IF democracy is truly dead in Malaysia, you wouldn’t be attending public rallies and carrying protest posters and banners, wearing T-shirts of funny colours, you wouldn’t be circulating news, rumours, insults and jokes on Facebook and Twitter, and you wouldn’t have Harakah or Rocket – or even the Sun, Sinar Harian, Malaysiakini, Malaysia Today, Malaysian Insider or Malaysia Chronicle.And if democracy is dead, there would have been no elections. And if there had not been any elections you wouldn’t have been angry at being cheated, angry enough to say Democracy Is Dead. The fact that you can say it shows that democracy is not dead. Sorry to disappoint you.
And similarly with the fact that maybe you were at Kelana Jaya last night. If you weren’t, you could have gone, just as you could go to the forthcoming rally in Penang on Saturday night.
Where got dead?
So we do have some kind of democracy. A half-past six democracy. And we should be thankful we have even that much, because dead things cannot come to life again. For that you need a miracle. The last time it happened was more than 2,000 years ago. (There’s a book and several movies about it, you may have heard.)
But when something’s only half-dead, it can be rescued, revived, and nursed back to health. It doesn’t need a miracle. It only needs you — and a few others. Some banners or posters would help. Preferably not that one at the top.