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Privilege vs Responsibility

Privilege vs Responsibility

"Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility." - Peter Drucker

I picture my freedom while growing up as a farming game. The higher the level, the larger my farm is going to be, more ducks, more income and more types of vegetables to grow. It is exhilarating. Growing up is fun because just like the farming game, the older I am, the higher level I get to unlock. I look forward to the “next level” each year. You anticipate next year for the chance to finally own your first smartphone and then you were excited for your driving license the following year. We were told that these freedoms are privilege because a fraction of people don’t get to experience our daily routine.   


The greater the privilege, the more the responsibilities. For an example, the higher the level I unlocked in a game allowed me to raise more ducks but I also have to make sure my ducks are having enough food and are sleeping in a comfy shelter. So when I get my own car, I will have to pay for the petrol and take care of the cleanliness. Therefore, we often hear people say they don’t want to grow up because the responsibilities are too much to handle.

We have hak bersuara in Malaysia. With that, everyone gets to express their opinion and thoughts. It is fortunate because we are not restricted to express ourselves. However, the freedom of speech is wrongfully used in a lot of aspects and the responsibility after we speak is often ignored. For an instance, hateful comments that is often appear in the comments section when one is not satisfy with some celebrity. If someone gave us freedom of speech, who is the one that will be responsible for our action?


Everyone has the privilege to voice out the injustice and protect their own rights. Yet, who is capable of helping those who voice out? But instead they made it their own responsibility to assume whatever that occur to them just because of the incapability of the government or society to protect them. Ain was a good example for this; she spoke out for the wrongdoing but most Malaysians were antipathy with her words. The inaction from the authorities instilled fears to the public and indirectly showed the results of voicing out. “You are on your own if you stand up for something. I will not help you in any way.”, was something they were indirectly informing the Malaysians.

Just like slippers, privilege and responsibility should come in pair. When people were given privilege to voice out injustice, this was meant to get support from outside to deal with the problem and also to echo what other victims that experience similar unfortunate events thinks. In conclusion, our privilege was meant for us to speak for help but each privilege comes with its own responsibility to bear.

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