Are you the Silent Majority?

By Masterwordsmith

Malaysia is a land of contradictions. The vocal majority, i.e. those who hold reins of power, is the minority who control the silent majority. The silent majority is an unspecified large part of the population who either have no political opinions, or who do not express their political opinions publicly.

According to Wikipedia, the term was popularized (though not first used) by U.S. President Richard Nixon in a November 3, 1969 speech, where it referred to those Americans who did not join in the large demonstrations against the Vietnam War at the time and who did not enthusiastically participate in public discourse or the media.

Currently, Malaysians are faced with an unending and depressing list of controversial issues which contribute to the escalating mood of alienation and dismal hopelessness. The layman is bombarded with statements and protests being fired earnestly from both sides. At the back of our minds, we all wonder who is telling the truth but as more and more ludicrous events and tragedies unfold before us, it is not that difficult to see who is the bad guy in this tragic drama.

Both sides are equally intent in dishing out rhetoric that stem from selfish motivations to forward their respective agenda. Malaysians have the unenviable task of deciphering fact from fiction; truth from falsehood.

But many still choose to remain the silent majority! Wake up! Lies are roosting in our nest!!! Time to do some soul-searching and to ferret out those slanted spin yarns and replace them with hard truths which we need so badly! (I have listed some questions at the end of the post which you might like to consider.)

Why are we the silent majority? Have we lost our voices in this ongoing battle which we thought we had won in March 2008? The way things are moving and NOT moving, especially with regards to the many internal conflicts within the Opposition as a whole and the fact that the ruling regime is planting landmines all over the place has stymied the enthusiasm and political zest that steered us to victory in March 2008? The time has come for us to regain and release a new burst of political fervor which we lost along the way this year.

Actions or the lack of action from certain quarters are disinterested in an open debate of the issue and are instead, more interested in ramming down THEIR version of truth. Information is not freely available for the average person to make an informed rational decision. As such, we are akin to clueless sheep being led by our noses.