(Photo: Facebook / Halimah Yacob)
Some say that a painting contains a thousand words. But is that true? In many ways, images can be manipulated to send a message. It can make an impression, interweave a story, mislead it and misrepresent it. Often it is a picture of immeasurable suffering that gives humanity a sort of collective responsibility for change. Other times photo's were used to promote an image of authority and power that could not be further from the truth.
Looking at the picture of Aung San Suu Kyi and the president of Singapore Halimah Yacob, I wondered what the reality behind that picture is. The image alone is the image of two powerful women who meet on an equal footing and represent their respective countries. In reality, however, one is a prime minister who is controlled by the military, while the other is a ceremonial head of state without any political power. On the photo are 2 democratically elected leaders. In reality, Aung's election gain was hampered by restrictions and limits, while Halimah was a walk-over. Although the photo is completely bourgeois with a semblance of control, both women are heavily criticized. Aung has been criticized for her apparent lack of effort in the Rohingya Muslim crisis and Halimah has been labeled #notmypresident.
To what extent have these women been pushed into this position of pseudo-power and prestige? To what extent were they complicit in accepting the conditions of limited power that they had known would tick a section of the public against them?
Aung must be a strong woman. She must have passed the number of years under house arrest. She gave up her family for the case. Whatever its reasons, I find it impossible to see her as a racist. The only explanation I have of her apparent lack of effort for the Rohingya Muslims is that she is powerless to do anything else. She fights a good balance to stay in power and unite her country. The Rohingya & # 39; s become part of the additional damage to the power. The price she has to pay. Is it worth it? Is it right? The photo is not displayed.
As far as Halimah is concerned, she can not brag about martyrdom. She is well compensated and treated with apparent respect. That said, she can not have climbed the ranks and do not realize that the role of president is one without any power. Has she taken it to artificially elevate the prestige of the Malay community? Or is it an easy task to retire? Again, the photo does not explain.
These may be musings but my conclusion is this – in the corridors of power there is always more that stands out. The only way to ensure that people get the best deal possible is always asking questions, no matter how uncomfortable.
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