By Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz
This ebook includes articles chosen usually from the author's column, 'Abiding Times', in theSun, Malaysia, in addition to others. released among July 2010 and August 2011, they have been written within the interval after Tunku 'Abidin's go back from the U.S. and covers his position in principles. From calling for the tests and balances so the most important to the powerful functioning of a democratic society to be bolstered, to reminding all individuals in a democratic society in their rights and duties, the writer writes in a language that's effortless to learn and with a wry feel of humour.
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I was discussing how to get apathetic youth excited about politics, but one specific topic was lowering the voting age. I pointed out that most democracies have a voting age of 18, and that it is condescending towards young Malaysians for them not to share the same qualification for suffrage. My two fellow panellists added further reasons, equally compelling, for such reform. We were therefore a bit surprised by the questions from the floor. Several of these bright, articulate young Malaysians argued that the voting age should not be lowered.
It is hardly surprising, given that the histories of our very own Prime Ministers have not been accorded proper prominence, and even then subject to censorship. But the thing about those old photographs was that they do not merely portray Malaysians who were to steer their country, but also a country different in feel and ambition to the one we have today; I wonder how different the hopes and ambitions of a young Tun Suffian in the 1930s are to those of a Malaysian teenager today. It’s not just the slanted songkok, mengkuang mats and rattan chairs, but an obvious sense of confidence and of freedom.
Racial slurs are hurled about on a daily basis and compliant actors within certain institutions do their part to send this country further into the sinkhole of oblivion. Those decent and courageous actors who do speak out are either completely ignored by influential media outlets or savaged by furious racists in the blogosphere who, one would imagine, might enjoy life better in the northern provinces of Afghanistan. Across my various roles I get the privilege to meet a huge number of people who represent and contribute to our country in many diverse roles.
Abiding Times 2 by Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz