This entry originally published on 2nd march 2009.
1. Disclaimer: As an academic, I will remain neutral on Malaysian politics. This time it is tempting to offer brief remarks from historical perspective (French revolution to be exact) on the recent development of politics on our own backyard as it has vivid parallels.
The most recent episode of the Silver State’s political tumult draws parallel with the Tennis Court Pledge(TCP)–the part where the meeting hall’s door was locked.
It didn’t stop there, the drama continues. Just like in Versailles in1789, deputies of the 3rd estate refused to leave after finding the door to the assembly hall was locked and gathered at a court and vowed not to leave until a constitution is drafted. The “deputies” of the assembly in our story here too gathered at an alternate place except this time it is under a tree ( a large rain-tree). I wonder if the protagonists studied the French revolution or what happened there is just a coincidence? Whatever the case is the recent controversy in this particular state certainly carries powerful symbolism parallel to the TCO.
Now can you see that what we learn in Modern Europe has its utility too in understanding the symbolism and subtext of the current affairs.
Shall we call this The Re-making of the Tennis Court Pledge ? Or probably some of us has other suggestions?
2.Exhibition on European Union @ HS Square (Tuesday 3rd March) . Support our classmates.
3.Ideologies in the 2nd half of 19th century (slides) can be viewed @ http://www.scribd.com/doc/12944835/ISM2ez?secret_password=kmyq9534xnj3ww80fgc