Justice isn't just a political party

1 Aug

As the Tweets keep coming in about the brutal suppression of the anti-ISA protests, I wonder just how much more of this we can endure.

We are seeing change whether we, or the government, likes it or not. There is a shift in public awareness that we cannot deny and we see it clearly in today’s youth.

They’re more aware, more well-informed, more concerned about the future of the country. They discuss openly politics, good governance, ethics and social justice. It’s the way it should be -the future is theirs, after all, and they have every right to fight for it.

But being for the country does not, my countrymen, equate choosing a political side. I see boors on both sides of the divide. On the left, the worst are the over-idealistic fanboys who forget the opposition heroes are men, not deities. I shake my head at my friends who rant about their countrymen who refuse to stand up and be counted at rallies or public protests. There are many ways to effect change – public demonstrations are one means but not the be all and end all.

Then on the other side are my friends who complain about how protestors are causing traffic jams. Evidently doing your Saturday shopping is far more important that your fellow citizens expressing their discontent with an unjust state of affairs. Then there are the much too entrenched politicians too busy, going on questionable overseas trips and building huge mansions, to address the needs of the poor and the needy.

Which side am I on? On God’s. No side but God’s. But it’s ironic that for a nation that puts ‘Belief in God’ right at the top of our national creed, we don’t reflect it in the Malaysian mentality.

Do we ask ourselves if we met our Maker tomorrow if he would be pleased with the way we conducted our lives?

Would God forgive us our bribing the policemen to let us off for traffic offenses, real or fabricated?

Would God really be fine with us either cursing our countrymen for protesting or cursing them for not protesting?

Wouldn’t God ask us why we didn’t do more for the hungry, the oppressed, the sick and the suffering?

Is God really more concerned with unmarried couples getting it on than with orphaned children, impoverished widows and those deprived of basic necessities?

A caveat here – if you don’t believe in God, atheists are cool with me too. And if you did good for its sake and not for some hypothetical deity you don’t believe exists, that certainly says something for your character.

The point I’m trying to make is you can call for governance, ethics, compassion and yes, justice, without it being political.

It’s not political to want to do and be good.

To do right by all people and not just the privileged few is something everyone should have the freedom and space to do. No one should need to pay allegiance to a party or political messiahs to do the right thing.

Here and now, I profess no political leanings. No party affiliations. No belief in any creed but God’s.

I just wonder what God thinks of water cannons, tear gas and the unarmed people they’re used on.

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2 Responses to “Justice isn't just a political party”

  1. joshuaongys August 1, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    God is good. All the time =)

  2. Jarod October 4, 2009 at 2:45 am #

    God wants the best for his children. War, punishment, and etc… it will lead to the goal. Nice writing.

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