Thursday, December 24, 2009

Artcile on PR

I happened to stumble upon Baradan Kuppusamy’s piece “Is Pakatan over-reaching?” in The Star (December 21, 2009, p N14), and as I read what he has written, I was aghast at the way his simple mind works. Here is a scribe who doesn’t use his faculties very much, and he amply demonstrates very well what airy-fairy writing is all about. This is not the first time I am obliged to comment on his supposedly well-informed contributions in the said newspaper. Often I wonder if he deserves even a rebuttal because he frequently writes crap. Maybe it was my misfortune to see his article and it was, I agree, foolish of me to read it. I did anyway. Coming back to Baradan, I suppose I should be like a schoolteacher and be patient with him – after all, he may not know what he writes, methinks. We must not generalize, that, just because somebody writes in a mainstream newspaper, he is very credible and intelligent even.

Okay, cynical Baradan wrote about Pakatan’s common policy platform as a document that reads “like an election manifesto”. So what if it is? It signals a beginning. And as we all know, any beginning must start with an ambition, a vision that articulates a plan for the future. PR is no different. As the writer put it bluntly, PR nurtures this “unvarnished ambition – for power, to dethrone Barisan and occupy Putrajaya, and put their mark on society”. I do not think there is anything wrong with having this aspiration – it keeps us focused. Citizens are looking for an alternative to BN simply because after more than 50 years, BN has failed us. And it’s not just a failure to govern fairly and justly, to defend the interests of the rakyat, but that it has irreparably and irrevocably betrayed the trust of the people. Instead of forging a nation of unity, of common purpose – today, we see a country that is divided, fanned by the fires of bigoted racism, stoked by narrow prejudices and reactionary discrimination, and enforced by the brute authoritarian state apparatus.

Given this scenario, is it wrong for Pakatan to dream “about winning power”, so that they can right the wrongs? Let me remind him and other naysayers what Gail Devers once said, “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe”. It is because there are enough people who believed in Pakatan that we as an electorate were able to deny BN a two-thirds majority in Parliament today. Remember: “We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision”. Your problem, Baradan is that you are infected with small-minded pettiness. You can’t see the forest for the trees!

Even if the article reflects his opinion – he doesn’t have to impose his views on us in a mocking kind of style. He is just too much lah! Geram!

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