Category Archives: Asia
I have been watching a couple of Indonesian movies over the past couple of weeks and I found that they seemed to be “liberal” more so compared to the movies in Malaysia. Susah Jaga Keperawanan Di Jakarta and the more famous Ada Apa Dengan Cinta (which I watched a couple of years ago) seem to vary quite a bit from Malaysian movies like Gol dan Gincu and a couple of others I cannot remember the name for. The latter seeming to be more conservative though pushing the envelope.
I believe the biggest reason for this difference would be the reason that Malaysia views itself at the current point in time as an “Islamic State” and Indonesia still believes in the Pancasila. (Malaysia under Tunku Abdul Rahman was a secular state with Islam being the official religion)
I am pretty sure a lot of people are aware of the lack of free speech in Malaysia and Singapore at least in what they call the mainstream press. That is the press dominated by the State and Private Television networks (with the notable exception of TV Selangor online) and newspapers.
A lot of the mainstream media is self censored in both countries highlighting the “Good” the government is doing for the people and the relevance of opposition parties.
When ever there is something raised which would question a ruling party stalwart there are 2 responses. In the case of Malaysia the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) will be sent in to break up the ceramah (rally) or in the case of Singapore a civil lawsuit will be launched against the person raising the question.
The ISA is used in both countries to stifle decent. The one great line that both countries use is that the ISA was created by the British, without making reference to the fact that it was primarily created to thwart the communist uprising in Malaysia and Singapore in the late 40’s and the late 50’s. The irony being that it was the communist uprising in the 1940’s that helped Malaya (Peninsula Malaysia) and Singapore gain independence from Great Britain. (I shall not go into specifics due to the title of this blog post)
The UMNO, MCA and MIC want to stay in power to gain regardless of what the citizenry say and they use physical force by use of the FRU to break up like I mentioned above ceramahs, civil rights protests (HINDRAF, BERSIH). The PAP on the other hand considering their elite are attorneys change the law to work in their favour namely making it “easy” for courts to be biased towards them in an ethical stand point (Not a legal standpoint).
I have always wondered why the PAP newsletter was called Petir instead of being called People Action Newspaper.
Then it dawned upon me. The PAP People’s Action Party translated into Bahasa Melaya/ Malaysia is Parti Tindakan Raykat and the abbreviation for that is PTR. If you were to read PTR and assume there were vowels in between the letters you would get PeTiR.
Interesting. Don’t you think!!!
A runup to an election in Singapore and Malaysia is always very interesting and a run up in either a federal or provincial election in Canada seems to attract more scepticism. It could be just due to the reason that we are so used to having an open democracy and an independent judiciary.
Leader of the Reform Party, Singapore. He seems to have the qualifications to take on the PAP. First impressions are important. He seems to have failed at it.
When I got to start reading blogs and reading stories and viewing videos in events he has participated in I did not receive a good vibe from the guy. He seems to be a slouch and he has a fake British accent and looks like Mr Bean. I understand that substance matters more that the way somebody looks.
Due to that reason I watched the NUS forum members from most of the political parties were invited. Mike Palmer (Parti Tindakan Rakyat), Sylvia Lim (Parti Pekerja), Dr. Chee (Parti Democratik Singapura) and Kenneth Jeyaratnam ( Parti Reformasi). All I noticed was a guy who complained about his families misfortunes at the hands of the ruling party. Dr Chee did talk about similar stuff but his seemed more interesting and entertaining possibly because he was talking about the elderly down trodden folk in Singapore.
All in all I had high marks for Sylvia Lim and Dr Chee and low marks for Kenneth Jeyaratnam and Michael Palmer.
(I understand that I have not shared the reasons for giving some of the politicians high marks and some low marks. I shall try to do that in upcoming posts if and when an election is called)