Friday, November 29, 2013
Malaysians are very good at complaining. We complain about almost everything in our lives. We complain about people, their race, their existence...
When we complain, what is happening in our minds is that we think that we are right, and others are wrong. We are the knowledgeable and others are ignorant. We are good and others are bad. Never occurs to us that it could be the other way around. As we think of ourselves as perfect and others are not, we pick up the habits of looking at things in double standard.
“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.”
- Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World
“One person's 'barbarian' is another person's 'just doing what everybody else is doing.”
- Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others
“You cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable.” - John F. Kennedy
The quotes above explain the meaning of ‘double standard’ well. In a much proper explaination, ‘double standard’ means application of different sets of principles for similar situations, or by two different people in the same situation.
Unfortunately, this, is always the case with the Malaysians especially, when it comes to politics. Politics to us is all about attacks and defense, about we being right and others being wrong. Therefore we always in the judging ‘mode’ even when there is nothing to judge about.
A light talk about the wet weather could be turned into an attack about the leaders not getting the blessings from God for the heavy rain that flooded the town.
You see, PAS can call UMNO ‘kafir’ because the government is still using the English Common Law which is secular and unIslamic, but PAS vows to uphold the same law if they ever rise to power with PR, and PAS will still be Islamic.
The Chinese can have their own schools and separate their kids from other races, but Malays cannot have UiTM exclusively for Malays because that would spell racism.
The Chinese can advertise job vacancies in their companies stating ‘Chinese Only’ or ‘Mandarin Speaking a Must’ because they pay taxes, but the government MUST open all posts in GLCs, especially the top posts for Chinese with no written or unwritten conditions, or the government will be condemned as ‘marginalizing the minorities’.
BN leaders cannot use jet-planes for travelling because that would mean a waste of tax-payers money, but the Opposition leaders can use jet-planes for election campaigns because that would mean ‘class’.
BN leaders cannot have luxurious cars because that would mean corruption, but Opposition leaders can have as many luxurious cars as they like because that is their rights.
BN cannot afford to allow the slightest weakness in the election process without being threatened by BERSIH who will march down the streets protesting an unfair election, but Oppositions can have their voters missing and untallied ballot papers or unreliable computer system to count the votes, and it will still be a fair party election.
Oppositions can have the water tariff in their ruling states raised up to 100% and still claim themselves to be a ‘concerned government’ but BN cannot raise any tariff without being called a tyrant.
The most recent development is even more interesting whereby the Oppositions just have their leaders salaries increased up to 373% that takes 66.2% of the Selangor state budget, but BN leaders cannot even have their wives buying new handbags.
I was expecting a cry of dissatisfaction or anger from the opposition supporters but I almost choked on my coffee this morning as I noticed how the Oppositions supporters and leaders’ social network are all switched into defense mode automatically as the new salaries were announced.
I mean, what the ....?
Why can’t we see things as it is or say things as it is? Wrong is wrong and it can never be right no matter who did it. Why must we gulp down all the nonsense when we know it doesn’t make sense?
Come on Malaysians! Raise your standard of thinking. Really, there is no ‘standard’ in looking at things in double standard.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
These agents are to promote ‘DAP’s concern’ towards their hardship, and help them to ‘imagine’ life with clean water supply, road-tracks and easy access to the modern-world. The agents are also said to be handing out aids and assistance to help ease things out as life goes by.
In the meantime, the agents are expected to tell the people how the federal government has marginalized them in all aspects of development and how the money that was meant for them, ended up in some BN leaders’ pockets.
But first, who are the people in the rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak? Yes, they are the bumiputeras.
Now, everybody knows that DAP hates the bumiputeras and it is their ultimate fight to abolish Bumiputera Rights. So, why would anybody believe that DAP is concern about the bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak?
DAP believes that the bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak will buy the dreams it sell because these people can’t be smarter than the bumiputeras in the Semenanjung, can they?
Logic has it that if Nik Aziz can fool any Muslim scholar and academician, then DAP can fool any Muslim any time. All DAP needed to do was fooled Nik Aziz first, and the rest of the Muslims will tag along – scholars, academicians, graduates, pasar-malam traders, anyone.
However, the bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak are no fools. They know for a fact that DAP, is all about the Chinese.
The Chinese have conquered the urban areas of Sabah and Sarawak and have been using and taking the bumiputeras for granted. The Chinese will never allow others to rise and compete with them in any aspects of life and that is a lesson well-learned by the bumiputeras of Sabah dan Sarawak; a lesson which is also slowly being learned by the Australians, Philippinos and many others, in other parts of the world.
DAP doesn’t dream for Sabah and Sarawak, but it dreams about them - about the soil and everything that comes with it, and within it. If DAP could take away the bumiputeras’ land by force in Penang, what would stop it from doing the same in Sabah and Sarawak should DAP one day becomes the ruler?
