Tyranny is worse than tigers

China quake. pic from AFP

Just a few  days after the Myanmar cyclone, Asia was hit by another disaster….an earthquake in West China.

Politicians in our country will predictably argue that we Malaysians are lucky. We do not have natural disasters and so on…We should treasure what we have and so on…

 It is true that we are lucky, but sometimes adversity makes a people stronger. Japanese, Chinese, Koreans … they are all tough fellows because they have no natural resources and they are often hit by natural disasters.

One of the ancient stories in China: One day an official passed by a county and saw a woman crying. He asked why. The woman told him that her youngest son had just been eaten by a tiger , and the same fate befell her two other sons some time back. The official was curious and asked her: ‘If you know this place is dangerous and full of tigers, why did you still come here and did not want to move away? ‘

She answered that She was forced to come here because the former place where she lived was even worse… There was no tiger but the govenrment officials were so tyrannical and corrupted  that people suffered even worse fate  than in an area full of tigers. 

 There is thus a Chinese proverb: Tyranny is more fierce than tigers.(苛政猛于虎)

I am wondering whether tyranny is worse than natural disasters?

So are we that lucky? We can call ourselves truly lucky if the corruption levels comes down, if there is no more race based discrimination, if there is good governance with accountability and transparency, if there are no more draconian laws such as ISA, OSA, Seduction Sedition Act and what have you. We can call ourselves lucky if we have politicians who truly care for the people, instead of caring for their own families, their cronies and  who do not pilfer riches of the nation. We can call ourselves lucky when we can walk the street without having to worry about being mugged, about being robbed and our belongings being snatched…..

Well, are we really that lucky?




25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gina
    May 15, 2008 @ 20:51:08

    It was the curse of the Tibetans that caused it, I would say if I was religious. But of course the poor Chinese people only know what the sole franchisor/ proprietor the CCP tells them about Tibet, so that cannot be right.


  2. Jason Ang
    May 15, 2008 @ 23:36:39

    Do human doing too much bad thing ? God trying to punish us ?natural disaster unpredictable, this is fate. Under Skudai Business society we have rise some fund for the si chuan earth quake victim, MCA also raised 330K, I wondering why Gerakan no one have taking any action ?


  3. romerz
    May 16, 2008 @ 00:30:03

    “Well, are we really that lucky?”

    Yes we are!

    Before you guys start shouting me down, let me explain why I said that.

    All the ‘good’ things that this country is blessed with are ‘acts of God’, natural resources, lack of natural calamities, bountiful soil, fair weather, etc.

    All the ‘bad’ things that this country is cursed with are ‘acts of man’, corruption, wastage, racial discrimination, poor governance, etc.

    Nothing we can do about ‘acts of God’ except pray but plenty we can do about ‘acts of man’.

    The problem is these ‘acts of man’ are committed by tyrants and they came about because we let them, not so much out of ignorance, but out of fear.

    So in some sense, we are unlucky for being born fearful but lucky that ‘God’ is not against us and has blessed our younger generation with less fear than us as shown at the 12GE.

    I’m not inciting revolt, but I’m asking for those tired enough of being ‘unlucky’ to speak out, even if it is only 1 sentence. You never know. Your 1 sentence could be the 1 sentence that swayed the balance.

    For a start, let us use the channels available to us like the invitation to contact the Prime Minister’s Office at


    Who knows? We might just get lucky and he might just Listen.

    The journey of a thousand steps starts with the 1st step. The 1st step was taken on 8 March and it would be really ‘unlucky’ if we let that be the only step taken.


  4. monsterball
    May 16, 2008 @ 00:46:03

    Governments and powerful influential people have gone against nature in the name of advancements in life….for so long……it’s somewhat a bit too late….to realize their faults….and ordinary people have always been the victims of circumstances….beyond their control.
    In Malaysia…we are somewhat luckier…not because we have good governance….but mainly due to our blessed geographic position.
    In fact…..it is our short sighted greedy government silly managements..that will kill thousand here too…..one day. Frequently….signs were given..taking few lives away..to show the seriousness of going against nature …..by killing forest and sea ….living things..in the name of developments.
    Are we luckier??
    No….if we don’t pay attentions to the real dangers…created..and rectify them immediately….and knowing UMNO…they care more in getting votes for UMNO and themselves… than saving lives.
    I think our weather…has seen a drastic change for the worst. It is so clear.
    Do those UMNO guys…living in air conditioned…lifestyle…having cool life…parties…do they really care for the poor suffering from heat waves and deadly skin diseases…..caused by them?
    No. They will move their arses….only..when we start screaming for actions..


