转载:为什么示威?

原文: 杨映波 (独立新闻在线〕

政府已经说要检讨《1960年内安法令》了,为什么还要示威?

有意见不能好好说吗,为什么要示威?

以上问题倘若由小孩提出,那情有可原。可惜不是,而是一国之首相提出,所以不能一笑置之。

为什么示威呢?

因为赵明福、古甘(Kugan),拉卡纳登 (Ulaganathan), 和其他数以千计在扣留期间死亡的人士,他们都无法示威无法说话了。所以需要别人代言和代替行动。

因为那些看似林甘(VK Lingam)的人、那些当权者、那些发见不得光的财的人,以及那些有权力改变社会却不愿意打抱不平的政客,他们继续用各种势力统治我们的国家。他们当然不会示威,他们想尽办法阻止别人示威。

因为那些穷困人士、被边缘化的、被压迫的、被歧视的,或被迫害的人们,他们根本没有机会影响当权者的所作所为。

好话说到口水都干了

20090801_SSF2_ISA_03因为好好说话的方式已运用了几十年,好话已说到口水都干了,全毫无效果。因为人权委会和皇家委会好好推荐的许多重要改革(包括允许和平示威)没有一件被接纳或落实。因为久久不见警察投诉与行为不检独立委员会(IPCMC)的踪影,却在每个角落看到贪污和暴力的不断滋长。

更糟的是,虽然有了许多好说好劝,政府仍然一意孤行地要用志愿警卫团(RELA)把情况恶化。

还记得“诉求”吗?“诉求”没有示威,“诉求”客气得不得了,既诉又求。结果呢?不但意见被当成废物,那些根本不曾示威的成员们还被指责为是极端分子!

还想问:为什么要示威?

因为没示威的人们让政府套上了假名!他们被称为“沉默的大多数”。劣政客说,他们的沉默代表他们支持政府,所以政府要以这些大部分人士的利益为重。如今,这些“沉默的大多数”之中,许多人不想再沉默了。

还要问为什么?

是的,是因为伪政不能永远一手遮天,无能不会永远瞒天过海。因为裙带作风只能有利于数人,其他人有一天总会清醒的。

因为那张被成功地打了几十年的“种族”牌子,渐渐让人看透了:它只不过是一种卑鄙的离间手段。

因为不难认清,为什么马来西亚这个富有人力资源和天然资源的国家,其人民的生活水准并没有远在新加坡那个没有天然资源的小岛国之上?

因为,一般来说,接受和平示威的国家都富有和稳定,或正在改良中;而极度压迫和平示威的国家,都是些人民生活涂炭之地。

东姑阿都拉曼也曾示威

也因为,甘地曾示威,曼德拉曾示威,马丁路德金曾经示威,东姑阿都拉曼也曾示威。

因为越来越多人们了解,和平示威根本没有威胁国家的安全,而只是会威胁当权者的那把交椅罢了。

20090801_isa_03又因为,当劣政客微笑地告诉我们,人民是主他是仆时,那全是假话!试问:天下哪里有仆以催泪弹,棍子和手铐来伺候主人的笑话?

因为,如果历史上先人的示威都夭折的话,那么今天的印度,马来西亚和许多地方都还会是殖民地;南非仍然会还在执行种族隔离,曼德拉此刻会还在牢里,而欧巴马很可能是个身于密西西比的黑奴,正在计划他下一次的逃亡!

更因为,自由和尊严不会是守株待兔的奖品,它们是需要大家的努力去争取的,它们是有代价的。如果不想苟且偷生,如果要活得像人,我们就不能一辈子做缩头乌龟啊!

问为什么要示威,犹如问为什么要自由,或为什么要平等?该问的是,为什么不可以自由,为什么不能平等?

所以,不是为什么要示威,而是为什么不能和平示威?

--杨映波是资深律师,曾任马来西亚律师公会主席。

Why do Malaysians march?

