I certainly can’t join BERSIH 3.0 on the coming 28th of April 2012 (which is next Saturday). Not that I do not support it, but the nearest one will be in London and I have a report deadline less than a week after that (which is on 4th of May 2012).
Last night was a historical night. I’ve been following the tweets of few MPs and I found out that they just broke the record by having the LONGEST parliamentary session in Malaysian history! The session ended at 3.21 AM (20th April 2012), GMT +8. Read more here.
I think one of the significant outcomes was the amendment of UUCA (University and University College Act) which now allows university student to be involved in any political party.
“Malaysian parliamentarians shed their political differences tonight to unanimously vote on legislative amendments granting university students freedom to hold posts in both political parties and on-campus organisations…”
(The Malaysian Insider, 20 April 2012)
I wonder how this would change the Malaysian political landscape. Too bad that I can’t follow whatever discussions that my fellow friends are having now on Facebook. Would there be more people starting to comment or posting or declaring their political inclination from now onwards? (especially the students).
I don’t know about others as why they support certain political parties, but as for me I’ve been taught that to be politically aware and active are part of our responsibility as the servant and khalifah of Allah on this earth. You might agree or disagree with this statement. The discussion could be long and it’s best if you could hear it from the appropriate figures such as the ulamas (muslim scholars).
One of the best read I had so far is “State in Islam” by Dr Yusuf al-Qardhawi (DOWNLOAD HERE).
In the Quran, Allah says:
“And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful”
(Surah ali-Imran, 3: 104)
In another verse, Allah says:
“And what is [the matter] with you that you fight not in the cause of Allah and [for] the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, “Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people and appoint for us from Yourself a protector and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?””
(Surah an-Nisa’, 4: 75)
If you agree that there are still unfortunate people who are oppressed in our country, as a muslim, you have to fight for their cause! But then, Malaysia is a very harmony and peaceful place to live, mana ada orang kena oppress. Is it? Let me just give you one example:
“Seorang jutawan dengan Mercedeznya tidak terasa apa-apa dengan RM 10 untuk tol yang dibayar, tetapi untuk seorang pakcik tua pencen yang menaiki Proton Saga usang semenjak tahun 1985 lagi merasakan RM 10 itu cukup untuk mengenyangkan perut dia dan keluarganya untuk sehari (baca: betapa bernilainya RM 10 kepada orang susah).
Maka menghapuskan tol adalah satu bentuk menegakkan keadilan yang menyeluruh itu tadi. Menurut keadilan islam, cukai itu harus dikenakan mengikut kemampuan setiap rakyat. Bagaimana pula dengan rancangan kerajaan untuk mengenakan GST (cukai barangan dan servis), sama juga halnya, ia akan menjadi beban kepada rakyat yang miskin kerana golongan kaya mahupun miskin akan membayar cukai yang sama nilainya.”
(myfikrah, 12 December 2012)
Belum masuk lagi salah guna wang pembayar cukai hingga menyebabkan negara rugi berbillion-billion ringgit! Duit siapa? Duit kita juga.
If we choose to not to take part in any efforts of changing this situation (e.g. keeping quiet, refrain ourselves from voting, label ourselves as being “neutral”, etc), does this not mean that we are supporting all these wrong-doings? Nau’zubillah min zalik!
Ok, back to Bersih 3.0. So basically there are 8 demands of Bersih 3.0:
- Clean the electoral roll
- Reform postal ballot
- Use of indelible ink
- Minimum 21 days campaign period
- Free and fair access to media
- Stop corruption
- Stop dirty politics
(For more details on Bersih 3.0 demands: CLICK HERE)
So, whoever has the chance, do join any of the Bersih 3.0 gatherings that will be held in main cities all over the world on the 28th of April 2012 (Saturday). The biggest one will be in Dataran Merdeka in KL. Will the turnout be bigger than any Merdeka Day celebration? History will be made again, insyaAllah.
Duduk renah renah, iboh berolah! (Sit properly, don’t be naughty) 😉