minorities. what is faith if it merely exists in a vacuum, devoid of diversity and differences. it is diversity and difference that celebrate God’s divinity – but who are we to dictate what is and what shall not come to pass, unless we have no qualms in usurping His divinity.

I am also a malaysian, born of a chinese mother and an indian father, and that makes me PART OF THE MINORITY, but would it amaze you to know that i also apparently have the benefit of “bumiputera” status? it is an albatross around my neck and i curse the day such a privilege was granted not on needs but on racial motivation. there may have been a time in our nation’s dark past that such an equaliser was needed for this young nation.

but this nation is now 52 years old and with the benefit of experience and contemplation of greater nations in our midst, we appear to choose not to rise above our own petty presumptions and narrow mindedness.

we are all rich and poor. we are all dark skinned and fair skinned. we are all different and the same. we are all brave and we are all weak. we are all of these things and we are malaysians. whether we are of one ethnicity or another we are all bound by similar and core values that we seek from our faith and our brethren whoever they may be.

maybe the intolerance and bigotry happening with such frequency these days, show our tendency to be weak willed and cowardly. I know of no such person who is strong of heart and will, who would commit such acts of vile hatred and cowardice. it is through the literature of ages that such acts have been strongly condemned as being the acts of the weak.

so why does this BN government allow for such acts by the the majority to go unpunished or unchecked? is the BN government weak willed or cowardly? i stand embarrassed that such apathy exists.

can it be so difficult to do the right thing?

Jalan Berangan

… until next time … kill the lights and pray you don’t see daylight … or you could just fight to get it back again.


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10 Responses to I stand by what I said

  1. cheryl chok

    Great article here and good write up!

  2. Debbie Stothard

    no apology needed. after decades of being told there is a "nice" way of campaigning for democracy and human rights, one has to note that these govts who command us to be polite are the very ones who brutally suppress the initially "polite" dissenters. in fact, we wouldn't be inclined to such "rudeness" if they bloody kept their oppressive bigotry and violence to themselves

  3. Stephen Tan Ban Chen

    My dear Farez

    Just keep writing. Forget about the prudish and the pedantic.

    So long as you are sincere, just say your piece, even if it goes against my view. Sincerity is the hallmark of credibility as a writer.

    What we want is a country where the bullies are exposed. Bullies are cowards at heart. They need psychiatric help – very urgently.

    They should never be in public service which is a place to serve the people. They should be in psychiatric wards.

    Good Malaysians are kind and compassionate.

    Good Malaysians know that in any democracy, the majority rules, but with a lot of respect shown to minority rights.

    Malaysia has no place for the tyranny of the majority!

  4. Elizabeth Ho

    apparently freedom of speech is also an issue. the word Fuck is also an issue now huh? I don't see a problem!

  5. Raj

    It is the message that is imp. Unfortunately, 22 years of Mahathir has caused this to happen. The racial divide in Malaysia is even greater then when this nations became independent. Moderates must speak up and not keep silent. But many are afraid and rather just move along in the hope that things will get better. However our politicians are power crazy and will do anything to retain that power. Unlike pre 1988, there are no checks and balances today, but for the rakyat. The PM is very powerful. As much as I hate to say it, a lot rides on what he is going to do. Sorry state of affairs. But hope is something we must not lose. Cheers..and keep you spirits up.

  6. A minority

    It's heartening to hear that there's still some good brothers and sisters (pls allow us to call you such,hope we don't offend any purists who insist we are very different)who will stand up to speak for us.Pls. step into our shoes as minority to know what's life like being a minority living in Malaysia.The rich minority are all gone or have dual-PR, only poor minority like us got no place to go except to accept our fate and pray to God for help that our children will have a better day.Thank you.

  7. Janetlee

    Gee, Farez Jinnah… were you using foul language? I didn't notice it.I only saw a honest, compassionate and loving soul.

    Coming from the USA, your comments are ok…especially when its spoken in truth without distortions of infringment of human rights.

    Regards,

    Janetlee

  8. mei1

    don't worry about the "F" language, after all, this is bolehland (dramaland, bulls**t-land, you name it)& I think you're much polite than this fella : http://penarikbeca.blogspot.com/2009/09/woi-kaula…

  9. avvy

    In my heart, I curse in the foulest words imaginable when I see what the politicians have done to my country.

    And yes, no matter how many times people tell me to leave this is my country, pendatang or not.

  10. Lim Ka Ea

    Would the readers be happier if you replace fuck with a *beep* like our TV channels? Come on, as if we don't know what the *beep* stands for.

    This is the state of our country. We are aware that ugly things are happening and yet we pretend that it doesn't exist.

    I rather have a fuck anytime than a prudish corrupt and discriminatory government.