Posted: 18 Jun 2013 12:30 PM PDT
It seems that the more extreme one's discourse is, the more it mesmerises and excites others.
Lim Mun Fah, Sin Chew Daily
The word sedition gets on many people's nerves as it equates a jail term if convicted.
There was no lack of instigators historically, the most notorious one is the great dictator Adolf Hitler.
The common characteristic of an instigator is always under the guise of a patriot or nationalist, holding the fulcrum of morality and is adept at seditious discourses.
Take Adolf Hitler for instance, his charms, to a great extent derive from his volubility. His eloquence was even once analogised as a deadly excitant.
Adolf Hitler's oratory is highly personalised. His refined language was dynamic. A ten minute speech of his is as inciting as a long one. It all attributed to his fomenting tongue. His tone is always aspirational, bringing his audience to a longing trance, mesmerizing them further to a restive abyss of total submission.
Most people are deeply interested not only in Hitler's moustache that he wears above his mouth which is like a black sticking plaster the size of his nose, but also his unique delivery style inclusively which can be found from his biographical movies and documentaries. For example, he would not speak in full spate once he stepped on the stage but would play a trick of silence, letting his audience to quieten from unchecked nosiness. When the audience began to calm down and exchange murmurs, he would strike the chatterbox, from a monotonous tone to a haranguing one, building up a climax with hysterical effect.
The contents of Hitler's talks prevail with his personal aspirations, calling others' as well. "Country", "nation", "revitalisation" and "righteousness" are the key words of all his speeches.
"Our struggle has only two possible outcomes: it is either our enemy march on stepping our corpses or vice versa." Most Germans were boiling with hot blood agitated by Hitler's "quotations" and subsequently a historical havoc known as the Second World War was triggered.
Luckily, German is a nation who is ready to admit mistakes and start afresh. Eyeing the German's rationality and self abstention redolent of the predominant Hitlerism in history, we cannot help but to wonder disbelievingly when the erstwhile Germans acted fanatically, in bigotry and stupidity abetted by an agitator.
We might sigh and carry grave misgivings knowing that an agitator like Hitler will have followers everywhere. Hitlerian discourses, given any time and context, will be marketable. Unfortunately, in Malaysia, similar instigators and market for instigators do exist.
Immediately after the general elections, reconciliation and rational calling is comparatively bleak. Aggressive and provoking discourses are justified and going strong. It seems that the more extreme one's discourse is, the more it mesmerises and excites others. Though these Hitler juniors are no match for the authentic Adolf Hitler in terms of charms and dexterity, they are like waiting tiny sparks, ever ready to kindle any fire anywhere to run their capers. Should we not beware?
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 12:02 PM PDT
The government should remind itself that no one is above the law. Those who have wronged this society must be brought to justice.
The overwhelming majority of complaints to date on matters of serious concern, such as deaths in custody, have pertained to the police. This is a fact that cannot be ignored, just as we cannot blind ourselves to the fact that the EAIC simply does not enjoy the confidence of the majority of Malaysians, many of whom had not even heard of the commission until the current debate started.
Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, fz.com
IN LATE May this year, Utah authorities arrested six individuals for the torture of their roommate, Thomas Chapman. They are alleged to have handcuffed him, repeatedly assaulted him with boards and sticks, kicked him repeatedly in the ribs and the head, and stapled his ears, chest and lips, all while he was being held at gunpoint. His assailants believed that Chapman had set one of them up earlier in the month.
Read more at: http://www.fz.com/content/too-much-ask#ixzz2WcyjR2qt
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