My fellow bloggers have been joking around that with Pak Lah leaving, there won't be much for us to blog about. However, part of the reason I began blogging, this restlessness, was due to my frustration at the hypocrisy of our leaders being played out in a 'free press' which in reality was a propaganda machine for an increasingly irresponsible regime.
I hence now find little issue really with continuing my blogging as hyprocrisy remains a problem among leaders in Malaysia, and interestingly, most recently showcased quite dramatically by the supposed 'liberal' opposition.
There is a quote of Voltaire's that the so called liberal leaders of DAP would likely swear by, that is,"I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Probably on the basis of this quote, the so-called liberals of the party continue to defend the actions of the Sin Chew reporter who was ISA'ed, Raja Petra Kamaruddin who's still in ISA, and the All-Blogs leadership duo Ahiruddin "Rocky" Attan dan YB Jeff Ooi when sued by NSTP.
You saw this behaviour of defending free speech even when the 'speech' became a little unsavoury, such as when Sasterawan Negara Shahnon Ahmad wrote his piece "SHIT" as a critique of the Mahathir leadership of the late 1990's. And of course, I have written before of what Malays, especially those on the web, have had to endure with patience over the years, both in Malay and English... inciteful garbage that of course the 'liberals' at DAP defend.
But it would seem that the Malay nationalist press do not share the protection of these DAP leaders. It would seem that even inciteful garbage against Malays, similar to what Datuk Ahmad Ismail said about the Chinese and so reported by Sin Chew, cannot be criticised by Utusan Malaysia. Neither is Utusan allowed to publish news that portray the possible racism of a non-Malay leader, nor would it be forgiven when errors of such reporting were properly retracted.
Interestingly, it seems to these people, even Rocky shouldn't post anything that is at least concilliatory of Utusan's actions, however fair, or report and publicise acts to defend the rights of Utusan as a part of the press by UMNO.
A kind observer would criticise and part excuse the acts of these DAP leaders in particular as partisanship. I think this is being too kind. I call this hypocrisy, and even dare denounce these sort of selective actions and advocacy as RACISM, RACISM and RACISM, however civilised your packaging. And just because the DAP managed to get some of their Muslim political allies and confused Malays on their side doesn't make it less so.
DAP a liberal party? My foot!