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How to change the BN government peacefully, lawfully

How to change the BN government peacefully, lawfully – Puthan Perumal

For many people, the thought of changing the Barisan Nasional (BN) government seems to create an atmosphere of rebellion or violence, or feelings to that effect.

We seem to have the notion that changing the BN government is a bad and negative thing and that it would seem being not loyal and to a certain extent, ungrateful even.

In fact, some would think that having this very discussion on this topic would be in violation of some law or another.

This baseless notion could not been any further from the truth.

In order to appreciate the concept of changing a government, (and yes, it is a concept which exists and is very real), one must first understand the concept of a government.

As the word ‘government’ suggests, it relates to the word ‘governance’. To put it in simple words, a government consists of caretakers or trustees who are in charge of a nation’s wealth and the welfare and security of its citizens.

Hence, that is why they are known as public servants.

These caretakers or trustees combine to make up a group of people known as your government who are there to serve the citizens of a nation. They essentially govern a nation. Hence, it is noble profession, for all intents and purposes.

Apart from the public sphere of a government that affects us as citizens, there is a ‘government’, so to speak, in almost every private aspect of our lives as well.

From schools to household issues to working life or even to sports and religious matters, we all are governed by some rule and framework. And in that rule or framework, there is a ‘government’ which ensures that that rule or framework stays in place and is functioning.

How that ‘government’ functions in the private aspect of our lives varies and is dependent on the culture of a particular society and in which part of the world we live in.

These varying cultures and languages and ways of life gives the colour of diversity its true meaning.

We come to realize that sometimes, a change in that ‘government’ in our private lives is imminently required especially when that ‘government’ seem to be breeding or promoting violence or fear or intimidation or dishonesty or lies or unfairness, (and the list can very well go on).

We must then gather the courage and conviction to voice out our concerns to those in charge of that ‘government’ so that that rule or framework be removed and changed with a suitable one.

Should that ‘government’ refuse to change for the better, then we have every right and the choice to remove and replace that ‘government’.

Similarly, this right and choice is present and very real and applies equally in the concept of a change in a government in the public sphere.

If the conduct and actions of public servants which make up the BN government border on incompetence and arrogance and abuse of position, we have a choice and every right to remove them.

If rules and regulations introduced by the BN government promote corruption, discrimination, hatred, poverty, then we have a choice and every right to remove those rules and regulations.

The issue that may arise is what do we do if the current BN government continues to behave in an incompetent, arrogant and domineering manner, despite the fact that concerns having been voiced out by the people time and time again?

What do we do if the current BN government refuse to remove rules and regulations that breed corruption, discrimination, hatred and poverty?

It would seem that the natural thing to do is to bring in a new set of people that would then form another government that would introduce laws that promote fairness, equality and accountability.

That brings us to the topic of the discussion which is how to peacefully and lawfully change the BN government.

The following are 10 things you should know:

Know that it is your right to change the BN government, if you choose to

The BN government works for you and is suppose to attend to your needs and welfare as a citizen. If that is not happening, you are at liberty to choose someone else who will do that. It is as simple as that.

Know that it is your right to spread awareness to others that it is also their right to change the BN government, should they choose to

As a member of a larger society, we are all connected to each other in terms of citizenship and therefore no one can stop us from having a discourse with others on the right to change the BN government.

Having a discussion on whether to change the BN government is not in violation of any law worth recognizing.

Know that it is your right to meet the government representative of your locality and to find out what he or she stands for

As a public servant, your BN government representative owes a duty to you.

He or she might be elected, but you must be sure that he or she will fight for your cause and concerns, and that the actions taken are consistent with your cause or concerns.

Know that it is your right to always question the current BN government

Be aware of what the BN government is up to and what laws are being passed that will govern you. Being aware of what is happening with the BN government is the only way you can question the BN government.

It is not against any law to question the BN government.

Know that it is your right to voice your concerns to the current BN government

If you are doubtful about something that the BN government has done, or has not done, or is currently doing, ask and get answers.

It is their duty to answer you and give you an explanation.

Know that it is your right to voice your dissatisfaction to the current BN government

If you are unhappy with something the BN government has done, or has not done, or is currently doing, state your case and demand a clarification.

Your dissatisfaction must be taken into consideration, and a correction must be done if necessary.

Do not take no for an answer. Do not put up with incompetence, if you feel that that is the case.

Know that it is your right to meet other potential government representatives from other political parties apart from BN and to find out that he or she stands for

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How to change the BN government peacefully, lawfully – Puthan Perumal
8 March 2016 – TMI

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