Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Indifference.

An attempt to blog when the server was down was just as futile as wanting to serve one's guests with his signature tea, only to find that he has run out of tea leaves after the water has been boiled and the tea cups and saucers have been set.

Nevertheless, the Lord has been evermore gracious.

In my previous entry, I did say something about listening to the voices around us. Perhaps, it is difficult to discern between noise generated by KL traffic or desperate cries for help by a needy society. All the more it is, when we allow ourselves to be continuously distracted by our own daily survival issues. "How much would I be able to claim from the company if I were to work until 11pm every night for one month?" "Should I take up the job offer which gives me a higher pay, even if I do not like the job at all? "No time, no time- I have to finish this report by tonight, or I would be fired".

Such daily struggles are very evident in our lives, and yes, we ought to weight our priorities carefully through sound decision-making skills, which could only be implemented with a sufficient effort of consideration. However, we too, ought to be careful not to put our material priorities above our idealistic perspective on Life, which is ultimately to lead a life for what has been set by God as "Good".

Having an idealistic perspective on Life in this context does not in any manner, mean how we should constantly think of ways to enrich our own lives, but rather, how there is a consistent need to uphold righteousness, justice and benevolence in the society.

The danger of falling into numbness and indifference towards the troubled world is that, it is a prelude and a catalyst to the crumbling away of virtues and the standard of Morality.

Take this-

The Orang Asli community, an indigenous group of people living in Malaysian jungles face exploitations of all kinds- being robbed of their resources from their homes, having wages so miserable that they can't help living in dissipated conditions, being left behind without the opportunities to read and write that they rightfully deserve.
The Government may have forsaken them, but do we act as if it is perfectly alright that these people continue to be the shadows of the country, never to be bothered and seen; while the Petronas Twin Towers continue to bask in the glory as the symbol of development of the Malaysian nation?

A Minister of the Prime Minister's Department stated 'unofficially' at the Dewan Rakyat that the Malay and the Indonesian language translation of the Bible is banned and anybody in possession of those Bibles may be prosecuted. "Only Islam can be preached to the Malay community". In other words, our Malay friends are being denied the very fundamental of human rights- freedom of religion. To echo Farish M. Noor's words, "Do we see this as a mere Malay problem, or a problem that affects Malaysians as a whole?" Our indifference lies in the narrow-mindedness of our perception that this is a Malay problem, and therefore we can wash our hands clean from it. It is time that we see the latter as our response.

University of Malaya, being ranked 89th in the world; yet again, is being questioned on the authenticity of its placement among the top 100 universities in the world, when the issue of transparency bobbed due to the leniency of the authorities towards acts of tampering into examination papers, without proper investigations and procedural regulations to handle the matter tactfully. It is even speculated that a political influence had a game of cards in this issue.
How can a university preserve its legacy as a learning institution for the academically elite, so long as it is dependent on the funds of those who try to exude tyrannical influence by disguising it under a political banner; and claiming it to be "in the name of education?"

The nail to the coffin was perhaps not that we feel anger, disappointment or even pessimistic towards such fallacies existing in our country but that we feel nothing. We should be appalled by indifference, just as much as we should be appalled by injustice and unrighteousness.

Let not our synapses be bogged by our indifference in today's troubles, by merely seeing our daily problems as THE problem.

3 Comments:

Blogger kakikopi said...

amen to that, sis. a deep SIGH...

2:17 AM  
Blogger jacksons said...

Thus you have seen the problem, I guess now its a matter of "will I be part of the solution, even if the battle seems to great for one like me?". I always think of LOTR, how each person, did their part, and Sauron was defeated.

7:48 PM  
Blogger tehtarik said...

Yikes, Leon. Kinda knew that was coming. Perhaps, this all-talk-no-action thing is a part of the disease of indifference. Thanks, put me into deeper thoughts...

7:37 PM  

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