Democracy And Autonomy For Sarawakabout 2 years ago
The aftermath of Sarawak state election
So the 11th Sarawak state election is over and a storm is brewing in social media. Everyone knows the remarks made by over zealous pro-opposition netizens. Let's have a look at some of them:
“Malaysia is better off without a Sarawak that is supportive of racism and corruption of BN in Putrajaya. Sarawakians are not welcomed in West Malaysia and can keep their Sarawak, hornbills and orang utans.” - The Star, 11th May 2016
“Let the Christians in Sarawak get bullied by racist Umno. Do not do anything. Let them suffer for their RM30 dignity. Stupid people in Sarawak for those who vote BN. Also Selangor and Penang should start to not employ Sarawakians in West Malaysia. Let them work back in their so-called best state. Let them rot there.” - The Star, 11th May 2016
It gets worse with people such as these:
Autonomy for Sarawak
How often have we heard the call to honour MA63? How often have we heard that BN is cheating Sarawak of its rights under MA63?
If we want to fight for Sarawak to have the autonomy that it deserves under MA63 then how is that to be reconciled with the above statements by netizens?
"You can have all the autonomy you want as long as it's my team that you vote for." Is this how it works?
So they want to let Sarawak have autonomy?
What is 'Democracy'
The essence of democracy is the freedom to choose government or representatives. The freedom not to live by being dictated. If one believes in the essence of democracy then we need to accept the choices made by fellow citizens. To criticise them when they fail to choose your team is sheer hypocrisy.
- Democracy allows the citizen the right to choose
- Democracy allows the citizens to vote for a corrupt government
- Democracy allows the citizen to lobby that all laws against corruption be repealed
So do we want a democracy? Are we ready to accept democracy?