The Origins of Totalitarianism

“The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the last decade.”

“The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”

Above quotes from the author of the book titled in the subject above

What we have witnessed in the past few days is simply amazing. The power of the people but what fascinates me more is that the Malaysia as a nation is not as fragmented as we are made to believe.

To me, the true road forward is a Malaysia where politics based on race is no longer relevant. Protection and help is not only extended to a certain race only but to all citizens that need them. Race-based politics and economics is doomed and even if it is practiced with sheer force and power, there will be huge inefficiencies within the system and the country as a whole will be made irrelevant in the world. We will be left more and more behind. In short, race-based economics and politics is a “dominated strategy” in game theory speak.

For me, the Barisan Nasional’s failure is Prime Minister Badawi’s failure. It is his failure to be firm. Badawi’s inability to be firm costs BN the worst defeat in a general election ever. He is not firm in disciplining his members. He is not firm in controlling the arrogance of his members. He is not firm in putting corruption to an end by punishing those caught and up-rooting it no matter who is in the line. He is too afraid to act.

Badawi, to me still, is a good person but he needs to act and be firm. He didn’t and the people did the job for him. He has to follow up and clean his party thoroughly. If not, I will easily see that the next Prime Minister of Malaysia may well be Anwar Ibrahim.

The government has come to such a sorry state where people who has for all past elections voted for Barisan Nasional has this time voted for the opposition and those that hated PAS felt that this time, as a dutiful citizen and for their next generation, voted for PAS instead.

On the main reasons why many people I know voted for the opposition:

1. The arrogance of UMNO members and talking rubbish and offended other ethnic groups and the inability of especially MCA and MIC to fight for the ethnic groups that they so-called championed. Even among the normal Malays, this arrogance cannot be tolerated.

2. The horribly corrupt system that benefited only the few at the expense of other citizens and Badawi’s inability to root them up despite promising the sky when he came to power (the “Zakariah” brand).

3. Perceived uncontrolled increase in prices (toll, electricity, etc.) led by the increase in oil price. The normal citizens truly felt the pinch under harsher living conditions.

4. Rising crime rate (which is also linked to the massive influx of illegal immigrants) and the perceived inability to control them plus the perceived collapse of the judiciary system (after the Lingam case).

5. Lost of pride – falling further and further behind other nations which we once dominated – in all aspects from the economy, to education, to sports.

Main theme: Marginalisation of all ethnic groups (Malays, Chinese, Indians), UMNO political hegemony and Badawi’s inability to be firm in regards to corruption, discipline, crime rate, prices, etc. (and I sometimes wonder, what is he really doing?).

On a personal note, it was such a pleasure to see a certain person in the Information Ministry fall. He is, of all people, I would like to see fall. Even more than Samy Vellu.

In the words of Kayveas, leader of PPP, a Barisan Nasional component party, “It’s not that I don’t like you but I don’t like the badge you are wearing.” Same is true of MCA, for me. It is not that I don’t like MCA, in fact I thought they did a pretty good job, it is just that I don’t like the badge the MCA belongs to.

But to quote again, “The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”

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