This was from Citizen’s Blog on Star (http://blog.thestar.com.my/permalink.asp?id=18251) today:
My Fellow Malaysians
It saddens me to see the political and economical situation in Malaysia which has been preserved so well in the past, degenerate to our present state. The bigger disappointment is to see my fellow Malaysians being blind to the obvious, and then blame the government of the day and your good self for the Rakyat’s predicament.
The political and economic situation in Malaysia which has been ‘preserved so well’ in Malaysia has taken us to where we are today. Those who cannot and will no longer tolerate being treated as ‘pendatang’ want to reclaim their rightful position as legitimate citizens of Malaysia. Those who have been prevented from exercising their democratic right to vote in a clean and fair election want to do so. Those who deserve to go to university want to have a fair chance of actually getting in. I could go on and on but you get the drift. I hope…
Before we examine the major issues that Malaysians are facing today, allow me to emphasise that what is written here are my personal views and my personal analysis. This is written without malice towards any one person or groups, but in the hope that others who read this and share my views will take whatever small step to rectify the predicament that we as the Rakyat of Malaysia are facing.
Er… I also Rakyat mah…
1. The calling for the change of guard within UMNO. Is there really a necessity for our beloved Prime Minister to have an early transition of power to his deputy? Let us ask ourselves, what has Pak Lah done wrong that it is so urgent for him to relinquish power? Some says that Pak Lah is slow in tackling corruption, but can corruption be wiped out overnight? In order for any Prime Minister to achieve his goals he needs the support of all Malaysians to do this. In all honesty, how many of us will stop offering a bribe to avoid a traffic summons or to be able to get a contract? Now, if we don’t stop this practice from the ground, please tell me, why we are blaming Pak Lah for lack of willpower to tackle this problem. As is, from my personal observations, I strongly believe that corruption has improved, though, lots more have to be done. But, all this needs time. So, please do give our beloved Prime Minister the time to do so.
What has Pak Lah done wrong that it is so urgent for him to relinquish power??? Corruption cannot be wiped out overnight, you are correct. But Pak Lah could have done so, so, so much more. But he didn’t. I don’t think Pak lah is a bad man. The problem was he wasn’t strong enough and unfortunately for us, he didn’t have enough reform-minded and progressive supporters, he was too weak to stand up to the bigots and racists within BN, and did not dare risk losing his support within UMNO, and possibly his position of ‘power’.
Those calling for his early retirement from within and outside of UMNO, the Barisan and the Opposition have ulterior motives, probably for personal gain. I remembered some time ago, when Dato Seri Muhiyiddin lost in the UMNO general Elections, he had said that Pak Lah had something special for him, and duly appointed him as the Agricultural Minister, a very significant portfolio under Pak Lah’s vision, but today, he steps out to call for the early retirement of our Prime Minister. Where is the loyalty and comradeship among friends and peers? What is his motive? I cannot accept the fact that he is doing it solely for the good of the Rakyat, unless he knows something that the Prime Minister doesn’t and that he is a financial and political genius that has devised a plan to pull the whole country back together. If he does, then this plan should be shared with his colleagues and his boss, the Prime Minister. Therefore, on the surface, I can’t but help myself to think that he is waiting to be our Deputy Prime Minister’s running mate when the time comes.
Why is Tun Dr. Mahathir so strongly criticising his chosen successor to the extent that it looks like a personal vendetta? Wouldn’t it be better, if he would to take on the role as an advisor like Dr. Lim Kuan Yew of Singapore and be more effective advising and suggesting from inside UMNO and the Barisan. Up till today, all those who criticises Pak Lah, none has brought out a fact based accusation, but only rhetoric playing on the present situation.
My belief of the above is but a simpleton’s opinion. Pak Lah has brought us to a new era. An era of more freedom, but we, the Rakyat have not learned that with this freedom comes responsibility. It is so easy that we teach our children this when we give them more freedom to explore, but when it comes to ourselves, we do not practice what we preach.
