August 30, 2015

In View of Malaysia's 58th Independence Day

[Versi Melayu di sini]

If you've been following the news, you'd know of the Bersih 4 demonstrations taking place this weekend. Tens of thousands of Malaysians streamed to Kuala Lumpur, as well as cities worldwide, including Hong Kong (kicking myself for being sick and unable to attend).

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A few thoughts as we approach our 58th Independence Day tomorrow:

The articles titled "Dear Malaysians, why Bersih won't help you" are probably going to print as I write this. However, Bersih has done an amazing job in waking up the "rakyat" (citizens). Bersih, especially this 4th edition, is an expression of our dissatisfaction with the government and its state of corruption, from the judiciary to the supposed anti-corruption agency, the Election Commission (EC) and most recently, the 1MDB and RM 2.6 billion scandals rocking the highest office in our civil service, the Prime Minister's. Let us remember this dissatisfaction and every injustice and dollar taken from the rakyat. 

Nonetheless, there is a lot needed to do from now toward GE14 in 2018. Emotions are at a high now, and some of us feel we can/should "break the system", but the system still exists and that's why we'll have to work intelligently and efficiently.

Pos Menjelang Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia ke-58

[English version here]

Selamat sejahtera kawan-kawan,

Jika anda kerap mengikuti berita tempatan, pasti anda telah dengar tentang demonstrasi Bersih 4 akhir minggu ini. Beribu-ribu rakyat Malaysia telah menyertai demonstrasi yang bertumpu di Kuala Lumpur serta di luar negara termasuk Hong Kong (malangnya, saya tidak menghadirinya sebab tidak sihat.)

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Serba sedikit pemikiran saya menjelang Hari Kemerdekaan kita yang ke-58 esok:

Gerakan Bersih memang ada faedahnya. Ia merupakan luahan kemarahan dan ketidakpuasan rakyat atas keadaan rasuah yang meluas dalam institusi-institusi kebangsaan, dari judisiari ke perbadanan anti-rasuah ke Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) dan terutamanya di pejabat Perdana Menteri. Kawan-kawan, jangan kita lupakan kemarahan dan ketidakpuasan ini. 

Namun begitu, terdapat banyak yang kita perlu lakukan bermula dari sekarang ke GE14 pada tahun 2018. Pada masa ini, emosi kita masih berbuak, tetapi untuk memastikan agar kita dapat mengubah situasi pada GE14, kita kenalah bertindak secara pintar, cekap dan logikal.  

August 6, 2015

Thoughts on Being Pro-Choice

I have always been pro-choice as long as I can remember. Initially, it was probably more about being fiercely self-determinant: “I should have the right to determine what is best for my body”. Growing up in Malaysia, where poor families relying on government assistance continue to have children and get into the news because they can’t fend for themselves and need more government assistance, I adopted the perspective of “I’m not going to have child if I can't fully care for it”.

The recent Planned Parenthood (PP) video uproar had me thinking, especially since I grew up in a Christian community. The initial reaction to the “PP is selling baby parts for profit!” narrative is **HORROR FILM ALERT**. 

I’m not here to defend what the PP rep said. If PP is profiting from selling baby parts illegally, legal action should be taken. If the videos are found to falsely malign PP, legal action should also be taken. (I also find the moral high ground adopted by the makers and their supporters dubious as the videos were made through deceptive means, but I digress.)

I haven’t changed my pro-choice stance however – here are some thoughts: