PAS & DAP: Difference and the limits of political rationality

Mainstream conventional view informs and compels us to believe, especially in Malaysia, that differing even opposing perspectives – to push it further, ideologies – cannot be managed in one single platform. Thus democrats, Islamists, socialists or a combination of all three, in one association cannot be depended upon for the pursuit of our society’s well-being. I wish to say that not only is this untrue and deceiving, but an attack on the very values of justice, freedom and equality that we hold dearly.

Let us first begin by disclosing and clarifying some of our basic assumptions. Firstly is that the universal and the particular should not be seen as opposites. This dichotomy is unhelpful because it encourages us to think that the values we have in our society or community exclusively belong only to us. Philosophy is an example of something that is both universal and particular at the same time. Generally it is an exercise of critical and profound reflection, but at the same within itself there are various forms of philosophy, be it Greek philosophy, German Idealism, Islamic philosophy or Eastern philosophy. Secondly it is natural that in any free and democratic society or human association there will be diverse beliefs and traditions, even diverging systems of thought and practice. This is a common characteristic and expression of the human condition. Thirdly, the very idea of the modern concept of reason is; one, to know the limits of reason, and two, to know the limits of political rationality. Therefore the use and practice of reason is to restraint the excesses of reason and political rationality.   Continue reading

RACISM IN FOOTBALL

By LOQUE

Football for years has had a common goal: Bringing people together. That is the true joy of the sport and it will remain so for the rest of days. You could be at a game sitting by a complete stranger, and for those ninety minutes you are united as one. Football’s popularity is unrivaled, its attractiveness unquestioned, and its reputation as a trend-setter unmatched. With over 3.5 billion people watching the World Cup every four years, football (or Soccer in some parts of the world) is at the apex of sports. However, the World Cup is not a sufficient enough example portraying why football is such a popular game. Around the world, from Europe to China, Australia to South America, and India to the USA, big leagues to bigger tournaments, small leagues to even smaller tournaments are all set up in order to give people the opportunity to take part in the beautiful game; and make no mistake about it, football is the world’s beautiful game. Unfortunately, with everything beautiful, there is a downside. In the world of football, the problem with racism is an ever-growing reality. This distinctive predicament makes us, the fans and players alike, forget about the game and realize at the end of the day that it is a game played among all human beings, among one race. This element is a nasty one and should be completely stamped out, not only in the world of football, but in every sport and in our everyday lives as well.

The issue of racism has been a growing problem in recent years, not only in football, but in-fact in all sport societies where an increased interaction between cultures is ever present. It has been cruel and sometimes downright evil to watch some matches where racism takes place, and fighting it should be the number one priority for every football association set up around the world. Two main examples come to mind when thinking of extreme racist abuse. Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o, who also plays for giant club Barcelona in Europe, received vigorous “monkey chants” from groups of spectators which seemingly grew within seconds to the whole stadium. Eto’o threatened to leave the pitch because the abuse was honestly that horrible. The other incident occurred during a Spain-England friendly, where many of the black English players received that same abuse. I remember watching these games and thinking to myself the referee should simply stop the game. I couldn’t believe that during such matches, between two such well-known sides, at club level and international level, such incidents could occur. It was literally painful to watch and I was disgusted with anyone who called themselves fans for participating in such an act. These people, or fans in their own regard, which joined in such “monkey chants” or any other similar behavior, are simply adding to racial divisions in sport. It could be that they are not fully aware of the wider consequences of their actions, where lack of education and experiences among other cultures and people acts as a heavy contributor to their intolerance of others. This is where the work of sport federations together with clubs, fan associations, governments & NGO’s must join forces in order to support the movement of fighting racism. Football has been at the forefront of fighting this epidemic in sports, with such countries as England, Austria, Germany, and Australia leading the way. FIFA has pulled several campaigns to combat racism, among others, Kick It Out& Show Racism the Red Card, My Game Is Fairplay, Campaign Against Racism, and the United Against Racism in European Football. FIFA effort appears successful, especially in Europe.

