Bananachinese’s Weblog

June 13, 2009

An Open letter to all Malaysian bloggers and blog commentators

Dear caring Malaysians,

Greetings.

I am writing to you on a matter of great urgency which cannot be held back anymore as the health of our nation is in great distress.

Before proceeding, kindly allow me to register this caveat,

“This post is written with the intention not to demean, hurt anybody’s feelings, slander or just an empty criticism to score a political point.”

Back to the business of this letter.

I am sure many of us have written, commented and discussed many issues shouted out everyday by the newspapers and blogs. Many with email addresses have not managed to escape the uncountable forwarded emails from friends which brings ‘news’ of distressing accusations (slander?) against another human being.

As people of admirable cultural background and gentle nature, this identity was not found demonstrated in what we write and speak. Not in the blogs and newspapers. Not in our kopitiam forums.

Daily vitriolings, scoldings are lashed on anybody/things, especially so if we do not like he/she/that. A friend decided that this must be the result of commando style upbringing which brook no dissenting viewpoints or approvals for efforts made lest the child gets inflated and big headed from too much self pride.

Imagine no words used to recognise however small the efforts at home or the workplace for the child or the adult. Slowly, the spirit die… unless the individual has the most hard of heart and resolute of mind.

We treat fellow Malaysians badly in blogs, we scold them, some simply f…k another for having a different view. Very seldom bloggers and commentators can offer ideas or recognise efforts made by friends and imagined foes especially of the political opposite.

A blog is not just a blog. A comment is not just a comment. It reflects the writer’s true moral nature and the real love or spite residing within. Anything written by us will document just that.

However, I see hope.

I found that there is a handful of bloggers and commentators who are able to rise above the noise, with admirable rational civility in discourse, helping us to uplift our thinking to a higher level.

May we see more of your tribe to rise, to help nurture fellow rakyat to be lovers of rationality, logic and truth as Malaysia tries to carve a place for itself in the future of economic technology.

Truly,
BC

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March 30, 2008

This is the way to protest against Fitna…

All right, guys and gals!

Before you go rushing off with printout copies of Geert Wilder’s photo to distribute to your friends to trample your feet on, fly darts onto his nose, flick a match to burn his photo to death. Before you go gather your friends to represent Malaysia to burn Netherland’s flag to ashes in front of the high commission…

Look at the pic below and see how a paraplegic painter can do a classy, civilised and admired protest. Ask your heart. Can you do something this meaningful to convey your true feelings without hurting or agitating anyone else’s peace further? Perhaps you prefer to enjoy a few seconds of infamy in a newspaper somewhere? Or heavens forbid, have your face consumed with unholy wrath to appear on somebody’s blog post?

Classy kind of protest

Perhaps you talk to Geert and find out why the likes of him have so much against your kind. Or what have your kind against his kind. Let the conversation begin. Talk it over, kids.

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