Saturday, 2 June 2012

Let a Hundred Flowers bloom – The controversy over "428 sit-in protest" and "Occupy Dataran " / 让百花齐放 —— 关于428静坐抗议与“占领独立广场” 的论争

 Let a Hundred Flowers bloom – 
 The controversy over "428 sit-in protest" and "Occupy Dataran "   

  让百花齐放 ——   
 关于428静坐抗议与“占领独立广场”的论 

“A single flower does not herald the arrival of spring; Only when a hundred flowers bloom will spring arrive”. Dr Kua Kia Soong published an article “Let a hundred flowers bloom” to represent the stand he has taken on the press statement “428 sit-in protest – its implications and positive significance”  issued by FOS Johor. Such stand taken by him will provoke deep thoughts.

一花独放不是春,百花齐放春满园。柯嘉逊对柔佛州人民之友工委会519日发表《428静坐抗议的积极意义和深刻启示》,用 让百花齐放!LET  A  HUNDRED   FLOWERS  BLOOM)来表达他对有关事件的立场和主张。柯嘉逊的这个主张,发人深省!

[Editor’s note]: This is the response via email by Dr Kua Kia Soong to the statement issued by FOS Johor. It also touches on the dispute raised and the thought evinced by S. Arutchelvan on the FOS statement.  Dr Kua’s response amounts to his personal views on the matter.

Dr Kua has given his consent to have the email published in our blog so that it will reach a larger section of the readers.


Good suaramaritans,

Before we get all carried away, let's press the PAUSE button and reflect:

1. Aru (K.Arumugam - Editor's note) has said it's a good statement on the whole, the Bersih committee is not happy with the airing of a little dissension in the committee and then Arul (S.Arutchelvan - Editor's note) is upset for there is obvious criticism of "ultra-leftism".

2. Should such a statement carry the Suaram tag?

Well, having lived thru my student days in the West and watched debates and crits among the many factions of the left there, this is pretty mild stuff. Having seen the average Suaram statements, this is certainly an attempt at an analytical view of this historical rally. We should welcome the attempt. We know that there was unhappiness among some of the people over the way the rally ended and we should expect this criticism.

I was invited by the Occupy Dataran youth to speak a few days ago and I felt proud to be part of the movement. If I was 40 years younger, I might be part of the daily occupiers. But that is quite different from how many people felt the rally should have ended, ie. thinking of the responsibility for the thousands who turned out for a peaceful rally. But Arul has put his point across very well and mayhaps the friends in JB will appreciate a bit more what was actually happening in KL. So vive le difference!

The second question is of course whether the statement should carry a "Suaram" tag. This is also a question for the JB friends to consider. I'm getting mixed messages about the structure of JB's FOS and the Suaram Sec there!

Like I said earlier, we should first say that our branches have a degree of autonomy. As long as we are all for the defence of human rights, I think it's fine. Can we all have different analyses of social events and put these out in public like in the present case?

That is for the Sec to discuss. 

Let a hundred flowers bloom...

soong's possible

【编者按语】本文是柯嘉逊对柔佛州人民之友工委会发表519日声明《428静坐抗议的积极意义和深刻启示》,而引起马来西亚社会主义党秘书长阿鲁仄文对占领独立广场思想主张的论争的事件,在马来西亚人民之声组织内部,通过电邮表达他的个人看法。

工委会征得柯嘉逊的同意,将他的这封电邮内容发表于本部落格,让更多人了解、参考。



给所有的大马人民之声战友


在我们失去方向之前,让我们按下“暂停”的按钮并且回顾一下:

1. 阿鲁姆甘(K.Arumugam)表示这篇声明整体上是一篇好的声明,但净选盟(指导)委员会对于公开净选盟内部的小矛盾感到不开心,但由于声明显然有批评到“极端左顷主义”,阿鲁仄文(S.Arutchelvan) 就感到不舒服。

2. 这篇声明应该利用大马人民之声的名义发出吗?

对我来说,我在西方国家经历的学生时代,观察过许多派系之间的辩论和互相批评,这篇声明其实是非常温和的。看了大马人民之声的一般声明,这份声明肯定是尝试以分析的眼光来看待这个具有历史性的示威游行。我们应该欢迎这种勇于尝试的精神。我们知道有一些人对这个示威游行的结束方式感到不愉快。因此,我们应预料到会有这样的批评。

几天前,那些占领独立广场的年轻人邀请我莅临发表主讲。能成为这个运动的一部分,我感到自豪。如果我是比现在年轻40岁的话,我可能是占领独立广场的一份子。不过这是跟许多人对怎样结束示威游行的看法有很大不同。他们考虑到的是他们对数以千计的示威者的重大责任。但是阿鲁仄文把他自己的看法很好地表达出来或许新山的朋友们应多些了解在吉隆坡发生的事情。彼此有不同的看法也很正常!

第二个问题是这份声明是不是应该以“大马人民之声”的名义发出。这个问题也是需要新山的战友们去考虑。关于柔佛州人民之友工委会与大马人民之声秘书处的结构与关系我得到不同的反映!

就像我早些时候所说过的,首先我们应该肯定我们的支会应有一定程度的自主权。只要我们大家都是为了捍卫人权,我觉得这是没有问题的。就好像目前这个事件一样我们能不能对社会发生的事情有不同的分析并且把它公开给公众人士知道?

这得交由秘书处去讨论。 

让百花齐放吧

柯嘉逊

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