Sejak akhir-akhir ini ramai dari kalangan NGO-NGO dari kaum Tamil dan Cina serta agama-agama lain telah melupakan kontrak sosial yang telah dibuat oleh pemimpin kaum mereka sebagai prasyarat kemerdekaan.
Selama ini kontrak sosial inilah yg menyatukan semua kaum dan mengekal keharmonian semua kaum dan agama di nagara ini.
Tapi apakah asal-usul kontrak sosial ini..?
THE SOCIAL CONTRACT
Posted by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at June 30, 2008 3:59 PM
1. There has been a lot of talk about a Social Contract in Malaysia.
2. Perhaps it would be useful if we understand this concept a little bit more before we argue about it.
3. If we care to look into the origins of the social contract we will find that it is a European concept enunciated by European philosophers. The most famous is Socrates, the Greek philosopher who was jailed and sentenced to death.
4. He refused to escape and migrate to another Greek city-state because he believed he was bound by a social contract to live by the laws of his state of Athens as he was born and brought up there, benefiting from the aforesaid laws.
5. Before this social contract, men were said to live in a State of Nature, where there was no law to govern the relation between individuals in a small primitive society. The law of the jungle prevailed where might was right.
6. As society grew it became necessary to have laws which govern the behaviour of members of the society. All citizens were committed to respect and submit to the laws. This understanding is in fact a social contract although there was no oral or written undertaking to respect and submit to the laws. This was the view of Socrates. Later philosophers enlarged on this concept but there was never a requirement for a formal contract.
7. The Greeks are said to practise a democratic form of Government. However the citizen who had the right to participate in Government were limited to male adults of sound mind. Women, children, slaves, captives, criminals and foreigners were not accorded the rights of citizens and could not play a part in Government.
8. Much of European civilisation is based on the Greek civilisation. But as society grew bigger, direct participation in Government by the people became impossible.
9. At one stage democracy was abandoned in favour of feudalism in which a monarch ruled by Divine Right. In Asia this had always been the form of Government. Nevertheless the submission of the subjects to the Monarch was also a form of social contract.
10. Later feudalism was replaced by republicanism i.e. a return to the public of the power of Government.
11. Numerous forms of republics have emerged, each with its own set of laws and rules regarding the government of the country. But whatever may be the form, the laws and the rules, the citizens are bound by them. There would be no written contract but for foreigners to accept the rights of citizenship, there would usually be a formal undertaking to submit to the laws and system of the Government of the country.
12. After becoming citizens their offspring would automatically be regarded as citizens and as citizens they need not swear a formal oath of allegiance to the country. This right is through jus sanguinis i.e. through blood relation.
13. But there can also be citizenship by being born in the country or jus soli. This can be provided for by the laws of the country.
14. But whether citizenship is gained through jus sanguinis or jus soli, the social contract still applies even though there is no formal oath taking.
15. What is clear is that a social contract is a general understanding on the part of a citizen to submit to and obey the laws and the institutions of the country. The social contract governs not just his relation with the country, its Government and its institutions but also his relationship with his fellow citizens.
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