Condemn the government. Yes. That is the new fashion now. If you do that, you will instantly become the new hero in town. It seems today, it does not matter if your condemnation is nothing more than pure condemnation. Anything goes, even fiction, fantasy and especially if lots of sensationalism is thrown in. There are quite a number of people who love to sit opposite the computer and enjoy such stuff - like watching a soap opera.
That there is a big difference between condemnation and constructive criticism seem to escape the thinking processes of such people.
On the other hand, the fastest way to be a "devil" is to praise a member of the Government. Instantly you are labeled as "A. man and "B's man" as if A or B is responsible for feeding you and your family. Today, everything the Government does is seen as wrong. Everybody in Government is evil. It also does not seem to matter that the Government of the day is the government elected democratically by the majority of the voters.
That there is a big difference between stating a fact, or presenting the ground news or the ground perception and being a politician's "ballachi" seem to escape the thinking processes of such people. Of course there are such ballachi's too. It is the simplistic conclusion that frightens me.
This is sad.
Neither the Government nor the opposition is a haven of all angels or all devils. Raperas should be wary not to play into the hands of politicians from both side of the divide. It is the People's power and the people should keep it and use it wisely.
I personally do not subscribe to the dangerous game of praising the government all the time and condemning the opposition all the time and vice versa. I would rather praise Allah all the time. Admittedly, I do criticize both the government and opposition on specific issues. This does not mean I hate or love either immensely. I have relatives and friends on both sides. I have never even used this connection on either side. Low profile is peaceful living.
What inspired me to write this thought is an sms from my friend following my posting on "UMNO stabilising". He said " You sound like a Najib man". Hmm....how come no one said I am a "Lim Guan Eng man when I praised him and even posted his speech on this very blog? I will say it again: "I have respect for Lim Guan Eng". "Najib has a mind to grasp details". Now, who's man am I? I like to think I am my own.
I rest my case. Raperas have to manage their own mindset.
Stand to be corrected of course.