“Running government on a platform of lies is just so wrong on so many levels. Thanks to Mahathir, people now feel it’s ok to rip one another apart online for the slightest reason without feeling guilty about it. It bothers me to think that these freaks will spawn bigger freaks and dominate the internet by 2030. Don’t be surprised if one fine day, one of Mahathir’s great grandchildren runs a government online and declares Mahathirism to be the official religion”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Here’s the thing – I was planning to sit down with a nice hot cup of coffee (at 4.30 am), launch my word processor and type an article about Telekom Malaysia and all the jazz about Sapura, Celcom, Mobikom, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Mokhzani Mahathir. But something gave. Before you know it, I was telling myself, “to hell with Celcom and Mobikom, let’s just watch an episode of “Happy Days.” So there I was, on You Tube, watching this episode where Mrs Cunningham gets all over Mr Cunningham and his nerves. However, the duo patches things up with the help of the kids and dance the night off to the jukebox. The end.
The innocence, the happy endings, the cheese of it and all. It was a sixties show, to be sure, but one that put a smile on my face. It was a time where hand phones, computers, WiFis and Facebook did not exist. The kids’ idea of a good time was to hang out at Arnolds’ over cheeseburgers and jokes. They talked, they laughed, they danced and cared. Sure, things got rough every now and then, but everyone had a conscience and the sense to make up. I know, it’s just a TV show, but I do remember some folks telling me that things weren’t really that far off from what we got on Happy days.
Well, if those were the happy days, it really sucks to think where we’ve come. I’ve seen families sit together over meals, every single one of them on cellphones. They seem comfortable with what they’re doing but haven’t the faintest idea where it’s all heading. It’s no chance Medley that Elon Musk and Nasa are rushing to establish self-sustaining human colonies on Mars and the moon by 2030. And here we are, all hyped about the internet, the fake news, the mudslinging and all. Sometimes, I muse myself thinking what I would do if I were Thanos and had the infinity gauntlet on me…
Things are going to go south unless we change our ways. The powers that be are too obsessed with the need to divide and rule. Facebook gives us the delusion that we’re coming together as a race but is truly a tool for self-idolatry. Youngsters do not prefer to get together like people did in the sixties but spend most of their time connecting online. Little do they know that Facebook is CIA monitored and a tool used to study behaviour patterns. In the end, we will all be reduced to numbers sitting in ‘virtual cubicles’, fed with select news items to shape the way we think.
And these are the ‘cubicles’ your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will become locked in. Like you, they too will say just about anything under the sun because the internet empowers them to do so. Before Facebook, all you could do was pen a letter to the Prime Minister which would probably end up in the trash. Today, not only do you get to say what you want, you get to ride on the Prime Minister’s Facebook to let others see what you’re saying. In the future, you will have access to thousands of internet platforms that will connect you better and faster than Facebook. And the government will never be able to block these platforms because the economy of the future will ride on them.
Welcome to the world of individual empowerment.
In the near future, even the milkman and the roti canai seller could end up with a following so large, it’d give them a false sense of control. But don’t look down on the milk and roti canai guys just yet. One fine day, people will be so dependent on the internet that worshiping a ‘real’ politician would seem an utter waste of time. Why bother about the politician when you could create your own avatar, lead a virtual Malaysia, make decisions through virtual elections and rake in a helluva lot of cash promoting your milk and roti canai to your ‘rakyat’? Suddenly, selling milk and making new roti canai recipes no longer seems like a bad idea.
Brace for it.
When the time comes, there will no longer be a need for God fearing religions because the internet would be big enough to accommodate a new religion – self-idolatry. Earth would be reduced to a huge cultivation farm to grow food and would accommodate nuclear bases to power computers. The physical world and its limitations would no longer be the constraint as even the fat guy who munches on cheeseburgers every half an hour could end up winning a virtual marathon. He could one day become the Prime Minister of e-Malaysia and tell you when to eat, shit, sleep and bathe. Fear will no longer be about you getting sacked, attacked, hurt or imprisoned but the risk of your avatar going from ‘popular’ to ‘nobody’. It will come to a point where calling your virtual mother a bit*h would be ok if it could earn you extra points and cash. The global elites know that the only way to control you is to give you a false sense of control. And once you feel you’re in control, they have you.
Sure. But a couple of us scientists sat together with two psychology professors in 2012 and extrapolated the “most glaring” of human traits to 2050. What we stumbled upon shocked us and has even been spoken about by world renowned theorists. As it is, scientists are already on the verge of perfecting holographic technology and have supercomputers creating whole universes. But we don’t have to go that far. What we ought to do, is realise, that if we keep moving the way we are, our grandchildren will end up becoming self-serving freaks. Running government on a platform of lies is just so wrong on so many levels. Thanks to Mahathir, people now feel it’s ok to rip one another apart online for the slightest reason without feeling guilty about it. It bothers me to think that these freaks will spawn bigger freaks and dominate the internet by 2030. Don’t be surprised if one fine day, one of Mahathir’s great grandchildren runs a government online and declares Mahathirism to be the official religion.
No, I’m not here to demonise Mahathir. But I do think it’s high time he called for a general election. Only this time, do away with the lies. That would allow everyone to test the waters and see who truly deserves to win. The minute the lies stop, so will the rakyat’s obsession with scandals, conspiracies, fairy tales and what have you. It will come to a point where everyone will reflect on what happened, what they did, why they did it and what it cost society. Once people begin to see the dangers of the internet, they will regain their poise and start to embrace the value systems they abandoned. Then, and only then can we start talking about a new Malaysia and work together to fight the new world order. But you and I both know that none of this will ever happen as long as the DAP remains in power.