A Line Must Be Drawn: Protect Our Young From The Politics Of Hate

Do we want to create a future generation filled with hatred and mistrust or a generation that is full with hope, respect and tolerance?

By NELSON W ANGANG
COMMENT: It is an open secret that the election is just around the corner. We can see that leaders from every divide have been actively gearing their momentum in trying to send their messages to the masses.

Every leader, every political party have their own ways and strategies in trying to approach and persuade the voters for their support. I have come across a video clip and a news article showing Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang, dancing to the tune of a song that was being played in a large screen and accompanied with lyrics.

This song came to prominence after a DAP Member of Parliament belted a parody of the song in Parliament to mock the goods and services tax (GST).

NELSON W ANGANG

The lyrics of the song goes “A-B-C-D-GST, prices rise for you and me, mesti makan maggi mee, semua kena GST, bayar untuk 1MDB”.

It may be funny to some but to expose and promote our young children to sing along the song is another matter altogether. It is alright to promote the values of respect, understanding and forgiveness to our young.

There must be a line drawn and this is one of the sacred ones and if you have not seen it then you need to look harder. You may disagree with the policies of the government and may show your displeasure to the voters.

But it is very irresponsible and dangerous to try and indoctrinate our children with the politics of hate. Do you want to create a future generation filled with hatred and mistrust or you want a generation that is full with hope, respect and tolerance?

Before anyone starts commenting that the other divide has done the same before, let me remind you that two wrongs do not make a right.

I would like to believe that what we do today is ensure that our children will live in a world that is better than the ones we live in now. It’s only a natural progression that we expect for things to be better than the ones before.

To our leaders be it from the opposition or the ruling coalition, please protect our children and shield them from any form of hatred or mistrust towards one another. If you fail to appreciate this, then perhaps you may need to relook of your understanding of the meaning of leadership.

• Nelson W Angang is UPKO Youth Head Beaufort Division