I have a lot to say about the recent furore over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons which were published in a Danish paper and reprinted worldwide.
I have a lot MORE to say after the Sarawak Tribune, a major local newspaper had its license indefinitely suspended by the government for doing its job by reporting balanced, factual news.
I wrote an entry defending both sides, but I changed my mind and with a click of a button, deleted the said entry and banished my thoughts into the oblivion of my desktop Recycle Bin.
Yep. I decided that I'm not going to say anything about this issue at all.
See, I've learnt that by talking about anything remotely related to cultural and religious practices here isn't gonna help achieve anything but bringing me threats, personal attacks and ISA detentions. And so, I censor myself and shut up. Because hey, it doesn't matter what I think. What matters is what the big boys in Putrajaya and Bukit Aman think right?
It's wonderful living in this country. You don't need to have an opinion, you don't need to think, you don't need to speak. You just sit on your damn asses and follow the masses.
Like sheep we are.
I always find it ironic that I a lot more Malay friends and learnt so much about Islamic culture living in Australia than I ever did in my 15 years in Malaysia. I could misinterpreted Muslim customs from time and time, and they're always nice enough to explain to me without the personal attacks.
We communicate, we compromise, we correct each other. From there, we learn.
You know what's wrong with this country?
We're ignorant. We don't know each other well enough.
Some of us are NOT sensitive enough. Others are TOO sensitive to the point where even the slightest misunderstanding is an opportunity for them to cause an uproar, wreak havoc, and force the victim into career suicide.
If you say something that inadvertently offended a group of people because you're not careful, EVEN IF THE INTENTION TO CAUSE HARM AND MALICE IS NOT THERE, you'll be shamed, locked up in jail or violently put away.
That's the problem with this country. We're too sensitive, too easily offended, too vindictive. We hardly look at things in context because we're engrossed in teaching other people a lesson. There's NO exchange of ideas, NO chance to learn, NO opportunity for compromise. Sometimes you don't even know what hit you.
You have a mouth, but you can't speak. The only time you can speak, is when people want you to duck their sicks. If you want to use your mouth for purposes other than ducking sicks, shut up.
We shut up because we don't wanna offend. We don't talk about these issues because it's "sensitive". And because we don't communicate, we don't know. And because we don't know, over time we become even MORE stupid. This in turn make us even MORE afraid to communicate, which makes us even MORE stupid.
It's a vicious cycle that's gonna continue, until the day we become a nation of morons.