By Yeo Yang Poh

WHY march, when the government has said that it will review the Internal Security Act? Why march, when there are other very cosy ways of giving your views and feedback?

One would understand if these were questions posed by nine-year-olds. But they are not. They are questions posed by the prime minister of this nation we call our home. Answer we must. So, why?

Because thousands who died while in detention cannot march or speak any more. That is why others have to do it for them.

Because persons in the corridors of power, persons who have amassed tremendous wealth and live in mansions, and persons who are in the position to right wrongs but won’t, continue to rule our nation with suffocating might. And they certainly would not march. They would prevent others from marching.

Because the have-nots, the sidelined, the oppressed, the discriminated and the persecuted have no effective line to the powerful.

Because the nice ways have been tried ad nauseam for decades, but have fallen on deaf ears.

Because none of the major recommendations of Suhakam (including on peaceful assembly), or of the commissions of inquiry, has been implemented. Because the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) is not in sight, while corruption and insecurity live in every neighbourhood; and (despite reasoned views expressed ever so nicely in opposition) Rela (people’s volunteer corps) is being brought in to make matters even worse.

The proponents in “Su Qiu” (remember them?) were not marchers. In fact it is hard to find nicer ways than “su qiu”, because the term means “present and request” or “inform and request”. In terms of putting forward a view or a request, it is the height of politeness. Yet they were labelled “extremists” – they who did not march.

And now you ask, why march?

Because you gave non-marchers a false name! You called them the “silent majority”, who by virtue of their silence (so you proudly argued with twisted logic) were supporters of government policies since they were not vocal in raising objections. You claimed to be protecting the interest of the “silent majority”. Now some of them do not want to be silent anymore, and you are asking why?

Yes, because double standards and hypocrisy cannot be covered up or explained away forever; and incompetence cannot be indefinitely propped up by depleting resources.

Because cronyism can only take care of a few people, and the rest will eventually wake up to realise the repeated lies that things were done in certain ways purportedly “for their benefit”.

Because the race card, cleverly played for such a long time, is beginning to be seen for what it really is – a despicable tool to divide the rakyat for easier political manipulation.

Because it does not take much to figure out that there is no good reason why Malaysia, a country with abundant human resources and rich natural resources, does not have a standard of living many times higher than that of Singapore, an island state with no natural resources and that has to import human resources from Malaysia and elsewhere.

Because, in general, countries that do not persecute marchers are prosperous or are improving from their previous state of affairs, and those that do are declining.

Because Gandhi marched, Mandela marched, Martin Luther King marched, and Tunku Abdul Rahman marched.

Because more and more people realise that peaceful assemblies are no threat at all to the security of the nation, although they are a threat to the security of tenure of the ruling elite.

Because politicians do not mean it when they say with a straight face or a smile that they are the servants and that the people are the masters. No servant would treat his master with tear gas, batons and handcuffs.

Because if the marchers in history had been stopped in their tracks, places like India, Malaysia and many others would still be colonies today, apartheid would still be thriving in South Africa, Nelson Mandela would still be scribbling on the walls of Cell 5, and Obama would probably be a slave somewhere in Mississippi plotting to make his next midnight dash for the river.

And because liberty, freedom and dignity are not free vouchers posted out to each household.

They do not come to those who just sit and wait. They have to be fought for, and gained.

And if you still want to ask: why march; I can go on and on until the last tree is felled. But I shall obviously not.

I will end with the following lines from one of the songs sung in the 1960s by civil rights marchers in the US, without whom Obama would not be able to even sit with the whites in a bus, let alone reside in the White House:

“It isn’t nice to block the doorway

It isn’t nice to go to jail

There are nicer ways to do it

But the nice ways have all failed

It isn’t nice; it isn’t nice

You’ve told us once, you’ve told us twice

But if that’s freedom’s price

We don’t mind …”

Yeo Yang Poh is a former Bar Council president.

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