|Syed Zahar ([email protected])|
|Thursday, 12 July 2012 10:31|
“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism”. This phrase was quoted from the late American historian Howard Zinn (though it is commonly misattributed as US’ third president Thomas Jefferson), however, would be fitting only if the intention is sincere.
There will always be those who oppose just for the sake of opposing without understanding the issue and the true cause. The below footage taken during the Bersih 3.0 rally would be a good example. There were also accounts of young Westerners being involved in protests for a particular third world nation who, when inquired about their actions, seemed oblivious to the true cause of the movement. Not only that, they don’t even know which continent this country is in.
We can’t ignore that dissent against the establishment, whether genuine or otherwise, has been on the rise of recent. And this time it is not the opposition parties that’s been taking part in acts of defiance. Three days ago, a man and a woman resorted to violent means of defiance by going on a rampage at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) building in Putrajaya. In the 2:30pm incident, the samurai sword-wielding duo, Khalil Afandi Abd Hamid, 46, and Muhdalina Ahmad, 28, attacked police officers after a voluntary police constable on duty denied them entry into the PMO building. News reports said that Khalil held his sword to the cop’s neck and walked pass the security post before releasing him.