Surat kepada Pemimpin Politik Malaysia

Pemimpin yang menghabiskan masa untuk perkara sepele
tidak boleh dipercaya menjadi pemimpin rakyat !

Beliau dikenal sebagai seorang yang lantang dalam menyampaikan pidatonya. Seorang anti-penjajah yang berjuang demi bangsanya dan mereka yang tertindas di Asia dan Afrika. Mempunyai kesedaran politik dari usia yang sangat muda, beliau mengenali pemimpin seperti Tjokroaminoto, Tan Malaka, Alimin, Musa, Semau dan lain-lain. Beliau tidak memilih dalam bergaul dengan tokoh sarekat Islam, tokoh pergerakan rakyat maupun tokoh Marxis.

Volkstribuun (pemimpin rakyat) yang jarang didapati di mana-mana. Itulah Soekarno. Continue reading



Cato Wong

Every twenty years – with new generation grown up as young adults – voices of dissent shake the foundations of the old establishment around the globe. 2011 will be remembered as a year of global revolt just like the years of 1968 and 1989. There are many types of protests and demonstrations took place worldwide in 2011; but the most remarkable and the one that I revered the most are the protests that demand POLITICAL FREEDOM: Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt, ¡Democracia Real YA! in Spain, and of course our very own struggle against AUKU.

Not everyone is happy with the activists and protesters who filled the street; men from the establishment simply disregarded the popular demand to be participators in governmental affairs, saying that the protesters, mostly young people, are too inexperience or too immature; the white-collars are apathetical and sometimes even have contempt for it (“it disturbs the public order!”). These two factors – “expert-rule” and public apathy are the catalysts for the phenomenon called totalitarianism.

In the last article I have explored Hannah Arendt’s theory of totalitarianism, in which Arendt attributed the totalitarian rule to the loss of a public space, a space where men (and women) freely expressing speeches and performing deeds. Arendt saw the public space, which she called the POLIS, as the space where freedom is possible. To understand this we need to go back to the time when politics was invented by the Greeks. For the Greeks, politics means the things belong to POLIS, the city (the public space), in contrast to the things belong to OIKOS, the household (the private space); in household men’s identity is either a labor (ANIMAL LABORANS), or a worker (HOMO FABER), or both. The utmost concern in the OIKOS is life and survival, the fulfillment of bodily needs. Since the laboring requires command-and-obedience, and the producing of human artifacts involves means and ends, man is not free in the private realm. Continue reading

Apathy and Totalitarianism: Hannah Arendt’s Philosophy of Public Space

Cato Wong

Many people held the belief that totalitarianism is the consequence of the penetration of public power into private life. The fear of the “tyranny of the majority” led the contemporary thinkers after the Second World War to conclude that “positive freedom”, i.e., the freedom to do something, is inherently dangerous in contrast to the “negative freedom,” the freedom from something. None of the writers and thinkers from the “libertarian” side (Friedrich Hayek, Ayn Rand etc.) or the “liberal” side (Isaiah Berlin, Karl Popper etc.) saw any worth in politics itself, both strands of thinking try to de-emphasize politics and replaced it with the pursuit of lifestyles preferred by individuals. By making everyone minding their own business only, it can be expected that no one would organize anything for public causes and therefore left no chances for government to act on behalf of people’s demand, thus the government power – the source of totalitarianism is withering away. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) stood out among the political thinkers of the postwar era for her defense of the political life. Far from denouncing politics as the cause of totalitarian rule, Arendt argues it was not the penetration of public power into private life that made totalitarian rule possible, but the loss of public space and the banishment of citizens from public world into private life is what responsible for the phenomenon we called totalitarianism.

Arendt was born in Germany and studied philosophy under Martin Heidegger. As an eyewitness of the Nazi movement of her country and a Jew whose identity made her fled Germany, Arendt rightly diagnosed the totalitarianism as the movement that organized not classes, not parties but “masses” (OT: 308), which could be defined as “people who either because of sheer numbers, or indifference, or a combination of both” (OT: 311), they are the men who struggle to maintain life’s necessities, they can be the day laborers (who are more affected by the Stalinist totalitarians) or the lower middle classes (who are more drawn to the Fascist totalitarians). Totalitarianism demands “total, unrestricted, unconditional, and unalterable” loyalty which can only be achieved by the elimination of dissent voices and the abolition of all natural and social bonds between human beings. “The mass man whom Himmler organized for the great mass crimes ever committed in history,” Arendt said, was the man who “worries nothing so much as his private security, was ready to sacrifice everything – belief, honor, dignity – on the slightest provocation” (OT: 338). Continue reading


Di dalam gerakan politik sosok atau dalam bahasa Inggerisnya “figure” adalah sangat penting. Sosok adalah simbol yang mewakili sesuatu idea. Keperluan terhadap sosok ini tidak terelakkan kerana secara mudahnya tidak semua manusia mempunyai kepentingan, kesedaran dan pemahaman yang sama. Ini adalah hakikat kehidupan moden.

Kehidupan moden bukan sahaja memperumitkan lagi kelompok manusia yang punya kepentingan, kesedaran dan pemahaman yang berbeza tetapi juga memperamaikan lagi kelahiran populasi umat manusia (melalui sains dan teknologi kesihatan yang lebih maju) dengan kelas-kelas yang berbeza-beza. Dari kelompok “mat despatch” atau “minah kilang” hinggalah ke kelompok “mamat main golf sambil kutip duit saham” atau “minah cincin berlian goyang punggong shopping di Starhill Gallery”.

Spektrum kelompok spesies manusia moden sudah menjadi terlalu rencam, terlalu ramai (sebab kemajuan kesihatan dan juga sebab memantat tanpa kondom), terlalu pelbagai, terlalu rumit serta terlalu banyak kategori sosialnya di dalam suatu spektrum horizontal dan vertikal yang cukup panjang. Sekarang ini umumnya kategori pengkelompokan manusia bukan hanya terbahagi kepada kelas-kelas ekonomi semata-mata tetapi juga etnisiti, bahasa, agama, mazhab, jalur pemikiran agama, gender, orientasi seksual, ideologi, daerah, wilayah, negeri, gaya hidup, jenis pemikiran, pendidikan, pekerjaan dan pelbagai kategori-kategori sosial yang semakin rencam, terpencar dan kompleks.

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Pink is Pink

Pink is Pink!

Zahrein Zakariah : We Have A Nation To Build!

Zaid Ibrahim, as far as i am concern he has lost the confidence of party members. The real enemy however is not Zaid, but it is UMNO Barisan Nasional, they just cant stand differing political ideologies. All those in KITA who are backing Zaid are UMNO moles doing their dirty. To the clear mind it is absolutely obvious what Zaid is trying to do, and the rakyat can judge for themselves. Zaid is yesterdays news, we need to look forward. He should gracefully step down, with the little respect he still has.

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Men-delete Poligami

Karya Gadis Arivia

Sepucuk email tiba dari seorang kolega pengajar di kampus

Ia mengatakan: “aku berpoligami ini takdirku…”
Aku diam…

Ia melanjutkan: “ini lebih baik daripada selingkuh…”
Aku diam…

Ia menegaskan: “toh aku tetap akan menyayangi anak-anakku dan mencintai kedua istriku atau mungkin juga tiga dan empat…”
Aku diam…

Ia memohon: “tolonglah mengerti keadaanku,aku hanya ingin melindungi para janda…”
Aku diam…

Ia menambahkan: “bukan aku seorang diri yang melakukan, anggota parlemen, menteri, kiai, professor dan bahkan teman-teman seperjuangan kita dulu…” Continue reading