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Identifying ideology and ideologues

"An idea is what you have; an ideology is something that has you."

— Morris Berman, American historian

Ideology is defined as a system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy. The citizenry, as the basis, must necessarily shape it the way it wants it to grow and develop, and to dictate and direct the ballot box ceteris paribus.

Ideologues must be invited to cooperate with the voting citizens to strengthen and sharpen the national ideology given the latitude and attitude of the outrageous fortunes of law and politics.

Malaysian ideology is sustained by a multiracial, multicultural and multireligious society enshrined into Article 153 Federal Constitution (FC)? Our heterogenous society was sauntering along peacefully until May 13, 1969 when Article 153 and democracy got muddled, muddied, mutilated and maimed.

Professor Jordan B. Peterson revealed in his ‘12 Rules for Life’ that thinking triggers the risk of being offensive. Government does not like thinking citizens for all the obvious and wrong reasons.

So, what then is the socio-economic and geopolitical ideology of Malaysia? Do we have a guidebook or a book of rules of sorts? It certainly not in the FC. Major tripwires can be expected when ideologues calibrate the compass of a nation fueled along ethnocratic and ethnocentric fault lines.

Putrajaya is so wrapped around the Palestinian conflict. Torron-Lee Dewar (Creativity is Everything) enquired ‘why one should strain so hard to please someone else’s society when you could create your own.’ We are far from perfect as a constitutional democracy, yet we dabble in other peoples’ affairs.

Malaysian ideologues in leadership roles and positions must…


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