Happy New Year – 2012
As in previous years, December seems to be in a rush to leave. Or maybe, it is too keen to usher in January.
With that, a year passed and another begins.
Some leave 2011 with much relieve and look forward to better tidings in 2012. Others will reflect last year will fondness and hope the new year will be equally fulfilling if not more.
There will be some that approach 2012 with trepidations but surely more believe they will be able to reach greater heights.
Last year did not start of with a bang but two months later, a very defining event erupted – what is to be popularly known as the Arab spring.
Inspiring and laced heavily with idealism when it started, the uprising swept across the Arab world, and resistance was futile.
However, by mid-year, as the spring turned to summer, the uprisings seem to have somewhat lost it plot. Perceptions that the uprisings had been perpetuated to fulfil the Western agenda in the oil-rich region are quite widespread.
Amid the uprisings, the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations took centre stage, spreading across the United States and afflicted its ally Britain.
By then, America and Britain, the frontrunners of exporting democracy and promoters of regime change to those refusing to buy their products, were exposed of their hypocrisy.
While they supported and insisted that protesters and demonstrators in the Arab world should be allowed to express themselves freely, the authorities in New York and London showed to the world the way to handle the protesters and demonstrators – swiftly, firmly and decisively.
Bloodied and disoriented from the mace, the demonstrators dispersed.
In Malaysia, there are some quarters who seem to be keen of sparking an “Asian spring”, wanting to emulate the Arab uprisings, hoping to bring down the Government through protests and demonstrations.
It has been pointed out that the conditions leading to the Arab uprisings are totally missing in Malaysia.
But it is obvious that those keen to spark the uprisings do not care about this because the objective is purely about a short cut to secure power.
Whether these efforts will come to fruition, 2012 will bear witness.
But Malaysia does not have spring nor any of the other seasons. The agitators should realise that they are in a region where the sun and rain and many other blessings are in abundance, something most Malaysians appreciate.
Indeed, ushering 2012 in Malaysia is truly in the spirit that it will be “selamat” and “happy”.
The Mole wishes its readers Selamat Tahun Baru or Happy New Year.