When we became independent, and upgraded to become a nation-state of three post-independence colonial partners, and after Singapore voluntarily left, we were a well-known member of the global community of united nation states of various colours, shapes, and sizes.
We were a proud Commonwealth nation. Especially on the core issue of Black South Africa, we could take a public and international political but principled stance; which gained us much international repute and recognition.
Today our inspector-general of police (IGP), who failed to get an Interpol order for the repatriation order for Clare Rewcastle-Brown of Sarawak Report, takes out his anger against other Malaysians, especially people like Khairuddin Abu Hassan who made police reports, both in Malaysia and overseas about the 1MDB fiasco, and a sacked member. Why?
My question to the IGP: Why should not Malaysia come under the microscope of international spotlight; when we have an established Human Rights Commission to honour and uphold international standards of human rights? Is bribery and corruption, or standards of international financial audit and review, which are supposed to reveal truth of matters, not good as a standard of review, in Malaysia?
Are our financial and accounting standards only good for Kampung Polis Melayu accounts and finance of a sport club? Please get out of your ‘tempurung’.
Malaysian development and modernity
We claim we want to be a developed country by 2020. Does such a ‘concept of development’ include a ‘ketuanan Melayu’ syndrome accepted as part and parcel of the continued corruption within our ‘kampung Melayu culture’ of parliamentary democracy? Do we then have to stop being a global player because our feudal system of hiding truth matters remains?
Does such development only include physical progress but does not include a cultural reformation premised upon equality and mutual respect and global standards of rights and wrongs?
How then does the so-called public service ‘Tonggak 12 policy’ have a role in such a governance agenda? For example, how can the Melayu government of Umno sanction and support the red shirts; when they claim that Bersih 4 challenged their Melayu dignity. Really, since Bersih is a multi-ethnic and global movement, whereas the other was a purely ethnic Malay based rally.
The Bersih 2.0 committee is a hand-over from the original Bersih organised and mobilised by political parties of Malaysia and other civil society activists. Now, it is entirely a civil society project.
Having been an NGO that supported and helped shape Bersih 4; it is clear to all who care to read and understand; we were about five demands, but when integrated into one simple demand; it was clear to us that ‘everything will change if the Umno president, who appears to be compromised with corrupt funds into his personal account, does not continue as prime minister’. We do not want a corruptible person as our prime minister.
How can Umno then allow a corruptible person with the donation of an untold and undeclared funds to the tune of RM2.6 billion; which was now been made public by foreign-based NGOs but since been confirmed by the corrupting silence of ‘most, if not all relevant officials, whether the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner, or Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor, of even the sacked attorney-general (AG), who are three public servants’.
Role of ‘Bersih, Maruah and Amanah’
The word Bersih in Malay means to be clean, or to clean up in verb form. Maruah stands to explain the concept of human dignity; which all religious systems believe as a blessing by God of/for every human person. Amanah means a trust or stewardship responsibility we all hold in our regard for the other person, animals, and the environment.
The Pope spoke much on this in the US visit. It evokes a sense of a worldview of stewardship with full responsibility and accountability for our time and conduct on earth; which by the way, is defined as secular time frame between Jesus’ first and second coming. That is secular time; not any anti-theology thesis.
Now, the real question about political leadership of the governance of Malaysia is: Would we need to have a Malay of the Umno-like worldview to lead Malaysia into a new paradigm of governance but one which ‘em-courages’ national unity and equality in terms of needs and wants of all citizens?
In the history of Bersih, they happened to be ‘yellow’ in colour, reminding us of royalty in Malaysia and their espoused role as protectors of true Islam and to preserve multi-ethnic national unity.
Now, as a reaction and after four Bersihs we have the red shirts as an angry response claiming their ‘Malay maruah’ is maligned. Maybe, maybe not. Former minister Rafidah Aziz asked all Malaysians to remember and celebrate Malaysia Day march in all colours of the rainbow.
Middle moderate Malaysians in the mainstream of Malaysia do not march for particular causes. Most are afraid of their own shadows, and only want to ensure their personal and family welfare which is a rather narrow focus. Causes are mobilised by civil society activists who make up only small sections of people that believe in their issues and concerns, and want to argue that cause.
The only exception is when they are bribed to attend. For they do not believe in their espoused storyline.
Blue be true - listen, IGP
Bribery and corruption can land people and systems in trouble; as the current leadership of Fifa have found out. Many countries have rules and regulations about relational corruption, which means that when dealing with these nations, any positive evidence of blatant corruption will be investigated.
Therefore, dear IGP, stop behaving like an Umno member. You are not, and if you are, you should resign. Your real ultimate boss is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong; that is why you are a Polis Di-Raja or his majesty’s police force. You are not Umno’s police force.
Stop terrorising innocent Malaysians who are arguing against bribery and corruption. Two of them in Umno are taking actions based on international laws and agreements about bribery and corruption. Please do not become the ‘katak dibawah tempurung’ and begin to really believe that the roof of the coconut shell is in fact the roof of the police world.
The sky is blue; your colour is blue, so just stay true to the colour blue. May God bless Malaysia.
KJ JOHN was in public service for 29 years. The views expressed here are his personal views and not those of any institution he is involved with. Write to him at email@example.com with any feedback or views.
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