It’s Time to be Clear 6

Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’ Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia are the 7 regimes that Laurence W. Britt analyzed to develop his set of fascistic characteristics. Like Umberto Eco before him, he came up with 14 key characteristics, which he construed as fascist and proto-fascist means of obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. He presented this list in an Op-Ed titled Fascism Anyone? in Volume 23, No. 2 Spring 2003 of ‘Free Inquiry’ as follows –
1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.
3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.
5. Rampant sexism.
6. A controlled mass media.
7. Obsession with national security.
8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
9. Power of corporations protected.
10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts
12. Obsession with crime and punishment.
13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
14. Fraudulent elections.

While, as Daniel Malmer notes this list was not intended to be used to diagnose fascism in present governments, but rather characterize historical fascist governments, it is nevertheless interesting to see how many of these fascistic characteristic apply to the purported democracies of the world.

As a Malaysian, I find that the polity of my country seems to exhibit a good 11 of the Britt’s 14 traits. If this were not worrying enough for the long view, we have just joined a list of dysfunctional nations that have suspended parliamentary rule and instituted emergency powers in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic. This is the first such declaration of emergency since the aftermath of the race riots of May 13th 1969.

According to Bloomberg, the state of emergency was declared soon after some key leaders in the ruling coalition’s largest partner, United Malays National Organisation had called for a fresh election. They also report that the Pakatan Harapan opposition has admonished the Prime Minister for burdening the people with a declaration of emergency for the sake of saving himself. Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs has described the emergency as “totally unnecessary” and that “If you’re not careful, we will slip from parliamentary democracy into a rule by diktat.”

https://secularhumanism.org/2003/03/fascism-anyone/

https://medium.com/@danielmalmer/the-long-complicated-history-of-the-14-defining-characteristics-of-fascism-e366412932f

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2021-01-12/malaysia-pm-says-it-s-not-a-coup-but-critics-see-a-power-grab

Anwar Shows Some Game!

“After three stints in prison and more than two decades of waiting, Anwar has had enough. He may have the number. He may not. But after Muhyiddin’s sickening betrayal, the prime minister has lost his right to condemn anyone of trying to topple his backdoor government. Even if the entire UMNO bloc shifts its support for Anwar, one should not be surprised at all.” So says FINANCE TWITTER as represented in the Malaysian Chronicle.

Make or break, for better or for worse, Anwar has made his play … the future is uncertain but the game goes on!

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=194625

Politik Keselamatan (1947 – 2020)

After a cartoon in Hiboran, 1947 re-presented in an essay by Lee Kam Hing in Asia-The Winning of Independence, McMillam, 1981

Source Image: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-349-16634-3_6

Antara Saudara Mara 5

Sorry Dr M

  1. You cant blame Myuhiddin for Najib’s comeback.
  2. Najib came back because you demurred on your promise to Anwar.
  3. Najib came back because of the weakness in Pakatan Harapan due to the originary fallacy that you and Anwar were united.
  4. Najib came back because you lost your channel to the Agong when you tried to usurp his role by announcing that vote of confidence on 2 March 2020, feigning that His Majesty had consented.
  5. Najib came back because you lost credibility and trust when you tried to form a parliamentary dictatorship that was not acceptable to anyone.
  6. Najib came back because you were working with PAS to while PAS was working with UMNO.
  7. Najib came back because of you!
  8. If you are unable to strike an honest and enduring alliance with Anwar, Najib will remain.

Still, we have to acknowledge that, right or wrong, Dr M’s way is a தனி வழி (one of SUPERSTAR Rajinikanth’s greatest punchlines is “En vazhi thani vazhi,”  which means, “My path is a unique path.”)

Indeed, in spite of all of the above intrigue and conflict, Anwar and Harapan still back Mahathir as their prime ministerial candidate. Even after a massive box office failure, the SUPERSTAR still remains the SUPERSTAR!

