Meritocracy?! It does not exist in Malaysia.
Posted by Foodie on November 19, 2008
The biggest problem of all our country faces stems from one word. Our lack of or rather non-existent practise of meritocracy. Meritocracy. Now there’s a word I REALLY like! Unfortunately, this word does not exist in our government’s vocabulary. To them, it’s not the best person for the job but rather the ‘right’ race for the job (as evident in the recent case of PKNS). And Pak Lah had the nerve to exclaim during US President Obama’s groundbreaking victory that this may be a possibility in Malaysia one day? Really? Anyone can be a leader in Malaysia? For crying out loud, the appointment of a senior official as acting general manager was objected by six staff bodies of state agency Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS) on grounds that she was chinese. Nope, they didn’t deny her capabilities, just her ethnicity.
Without meritocracy in place, there is NO way our country is ever going to advance or progress. Let alone cope with the challenges posed by globalization…. Our issues with filling up quotas for the sake of statistics or politics has to be done with. We are not only lowering the standards of our country’s education but we are also condoning, conditioning & perpetuating racism, social hierarchies …. Our politicians’ self centred, myopic mentality is the main reason our country can only go this far in the race and then stagnate.
We may be a developing nation with our own national car, Twin Towers, man to space project… But, in spite of all these superficially apparent rather than substantial elements, we are still practising legalized ‘arpatheid’ (if you may) in our backyard.
What kind of developing nation is this I ask you? Democracy and Arpatheid does not go hand in hand as with Meritocracy and Advancement. With such archaic and biased policies ‘you’ are telling Malaysians ‘We Boleh’?! To me, Malaysia TAK Boleh.
First, show me the meritocracy and I’ll show the Malaysia Boleh!