When the idea of understanding and personal
perspectives clashes to form a breed of misinformed individuals. Nur Alia Bin Saiful Bahri gives her take on racism and sensitivity.
Living in an Asian country where it is not only conservative but also sensitive and racist, it is hardly a surprise that there is a lack of human rights. Once upon a time, we as Malaysians could actually see a bright future ahead regardless of our individual backgrounds, ethnicities and beliefs. Sadly, that same hope is quite hard to see let alone imagine nowadays. Over the decades since the English left, it still surprises me that we’re actually moving behind and not adapting to current situations locally or even internationally. It is likely to say that this country is actually living like a hermit.
When mentioning the term rights, I honestly don’t think majority of the people know exactly what it means. What does it mean really? And rights to what exactly? To break it down and easier to digest for us common folks, it basically means rights as a human being, which includes education, sexuality, information, association, free speech, religion, movement, etc. This also means that governments everywhere do not have the right to abolish or interfere with any of the above mentioned. So, why do some countries not recognize these rights? Is it due to individual opinions, upbringing, affiliation and education or is it as simple as the power to control?
Honestly, I think it is about control. The execution of control combined with the views and opinions of those with authority.
One of the many issues that are still considered a problem is sexuality. Sexuality is a very subjective matter. It has always been and will still be an issue unless we, as humans, decides not to. From my understanding and observation, the root of the problem seems to always be either religion or culture. Religion says it is a sin. If it really is, then why aren’t we all the same? Culturally, it could be that the nature of our culture is very conservative. Add those two together and we get more social issues on our tray. It seems that humans has never bothered to learn how to separate these issues
from one another. These rights that we constantly we speak of are not only human rights but they are indeed personal rights as well.
Just this year alone many countries in the
West have established laws for communities that identify themselves as LGBT. People can now have same – sex marriage, discrimination against these individuals could mean imprisonment, protection rights, etc. Ironically speaking, these countries are also progressive countries. Unfortunately, Malaysia falls into the same category as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Jamaica, Indonesia, etc. What do these countries have in common? Ridiculous established and non-existent laws, human rights violation, and terrible con
The only way Malaysia or any of these countries can change is for the people to change its ways and perspectives. Now, it isn’t going to happen overnight. No. Rome wasn’t built in a day. However, we can all remain hopeful and fight for legislature change that can combine racial and religious toleranceduct on running the country. Amazing. These are the top three things that one can come up with for similarities.
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