Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Essence of Democracy

In today’s Star, Azmi Sharom in his “Brave New World” piece reasoned that the “road to political change” in Malaysia can be achieved simply by having a two-party system. “It won’t be a magic bullet, just to change our government with another, but it would be the start for real change to occur”, he wrote (p N28). For those who cannot support PR – perhaps this is a convincing reason why you shouldn’t still vote for BN either! We need to see democracy thrive! We can actually have an alternative government. Didn’t Anna Garlin Spencer said, “The essence of democracy is its assurance that every human being should so respect himself and should be so respected in his own personality that he should have opportunity equal to that of every other human being to show what he was meant to become”. BN had more than 50 years to actualize this and it didn't do well at all – I believe we should now demand the second option.

In yesterday’s Champions League last-16 first-leg tie between Arsenal and Porto – the former succumbed to a 1-2 loss – not because the latter were playing great football – but because the Gunners, specifically their goalkeeper singlehandedly contributed to the two goals against his own team. An own goal by rookie keeper Lukasz Fabianski (Manuel Almunia is injured, that’s why) gave Porto the lead on 11 minutes when he spilled Silvestre Varela's cross. The Gunners cancelled out with a Sol Campbell header from six yards after Tomas Rosicky had nodded back Thomas Vermaelen’s flick from an inswinging Cesc Fabregas corner (18). But Porto won the match when Falcao poked in a Ruben Micael free-kick after Fabianski had incredulously picked up a back-pass from Campbell inside the box (52). What I mean, is that the goalmouth was unguarded. Fabianski, can you blame me if I sometimes wonder whose side are you on?

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