An era of more freedom? I honestly did not think we would see a period of time again where there would be so many under ISA detention. Freedom for Utusan maybe, but not for the other mainstream media.
2. Most everyone that I come in contact with, and also from the newspapers, there is a common dislike towards Khairy Jamaluddin, the MP for Rembau and the son in law of the Prime Minister. Again, there are all kinds of accusations hurled aginst and about him, but if these are true, lodge a police report or an ACA report and get an investigation going. My outlook of Khairy (I don’t know him myself or have any contact with him), judging from what I read and see, I find that he is possibly a highly intelligent and successful person. Why can’t we have leaders like this? Are there a jealousy and a conspiracy to stifle such personalities or is it that Malaysians only want the less capable to lead the country. If he proves himself, I’ll give him my vote. All this coffee shop talk of how he takes all the lucrative contracts and leave none for others, I believe are nonsense. If there is truth to it, do you think the old guards in the ruling party is going to sit back and allow that to happen. The biggest suggested conspiracy of Khairy as the puppet master and our beloved Prime Minister the puppet makes me kneel over and laugh out so loud. So, if he is so powerful, I guess the next Prime Minister would be the next puppet too. Maybe, his present boss Dato Seri Hishammuddin is also another of his puppet. So, anybody else?
Would KJ be as ‘highly succesful’ if he wasn’t the PM’s Son-In-Law? And, have YOU ever tried lodging reports against powerful people in this country? If our ACA and the police did their job professionally and competently, do you think Malaysia would be in this situation today? Things would be very very different indeed, my dear Shehzad Lin.
3. The rising cost of living that is hurting the middle income and lower income groups in Malaysia, is it a situation brought on by Pak Lah? Come on; let us be fair, the rise in petrol did not actually cost us more than the greedy entrepreneurs out there who took advantage of the situation. Now that the price of petrol have rebated, have the cost of food come down. NO, why? Greed, my fellow Malaysians. I can give you numerous examples, but suffice to say, why our favourite nasi lemak costs RM1.20 in Melaka, but for the same costs RM1.80 in Cukai, Kemaman, Terengganu (a small town bordering Pahang and Terengganu). Why must a cup of iced coffee costs RM1.80 at the Nasi Kandar stall but at any other coffee shop is at RM1.40. Greed again, my fellow Malaysians.
So, how should we overcome this? The Government can’t be locking up or summoning every Nasi Kandar stall or Express Bus company’s owner or the greedy nasi lemak seller. Simple, the first is that Malaysians must exercise their power as consumers and avoid going to the shopkeepers or restaurants or outlets that overcharge and are opportunists. Do that for a couple of months and when they start losing their business, you will see the prices coming back down.
Er… we should penalise the coffeeshop owners who are struggling like the rest of us? If they were being truly unreasonable (like how the toll concessionaires and IPP companies conspire with the government to rip the Rakyat off), then I might even agree with that. But hey, the coffeeshop owners are not actually using my money to ‘con’ me… I think it’s a personal choice question for you, if you want to boycott an outlet, fine, but why not also pick on more obvious examples of unfair practices and ‘greedy businessmen’ like elected representatives who happily dish out contracts to their families to build public toilets or ugly structures supposed toly beautify our cities at hugely inflated prices USING THE RAKYAT’S MONEY. Why don’t you have a go at them?
The second remedy is to break up these so called associations, examples being the Taxis Associations, the Bus Associations, the Hawker’s Associations and etc. etc. These associations are nothing more than a cartel and they should not be allowed to influence prices but rather allow the market forces to determine what a fair price is. The Government can and do promote competition, like in the case of importing foreign chicken to stabilise the price. Only then, productivity will increase and along with it, a drop in price.
Er, going by your line of reasoning, why should the utilities companies be the only ones allowed by the govt to provide us services and dictate the prices, provide CRAP services and expect us to put up with it???
