The power is in our handsPosted: August 9, 2008
I write this post for every single member of civil society.
We are in this together. No matter what you would call the scenario we are in at the moment, be it turmoil, or chaos, or the breaking of the new dawn, of the winds of change are a-blowing. No matter if you’re siding with Pakatan Rakyat, or Barisan Nasional, or merely fence-sitting.
We have to acknowledge that the media is not as independent or as free as it should be. They need to conform to an endless array of laws and rules on what they can write, and what they cannot write. The laws in place, such as the Sedition Act, and the PPPA are laws that suppress the meaning of a free press. This is why we have created a Memorandum on Media Freedom.
We also have to acknowledge that the judiciary is not as independent as it should be. The selection and promotion of judges are not done transparently. The Seperation of Powers Doctrine states that the Judiciary should be independent of influence from both the Executive and the Legislative. But what we are experiencing now is not the case. This is why we have created a petition to the Agong about the state of the Judiciary.
Even if you’re a Barisan Nasional supporter, you need to understand that supporting BN doesn’t mean that they can do no wrong. Supporting them also means that you tell them what you think they’re doing wrong, and what they should change.
Even if you’re a Pakatan Rakyat supporter, you need to understand that there is no such thing as “everything will be well and fine once PR takes to office”. Your voices must still be heard. They must still know that these things are important to us.
Even if you’re a fence-sitter, you need to know that signing these petitions for Media Freedom and an Independent Judiciary doesn’t automatically make you an opposition supporter. You are merely exercising your right to express what you think is right.
People say that signing petitions always come to naught. So they don’t sign. But let’s just imagine for a moment what it would be like if all of us were to put cynicism and skepticism behind. Imagine a petition signed by 22 million people. Would that not carry an impact? Would the authorities not have to sit up and pay attention? Would they not have to take action?
This is what we call People Power. People Power doesn’t always have to come in forms of street protests or bloodshed. People Power can be as simple as all of us uniting as one voice to let the authorities know that this is what concerns us.
Don’t turn away when asked to sign a petition on something that you care about. If you care, and if you want to voice your concern, lend your voice to us. Your signature, your name, one minute of your time, could mean everything.