Hormati hak sang neutral bersuara

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Adakah anda seorang ‘neutral’? Mungkin perkataan ‘neutral’ itu tidak tepat, perkataan sebenar adalah tidak partisan atau berparti (dalam bahasa Inggeris, ‘non-partisan’). Sang neutral atau non-partisan tidak ada hubungan dengan mana-mana parti politik, dan tidak mempedulikan politik kepartian. Tetapi jangan salah anggap, sang neutral tidak semestinya tidak berpolitik, cuma tidak berparti politik.

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Lament of the neutrals

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The air is tense these days. It is imminent. The battles lines are drawn. The two sides, their generals and soldiers at the ready. The battle to end all battles will be upon us; the 13th general elections.

Everything is carefully poised. Every issue played, every statement made, every promise uttered; all with the ultimate goal in mind. Politics is serious business here. When the stakes are higher, things become more serious. Both sides are in the mood for war and soon war will come.

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Flag-gate and Perjuangan Mahasiswa

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Surely you must have heard the latest and hottest news in town: of Adam Adli, an UPSI student and coordinator of Legasi Mahasiswa Progresif (LMP), coming under fire for his actions in a student march which culminated at PWTC on 17 December 2011.

Both of us were not at the scene of the march, so what we know will be based on the news report as well as eyewitness accounts of those who were at the protest.

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Cermin Sanubari – Bergerak bersama UndiMsia! (24 Oktober 2011)

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Politik longkang masih mendominasi polemik politik tanah air. Terbaru, anak seorang ahli politik dituduh melalui blog-blog lawannya bahawa dia terlibat dalam masalah gangguan seksual. Siap dengan gambar ‘mangsa’. Tetapi nampaknya perkara itu hanyalah tuduhan tidak berasas. ‘Mangsa’ juga tidak ada kena-mengena dengan anak ahli politik tersebut.

Anak ahli politik tersebut masih belum cukup umur. Dia dihumban ke dalam kancah politik tanpa belas kasihan. Apa yang menyedihkan lagi, reaksi yang kita lihat daripada ahli politik lain. Mereka menghalalkan apa yang berlaku dengan alasan, perkara sama juga dilakukan oleh lawan mereka.

Terkejutkah kita dengan apa yang berlaku? Malang sekali, jawapannya tidak. Kita sudah terbiasa dengan gelagat ahli politik murahan daripada kedua-dua belah gabungan parti politik, yang tidak lebih daripada pecacai dan sanggup menggadaikan prinsip dan etika demi melepaskan das tembakan politik kepada lawan mereka.

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A Humble Submission – A new breed of youths (21 October 2011)

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The Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee, which runs the MyConstitution campaign, has always been one of the few Bar Council committees that accept membership from non-lawyers. It is a move initiated by the previous chairperson, and on hindsight, is probably the most important decision ever taken on behalf of the Committee.

As a result, a significant portion of the Committee comprise of non-lawyers. This has brought about vibrancy and dynamism to the Committee that would not be there if the decision was not made.

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A Humble Submission – Much ado about hudud (06 October 2011)

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Hudud is probably the most divisive of issues.

Every few years, this is something that we will see politicians taking side and lambasting each other. When hudud takes centre stage, it seems nothing else matters.

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BERSIH 2.0: The Most Evil Coalition

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The headlines this week and the last were dominated by the Coalition For Clean & Fair Elections or better known as ‘BERSIH 2.0′. Unless you have been living under a rock in Timbuktu, you should know by now that come 9 July 2011 there will be a rally organised by BERSIH to demand for electoral reforms.

You would have thought – ah, electoral reforms! A harmless enough cause, no? But if the authorities are to be believed, BERSIH’s motives are far more sinister. In fact, it would seem that BERSIH is not just sinister but is an organisation as evil as the Ku Klux Klan, Death Eaters and The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from X-Men.

Now at this point in time, we have yet to see an iota of evidence of BERSIH’s evil intentions, which probably includes taking over the world. But our ever vigilant authorities will not sit idly by and let them have a free reign to take over the world. In order to protect our beloved country, they have begun a crackdown on all things yellow.

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