  5. folo4
    May 16, 2008 @ 01:14:30

    “Who knows? We might just get lucky and he might just Listen.”

    4 years and the PM still attending functions after functions…hardly listening to us at all.

    frankly, lack of natural disasters is why there is so much angst over deaths of trainees; it was a new thing for Malaysia to experience death, compared to other nations who had Acts Of God taken their lives many times.

    “They will move their arses….only..when we start screaming for actions..”

    we’ve done this for quite a long time and they’re still not heeding us; OUR ELECTED POLITICIANS have developed a way to effectively ignore us and still get elected in at the next elections, as the 12th GE had proven ( Samy Vellu voted out? Hah, he’s not the real problem, was he? )


  6. Penang
    May 16, 2008 @ 16:51:09

    Dear doctor,

    It never ceases to surprise me that, people like you, before the 8th of March, was all gung-ho for ISA, OSA and all the other tyrannical aparatus, so long as they benefit you and your friends.

    Then, after the tsunami, you and many like you did the 180 degree turn around and start berating the tyrannies, the opaqueness, the corruptions and all the other ills of the Malaysian government.

    Why, dear doctor, why did you support the BN?

    It’s not that you don’t know about the tyranny of ISA, OSA and all the other similar laws?

    It’s not that you don’t know how many of the non-Malays have been oppressed, and how many of our young ones don’t get to study in high-learning institutions solely based on their race?

    It’s not that you don’t know anything.

    You know, doctor. In fact, you probably know more than the rest of us, since you were once, an insider.

    But the question remains — why in the world you supported BN, despite all those ills that now you are berating?


    Oh, you don’t need to answer to anyone of us. You can keep that answer to the grave, if you want to.

    But remember, you _still_ have to answer that question, one way or another.

    You don’t have to answer us, but you do have to answer that to your own conscience — provided if you _still_ have any left —, and God — provided if you do believe in God.

    That’s all I have to say, dear doctor.


  7. monsterball
    May 16, 2008 @ 18:55:59

    “Penang” writer…….If you say Doc….need not answer….why ask so many questions?
    You see….you are trying to be too smart…to expose that Doc is a hypocrite and turned a traitor …as a party member to MCA?
    Why….my dear stupid fellow…WAKE UP!…..plenty MCA and UMNO members voted for People’s Party..don’t you know that?
    And if I am a MCA member…I will be ashame to be one….right now..with Dr. Chua Soi Lek exposing how his peers are the low down .sons of the gun…..taping his sex act….to get rid of him.
    Insulting Dr. Hsu is also insulting our intelligence as visitors and commentators at his blog.
    I take exceptions…over your message to him…and feel….you are quite a loyal running dog for MCA…a traitor party to the Malaysian Chinese.
    Be one…if you like…abut leave Dr.Hsu in peace with his peaceful mind.


  8. monsterball
    May 16, 2008 @ 19:00:04

    And I hope Doc. need not answer you at all.
    You have learn up an art to insult others…with your English language…that I have seen…being applied by crooks too…like Mahathir.
    Do you hero worship that crook?


  9. Penang
    May 16, 2008 @ 19:34:23

    That guy was lamenting the tyranny of the regime that has controlled Malaysia for the past 50 years, man.

    That guy just happened to be A SUPPORTER for the regime he is currently lamenting.

    And I was merely posting questions … because I am curious.

    If I were to lament the tyranny of the regime that is controlling my country, I wouldn’t have supported it.

    On the other hand, if I were to support the regime that is tyrannical, then I better stop complaining, because by *MY* support, I am stating to the world that I am *FOR* tyranny, period.

    You just can’t have it both ways, my friend.

    Stop telling us about “Oh, I’m an MCA guy but voted for the opposition”.

    C’mon, wake up from your own lie !

    If you’re an MCA guy, you support MCA. If you support MCA, it doesn’t matter if you cast your vote for the rocket or the moon or the eye, it really does NOT matter … because *YOUR* support is MCA.

