Friday, October 05, 2007

Quest for Liberty

"Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My passion for the subject of "Civil Liberties" has grown since my law school's days. It is just natural in me that those stories of sheer foolishness, corruptness, injustice, inequality and violation of truth get on my nerves, especially those taking place in bolehland. I am not perfect but I believe that a good leader on his conscience should care for the people above his own pecuniary interest. Sadly, this seems to be the opposite in bolehland ~ most MPs (Morons of the Parliament) are trying so hard to scrap every inch of our rich resources for their own palaces (some are distastefully decorated) and Mercedes Benz!

I have read too many well-written articles and blogs online that jitter me to express my own views. Nevertheless, though I may sound naive or idealistic, I have decided to give it a shot ~ to say something in the standpoint of a young professional lady. In reality, most Malaysian young ladies are apathetic of politics. All they care about are fashion, make-ups and relationship issues that are repetitively propagandized by the women magazines. A female friend of mine actually "advised" me to accept the political reality in bolehland. Some ladies shun me (though some men seem accepting) when I start sharing my political views. Well, I may tolerate all "evils" to stay and live in bolehland for the time being, but nothing would change my stance in pursuit of truth, justice, fairness, freedom and equality.

In the course of such pursuit, please forgive my blunt sarcasm, as well as my intellectual inadequacy.
p/s: I read that there will be an internet code of ethics prepared by the government of bolehland. Are we losing this platform for freedom of speech soon?

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Please Leave Us Alone!

My eldest cousin, in his 30s, has just gotten married recently. It was a jovial occasion for the entire Lai's family ~ after all the last matrimonial celebration took place in the family 13 years ago when my aunt (dad's sister) got married.

Throughout the event, apart from performing the cousins' duties, we had to constantly, mechanically and robotically respond to the sixty-four thousand dollars' question raised by our concerned elderly relatives, "oh this is XXX, the groom's cousin! Wow... so handsome / beautiful! When is your turn to treat us?" Typically we would wish to shut their mouths by saying, "oh! auntie XYZ! The time will come... just be patient!" The more nosey aunts would probe further, "so , do you have any girlfriend / boyfriend?" If we said "yes", they would then advise us to promptly tie the knot before we became too old for "procreation". If we said "no", that was where the nightmare crept in... "aiya... why are you so choosy 'lah'? That's not good, you know... hey why not you join the groom and the gang to meet some girls at the bride's place..."

And the next "interrogation"? The next wedding of a buddy. The only difference is, you have your married friends, albeit their young age, probing into your marital status.

Is that such a big deal? Why do we have to conform to their standard? Is it wrong for certain people to make the choice to be single? Is there a hurry if one has yet to find the right partner?

Why can't we just let the nature takes it course? There are so many things to be seen and done in this world at this age, and we are all inquisitive to find out more. Instead of behaving like fools to rush into marriage, why can't we take our time to prepare ourselves emotionally and financially?

Dear aunties, uncles and friends, please don't worry too much about us (in other words, mind your own business!). When the time comes, you shall be notified and please get the big "ang pow" ready, OK? Thanks in advance! :p