| Ultra-liberals and the futility of discourse - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
| Monday, August 13, 2018
Malaysiakini : “The political nature of man made it highly unlikely that a
society designed to meet regularly would remain peaceable. "The way to
make friends quarrel is to pit them in disputation under the public
eye," Jefferson said.” ― Jon Meacham, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
COMMENT | Truth be told, I like
Rafizi Ramli. Sure, we have had a very public spat but the reality is
that for whatever reasons, he often kicks the Pakatan Harapan regime in
the nut sack and more often than not, gets pilloried for it on social
media. The internal politics of PKR, I have very little interest in. No
matter who runs the good ship, PKR politicians in Harapan will not stray
too far from mainstream Malay politics even though they, like the DAP,
claim to be a multi-racial party.
Malay establishment politicians have to pay attention to certain
agendas and non-Malay establishment politicians have to enable such
dictates. It does not have to be this way but it is easier to retain
power this way. Recently, Rafizi labelled those hounding Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on the whole child marriage fiasco as ultra liberals who "focus on the one issue". Not nice, Rafizi.
Dismissing these critics, while saying these ultra liberals are not
responsible for the poor, while the DPM, was, is a strange way of
deflecting from the criticisms of the cautious response of the DPM on
this issue. Firstly, child marriage, as in marriages between children and adults, is normalising sex with children. Furthermore, it is normally the “poor” children who are exploited in
this manner. Also, this idea that ultra liberals are single-issue
advocates is rather bizarre, because it's like saying that rights groups
who advocate on a specific subject do not care about anything else –
the poor – because they advocate for specific issues.
Read it all here...................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:02 AM