4. On the issue of the Pakatan Rakyat’s claims of taking government from the crossovers of MP’s from the Barisan, it’s shameful and deceitful to even think of such a move. I for one will not gamble my children’s future in the hands of Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, especially in these trying times. He and the Pakatan Rakyat have not revealed their economic policies in detail on how they intend to chart Malaysia through these stormy waters. Giving away free water is only dangling a carrot in front of the horse. We have lived too long with subsidies and that has made us into whiners. It’s not an economic policy of any sorts. Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim is an exceptional orator, but I don’t see him or those in the Pakatan Rakyat as sound economical adversaries. Aside from this, why must Dato Seri Anwar go to Washington and give an exclusive interview with Riz Khan in which he has nothing good to say about his own country. Will Malaysia only be a good country if it’s run by the Pakatan Rakyat? In fact, I found that interview repulsive. If we have dirty linen, is it necessary to wash them in public?
“If we have dirty linen, is it necessary to wash them in public?” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry… I’m in tears and tearing my hair out. Misappropriating the Rakyat’s money and throwing good money after bad DOES NOT fall into the category of dirty linen, in my books. Do you honestly think that the deaths of young Indian boys in our lock-ups is a huge coincidence and a natural phenomemon? Confiscated drugs that are kept in police headquarters keep going missing, that’s not something personal – these point to an incompetent and inept government, these are national disasters, not Chua Soi Lek-shagging-someone-who-isn’t-his-wife. Lingam brokering the judges’ appointments is not dirty linen – it’s a national disaster.
5. On the issue of racial harmony, I wish earnestly that we will one day be referred to as Malaysians and not Malaysian Chinese, Malaysian Indians or Malaysian Malays. I have resigned myself to the fact that this won’t happen in my lifetime, but I fervently hope that my descendants down the line will one day be able to proudly and loudly declare that. Even in the most developed countries that are multi racial, racism is still existent. What is important is that the government rejects this, and let us remind ourselves that Allah created us equal. He is perfect and will never create any of his beloved creations one less than the other. Exposure and history is what makes us what we are today. If we are cheated once, we are smarter the next time. If we are expose and taught how to drive a vehicle, we ahll definitely drive one.
Therefore, I plead with all my fellow Malaysians to think things thorough and not to react with knee jerk reactions. The time has come for us to be mature and responsible, as we owe this if not to ourselves, then to our generations to come. Please stop all this bickering and get down to governing, and I call on the Pakatan Rakyat, that if they are sincere in wanting to bring about a change for the better of Malaysians, play your role as a watchdog responsibly, and take this opportunity that you have won five states to show your worth that you are truly a government in waiting.
“The time has come for us to be mature and responsible, as we owe this if not to ourselves, then to our generations to come.” – we’ve tolerated 50 years of BS, and lost close to RM380 BILLION to corruption, says Morgan Stanley. So hell yeah! I think it’s time we set things right.
I know that my words will offend many of my fellow Malaysians and I apologise sincerely to them, but more importantly, I plead for them to awaken and do the right thing and forget about change, just for the sake of change.
We need REAL CHANGE, whether it’s initiated by BN or PR. Do you HONESTLY think that PR (who had 49% support from Malaysian voters overall, and had 51% to BN’s 49% in the Peninsula) would gamble with the Rakyat’s lives, just for the sake of change? You think we all got nothing better to do izzit? Do the right thing??? What is the right thing? BN’s idea of the right thing to do may be to keep bluffing the people and deny them their democratic and economic rights, surely that’s not what you think we should maintain… er, do you?
Humbly, from a loyal Malaysian who loves his country.
I love Malaysia as much as you, possibly even more, if you can believe that.
Mohd Shehzad Lin
These are just my opinions. My answers may not be very intelligent either, which makes me a simpleton just like you dear. But I’m not blind, and I don’t like being treated like an idiot by BN. Is that too much to ask?