    On the other hand, if one is really concerned about the ISA, the OSA and what-ever-A there is, and think that the regime is doing a BAD job, then one should do the logical thing … a total separation of oneself from that tyrannical regime.

    Anything less … as you’ve put it so succintly … A Hypocrite.

    Thank you for reading.


  10. monsterball
    May 16, 2008 @ 20:26:20

    “Penang” writer is the latest lunatic……trying to upset our good flow of thoughts…by targeting hate mails to Doc.
    He keeps repeating same idiotic messages in every post…and to see Doc putting them out…shows…what a gentleman Doc is.
    I suggest Doc…delete future messages from him..but then…it maybe a good idea…to let him in….actually showing Doc is getting so popular…and jealousies are creeping in…..hahahahahahaha


  11. Dr Hsu
    May 16, 2008 @ 20:44:14

    Penang, I started my blog in 2006- not after MArch 8- and even before that I was attacking ISA, OSA etc. I have never been gung ho about BN and UMNO.

    If you care to read my articles even as far back as 1987 before the op Lalang, I wrote a few letters then to Star about the unfair policies and advocated about doing away racial politics. I still have the paper cuttings then. AFter Op Lalang, the Star was shut down for a month and later none of my letter criticising the government get published….. I turned to working very hard to raise my children and gave them a good education..

    The fact that I joined Gerakan just a few years back does not mean that I support UMNO policies. I joined Gerakan because of its ideology of nonrace politics and a fair and equal society. I have repeatedly said that the ideology was hijacked and if the ideology was hijacked, it is up to the members like me to try to get the party onto the original track…. That I have been doing in Gerakan.

    My track record within the party, speaking against unfair policies and urging my leaders to take Gerakan OUT OF BN even as far back as a few yrs ago after I joined as a member. …I do not mind telling you during one of the dialogues I have with Gerakan leaders a few years ago, I was even asked to go and join the opposition; all because i spoke against BN policies and reminding my leaders that the support for UMNO is wrong. Many Gerakan members were at that dialogue and can be my witnesses.

    And for your info, I have never asked for any positions nor any rewards from Gerakan, my profession as a doctor has made my life comfortable and in the party, I can walk tall, because I never owe anything to anybody or kowtow to anyone… Gerakan members, many of them readers of this blog can vouch for that.


    Not all Gerakan members are UMNO supporters for your information.( NOt all MCA members are UMNO supporters too) Many of them are die hard opposition minded members from the day of the UDP and the days of LIm Chong Eu , WHO TOOK THE PARTY INTO BN FOR THE SAKE OF DEVELOPMENT FOR THE PENANG PEOPLE. You call yourself Penang , you should know this fact. T

    And as a grassroot member who have no part in decision making of the party, you can blame me for failing to convince more members to change the leadership, but certainly I have no parts in all the decisions that you have spoken off … that my conscience is clear…,at least I have tried to get my party out of the rotten politics of UMNO… Have you done your part?


  12. monsterball
    May 16, 2008 @ 20:52:44

    Doc better go and donate some money to charity.
    Few days…full moon..and one lunatic is at his blog….means …punishing Doc…for his sins.
    Fortunately…it looks like a harmless…but irritating sin.
    So small donations to charity….will do the trick…….hahahahahaha.
    Maybe..donation to RPK was too small…although his wife ask for RM1 doers only. Now is too late…to increase…too much collected!!
    Take all bad things ….as a small or big punishments….and then…you may understand why “Penang” writer is here.
    Can “Penang” be a she…taking revenge on Doc…abandoning her love….for someone else…..long long ago?………hahahahahahaha


  13. monsterball
    May 16, 2008 @ 20:55:06

    WOW!! Doc have responded!!
    Jolly good Doc!


  14. Dr Hsu
    May 16, 2008 @ 21:22:31

    montersball, thanks for standing up for me…

    I believe that true gold is never afraid of fire…there are few million MCA memebrs… Penang thinks that they are all bad… just cannot be… I know of may MCA members who hated UMNO but they are not the top leaders. They tried to change but against the majority who wanted to be with UMNO< what can they do? Many of them always voted for opposition, but they remain in MCA hoping that one day they can change the party leadership into something that can stand up to UMNO. It is the hope that make them remain, so what Penang has said that if you are MCA members you are for ISA OSA and so on, is like saying that if you are a republican, you are supportive of killinwar in Iraq…totally wrong.


