The Reformasi Aptitude Test
August 13th, 1999
Are you worried that you are becoming a tool of foreigners jealous of our success and out to recolonise us? Do you wonder if you are actually a loyal, patriotic Malaysian who supports the Barisan Nasional, the ISA and water cannons? Do you really know where your family, loved ones and friends stand on these issues? Are you embarrassed and dumb-struck when asked at cocktail parties what you think of Reformasi or Dr Mahathir? Or are you just a dazed, confused fence-sitter who's just not sure?
Well, fret no more! The Reformasi Aptitude Test will tell you exactly which side of the political fence you stand on. Just choose your answers to the simple questions below and count up your score.
1. The Internal Security Act is …….
A. an unjust, cruel law that abuses fundamental human rights
by detaining people without trial and it should be abolished immediately
D. a law used by the Malaysia internal Security Commission to ensure that our share market price always go up one lah!
A. a former Deputy Prime Minister whose arrest, detention and
trial has now raised many questions about the state of freedom, democracy
and justice in our country
A. the Prime Minister whose handling of the arrest, detention
and trial of Anwar Ibrahim has now raised many questions about the state
of freedom, democracy and justice in our country
A. an alternative source of information and views that you won't
find in the mainstream media
A. No, it is doing a poor job in playing its role as a champion
of free expression and speech in the country
A. That can't be right - there's something very wrong going on
A. Ask a demonstrator what is going on and why they are doing
8. What is democracy to you?
A. It is the right of the people to be able to have a say in
the running of the country by choosing who their elected representatives
are and having the freedom to publicly express our views in the media,
associations or groups while they govern so that they continue to represent
our needs and aspirations
A. I do know that it is a book by Anwar Ibrahim about the development
and transformation of Asian societies and cultures based on a certain vision
truth, justice, compassion, tolerance and freedom with responsibility.
A. I think he's that writer on the Internet who has that diary
of eyewitness accounts and satires on different aspects of the Reformasi
Count the number of 'A's, 'B's, 'C's and 'D's that you ticked to see which alphabet you selected the most.
Mostly 'A's: You probably know why there is a need for some change - you're just not quite sure how. You recognise the government's achievements - but you also recognise the grave mistakes they made. You sympathise with the Opposition's call for reforms - but you also know they have their grave weaknesses. You have your doubts about them forming a strong, united government - but you also know there is something very wrong with the present one. You're probably going to be in quite a dilemma when you're actually in the voting booth - but you also know that the coming elections aren't the end of it all. You are probably pro-reformasi - but with a small 'r' - though you may not want to admit it.
Mostly 'B's: You are a pro-government redneck to the core. You probably wake up from bed every morning screaming "Malaysia Boleh!" before you go to the bathroom. You would vote Barisan Nasional even if they put up a chicken as a candidate in your constituency. You're probably one of those guys who had flags at all four corners of your car when they were handing them out last year. You sing 'Setia' in your sleep. You are obsessed with evil foreigners. You cry as well when you see the PM cry on TV. The government can do no wrong at all in your eyes.
Mostly 'C's: You are a pro-Reformasi redneck to the core. You probably wake up from bed every morning screaming "Reformasi!" before you go to the bathroom. You would vote Opposition even if they put up a chicken as a candidate in your constituency. You're probably one of those guys who had Anwar posters plastered all over your car during the Jalan TAR demos. You sing 'Barisan Kita' in your sleep. You are obsessed with evil cronies. You laugh when you see the PM cry on TV. The Opposition can do no wrong at all in your eyes.
Mostly 'D's: You basically don't give a flying f*** about anything. You don't care who rules the country, just as long as they don't bother you. You would probably be more outraged by your favourite TV serial being taken off the air than by police beatings or demos just down the road. You can name the complete cast of 'Friends' - but will have difficulty naming anyone in the Cabinet or who the leaders of the Opposition are. You won't vote Opposition or Government - you never bothered to register. You do not care about other's opinions primarily because you have none of your own. Your future - and that of your children and their children - will not be determined by you, but by others - because you do not want to contribute or get involved or be heard - you just can't be bothered. You're probably the saddest one among this bunch.
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