Pada zaman kontemporari ini – di mana watak fiksyen Katniss Everdeen yang bertegar hati untuk melindungi keluarganya walau apa cara sekalipun telah mencetuskan suatu revolusi yang membalikkan empayar Panem, kehidupan sebenar wanita-wanita Arab Saudi yang tekad memperjuangkan hak untuk memandu tanpa diiiringi oleh wali lelaki, dan Slutwalk telah menjadi suatu fenomena global – semestinya anda hairan mengapakah wanita Melayu masih berdiri pasif mendiamkan diri dalam gerakan jantina (atau kesetaraan gender) dewasa ini. Kenyataan Saudari Maya Karin hanya berjaya membuktikan hakikat buruk bahawa Malaysia sedang mengalami kontra-revolusi jantina yang kian meningkat. Continue reading →
At contemporary times where fictional Katniss Everdeen’s determined resolve to protect her family at all costs triggered a revolution that overturned Panem, real-life women of Saudi Arabia are fighting for the right to drive without male escorts, and Slutwalk has become a global phenomenon, one has to wonder why Malay women remain passive in today’s gender movement. Maya Karin’s statement only served to prove the horrible fact that Malaysia is experiencing a spiralling gender counter-revolution. Continue reading →
I find the irrational hatred for The Star troubling. To be bluntly honest, I wouldn’t consider myself a diehard fan of The Star – most of our newsprints are nothing short of sugarcoated fluff – and that’s just me being polite. However, I strongly believe that freedom of the press should be upheld, no matter what. From my point of view, the condemnation directed at The Star for publishing THAT PARTICULAR Erykah Badu’s photo is a strong indication of the sorry state of our misguided beliefs. Why shouldn’t The Star publish it? If it wasn’t The Star, based on the reaction given thus far, wouldn’t we still hate on the agency that became the catalyst responsible for creating the chain of reactions that eventually led to the banning of Ms. Badu’s performance?
Freedom of the press is almost nonexistent in Malaysia. Fact. How many times have our local news agencies been threatened to have their permits pulled for publishing content deemed too controversial for the consumption of our nation? How many times have our news agencies been forced to apologise for publishing, reporting and framing out opinions that certain people don’t necessarily have to agree with and retract them? How many times have we been fed inaccurate reporting due to stringent censorship?
You don’t get to make me choose which is more important – my education or you.
You don’t get to make a demand on what is more important – my life or you.
You don’t get to enslave me with minimum wage for maximum profit.
You don’t get to make me plead for food.
You don’t get to dehumanise me.
You don’t get to degrade me.
And most of all, you don’t get to yell at me while I’m eating food on my plate.
Remember. I walked out on you.
I live fiercely and I will die honourably.
I have the power to say no and leave.
I am your backbone, you are just the front.
You don’t get to fire me.
My actions are stronger than your verbal.
I have spoken.