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Communism and Malaysia (exposing the unseen)

Posted by jingoisticbuthornydesperado on August 3, 2008

Communism is almost a dirty word in Malaysia and world wide, however very few comprehend the original socialistic purpose of communism. In Malaysia, the thought of communism immediately conjures up gun-totting, merciless Chinese men with cruel laughter ‘hyuk hyuk hyuk’.

The image most Malaysians have in mind of communism is synonymous to barbaric militarism and dictatorship. Communism preaches about social equality not blood lust. It is the Western media propaganda and to a certain extent, our unbalanced historical lessons. Mind you, ideologies can take a blood lust approach even for democracy. Take a look at US, it is a democratic gun-totting nation invading oil rich Iraq and establishing an American ‘dictatorship’ in Iraq in the guise of Iraqi democracy (using the current Iraq government merely as a figurehead).

Communism fights for the working class while working hard to eliminate social and class inequality. Let’s take a real world example, a kampong boy and the son of a prestigious lawyer are both going to universities. Both want to study engineering. The kampong boy can only afford to go to a messed up local, public university, while the son of the prestigious lawyer get to go to MIT, even though both have the same grades. The one who has the privilege to go to MIT does so because he has a rich father who can fund his overseas studies. He is better exposed and gets better opportunities in MIT than the kampong boy just because he is given a head start by just being in a better social class. And it can be sometimes viewed as inequality in life chances. Communism strives to eliminate this class and economic differences. Karl Marx viewed these differences as barriers to fulfilment of human freedom. Without social and economic differences, there will be no one who wishes to exploit another (since it doesn’t help them to stay a class ahead of the rest). With no exploitation, people are freer to do what they want without having some ambitious people to restrict other people’s endeavours.

Now, can anyone tell me if the ideology shows at all an ounce of evil? One of the main reasons, the democratic and capitalistic nations fear communism has more to do with self-interest. They wouldn’t be able to invest in communist countries as economics in communist countries are state planned and micro-managed without being controlled by foreigners. Communists view capitalism as just another form of imperialism. They view capitalistic ventures as parasites that invest for the sake of sucking out all the available natural resources without giving many benefits to the local populace. Do many Malaysians know about this? No, because of bias history and world wide propaganda.

Communism can sometimes be good for the early part of a nation’s history. China was fractured firstly from the toppling the last dynastic government, civil war between communism and democracy, then long drawn out strive with the Japanese, then civil war again between two contrasting ideologies. Most of the populace was impoverished, and democratic government was viewed as a corrupted one with elitists few. Communism was the force that was able to unite the nation, the peasants were disgruntled at the democratic but corrupted government.

Same goes for the Vietnam War. The population was impoverished partly attributed to militaristic approach to gaining independence from the French. Most of the population was supporting the communist north. Most of the American aids for the democratic south never reach the poor due to gross corruption and the Vietnamese knows that hence they support the communist north. The Americans weren’t in there for the Vietnamese, they were they out of pure self-interest.

So let’s talk about communism right back into our own backyard. Malaysia is different, luckily not as unfortunate as Vietnam or China. Malaysia was slightly better off and it was never in a pro-longed conflict like what Vietnam and China faced. The un-militaristic approach ensures that most of the infrastructure was/is still there, people can live a slightly better life. Capitalism is not all that bad either and in this context, I favour capitalism more than communism. Capitalism ensures that people have to work hard to achieve better life without being state-controlled to how well you can achieve in life. I believe that a little self-centred and self-motivated approach to a better life makes people more productive. It will be better to the society in the long run. After all, survival for the fittest rule always apply, and capitalism helps us to remain competitive and serves as a subconscious reminder that the world does not owe us a living, that we have to eke a living for ourselves the way we want it to be. Competition is what makes a species survive and not go extinct.

18 Responses to “Communism and Malaysia (exposing the unseen)”

  1. Madame said

    Thought provoking as usual, Jingo! Communism works in some aspects but it does makes ppl lazy….they hv nothing to strive for. The basics are ensured.Eg., The former USSR. However, Capitalism in its purest form will ensure that only the strong survive whilst the weak fall by the wayside. What would work perfectly for me is a combination of the two ideologies…I think its possible!🙂

  2. wits0 said

    Madame, are you also a believer in Obama?😉 He just threw Pelosi under the bus over drilling for oil.😀

  3. erniejean said

    Yes, I think all ideologies have their plus points…maybe someone should come up with a new ideology that combines all these?

