Updated: Mar 15
Controlled rage is a well-calibrated barometer that measures unfairly amended constitutions, vague legislation, and unjust government policies as if mindless politics must go unpunished.
Pragmatic democracy demands equal opportunities, not only rights, to be fairly designed, arranged and distributed. Arbitrarily controlling the levers of power and authority by a select few unqualified but well-connected individuals compounds the outburst of controlled rage.
As principal guardians of controlled rage, the voters, and their elected representatives, ought to create a dichotomous synergy to make things right for genuine democracy to work. A close scrutiny of the Federal Constitution (FC) from Article 44 to Article 69 reveals the alarming fact that the job descriptions of elected representatives as MPs or State legislators are not at all enumerated.
Article 59 FC requires elected representatives to swear an Oath of Allegiance under the Sixth Schedule together with an Oath of Secrecy! Must public officials undertake such an Oath that is impliedly immune to legal or judicial sanctions? Is it sensible to the voters that they elect into office people who swear to maintain secrets for all the wrong reasons and purposes? Is it not justified for voters to question this anomaly with controlled rage?
Proverbs 29:11 tells us that “Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back”. This does not mean that the wise bury their anger or do not deal with it, but it means that they control their anger and how they express it. When you restrain your anger, you keep it within limits that includes belling the cat for the rakyat’s expectations for honest services by the government.