These high profile campaigns have been put into place and are slowly making headway in the fight against racism. In an attempt to teach tolerance and understanding, these organizations are hoping that with time, the will and desire will break through in order to achieve a cleaner environment in the world of sports. Football leads the way in this struggle because of the popularity of the game. It will be a long-term struggle to eradicate it fully, but with education and by raising awareness in younger generations, the future does look better. Discrimination towards any athlete is improper conduct. Any sort of intimidation toward any person, anywhere, because of the color of their skin is unacceptable. This is the message. This is the fight. Racism must be kicked out. It does not belong in the beautiful game and does not reflect the spirit of the game.


Sajak Anak Muda

oleh: W.S  Rendra

Kita adalah angkatan gagap

yang diperanakkan oleh angkatan takabur.

Kita kurang pendidikan resmi di dalam hal keadilan,

karena tidak diajarkan berpolitik,

dan tidak diajar dasar ilmu hukum

Kita melihat kabur pribadi orang,

karena tidak diajarkan kebatinan atau ilmu jiwa.

Kita tidak mengerti uraian pikiran lurus,

karena tidak diajar filsafat atau logika.

Apakah kita tidak dimaksud untuk mengerti itu semua ?

Apakah kita hanya dipersiapkan untuk menjadi alat saja ?

inilah gambaran rata-rata pemuda tamatan SLA,

pemuda menjelang dewasa.

Dasar pendidikan kita adalah kepatuhan.

Bukan pertukaran pikiran.

Ilmu sekolah adalah ilmu hafalan,

dan bukan ilmu latihan menguraikan.

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Keputusan Pertandingan Menulis Esei dan Cereka Bersih 2.0

Berikut adalah keputusan pertandingan menulis esei dan cereka Bersih 2.0 anjuran Diskopi dan SIRD:

 

Kategori Esei Di Dalam Bahasa Malaysia:

*Tiada Pemenang Untuk Tempat Pertama, Kedua, Ketiga dan Saguhati

 

Kategori Cereka Di Dalam Bahasa Malaysia:

Tiga pemenang hadiah saguhati:

Mohamed Hadi Bin Abdul Hamid

Tajuk: Menyanggah Tahyul

Amir Hamzah Akal Ali

Tajuk: Aku Datang Padamu

Asyikin Binti Abdul Barkat

Tajuk: Hanya Rakyat

*Tiada Pemenang Untuk Tempat Pertama, Kedua dan Ketiga

 

Kategori Esei Di Dalam Bahasa Inggeris:

Tiga Pemenang Hadiah Saguhati:

Lee Jia Hui

Tajuk: Were We Ever Malaysian?

Jonathan Yong Tienxhi

Tajuk: On the Legitimacy of Street Protests

Foong Li Mei

Tajuk:  For Better, For Worse

*Tiada Pemenang Untuk Tempat Pertama, Kedua dan Ketiga

 

Kategori Cereka Di Dalam Bahasa Inggeris:

 Satu Pemenang Hadiah Saguhati:

How Han Ming

Tajuk: The Walkers

 

*Tiada Pemenang Untuk Tempat Pertama, Kedua dan Ketiga

 

Ulasan Panel Hakim Diskopi dan SIRD:

 

Pertandingan Menulis Esei dan Cereka Bersih 2.0 yang telah dianjurkan oleh Diskopi dan SIRD adalah bertujuan untuk menggalakkan lebih ramai orang muda terlibat dan menyertai secara aktif di dalam wacana nasional secara kritis, analitikal dan kreatif. Namun begitu jumlah penyertaan daripada orang muda yang diterima baik di kategori Bahasa Malaysia mahu pun kategori Bahasa Inggeris adalah sangat kecil. Malahan jumlah hadiah yang ditawarkan adalah melebih jumlah penyertaan yang diterima. Continue reading