  4. Madame said

    Wits0,

    Hahahahhah…yes, I am an Obama fan😀 Yep….hrd abt it on the Late Edition ;)Did u watch it last night?

  5. Madame said

    Wits0,

    I think Obama is playing McCain at his own game on this issue😉 Obama has called for a bi-partisan effort…with 5 democrats n 5 republicans to weigh n dicuss this. Waiting on McCain’s response to this. Smart man, I tell you😀

    I like Obama for the hope and the change he represents! I like DSAI for the exact same reasons….

  6. barbie said

    Fair is relative, it depends whose sides you are on. The strong survive and weaklings fall, this will path way to a elitist society😛

    to be continued..(Makan time)

  7. wits0 said

    DSAI is not a fakir with the thinnest of résumé. Hahaha!

  8. […] admin wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptSame goes for the Vietnam War. The population was impoverished partly attributed to militaristic approach to gaining independence from the French. Most of the population was supporting the communist north. Most of the American aids for … […]

  9. Madame said

    I know, Wits0….Believe me, I know😉 But what are our choices really ?

  10. […] Communism and Malaysia (exposing the unseen)Most of the American aids for the democratic south never reach the poor due to gross corruption and the Vietnamese knows that hence they support the communist north. The Americans weren’t in there for the Vietnamese, they were they out … […]

  11. wits0 said

    The ideals of Lenin and Marx are not commensurate with the actual practices of Communism. Ask Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who just passed away at 89: http://tinyurl.com/5l3z29

    The manner in which the Communist insurgency was launched in Malaya with the gruesome attack on the British planters turned the free world against them. You cannot pursue the wrong principle of, “The Means Justify The Ends”, and not be condemned and headed for perdition….no matter how idealistic the original intention was.

  12. jingoisticbuthornydesperado said

    Lol, Wits0, you are enjoying this a lot aren’t you?😀

    All ideologies (even democracy and free market) do not commensurate with the actual practices even in the most democratic and capitalistic state.

    generally, communists then view capitalism (i.e. British planters) as a continuation of imperialism. Normal Malaysian peasants do not give a damn about communism ideology and they were not educated enough to understand more complicated form of imperialism (i.e capitalism). They were thinking I have food on the table now, and the Malaysia is free from British governance, and these communist pigs wanna make my hard earned reward to be under the ownership of the government, trying to impoverish and starve me again i see? so why do I need a change?’ They don’t see themselves as pawns of capitalism. Vietnam and CHina were thinking, ‘we peasants are dying of starvation yet the ruling elite 1% were living like royalty. To hell with democracy or capitalism.’

    Free world by definition is subjective. Communists then thought people aren’t completely free when the nation’s wealth is controlled by foreigners. I personally believe it is better to analyse why things happen the way it is, not just jump into conclusion that it is just pure evil with no logic, a grave mistake. I think it is important to have thorough understanding beyond prejudice to prevent future missteps and learn. the greatest tragedy is to not elarn froma tragedy. The confine of ones freedom beyond his CONSCIOUS effort is inhibited by knowledge and education, with wealth and class making the difference to how much you can learn. Democracy does give one more conscious freedom while communism one gives less conscious freedom. Geting exposed to the opportunities for freedom is another thing entirely.

    Unfortunately, as much as I would like to agree with you, it pains me to say that 95% of the times, “The means do Justify the Ends”. History is a good teacher and it is one of my favourite subject.😀 This is why I am a sad, sedentary blogger as I do not have the heart to be a politician! lol.

  13. wits0 said

    Jingo, what I meant by, “The Means Do Not Justify the End”, refer to the pursuant by Forceful brutality to change the order of things. This was terrorism and murder inflicted on the innocent to make an impact with the false belief that one’s own ideology is so darn good as to justify that. No ideology worth its beans has that right. False ideology try to often enough but is doomed to failure and perdition ; the question is how long it takes to fall flat on its face.

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  17. RED_GUARD87 said

    LETS US ALL BECOME A PART OF COMMUNIST!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA LONG LIVE THE COMMUNISM…. HAHAHAHAHAHAAH HURRRRAAAAA!!!!!!!!

  18. General Jackson said

    fuck the commies!

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