Over the weekend, I was having dinner with my folks as we watched the 9 o’clock news. And as usual the ‘Draft Constitution’ at the moment being the hot bone of contention. It really amazes me how we humans deal with issues, especially those which we are so clueless on how to solve.
First, my dad who’s quite interested in politics(I always say it’s because he studied political science), has read through the whole constitution, highlighted, understood the pros and cons. My mum and I are the clueless… hehe we haven’t bothered to read it as a whole, i mean she’s a nurse, am in IT..it’s not an excuse I know but I mean it’s just not in our line, some terms are just a bit twisted. Though I must give us props, for the fact that everything anyone says, we are smart enough to first go and read that part they are speaking about and try get what exactly is stated there before we blurt out our thoughts.
A good example, is the issue of abortion, whoever said it’s legal…its so ILLEGAL in the constitution, we read it loudly, it says something like, I don’t have it word for word but at least I understood it.
“Every person has a right to life, and that life begins at conception. It allows abortion when, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger or if permitted by any other law.”
Anyhow, so as the news went on and there’s the two campaigns – The YES(green) and the NO(red) … and they are all really campaigning so hard, as they all say things that are so out of the draft constitution. It beats me, why they would spend so much campaigning while 80% (guessed statistic) of us do not even understand the content of that draft constitution.
So MY TAKE, although it’s too late and not that I have the tiniest inch of influence in this country, I wish, instead of taking so much time and money on campaigning YES and NO, they could have spent say 15 minutes or so everyday, explaining and teaching the contents of the Draft Constitution, then we would all be on the same page. And we can vote wisely.
Personally, as long as I have not been explained to and taught what’s contained in that new constitution, I will just vote i think ‘YES’ because am tired of seeing this MP’s of ours meeting every now and then to come up with something that they end up rejecting. Not that the old constitution made a big difference in my life anyway, as they say :
“A change is way better than a rest”
I know you would call this utter stupidity, but as for now I really don’t care. Because even the people you argue with are either so clueless themselves, they haven’t read it or are just biased. For the ones who have read and fully understand the document like my dad, usually stay Put and are waiting to vote.
Oooh read how the leaders of the churches are campaigning for the NO camp. What I think, we cannot combine Religion and Politics, it’s just wrong, they should be preaching the word of God #period and using it to reach to people and through the word of God, people make informed choices. They should not tell their congregation what to do or vote. There’s just something wrong with that picture, and where are they removing that money to go campaigning? #justasking? #iwonder And that’s the reason I like my pastors (Ps.Ambrose) — I give him props!
Finally, if they just concentrated on Civic Education and reduced the who know’s what where… The referendum would be the smoothest process ever, but clearly, we’re in for a ride since we are all “Know-It-Alls”
Inspirational Quote, is a chinese quote, no wonder those guys are organiszed.
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
Signing off — *Kawi*