NST Letters: Effigy-Burning: When It’s Okay for Some But Not Others


Well, its been a while. A whole slew of recent submissions – mostly on global warming – have not appeared in any of the publications. So kudos to NST for their printing this, and here’s hoping they’re old global warming skepticism can resurface, particularly in the wake of 11 years of cooling and Climategate.

(UPDATE: It seems that NST did print my letter on Climategate in its hardcopy version. I shall have to track it down. UPDATE 2: Found it!)

From NST Letters 7 Dec 2009 (NST links become defunct after a certain period):

EFFIGY-BURNING: When it’s okay for some but not others
2009/12/07
SCOTT THONG YU YUEN, Ipoh

RECENTLY, the issue of intentionally showing disrespect to images of people has been in the limelight.

Some people have been stepping on photographs of politicians, while others have been burning effigies of ministers. In response to this, various individuals and groups have denounced such acts as “not Malaysian culture”.

And on the issue of our culture, a short while back mass street protests were also denounced as “not Malaysian culture”.

It seemed pretty acceptable a few years back when thousands of Malaysians from various political parties and non-governmental organisations gathered in mass street protests and burnt effigies of former United States president George W. Bush, former British prime minister Tony Blair and former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.

There were no objections from anyone back then.

But I guess “Malaysian culture” can be redefined on a daily or case-by-case basis. Constant evolution is an aspect of culture, is it not?

A few differences from my original:

In response to this, various individuals and groups have denounced such acts as ‘not Malaysian culture’.

And on the issue of our culture, a short while back mass street protests were also denounced as ‘not Malaysian culture.’

Funny… It seemed pretty acceptable a few years back when thousands of Malaysians from various political parties and NGOs gathered in mass street protests and burnt effigies of George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Ehud Olmert. There was nary a peep of objection from our leaders and betters back then.

Perhaps that line about street protests touched too close, as it has been UMNO personalities who have been calling it ‘not Malaysian culture’ in response to various Opposition and NGO protests.

Remember:

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Above is Poster #3 from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters

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5 Responses to “NST Letters: Effigy-Burning: When It’s Okay for Some But Not Others”

  1. pilocarpine Says:

    bingo!!

  2. Mad Bluebird Says:

    Burn a effegy of OBAMA and JESSIE JACKASSON will cry RASISTS

  3. oneworldmaybenot Says:

    Did you send a copy to the Star? Why only NST publish it even if edited.

  4. Scott Thong Says:

    Star, Sun, NST, Malaysiakini. Dono why only NST use it.

  5. oneworldmaybenot Says:

    Too bad. Not many people will read it since NST’s circulation & readership is falling to the ground

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