Sex bloggers : reflection on our political scene

Denying bail for the “sex blogger” does not make much sense. Perhaps the court deems them as a flight risk. What they did was silly and wrong , but such delinquency should not court punishment usually reserved for murderers!

The energy poured into this case contrasts starkly to inaction when PERKASA and Mahathir screeched about racism and exuded insensitive remarks. It is clear that the present Government allows certain quarters to perpetuate the agenda of Malay dominance whilst threatening the minorities into submission.

Diverting attention to spicy stories like the sex bloggers may be a political ploy to dodge the other more relevant issues confronting our nation. It does take the heat off the Government when the public now becomes fixated on this sensationalised story.

The judiciary remains a body that is shrouded in controversy, from its independence to the criterion for judicial appointments. Its affiliation with the ruling Government cannot be denied.

The cunning appointment of Transparency International’s leading man was also likely a ploy to silence critics and lame an institution that would otherwise be critical of the Government.

There are little signs to a promised national reconciliation. In fact, the contrary is occurring with covert attempts to threaten the minorities and galvanizing the majority to secure its dominance via racial innuendoes .

The current government is slowly bringing this beloved nation to its heels. In 10 years, the landscape of this nation would be drastically different . A failed multi racial experiment!

Skilled workers – no short cuts

The Borneo Post today reported that only 28% of our labour force is skilled. The Government is planning to increase this number by 2020.

It has yet to dawn on our top politicians that skilled labour begins with a good educational system. Malaysia has always boasted that we have a great educational system. In the same vein, Malaysia loves to compare to lesser nations. As advanced countries look ahead at improving, Malaysia is fixated on looking over its shoulders and foolishly comparing itself with slower paced nations.

Our educational system including our universities are still not known for producing marketable graduates. We are not equipping our citizens and young minds with the necessary tools to be independent thinkers and innovators. In fact, we are stifling them with political intrusion in the curriculum. We are force feeding our young on only the information that political leaders want them to know. Sure we can produce more skilled labour by 2020 but they will just be clones.

Languages are still an important part of education. It will not only amalgamate a fractionated country but it will be an asset to a strong economy in a part of Asia where different languages prevail in a small geographical region. Our current system produces only at best a bilingual society. Even then, the standards of English is appalling. Why don’t our education system teach at least 3 languages in schools and maintain a high standard?

The ruling government claims that we need to take into account the rural communities and hence the need to lower standards. Perhaps they should focus on how to improve the level of competency in rural communities and bring them on par with their urban counterparts and not lower to their level. That would be a mistake leaving our nation to trail further as compared to other emerging economies.

We need to re build a nation after decades of destructive policies , which only served to maintain the political hegemony of the current ruling government and fatten the pockets of those connected to the privileged few.

Be fair

Michelle Yeoh has been flayed by netizens on her acceptance of the award by the King, carrying a Tan Sri title. Many are unhappy about her open support for Najib.

Yeoh has defended her rights and rightfully so. She should not be criticised for her political associations. She is our Malaysia brand ambassador and our only significant representative in Hollywood. She did put Malaysia more prominently on the world map.

As much as we dislike Najib, it is important not to behave in a way that will bring disrepute to your own self. We are fighting for transparency and free speech, claiming that BN is curbing this. Therefore, let’s not be hypocritical an practice what we preach.

Be fair!

Parti 1Malaysia

The loss of popular support stings. Without the process of gerrymandering , Barisan Nasional (BN) would not be in power today. The overpowering attendance at opposition rallies from all races also speaks volumes that race based politics is over. With MCA and MIC being dealt the death blow in consecutive elections, UMNO must be feeling increasingly isolated. Its rural ‘fan’ base is unlikely to provide it strength to withstand the constant pressure to change its governing style . The latest crackdown on opposition figures is also unlikely to help its tattered image. BN must change!

So entertaining a single party comprising all races is not too far fetched. In fact, it takes bravery from the leadership of UMNO, in particular , and MCA or MIC. Its current members are unlikely to look at it kindly going by the rhetoric in previous general assemblies especially at UMNO. Many will remain short sighted , looking at this move as an attempt to remove special rights of the Malays. With PERKASA, remaining an undeniable influence on UMNO and the continuing presence of Mahathir, a single party will receive a stiff opposition.

However, this will likely be a saving grace for BN. It can win voters over and put the ball back in Pakatan’s court. PR remains a loose coalition of parties with diverse ideologies. Allowing it to rule at the federal level is a gamble voters were willing to take with BN in power. If BN can convince the nation that race based politics is over and hard liners that Malay rights is enshrined in the Constitution , it will no doubt regain both the majority in Parliamentary seats and the popular vote.

The bogeyman is not the Chinese or the Indians in Malaysia, it is the the surrounding nations that border us. Other nations know very well that if Malaysia gets its act together, stemming corruption and increasing transparency while promoting meritocracy, it will be a formidable economic power house in the region. Singapore will be surpassed in a decade and Malaysia will be the tiger of Asia once again!

Unfortunately, we are far from that vision now. We need the leadership that transcends race, religion and political ideology. We need an untainted statesman to direct the nation and make the ingrained patriotism in all Malaysians , to drive Malaysia to greatness.

Parti 1 Malaysia can be a great start. But who will be our statesman ?