This was posted by Ed Soo on Facebook.
One of the fairy tales which I read when I was young was “the Emperor’s New Clothes”. I think many of us have read this story by Han Christian Andersen.
It is a about a vain Emperor who hires two swindlers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid”.
Finally the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession before his subjects. The townsfolk play along with the pretense not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid.
Then a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others.
Jack Zipes in Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller, suggests that seeing is presented in the tale as the courage of one’s convictions. Sight becomes insight, which, in turn, prompts action.
Today many of us have seen how utterly corrupt and morally bankrupt the BN government is. I don’t have to go into the details here.
But some people still lack the courage to stand up to them. There are many reasons:
I think the time has come for us to stand up to this bullying, this misuse of government resources for party purposes, these corrupt and unfair practices like giving identity cards to foreign workers, the list goes on.
It is no longer about whether BN can rule better than PR or whether Najib is better than Anwar – but it is about doing what is right and getting rid of this corrupt system.
It is about telling the Emperor he is naked and oh yes, that he has a small dong.
It is about telling him, we are no longer afraid of him — that we are united and fear mongering and threats will not deter us.