Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy 53rd Merdeka Day!


We've come 53 years since the independence of our beloved Malaysia on August 31st, 1957. We've achieved much development, physically and socially. So, this day is the day we celebrate our country's success to being a successful and peaceful country. Right?

Now, let's analyse what is the meaning of "Merdeka" or "Independence".

A definition from Wikipedia:
Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over its territory.[1]

A definition from TheFreeDictionary:
Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing.[2]

So, the important keyword here is "self-government". What is self government? Obviously, from the word itself, it can be clearly understood that it means to rule by itself.

How is Malaysia being ruled? The Website of The Parliament of Malaysia states that:
Malaysia practises Parliamentary Democracy with Constitutional Monarchy and His Royal Highness is the Paramount Ruler.[3]

Keywords: democracy, constitution

Democracy as defined by Democracy Building and by Wikipedia respectively:
Form of government, where a constitution guarantees basic personal and political rights, fair and free elections, and independent courts of law.[4]

Democracy is a political form of government where governing power is derived from the people, either by direct referendum (direct democracy) or by means of elected representatives of the people (representative democracy).[5]

Constitution as defined by The 'Lectric Law Library and Wikipedia respectively:
The fundamental law of the state, containing the principles upon which the government is founded and regulating the divisions of the sovereign powers, directing to what persons each of these powers is to be confided and the manner it is to be exercised.[6]

A constitution is a set of laws that a set of people have made and agreed upon for government—often codified as a written document—that enumerates and limits the powers and functions of a political entity.[7]

From the definitions presented above, a question we should be asking ourselves are:


  1. Is our government selected by the people through fair and free elections? Or are the results being tampered, manipulated or sabotaged with?

  2. Are our courts of law independent? Or being controlled to achieve certain motives?

  3. Are the people's rights protected? Or ignored and purposely misinterpreted?

  4. Is the constitution being up held? Or is it being ignored and misinterpreted (as mentioned)?

  5. Does the government that "we elect" work by the limits of their powers? Or have they gone overboard and are corrupted?

There are still many questions to be asked if we study more in detail about those definitions of words and our constitution.

In a nutshell, if you find that your answers to the above questions are similar as mine, then perhaps our Merdeka is not so worth celebrating after all, since this "independence" that we celebrate actually does not exist.

So guys, think about it, read up the news articles about our political situation (from both sides of the fence) and learn more about Malaysia in this Merdeka.

Selamat Hari Merdeka fellow Malaysians!!!

References:
[1] Wikipedia Contributors, Independance, Retrieved 30th August 2010, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independance
[2] TheFreeDictionary, Independent, Retrieved 30th August 2010, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/independent
[3] Website of The Parliament of Malaysia, Introduction, Retrieved 30th August 2010, http://www.parlimen.gov.my/eng-pengenalan-lblakng.htm
[4] Democracy Building, Definition of Democracy, Retrieved 30th August 2010, http://www.democracy-building.info/definition-democracy.html
[5] Wikipedia Contributors, Democracy, Retrieved 30th August 2010, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy
[6] The 'Lectric Law Library, Constitution, Retrieved 30th August 2010, http://www.lectlaw.com/def/c290.htm
[7] Wikipedia Contributors, Constitution, Retrieved 30th August 2010, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution

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