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Democracy

After the subject of conflicts and understanding of globalization through weeks before, lecture for week eight as about democracy. Democracy, it is generally mastered as rights of human beings. This is also from my own understanding. However, through the lecture, I got more knowledge on democracy topic. According to the lecture, democracy is also that leaders have rights to hold power only for a fixed duration, normally four or five years. Besides that, democracy not only supports the majority but also protects rights of minority.

This week lecture was taken place by Dr. Fauzi and he explained the lesson to us in a quite large information source about the topic discussed. He also talked about elements of democracy such as it is a political system for choosing or replacing through free and fair elections, it protects humans’ rights, rules and laws are applied equally to all citizens, and it has multiparty, representative of government, the freedom of speech (including before and after speech). We can see now democracy is seemly a result of modernity. The lecturer also mentioned about two revolutions of humans to achieve rights on democracy in the world history. One of the famous revolutions was In France (1789) and another one was industrial revolution that occurred in twenty years (1820-1840).

For another part of the lecture in week eight, we were welcoming a special guest who gave us a speech about orang Asli. That was my first time to hear about that group of people, orang Asli. It means original person in Malaysian’s language. Orang Asli are peaceful people, they are poor and they are our friends. This group of people prefers to live deeply in the rain forests, jungles, and they create a community with non-violence. Orang Asli also would like to remain to stay in one place, but time by time affected by development of the world, they want to send their children to school and approach the life outer their residential areas.

Groups of orang Asli look similar to people in pre-history time. They live in small cottage house, caves and not wear clothes properly as modern people. Nowadays, we can search orang Asli from parts of Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and some more countries in the world. to get more detailed information our special guest has also introduced to us a book named Semai which was published in 1968.

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