“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.” ~ A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
From Where We Came
A bit of background – I come from a post-independence background. My only experiences about the May13 riots from 1969 are from stories from my late grandmother who lived in Kampung Melayu which was actually one of the safest places to be in Penang at that time. I grew up accepting that privileges would be accorded as per the constitution to ensure that all the citizens would be able to grow together in term of education, finance, etc.
A lot of misunderstanding arises from a possibly innocuous term as New Economic Policy (NEP) (Off-topic: Did you know that the old NEP actually ended in 1990?). A policy definitely is needed as we need to ensure that all levels of society is able to function. Problems definitely arise when gaps between various groups are too big (e.g. ultra-rich VS below-poverty-line; most with Masters education VS primary school drop-outs). Thus where & what is going wrong?
Would believe that most have come to agree that it’s a matter of implementation. Policies & processes do not work if not enforced. Thus public enemy #1 would have to be corruption (Hong Kong’s ICAC comes to mind of most as well – not only for their glamor 😛 but from their actual proven methodology ).
Next would be to focus on execution & implementation:-
– For those who spend too much time in the media – focus more on actual action & implementation. Not for the accolades, but for the role of shaping the world in things both big & small.
– For those who focus only on action – you need to communicate & inform on your accomplishments. How can we support & work together to achieve if we don’t know what we are trying to achieve? How do you know that you are doing the right thing if you don’t ask?
– For all who are our elected leaders – we need both the vision to plan & the action to implement. “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.”
Some citizens are leaving Malaysia for perceived greener pastures (SG, UK, Aus, US, NZ, etc). We have our own advantages be it from natural resources to fertile land for agriculture to intelligent creative inspiring people. Thus we need to focus on our strengths & advantages given to us. Stop bickering & in-fighting among ourselves. If there is a necessity to ‘fight’, would it not be more worthwhile & important to fight on the world stage where we are competing against all the other 194 countries in the world?
– With the disclaimer being a necessity considering freedom of speech is there (but with the definition of freedom of speech not clearly defined)
– I am not-affiliated to any political party whatsoever. My interests remain fully in my fellow men, my country & myself – and this post is made with that intention of frank open honest discussion.
– Views are purely of my own & while all care has been made to ensure the correctness of information, it is by no means guaranteed. Also most of the information is spoken in general terms & may be subject to own interpretation.
What are we doing well? What could we do better? What is your vision for Malaysia 5 years from today (May 2013)?
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done”