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I am not anti-government

March 15, 2007

Ahirudin Attan, better known as Rocky of the famed Rocky’s Bru blog, said it best when he avowed that he was not in any way anti-(Malaysian) government.

One can read his full declaration, here, made on 23 February 2007.

What impressed me was not the simplicity of the statements to ward off being misunderstood. It was the voice of his heart spoken with sincerity to let anyone who cared to listen and know what really bugged him and what preoccupied his thinking. That struck a chord in me and I believe many Malaysians, too.

If only the powers-that-be will lend him a small ear, I believe big moves can be set in motion for better things to come.

Rocky is anti many things – never the government. In his own words published by AFP he asserted, “I don’t write anti-government articles. (Articles) critical of the government, yes.”

There is a huge difference between being anti and being critical. The former is outright rejection of any subject matter whether it’s acceptable or unacceptable. The latter is disapproval based on principle, of right and wrong.

Every voice has a right to be heard and the voice of the people is often times the voice of reason. It is also – and should be – the voice of the government in a democracy. For it is the people who had elected a small group out of themselves to form the government of the day to represent themselves.

By the same token, aren’t the people’s wish and aspiration the same wish and aspiration of our elected representatives? They are the same guys and gals, remember, whom we have voted into office and entrusted with the job of ensuring our common wish and aspiration come to fruition. They are, for all intent and purpose, caretakers of our common dream. And one that comes with a heavy responsibility.

Does this sound complicated? Does it appear anti? Critical, perhaps? Or, what you have just waded through are simple words of pure reason?

Complicated as it may be, when it comes to governing a nation, the authority should be sensitive to the wish and aspiration of the people. The process of nation building would have taken us 50 long, not-easy years come this August. There is much to take stock of before we can move forward towards the next arduous 50. Hear the people out. Lend them your ears for there’s much to be said, heard and learned.

When Jeff Ooi of Screenshots has something to say he usually says it eloquently. Here’s what he said in one of his articles, “Bloggers, especially those who chose the socio-political genre of blogs, write for the sake of the country.” And in defending Rocky for his alleged defamatory articles, Jeff added, “I don’t think Rocky’s blog is anti-government. He is just plain pro-Malaysia. He offers critical commentaries on governance issues because he wants to see a better Malaysia.”

“Pro-Malaysia for a better Malaysia,” who can ever find fault with this nationalistic fervour and nirvana? Does not the sum total of a nation talking to itself, and better still together, a better nation make?

So, let us not consider every dissenting murmur as an enemy “shopping for a revolution to unseat the government.” Let us not be quick to label what we don’t like to hear or read as being anti. Let us discern. Let us separate the chaffs from the grains. Let us truly see critical as being critical; anti as being anti. The two are not the same and neither should they be confused.

Because I love this country too much to be afraid of being patriotically truthful and critical, I shall now borrow some of Rocky’s words and also declare: “I am not anti-government; critical of the government, yes.”

  1. NURAINA A SAMAD permalink

    it is always so easy to label people.
    you dont have to think when you do that.
    you question something that’s not right, and you’re labelled as anti-govt. you question traitors who are out to destroy the country, you are called anti-govt.
    Sometimes i wonder who are the ones who love the country and who are the ones who don’t.

    but, i know that right now, bloggers are said to be anti-govt. How sweeping is that!? Is Queen of the House anti-government (she is a blogger who writes beautifully)? Is Kak Teh anti-government? Are Raden Galoh and Pi Bani anti-govt? Yasmin Ahmad, Afdlin Shauki, Suhaimi Sulaiman?
    The list goes on and on….
    But, we know what the anti-bloggers are getting at, dont we?

    cheers and keep on blogging and loving the country!

  2. Dina Zaman permalink

    hello ewoon thanks for popping by my tiny blog :D

    kl lit fest – bangsar. call 2284 4837 for more info.

    am reading your blog now. compulsive!

  3. Dina Zaman permalink

    no update ke?

  4. Elviza Michele permalink

    Dear Ewoon,

    I am so honoured to be your friend today. I look forward to spend time with you again, hopefully soon.

    Take care

    p/s: still can’t get over what you do for a living – wish I have the talent!

  5. Elviza Michele permalink

    Dear Ewoon,

    I am seeing you tomorrow at the PressClub? Hope to see you. I ll be there at 5pm as I have to leave early.

  6. Anon. Fm Miri permalink

    Thank you brother. It was a pleasure to meet you.

  7. ewoon permalink

    Hi all, just to let you know my pc had been offline for a while. Router and nic got fried.

    nuraina: Always nice to have you visit.

    dina: Thanks for the details but still can’t get away, lah. Update is WIP.

    elviza: I sometimes wish I do the work that you do. Your talent here is just as admirable.

    To anon. fm miri: Thanks for dropping by my humble blog. The pleasure was also mine. Keep up the good work that you are doing and let’s meet soon again.

  8. Alia's epistles permalink

    Dear Ewoon,


    To me, this issue really questions Sheih integrity..but then again maybe we shouldnt be to suprise. After all as the saying goes, the company we keep is a reflection of who we are. Everyone knows that Sheih gives special treatment to Monsterball on his blog.In fact Sheih even calls him a “father figure”.This to me partly explains why Monsterball is so brazen in his rudeness.

    BUT WHAT I CANT EXCEPT AS A MALAYSIAN IS HIS ATTACKS ON the blogger known as “A VOICE” regarding voices gout sickness in the latter blog posting titled ” Pain: Gout Explained”…Additionally he goes on a rampage in his attack of the blogger known as BIG DOG. Read Monsterball’ attack on in BIGDOG’s blog here;

    Read it here in BIG DOG

    Read it here in VOICE

    His vilification of BIG DOG includes inter alia, saying that Big Dog should have sex with Monty’s pet dog.Of course, Big Dogs religion is not spared. The rest, I think is too rude to rewrite here.

    Anyway, if you read his comments on both he does speak alot on behalf of Sheih. From u get a feeling, he is brazen enough to do so partly because of Sheih special treatment of him. In fact, when somebody questions his behaviour, Monsterball in not so many ways question the person right to do by saying he( Monsterball) is ‘the front liner” .

    To me, if Monsterball’s behaviour is unacceptable, then so is Sheih blind endorsement of it.To me, Sheih cannot be totally exculpated.

    Don’t think any decent and sane Malaysian should tolerate it.

    Go ahead. Read for yourself.

  9. halloalex permalink

    Dear Ewoon,

    I am writing an article for a leading German newspaper about weblogs in Malaysia with focus on the current discussions.

    Could you kindly inform me about your email address so that I can ask you some questions regarding this matter?

    Thank you very much!

    With best wishes,

  10. halloalex permalink

    My email is hallocah at gmx dot de

  11. ewoon permalink

    halloalex, cannot reach your email address provided. mail keep bouncing back.

  12. ewoon permalink

    Dear alia’s epistles:
    My apology for taking so long to get back to you. i do not condone monsterball’s behaviour but i have concluded that monsterball will be monsterball. The three you’ve referred to have a running score to settle and the way i see it monsterball is being taken the mickey of. Shieh is at liberty to entertain whomever he wants because it’s his blog. As for me, i hope the three of them eventually see the light and come to a happy truce. Thank you and take care.

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