Saturday, September 06, 2008

Of Consultation, Compromise & Consensus

  1. Consultation: a meeting for discussion or the seeking of advice; The act or process of consulting; A conference at which advice is given or views are exchanged.
  2. Compromise: A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions; A concession to something detrimental or pejorative; accomodation
  3. Consensus: An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole; General agreement or accord
The above are simple definitions of the three basic tenets (in bold) which have been the bedrock of Malaysian politics for over half of a century now. It's fairly plain and simple. Nobody can take away the fact that BN being the institution that introduced and work the concept, and it has done so since the days of Parti Perikatan, has been able to steer their party and with it the nation away from the trap of racial politics . The same trap which had claimed many victims in other developing nations such as ours.

Even developed nation such as the great US of A was not spared from becoming a victim of the same. Albeit being a nation that has been championing the idea of democracy for over 200 years they still succumbed to the same trap. Their tumultuous era of the 60s stand as evidence to that. In 1963, Martin Luther King has this to say (after 300 years of American Independence) among others:

"I have a dream that my four children will one day lives in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

It was still a "dream" for the Afro-Americans, nearly 200 years after their nation declared its independence.

Being 51 this year, Malaysia still has a long way to go if we are to compare relatively to the American. Then again we have managed to scrape through using our own blend of democracy, our own recipe. And only at 51 years of age we are actually better off then the American , not to have been made to wait all that long just to have a dream. Now, all that has happened these few weeks show how we are now being tested to live up to the idea envisaged and propounded by the founding fathers of the nation. We shall overcome, God willing, as what we have done previously time and time again. We shall continue to triumph in the face of adversity if we continue practicing without qualifications the idea mooted by the nation past leaders, the 3C of Malaysian politics i.e., consensus, compromise and consultation, and as long as we do not stray away from what have been enacted in the Federal Constitution. Now if only politicians such as Ahmad Ismail, Lim Kit Siang, the Hindraf 5 and the likes would strictly adhere to the same.

For me, if the BN even within the compound of their own house cannot show us the way anymore, then it is obvious that Malaysian shall have no other choice but to let the other coalition be the beacon that light the way for the nation. You may not agree to Pakatan Rakyat's current tactics to form the government via back doors and they may not actually at this instant have the numbers to form a government by 16th September 2008, but come next General Election the prize will be theirs for the taking. That's the price BN has to pay if they are to continue their current dismal performance and fumbling ways. And that's a fact.

The only advice I can offer for these politicians are for them to go back in time and dig deep into history of the nation and their party struggles, at times where the nation has evidently come as one regardless of race, the pre-31st August 1957 era (run-ups to Merdeka Day) and the post-13th May 1969 era, when our past leaders have successfully managed racialism and sidestepped calamities during those time. Therefore my dear politicians, please get your acts together. Shape up or ship out!

(updated 5.46 am)

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