  15. rtee
    May 16, 2008 @ 22:17:46

    Penang, I am a friend of the doc. He has always been consistent in his view.

    He could have endeared himself to the party leadership if he remains quiet and not attack about the bad governance, the race policies, the NEP and so on.

    Only selfless people who do not care for positions in BN component parties will speak out against BN policies. That is the sure way of being marked and condemned, yet doc has been voicing out. It is true that he was even asked to go join opposition. I am sure if some of the leaders have their way, they would have wanted him out of the party, like getting a thorn out of the skin.

    I think if you do not know the whole story, you owe an apology to him.


  16. romerz
    May 17, 2008 @ 00:28:27

    Dear Penang,

    If you think Dr Hsu is a hypocrite then I’m even worse, so why don’t you attack me as well.

    Until 8 March, I couldn’t even be bothered about politics. I had helped keep the then status quo with my votes knowing full well that things were not right but was too afraid to try the unknown and untested.

    I do not know Dr Hsu personally but since I found his blog, I have found him to be fair-minded and consistent in all his views.

    If anything, I should be the one you should attack as I led a ‘tidak-apa’ attitude since the time I could vote but now commenting on blogs about my idea for a way forward with gusto.

    Sorry if I was not brave enough to challenge the status quo. Sorry for being born a bit cautious than most. And sorry for being an obedient son who promised his aging parents not to ‘rock the boat’ so that they can see out the rest of their natural lives without calamities.

    Do you mean to say that those like me who previously voted for BN and kept the status quo cannot now step forward and try to make up for our lack of courage previously?

    Are we doomed to forever being cowardly for not supporting PR?

    By participating in blogs, I’ve already thrown away my ‘tidak-apa’ attitude. I am now only waiting for Gerakan to leave the BN and it will be the platform from which I enter politics actively.

    Nevertheless, even before Gerakan makes its stand, I went to the anti-ISA protest at Gurney Drive. I stopped my car on the opposite side of the road and gave them a thumbs-up.

    Maybe thats not enough for you but were you even there?


  17. Dr Hsu
    May 17, 2008 @ 12:58:32

    Penang, you are welcome to criticise and label all sorts of names on me, as long as it is fair.

    I think the bigger picture is more important than individual. I am not important, even if you have succeeded in putting me down, so what?

    We should, all of us in the blogs, the blog writers , the readers as well as the commentators, join force to build a better tomorrow.

    I am in my fifites , my children are all big and doing well (my eldest son is a specialist in Johns Hopkins, sorry if the info makes you even more critical of me … I spent my own money education them FYI despite the fact that they were all As students) . I have a comfortable life . Why should I risk myself voicing out? Even go to the extend that I was trying to participate in a candle light vigil for RPK.. prepared to be arrested since the government consider that as illegal? You think it is for myself?

    If it is for myself, I would have kept quiet , be a good boy in my party, be a kaki bodek, why instead I am trying to point out the mistakes of the leaders, the wrong direction the party is going, and by doing so, incur the displeasure and wrath of those leaders who have a stake in maintainig status quo? You think thaat is the way to get Datukship and so on? What logic is that? What kind of reasoning is that? You write well, I would have thought you can reason well. BUt perhaps you can reason well, but you just want to skew the reasoning for your own motive. I do not know.

    Why should i spend hours and hours of my spare time, bearing in mind that I am still a full time doctor, to press for good governance, good politics fairness, nonracial politics? Perhaps you care to consider that it may be because these are my ideals.

    If I don’t care for the people in the street, the ones as you said are not as lucky as my daughter, why should I do that? I could be like thousands of those who have a comfortable life to just lay back, play golf, visit children overseas, and do nothing to incur government’s displeasure. Why should I choose the opposite, have you kindly consider that?

    I started my blog in 2006, at that time bloggers were considered antigovernment. It would be easier for me just to conform to the majority in the party and keep quiet . why should I blog and incur sarcastic comments from fellow members. and become some sort of a pariah. Ironically, some of them who criticised blogs the most now started their own blogs after this election.

