Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Buying Freedom From Hegemons

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Freedom of speech, assembly and association

10. (1) Subject to Clauses (2), (3) and (4)-----

(a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression;

(b) all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms;

(c) all citizens have the right to form associations.

(2) Parliament may by law impose-----

(a) on the rights conferred by paragraph (a) of Clause (1), such restrictions as it deems necessary or expediment in the interest of the security of the Federation or any part thereof, friendly relations with other countries , public order or morality and restrictions designed to protect the privileges of Parliament or of any Legislative Assembly or to provide against contempt of court, defamation, or incitement to any offence;

(b) on the right conferred by paragraph (b) of Clause (1), such restrictions as it deems necessary or expediment in the interest of the security of the Federation or any part thereof or public order;

(c) on the right conferred by paragraph (c) or Clause (1), such restrictions as it deems necessary or expediment in the interest of the security of the Federation or any part thereof or public order or morality.



Based on the statements above in Article 10(1) and (2). It's pretty wicked to even read at it. I have lots of questions when i was a lot of younger but was denied by parents telling me that children shouldn't get involved with politics.

I have always thought of that song which goes "We are young, we run green
Keep our teeth nice and clean" by Supergrass. I have always thought freedom is just like that. Although we have parents that tell us to not walk in the middle of the road: "Ah Boy! You think this is your grandfather's road ah?"

Those days were sweet. We did not think much but just growing up with friends and books. I remember carrying goddamn heavy books when i was in both elementary and high school. Although i left the books overnight and nobody would actually steal it or whatsoever.

As we grow older and wiser, and at age 16 -17 are likely entering into a critical thinking. Participating debate classes and stuff. I did not participate either of those because i find it rather boring with the topics. I have started reading novels when i was 10 and further reading into history, world history, civilization and politics. There's always the dictionary whenever i do not understand the meaning of the word.

These genre readings has been my favorite since young till i entered college in 2005. Was fascinated with Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Chairman Mao's ideologies. My teachers in schools and college kinda associated me with Hitler at that time period because i present my opinions on these leaders or war criminals whichever. From other perspective, there is no evil without provoking it.

That story dies there, was into old politics stuff anymore but it's interesting to understand them like understanding our previous and current prime ministers. I could learn and understand about being a politician and how they strive to aid us in any ways.

However, as i find out the truth about it. Freedom isn't free at all. We are bound to bind in many acts of law. It does not matter if we are working, studying or anywhere. We are regulated. We are always been watched from afar.

Even the printing press and broadcasting centers has acts regulating them. The flow of information is limited. Not all information are given or told entirety.

Well, there are too many acts that is on top of us and it's getting heavy. Per say for regulating on bloggers? Checking for seditious writings, defamation and so on. We have to think twice about it.

But this freedom comes with a condition. With that condition, only that we can freely expressed without using any terms of sensitivity. But what about a slip of a tongue?

Freedom that we all know is like an entity of product and service where we head to the supermarket and buy a bundle of soap and you get a free one for purchasing it.

So we cannot think that we are young and green. Too dangerous to write or critic on political issues.

Or the Special Branch, the Internal Security Act (ISA) will come knocking at our doorsteps! Sigh..



Related Source:

Bari, AA & Shuab, FS 2006, Constitution of Malaysia (Text and Commentary): Freedom of Speech, Pearson, 2nd edition, p.35

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