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“The Five Articles” by Butrint Bozalija

In this week, five articles related to politics and political conflicts from different parts of the world were distributed to us and after we read them, we had to discuss/share opinions with our dear lecturers and colleagues.

One of the articles which I think is of a big importance, very interesting and yet so delicate, is ‘’Malaysia’s Coming Election: Beyond Communalism?’’

We all know that when a group of citizens (students, lecturers, and unemployed people) discusses about politics many things that they do not agree with or bother them are brought into surface. While reading the article and discussing in the hall, I understood that Malaysians (including Chinese and Indians) face a lot of problems in their country and the main two are corruption and cronyism, and to be honest we have the same problems in my country (KS) too. In fact, I think that corruption and cronyism are present in every single country, government and political party of the world but what makes it different is that some countries/governments/political parties do not exceed the limits, patience of their population so the rest of us who really face it in a very high level think that we are the only ones who do so!

While the two dominant parties in Malaysia are ‘’fighting’’ and trying so hard to win the seats, population is the one that hopes a change for the better will be made, and struggles more because on the election day, they are the ones who will choose the better choice which hopefully will be able to fulfill/accommodate political change, while still protecting the rights of minorities.

The next article I read was about the ‘’Sea of Tensions’’ between China and Japan, which can also affect neighboring countries. I think the problem here is that neither China nor Japan can accept the loss of the two islands (Diayou and Senkaku) so they keep on using different tactics (which I find peaceful enough) to keep those islands for themselves, for example Japan has been patrolling the waters near Diayou and Senkaku for four decades and then here comes in China which after announcing baselines to demarcate it’s territorial water, started to regularly send vessels to patrol the area. I guess that this conflict between China and Japan is confusing even for the corresponding countries too because none of the capital cities (Beijing and Tokyo) want a huge conflict. Here, both China and Japan are trying to protect their rights and interests, and at the same time they try to keep a balance so that they won’t engage themselves in a massive conflict.

After all, politics is all about influencing people, getting the mass on your side and compete with the opponent just to win the seat, people even make promises and then after getting the authority they break them, but still us citizens trust politicians and we even keep the same politicians in the position for years, even though we could never get any help from them. I guess that happens because we have no other choices, except for voting the worst one or the worse one.

Student: Butrint Bozalija

ID No. 209110188

Subject: Current Affairs

Week: 3

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