The government, a creature of the people, has forgotten that the citizens are also under the protection of the monarchy.
(FMT) - Politicians in the country are setting a dangerous trend when they use the institution of the monarchy to try and cow their opponents into submission. Every time someone speaks out against the government, the flag of treason is waved. It appears that an attack on the government is an attack on the monarchy. Waging war against the king is punishable by death. But this scare tactic will not work because no one is fighting to bury the throne.
The monarchy is above politics and it must be seen to be outside the political arena. The ring inside is dirty and only political animals are found rolling in the mud as they struggle for lucre, spoils, filthy glory. This unwelcome scene can only fill people with disgust and hatred and eventually fuel the fire of revolt. When people rise up and chant incessantly against the government, their white-hot anger is focused on the political leaders. Treason does not enter into the calculation.
When the king’s subjects are dissatisfied with the elected representatives, there must be something wrong with the national direction. Malaysians vented their resentment in the open because they did not like what they saw: rampant corruption, powers abused, electoral fraud. A cancer is gnawing at the vitals of the body politics which, if left unchallenged, could strike at the very heart of democracy and poison the wellspring of human existence. The country could turn into one vast graveyard where the light of freedom will forever be extinguished.
In the face of a morally corrupted and politically diseased government, can the king’s subjects keep mum? No. They must speak out and stand up in defence of all that is sacred and inviolate. They must do their duty because to stay silent and meek is not helping the cause of democracy at all. Democracy requires a robust defence of the state against the enemies of the people in and outside Parliament.
Enemies inside Parliament are the most dangerous species because they are lawmakers who can pass any laws they please and make any inflammatory speeches they fancy. More so when they belong to the dominant party that rules the country. When a backbencher said the leader of a NGO responsible for organising the mammoth rally for free and fair elections should face the hangman’s noose for treason, he is playing a dangerous game.