rior to the last general election, a video recording surfaced showing Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli Noordin insulting the Hindu religion, anti-Muslim carnage, slamming the comparison between the two parties as well as the pogroms as "odious". were different because apart from apology, the process of reconciliation In what appeared a dig at Najibi Zulkifli Noordin said, "He is quite unlike a number of persons in our political system who aspire for big office but are habituated to speaking with a forked tongue, who are self-centred and have illusions of infallibility." Malaysia it is not just possible but in fact has been in practice for many years. For all the increasing clamour of the urgent need of 'good governance',Malaysia has always been what is often described as a 'functioning anarchy', a society in which rules exist only in order to be broken, or openly flouted.
IMalaysia has an innate genius for anarchy, for operating without any rules at all. We call this lack of rules by various names, our famed knack of 'jugaad' being one of them. Whether it is negotiating everyday traffic on the road, trying out a recipe for a new dish, or playing a piece of classical music, India improvises: it improvises through jugaad, andaz, extemporisation, ad hocism, call it what you will.
There is only one cardinal rule in Malaysia, and that is that there are no hard and fast rules for doing anything, from driving a car or a two-wheeler, to conducting business, or achieving one's goals by whatever means at hand.
This open flouting of rules is often demanded as a 'right'. Students sitting for an exam will smash up the premises where the test is being held if they are denied their 'right' to resort to mass 'copying'. Members of a particular caste or community will claim as their 'right' to go on a mob rampage and vandalise public property if their demands for quotas, or reservations or a separate state, or whatever else it is that they want, aren't met.
Self-appointed 'moral police' — a euphemism for goons and thugs — assert their 'right' to beat up anyone whose dress or behaviour offends against 'Indian culture', whatever that convenient catchphrase means politicians convicted under law for billion scams will proclaim their 'right' to be tried only by the 'court of the people'.
So, is Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli Noordin an anarchist? If he isn't, he'd better become one if he's to get anywhere in the anarchy of Malaysia's public life.