Monday, August 13, 2007

拒绝软骨头政客

In my last week's column in Oriental Daily entitled "Reject Politicians Without Backbone", I wrote in part on Sdr Lim Kit Siang's call for bloggers to "dirty their hands" in politics. I used the examples of Mahatma Gandhi as well as Mandela on politics' ability to make a difference in a country's direction and future.

In addition, I welcomed the new high profile talents joining politics today, such as Jeff Ooi into DAP and Victor Gu into MCA. I noted that despite the fact that Jeff was continuously intimidated by the Government for his blogging exposures, he possessed the moral courage to persist in his fight for justice.

As for Victor, while I don't know him personally, I hope that his motive for joining politics is noble and he is sincere about bring positive change for Malaysians. Hopefully his decision to join politics has not been motivated by other percuniary reasons.

拒绝软骨头政客
潘俭伟

很多人对政治总是抱持冷感甚至反感的态度。俗语常形容政治是肮脏的,但我觉得这个论点太过武断。政治不一定肮脏,我们只能说政治是被害群之马玷污的高尚志业。

环顾国内政坛,总有许多不争气的政客。一旦攀上高职后,他们往往会滥用职权享受荣华富贵,并肆无忌惮使出政治权术来对付政敌,进而忽略他们要履行为民服务的责任。

尽管如此,甘地毕竟是印度伟大的政治精神领袖。其首创大规模的公民不服从运动就是要抵抗暴政,同时为印度争取独立。其行动更启发全球各地推动波澜壮阔的争取公民权利和自由的运动。

作为印度国大党领袖,甘地还积极协助低阶层人民摆脱穷困、争取妇女解放、团结不同种族和宗教,同时终结印度社会根深蒂固的种姓制度。

此外,1993年诺贝尔奖得主曼德拉出任南非总统之前,曾是南非非洲人国民大会及反种族隔离运动领袖。为了坚持斗争,他在监狱内被关了近30年。在1990年获释后,曼德拉通过制订解政策及谈判,带领南非过渡成为多元种族的民主国家。

虽然我国的政治与种族问题,绝不像1940年代的印度或1980年代的南非般严重,但是若没有浩然气节或骨气的政客领导改革运动,我国的情况会愈加糟糕。

从另一个角度看,既然印度与南非在最艰难时期,都能推出有气节和骨气的政客,带动群众引导国家朝民主及团结的大方向和平蜕变,这种情况为何不能在我国出现呢?

我国最近掀起一股"青年才俊闯政坛"的风潮,其中就有民主行动党与马华分别拉拢超级博客黄泉安和电视新闻前主播胡渐彪入党。

过去4年来,我们通过黄泉安的部落格了解其追求司法公正和法治理想的决心。虽然曾被政府动辄以内安法令恐吓,以及被大牌媒体集团通过入禀法庭起诉诽谤等,黄泉安体现了其傲然气节,并且勇者无惧地继续抨击及揭露官场丑态。

虽然我不认识胡渐彪,但我希望其参政绝不是为了飞黄腾达,或是谋得一官半职,而是为国为民竭诚服务。唯有分辨是非黑白并显露无遗个人的勇气、节气与骨气,代表大家呼出心中的那一股闷气,青年才俊参政才会带给国人一股新的希望!
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