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Rearranging society

"We learn by rearranging what we know."

Ludwig Wittgenstein, British philosopher

The early 17th century ushered in subtle insights into law, politics and government that declared in veiled language that since government produces nothing, it is incapable of rearranging society.

A country becomes a nation of political systems with methods, ways and means to rearrange the status quo of normalcy and social stability. This is when unnecessary problems become visible and vexatious caused by feeble-minded politicians.

It has been proven time and again that political activism, seductive as it is, seems to offer the possibility that one can improve society, makes things better, without experiencing the personal ordeal of rearranging one’s perceptions and transforming one’s self.

Can the Dewan Rakyat rearrange society by effectuating change that can jettison our tiring political culture? One former Speaker wrote about the raucous and rambunctious chamber that reflected MPs behaviour and conduct instead of the serious business of operating a functional government.

The existing culture of education fails miserably to prepare students for the future of good government. Institutions of learning are merely factories churning out a future labour force. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has successfully replaced the Intelligent Agent (IA).

Lawmakers and educationists are incapable of bringing about change that can rearrange society. That leaves the Executive and the Judiciary to accept the baton with its corresponding burden.

Malaysia scored a first when the Judiciary, through its three courts, found a former prime minister guilty, and sent him to prison for a 12-year stint. For a brief shining moment, a powerful message was sent – you do the crime, you do the time.

But, did that rearrange our society permanently? That burning question does not fail to sear of consciences and scar our consciousness.

What will it take for civic-minded citizens to demand a rearranging of society with subdued aggression and assertiveness? Should we demand, or should we take it upon ourselves to reform and rearrange the status quo?

The biggest problem we face…


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