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Friday, July 27, 2007

The writing's on the wall... and the Citizen Think Tank

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In almost exactly 5 weeks time, Malaysia will be celebrating it's 50th year of independence. For a country merely 7 years older than Walski, a child really within the context of world history, you'd expect that there still would be growing pains.

Well, events of late have kinda shown Walski that living in Malaysia is a growing pain. Sometimes in a funny, yet sad way, if you've read Raja Petra Kamaruddin's account of his 8 wasted hours being interrogated. A real comedy of errors, as RPK calls it. And the last laugh's on those who thought playing us for fools was easy...

Of course, there are other things, too, that lead Walski to feel disheartened as a Malaysian. Which is what led him to create this poster. Call it a commemoration of Walski's un-celebrating August 31st this year.

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Feel free to nick it, but only if you happen to feel the same way Walski does...
(smaller un-celebratory button, and more, in the full post)

The only thing that Walski asks, if you want it displayed on your blog or website, is to link it back to this post, so that people will know the reason behind it.

Image hosting by PhotobucketIf the big version is a bit too obtrusive, Walski's also created a smaller button version, which you are also more than welcome to have, if you wish. Clicking on the image will open it in a new window, or you can right click and "Save Target As..." just like the bigger version. And if you don't like black, well, tough. Same request, though - link it back here.

And in case you were wondering, yes, it is indeed inspired by V for Vendetta, the classic Alan Moore graphic novel, later made into an equally gripping film. No, Walski's not suggesting anyone blow anything up. We have a democratic process to facilitate change, and we should make full use of that process.

Image hosting by PhotobucketSpeaking of processes, recently Walski discovered something very interesting and novel (big hat-tip to Haris Ibrahim) - it's called the Citizen Think Tank (CTT). CTT has two purposes - to act as a Politician Watchdog, as well as being a forum for common citizens to voice out issues that affect them and their community. It's still in its infancy, but Walski is confident that with the sincerity of those who have started this, and the earnest drive to make Malaysia a better place for all Malaysians, CTT will be a force to be reckoned with, providing a much needed platform for common Malaysians such as you and Walski.

Check them out, and decide for yourself, however. The first step towards empowerment is knowledge, which is what Walski is doing here - letting you know that a channel to hear your voice now exists, albeit in the early stages of that channel emerging. With enough support, Walski is certain that CTT will achieve its vision and objectives.

In the meantime, Walski's quite sure that he's not alone in feeling a little disgruntled about what's happening to this country. The writing, as they say, is clearly written on the wall. And hopefully, we can do somethign about it during the coming general elections, which should be coming quite soon - as early as November, as predicted by good 'ol blogger buddy KTemoc. That, and fully supporting the Citizen Think Tank initiative.