Image https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/03/01/as-muhyiddin-tastes-power-whos-the-biggest-loser-not-mahathir/

Image https://tamil.oneindia.com/news/tamilnadu/if-rajinikanth-comes-politics-will-he-speak-punch-dialogues/articlecontent-pf239800-283252.html

https://www.yosanaiputhusu.com/2019/09/11/yen-vazhi-thani-vazhi%E0%AE%8E%E0%AE%A9%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%B4%E0%AE%BF-%E0%AE%A4%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%BF-%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%B4%E0%AE%BF/

Dari Pusat Tasek 40

– Anwar | Muhyiddin –
– The Good | the Bad and the Ugly! –
– The Malaysian Standoff –

In the 5 days that have passed the external event has occurred the external event that sets off the Mexican or Malaysian Standoff into motion has occurred. According to the Straits Times the speaker of the House, has intervened against Mahathir’s call for a special session of parliament on March 2nd, and the action has started to unfurl – in slow motion of course!

Mahathir has fallen away to be replaced by Bersatu’s Muhyiddin Yassin, possibly his proxy, who seems to now have the upperhand in the fight. Muhyiddin has the support of Umno and PAS, who were not previously behind Mahathir. According to another Straits Times, “coupled with Bersatu’s 36 MPs, the former deputy premier will have the support of 93 parliamentarians,” thereby getting ahead of Anwar, who had 92 supporters on the last count.

The standoff now seems to be back down to a duel between two – Anwar and Muhyiddin.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/no-parliament-sitting-on-march-2-unless-malaysian-king-gives-nod-says-speaker-mohamad

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/muhyiddin-set-to-become-malaysias-next-pm-with-backing-from-umno-and-pas

Dari Pusat Tasek 16

The Dari Pusat Tasek exhibition will run at Percha Artspace, Lumut Waterfront till 19 Jan 2020

Hijau ke Jingga?

Pauh bumi, pauh pendatang,
ada juga pauh kacukan!

Pauh harum yang manis manisan,
siapakah menjadi pewaris harapan?

Dari Pusat Tasek 10

‘Bersama Abang’ (tak kisah lah siapa lebih tua!) R Viriya pengelola Imej besar Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Kampung Indian Settlement, Batu Caves 2008/2018

Happy to meet with R Viriya the sponsor of the gant Anwar Ibrahim hoarding at Kampung Indian Settlement Batu Caves. This hoarding is the subject of my Naan Aanaiyittal image for the Dari Pusat Tasek exhibition at Percha Art Space which continues till 5 January 2020 (EXTENDED TILL 19 JAN 2020). The 12.2m hoarding was first erected in front of Wisma Keringat with council approval in 2008. The hoarding, which had been sponsored through community fundraising, met with accusations of wastage and idolatry from UMNO and PAS politicians. It was taken down at the end of the permit period and kept in storage to be erected again near the Dewan Orang Ramai, Kg Indian Settlement in 2018 for the GE14. According to Viriya the image was painted by a visiting Indian cinema hoarding painter and it certainly conveys the aura of an Indian media SUPERSTAR! I took my koboi photo in 2018 after the surprise Harapan win in GE14.

Red vs Yellow!

yellowandred

A troubling development in terms of the symbolism of Malaysian identity is the racializing of the colours Yellow and Red following the recent of Bersih 4 protests.  The withdrawal of PAS a form the organizing and mobilizing of the Bersih movement and event has resulted in a visible difference in the crowd. There is a dearth of Malay participants, and consequently, the Bersih Yellow has come to signify the ‘Chinese interest’ rather than the intended symbolism of ‘Clean and Fair Politics’. The Bersih 4 march was swiftly followed by a definitively Malay Red shirt rally, filled all the ugly posturing that brings the deja vu of may 13th 1969  to older Malaysians.

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2015/9/15/colour-coded-racial-tensions-grow-with-malaysia-rallies

https://southeastasiaglobe.com/malaysia-redshirt-movement/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13_May_incidenthttps://wordpress.com/post/koboiproject.com/121