From my discussions and debates with some of the politicians, it has become clear to me that the notion of 'might is right' is being practiced to the fullest in Malaysia. 'Might' comes from the subjugation of minorities' rights by the majority.
Hence, a self-appointed spokesman of the government has repeatedly reminded us of the 'rule by the majority' and that minorities in this country must accept the wishes of the majority. This is a killer blow to our multiracial harmony resulted from the perpetuation of racial politics.
I am also saddened by claims from those in power that people who displayed their disgruntlement are members of the opposition. Parliamentary secretary of Foreign Ministry Ahmad Shabery Chek blamed the opposition creating such an atmosphere (demonstrations). According to him, the opposition had instigated the people to demonstrate to create the impression that the public is angry with the government.
This is a classic example of a government in denial. The 30,000 Indians who demonstrated last Sunday were not entirely gullible or naive. Neither are they members of the opposition parties.
These are Malaysians who felt the prolonged marginalisation over the last five decades. Labelling people who are critical of the government policies and performance as 'anti-government' is counter productive and self-defeatist.
Moreover, this kind of attitude will only help to amplified the arrogance of those in power that they can do no wrong. No human is perfect and certainly not this government.