Malaysia Malaysian

“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

Photo Credit: A Tale of Two Cities by roseonthegrey

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.

Misunderstandings
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?

Implementation
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 ๐Ÿ˜› 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.”

Progress
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?

Disclaimer
– 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.

Question
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”

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7 thoughts on “Malaysia Malaysian

  1. As time passes the people now are a lil’bit smarter n now know roughly wat they want ๐Ÿ™‚ i suppose we all are thinking a lil better ๐Ÿ˜‰

    What could we do better? we could do better by making sure Burger king returns to flaming their burgers n not microwaving them :p

  2. I just plain don’t know what the situation is like in Malaysia, so it is hard to say what I would hope your country. With respect to politics, take solace in the fact that at least you don’t live in a place where the people freely elected George Bush to be your leader…twice.

    Elsewhere, I would point out something about the quote from Tale of Two Cities that seems especially relevant (emphasis mine):

    “–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

  3. inflation goes down. salary goes up. Toll is reduced. petrol price wont hurt. corruption is at minimal. all rapists and kidnappers get castrated. everyone gets equal rights and no special privileges. and the lists goes on.

    or at least abolish the Sunway toll if they cant do the above! ^_^

  4. What are we doing well?
    We’re good at saying MALAYSIA BOLEH although kadang-kala kita TIDAK BOLEH

    What could we do better?
    Talk less. Act more. Stop finding faults with other people but foster better relationships with our neighbours & learn from them esp. Singapore.

    What is your vision for Malaysia 5 years from today (May 2013)?
    A better economy, peace & progress

  5. Are we doing well?

    I don’t think we can do any better; sorry for my skepticism but I think with the amount of injustice and unfairness over here, nothing can be worked out properly.

    Off topic; for my protected posts, do e-mail me for the password, okay?

    [:

  6. @wsg: there’s this theory that the human race will evolve into 2 distinct ‘races’ – the 1st a tall intelligent beautiful race, the 2nd being a short ugly stupid gnome-like beings.
    but i digress & yes BK should go back to flaming them burgers ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @whatever: good quote there indeed to reflect on =)

    @chao: keke. anyone wants to draw up a super country-wide wishlist? ๐Ÿ˜›

    @jem: good wishes indeed as we move ahead. still sometimes i wonder of the many things that are done that we don’t know about as its done more without much fanfare. are our views warped by media be it the official media, blogs, etc?

    @cybercelt: good calm advice ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @kyels: strangely (for myself) growing up actually meant losing some of my cynicism (& sacarsm). a good friend once told me that there’s no point for us to b*tch about our country though as we are basically shooting ourselves in the foot (keke). still it is always encouraged for people to bring up problems & issues – the thing would be for each of us to take the additional step to provide solutions & not just the problem =)
    (i do echo & feel for your thoughts & sentiments though ^_^)

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