    As I have mentioned in my earlier post: ‘light the candle, climb the mountain’ , everyone of us is one small candle each, very dim. But if all of us light a candle each, the combined light will be bright enough to chase the darkness away.

    So I invite you, instead of directing your displeasure against me, why not reserve your energy and time to join force with us to speak out against unfair practices, unfair policies…and so on.

    I consider all of us bloggers play a part in the creation of the 2 party system today. I would like to think that I myself have contributed a little little bit to this beginning of this new dawn.

    I consider all blog commentators such as Monsterball, A true Malaysian, Jeff , Novice101, daffodils , romerz, and all the others who have commented constructively in blogs as having played a part in creating a better tomorrow. No matter how small a part we play, together , the part will become bigger.

    We still have a long way to convince a lot of other people about nonrace politics, a fair and equal society, good governance, but at least the first steps have been taken. (That article on brain drain is in fact trying to tell the power that be that we should treasure our brains..and i thank all the commentators from overseas that told their different stories with one common element: that they were forced to go out and now lead a better life abroad. Hopefully , among the younger generations of leadwrs, someone might think that this is bad and try to exert his influence to change…who knows?).

    So, Penang , I suspect you must be a fellow blogger, you are welcome to criticise , I won’t stop you, just do not be personal , but you are also wlecome to give constructive inputs to this blog and other blogs as well. If my view is wrong, say so. I accept.

    (for the article i mentioned : light the candle climb the mountain, please go to this site: https://hsudarren.wordpress.com/2007/09/25/climb-the-mountain-light-the-candle/ )


  18. Nick
    May 17, 2008 @ 16:53:10

    Dr. Hsu, i am glad that I chanced upon your blog the last one month or so. So far, I am not disappointed. You write and defend your views well. I can agree and can subscribe to your position. Salute to your intellect and integrity! Do continue to challenge your readers. All of us want to see a better Malaysia. We want a better future for our children, if not ourselves. I consider Malaysia a lucky country despite our falling short in many areas. I sense a new political rennaisance or awakening. I always consider the pen mightier than the sword and people like yourselves who are gifted with words do play leading role influencing society. Keep up your blog writing. It has become one of my favorite sites.


  19. jeff
    May 18, 2008 @ 01:16:48

    Communist regime has accumulated too much “bad karma” to the country, occupied TIBET, human rights violation, intimidation of TAIWAN, so on n so forth, communists will never want to do good deeds even with earth quake.

    At least Dr. Hsu has many commentators come to his defend in light of this dimwit cyber-attack on him, good “karma” for you.


  20. monsterball
    May 18, 2008 @ 01:40:28

    jeff…Can you explain..what “COMMUNIST” mean?
    I think you are speaking through your nose!


  21. Dr Hsu
    May 18, 2008 @ 07:55:45

    Nick, thank you for kind encouragement. Without readers and commentators like you, this blog will be nothing.

    The pen is truly mightier than sword.And the pen is not just me, it includes all of you readers and commentators and your valuable inputs.

    One pen may not be mighty, but thousands of pens together form an avalanche of opinion that no army can stop.

    Thank you all of you pens out there!! 😀


  22. jeff
    May 18, 2008 @ 10:32:35

    monsterball: Dr.Hsu probably can explain that to you, he is a smart man. I do not have the skill to speak through my nose, sorry i disappointed you.jeff


  23. Clarisse Yap
    May 19, 2008 @ 12:32:04

    I don’t know if I’m too late to butt in this discussion, but Penang, you need a reality check. What Dr. Hsu has posted made sense and if you’re talking about hypocrisy, you’re better off looking somewhere else. I truly agree with what Dr Hsu said.. “We should, all of us in the blogs, the blog writers , the readers as well as the commentators, join force to build a better tomorrow.” Your comment was in no way constructive. What tomorrow are you building, Penang?


  24. Dr Hsu
    May 19, 2008 @ 15:41:50

    Clarisse Yap, Yes, all of us should reserve your enegy in fighting for a better future for your next generations. Thanks for your comment which is never too late.


  25. monsterball
    May 20, 2008 @ 13:25:57

    Jeff….you did speak through your nose….accusing communism….is bad….indirectly…China is bad.
    And don’t be rude ….to pass the non existing baton to Doc…to carry your dead chicken.
    Anyway……your apology is accepted….on behalf of China………hahahahahahaha


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