Sunday, April 12, 2015

Malaysia's Sedition Act and the art of kung fu

This week Malaysia further descended into the dark ages when Parliament passed new laws, namely the Prevention of Terrorism Act and an amended Sedition Act, that would make aspiring dictators green with envy.

It basically means that even this innocent and rationally written blog post could land me in jail. Other horrific implications may be read at the cilisos website.

For non-Malaysian readers who don't know what 'sedition' means because they don't get this concept slammed in their faces every day by the media: sedition is when you say/do/tweet something that incites discontent towards the government.

It appears that the above bills were tabled in Parliament without enough time for the MPs to fully consider all their implications. What ended up happening was that MPs stayed up debating the draconian laws until past midnight for three out of four consecutive nights. Tired and outnumbered, those who opposed the new laws lost the fight.

It's obvious that the ruling party BN was fighting wing chun style. Shock the opponent and strike consecutively til they're down. I have to say, it's quite impressive.

Already, I am witnessing friends who are usually vocal activists getting nervous about invoking not just the wrath but the mere irritation of the regime.

But bullies are usually thin-skinned. In the end, it's no use treading on eggshells with such people because you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.

So watudu?

I don't have answers. All I know is that I want to talk about things openly and not in a foaming-at-the-mouth manner. Be grown-up about it. That's what democracy is.

But back to the wing chun analogy. BN is the fighter who punches hard, fast and relentlessly. If you've chi sau'd before, you know the overwhelming shame of being at the receiving end of those punches. Likewise, Malaysians have been cowed big time.

I asked myself, what would my Sifu advise if such a thing happened to me in combat?

Usually in such a scenario, the thing to do in defense is any of the following:

Keep calm. You cannot let your shame get you down. Don't take it personally; detach yourself and react accordingly.

Control the blind side. In other words, hit your opponent's weak spot. Better still if it's a weak spot he's not aware of.

Use your opponent's force against him. This principle is also from aikido, not just wing chun. Turn the tables.

Finally -

'There is no retreating step in wing chun.' I interpret this saying to mean that one must always exert forward pressure and must have the confidence to step into an opponent's attack (wing chun is close quarter fighting, after all). Even if you have to step sideways or backwards to avoid a hit, it should be done in a way that diffuses your opponent's oncoming force.

Interpret the above strategies however you wish. I'm not an expert in wing chun or politics. I don't have the answers.

All I know is, I will not retreat.

End of blog post.

2 comments:

Antares said...

This just makes me miss you with sudden & spontaneous intensity.

These spawn of lesser, sociopathic gods are terrified, on a chromosomal level, of non-existence. Perhaps they know at some profound level that they are actually NOT real - just components of the long-drawn nightmare Hindus call "Kali yuga" (or the Era of the Demon Kings). When we identify with the Dream/Nightmare, we tend to also be drawn into the fear of non-existence & thereby become less than real, completely forgetting & disconnecting from our Core Essence. In so doing we may get caught up in another seemingly endless cycle of conflict arising from Duality or Bi-Polarity.

However, by identifying with the Dreamer instead of the Dream/Nightmare, we awaken & rub our eyes & as we sip our morning tea or coffee, we swiftly forget there ever was an illusory holographic realm where different aspects of Our Being constantly engage in perpetual warfare over shiny objects, titles, & entitlements.

We awaken as Vishnu & whatever residual recall we may have of the petty conflicts that occurred in our sleep, we know they are but phantoms & we are safe. We are beyond safe. These gurglings & rumblings occur within our alimentary canal & accumulate as waste matter, which we excrete to maintain the health of our metabolic being.

Sedation Act? Yes, every time any aspect of our Core Being begins to get restless in the process of awakening, Nurse Ratcheds & Agent Smiths will appear from out of the woodwork to sedate & tranquilize us back into our mechanical routines. They are just part of the mechanism by which The System protects itself from being sabotaged, shut down, or taken over by other would-be Controllers.

Never succumb to FEAR or PANIC. Simply BE... & your BEing will swiftly acquire reality (or royalty) & also Integrity. Which means you become a Fully Conscioous Integer. No cipher or mere statistic can withstand the truth of an Integer.

gnute said...

Wahwow, Antares, your comment is super kao-kao inspiring. Sedation Act indeed and the truth of an Integer! Big hugs.