Friday, April 20, 2012

The Occupy Dataran revisited

Frankly, I do not know much about the Occupy Dataran, yet I think the movement is a phenomena of soul searching and reviewing our current state of democracy.

The Occupy Dataran first appeared and occupied the Dataran Merdeka since last July, a few weeks ahead of the much publicized Occupy Wall Street.
The movement is loosely formed by individuals who have concern over certain issues, or simply enjoying weekly gatherings in the Dataran Merdeka.
It is interesting to observe their processes, their thoughts, the way they discuss, which can be small to some but important for the person who brought it up, or as serious as discussing national or international issues.
There's no leader in the movement, everyone is equal and are free to bring any issue forward for discussion.
Occupy Dataran works on consensus of all, if any one of the participating member in their assembly block a motion, then motion will not turn to action.
Another interesting point is that the movement does not have so called membership, or one must attained a certain qualification to join their assembly. You can walk in and join, listen, participate in debate or discussion, or you can be a bystander, it is entirely up to you as an individual. The movement does not impose any restrictions to anyone.
I have recently read tweets concerning the movement, some simply ignore, some said it is too idealistic and can never implement in a large scale.
Those commented, I do hope they spend some time observing on site, talk to them, see and hear with your own eyes and ears.
I am not sure if this a model of future society, but it brings me back to the ancient Greece, pretty much the same feeling.
If you are looking for something new, try the Occupy Dataran movement, there's no barrier, just like the Dataran Merdeka.
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