Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Is Riduan Tee safe to be stupid?

By Choo Sing Chye

It seems that it is safe for Riduan Tee to be stupid in his number 4 idea. In fact none of his other ideas proffer any intellectual wisdom that we keenly seek in him as a lecturer. All his proposed ideas, I supposed had certainly found a niche in the yelling-right politicians and NGOs.

Now his voice changes and he is trying to sneak his way to the centre with his recent posting telling the Red Shirts not to go out. (Read Article)

Too late, if we read all his previous postings which were solely focused on hatred of the non Malays especially the Chinese, we would not have any doubt that these postings had a profound influence on the Red Shirts. The burning of Lim Guan Eng and Lim Kit Siang's effigies bears testament of this.

What did he say about the numerological belief of the Chinese towards the digit 4 that manifest in his inability to write or say things intelligently – a kindergarten intellect?

The Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin lecturer also went on to say that the Chinese who joined Bersih 4 no longer believed in the superstitions attached to the number “4”, which is said to symbolise death. He said these Chinese rally-goers were no longer “afraid to die” as they now want to “bring death” to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. (Malay Mail Online – September 7 2015) 

Just the digit, “4,” Riduan Tee had managed to beat, hamper and forge it into a raw and hateful premise with the malicious intention to enrage the Malays. To say that the Chinese rally-goers motive is to bring death to Najib Razak and Hadi Awang is dangerous talk.

If there is an opportune time to explain to the people the need to have the Sedition Law in Malaysia - this is the time!

Now, let’s shift our attention to one article posted in the blog - OutSyed The Box:
Did you know that Malaysia is the ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD where all the 90 odd gomen universities (IPTA) do not have even one School of Philosophy? … Philosophy is learning about how to think and how to debate or argue a subject”. (September 9, 2015)
Anyway, Philosophy is much more than “learning about how to think and how to debate or argue a subject”. Logic, one of the component of Philosophy teaches us to be inquisitive so as to detect FAULTY arguments similar to the one put out by Riduan Tee and company.

One interesting fact about Logic is that we can easily pair Riduan Tee’s argument with another similarly premised piece in order to bring out the stupidity of his argument with more clarity.

In Riduan Tee’s dim-witted argument we can see the parallel premised piece below:
Alexander the Great stopped a beer barrel.
Alexander was buried; he who is buried becomes dust; what becomes dust is earth; earth is probably made loam; what probably made loam would stop a beer-barrel; therefore Alexander stopped a beer-barrel.
It is time for the politicians and academics to reflect logically when verbalising their arguments.

Whenever men debate, discuss, and argue, Logic is a court of appeal in the background…Logic trains the mind to draw the right conclusion, and to avoid the wrong, to make the true inference and not the false.” (A.A.Luce – Logic)


Nurul Izzah's No Compulsion view - A case of misinterpretation

The recent HAKIM members’ letter (1) to Malaysia Today had prompted me to write this article. Since I am not an expert in Islam, I will not delve into the merits of the letter, and also, what had been said in the press by UMNO politicians and supporters. I only comment on the common faults of politicians in construing something that had not been said.

Ngeh's tweet: Why fuss over neutral question?

"Precision is the first fruit of the study of logic and precision will sharpen your statements, and add points and force to your arguments correctly.

"Lack of it, shows itself in the ‘deficiency diseases' of the mind i.e. vagueness, woolliness of expression and feeble grip of the matter at hand.

"Remember this, logic at its lower levels blends with grammar and at its height, merges in philosophy."

So true, look at the arguments of our local politicians and the writings of the BN leaning columnists and journalists and compare them to the West. You be the judge.