Culture of Fear

Issues are not sensitive, people are. There is nothing wrong in being sensitive, it is human nature. However the problem is when people react irrationally and emotionally towards an issue. The recent series of emotional outburst in Malaysia clearly suggests that Malaysians are a bunch of emotional and insecure people.

In Malaysia there is a culture of fear, a perceived prevalence of fear and anxiety in public discourse and relationships which affects the way they behave with each other.
This fear is actually hollow, sadly, just like many other things in Malaysia, yet this is the same fear that divides us. Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. Allow me to apply two theories in explaining the Malaysian culture of fear. Firstly the theory of constructed fear, I believe many sensitive issues in this country are actually devised to be as such by parties that have certain interest to maintain the status quo of the issue.

The reasons behind such deliberate fear propagation can vary, but the consideration of potentially increasing social control on the emotional and insecure Malaysians would be the main culprit. Those in power would always want to maintain the social support to benefit their interest, and the easiest way to do that is to create fear amongst the ignorant crowd and provide them a false sense of security.

Secondly the theory of emergence fears, a reaction that is born spontaneously. This is due to the historical evidence of our society. Some historical dark past maybe the reason why there is so much anxiety in public discourse on the so-called sensitive issues. Is the fear still relevant? Perhaps not, but it is effective and thus maintained by the scaremongers I mentioned above.

However discourse is inevitable in the age of the internet. Open dialogues will happen if not in reality then virtually. There is nothing to fear except the refusal to engage in discourse, for you fear what you do not understand and fear creates aggression.

3 Responses

  1. I think a noteworthy example of this would be what took place in Nazi Germany.

    “…The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy.
    All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers
    for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”…Herman Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

    KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS and COMMUNICATION are the keys to delivering people from their ignorance and apathy.

  2. Sensitive issues? Won’t be if we are open minded enough to accept it. If we talk to our children about sex the proper way, then sex edu won’t be sensitive or a taboo. However the Guv would always like to play up these type of fears to remain in power! What a shame….

  3. Sorry posted the comment in the wrong section, it is supposed to be here.

    I HATE READING THE NEWSPAPER NOWADAYS. I only and usually read the business section, entertainment section etc. All except front lines and all that have to do with the Malaysian politics as I have given up hope on our country, our democracy and our politics. Nowadays I only read overseas news as they are more accurate and more liberal. Our country, manage by our government and politics seems sure that they are not going to change for the sake of globalization. They are not only not mature but more importantly not educated enough to run the country in these competitive times of globalization where the fastest and smartest of runners are the winners of this competitive world.

    When ever friends or family takes up the newspaper and debates on the frontline that this idiot politicians brings about, it makes me puke, frustrated, lost. How is it possible that superimposing photo’s of politicians a crime. If so, I’m afraid that most of my friends are at fault as we are use to discussing this matter openly as we believe our self to be educated and these photos were just for fun. You can call me an idiot but I know I’m not a criminal if I decide to superimpose some politician’s photos. Actually I need not superimpose any photos as there are ample videos on the internet on our politicians acting stupid and being stupid. My friends and my brother that are in overseas are NEVER coming back to Malaysia as they’ve notice what idiots are running the country and they are sure that this will not change.

    Fellow friends, family, brothers of Malaysia, I hope that what I’ve written might bring us all Malaysians together for this difficult times. Times where we are no more colonize by foreigners but a rather new kind of foreigners, our Malaysian politics. It is now very clear, that our politicians including Najib are not fit to run the country. The biggest threat to our country is no more the foreigners that we believe but rather politicians or the government that that are not educated enough or at all to understand the world in terms of economics and change. I know I have so much to give to the country and I’m sure my friends and family will be ale to bring our country to new heights but unfortunately, we are constantly suppressed by our own government.

    I’m so irritated about the current news that Najib has stated that the government is all out on bogglers. This is only my second time writing out articles like this as I usually don’t do this. I’m fed up of sitting by the corner and doing nothing. I’M NOT AFRAID OF THE GOVERNMENT ANYMORE!!!! Come catch me or all the bogglers that have done no wrong…Yes….bring Malaysia back to the Stone Age where democracy and freedom of speech does not exist. Great, because I’M SURE I’M DOING THE RIGHT THING as 20 years from now I will have the guts to tell my sons and daughters that I did the right thing and that the Stone Age government of Malaysia only realizes it 20 years later.

    Do the right thing for our children and our future generations to come!!

    Stop these irrational and ridiculous politicians of ours in exchange for globalization, progress, productivity and a future in the future. (Not Stone Age)

    The power is in our hands and not these politicians. We have a choice to choose prosperity and progress. Think carefully and wisely. Thank You.

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