Just look at the widespread greenery across the two states. Imagine how many commercial centers can be built and how many acres of multimillion ringgit of houses can be offered to the rich Singaporeans and foreigners all over the world? Imagine the profits they could make with ready supply of low-paid bumiputera employees who are desperate for jobs as they are forced to embrace modernization when they can’t really afford any of it.
DAP will never allow such thing as ‘bumiputera rights’ or ‘helping the less fortunates’ because that would be against their ‘total equality’ principle. Therefore, the bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak, will be forced to struggle to catch-up with the Chinese on their own. And we know for a fact that they can never catch-up or be allowed to catch-up in a million years to come.
This is the Malaysian Dreams of DAP – whereby the Chinese are the Leaders, the Boss, the Owners, while the rest are just helpers, bartenders, cleaners, waitress or janitors who must ‘kow-tow’ to them. So much of a dream, eh?
Monday, November 25, 2013
If we summarized Malaysia’s problem in one sentence, it would have read:
“The Chinese don’t want to support government and hate the Malays because the government takes their money to do corrupted projects while pretending to help the Malays.”
Every Malaysian knows that this very sentence is the heart of all the problems in this country. It has since been so:
1. the Chinese arrogance,
2. the way the government spend the money, and
3. the Malays reckless struggle to keep pace with other races.
These are the real problems of the country - not Anwar Ibrahim. Not anymore. Anwar was once our biggest problem and that was in 1998/99. He ceased to be our biggest problem soon after the ‘99 election. His threat was short-lived and Malaysia was in the best shape in no time, regardless we were in the process of recovering from the asian economic recession at the time.
If only the leaders and the people of Malaysia can agree on this one thing that is ‘what are our actual problems, and what is no longer our problem’, then, we would be in a much steadier mode to achieve whatever we dream of achieving.
However, I see this as something as far as the sun, which is unreachable. Not with the way things are going. Not with the kind of leaders in the government or the in the opposition parties. How can these so-called ‘leaders’ solve the problems when they don’t even want to acknowledge the problems?
What is worse is that how do we expect them to acknowledge the problems when they are part of the problems, ie. leaders of DAP is the problem no. 1, and leaders in the government is the problem no. 2.
The DAP has been all out in making Malaysia looks like in deep ‘s**t’ – as if each and every particles in the Malaysian air is a problem. For DAP, Islam, the Sultans, the constitution are problems but DAP’s biggest problem is ‘the Malays’, simply because this race exists and happened to be the original settlers of the land.
The government, on the other hand, has been quite sure that there is no problem at all and that Malaysia is on the right track to Wonderland with everybody giggling and skipping happily.
Knowing my Chinese friends, I don’t think the Chinese (read: DAP) will ever changed. Arrogance and selfishness and racism, is in their blood, at least for the Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore. The Chinese don’t know any other way to live. You combine all these ‘traits’, and you get an irrational person where nothing you say can help them make sense of anything. All there is for a Chinese is money and profit. Humanity and compassion are just words in a dictionary from some land of make believe.
Therefore, hoping and telling the Chinese to change is like telling the dog to mew.
However, the Chinese arrogance has always been there just as long as the Malays’ existence. Only that their arrogance has never become so much of a problem until 1969. It was not a problem anymore later on, not even in 1998 when Anwar posted the biggest problem. The Chinese arrogance only started becoming a growing problem again in 2004.
How come? Simple:
In 1970 or 1988 or 1998 and up to 2003, the people have full trust and confidence and most importantly, respect towards the government. Now, even Malaysians who support the government are forced to question our trust, confidence and respect for the government. All because of money and the way it is spend. We see 1MDB, the consultants, the Khazanah office in Manhattan, the PEMANDUs and more consultants….and the list goes on and the spending is ongoing.
Yet, we don’t see new projects or vision to generate income except for digging it out from our pocket through taxes and cutting off subsidies.
Naturally, people start to get angry and lost respect towards the leaders. Thus, the enemies took advantage of the situation to provoke and challenge the government just to stir things up. This is where the ‘Allah’ issue and the COMANGO comes in.
The poor handling of the situation makes things worse.
Bottomline, it is money that is the root of all the problems. In this case, ‘where you spend it and how you are going to get it’. A right answer would earn the government the much needed trust and respect that eventually would push the problem of Chinese arrogance into the background where it has always been.
Unfortunately, trying to make the leaders admit that the way they handle things are the problems, is just as impossible as asking DAP not to be racist.
Today, we celebrate all the positive reports about Malaysia, but we go home to a negative bank account after deducting all the taxes. Malaysia seems to be doing well, but what are we doing in the well?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
There is no perfect place in this world but each place is unique and different and that’s what makes the world so beautiful. COMANGO shouldn’t try to make it ugly.
Friday, November 15, 2013
First world country isn’t about high income or the tax that we pay. It isn’t about abolishing subsidies and rising of prices. These are the effects that come along or after we have become a first world nation. It shouldn’t come before.
I don’t understand why the country is in such a hurry to sit on that first world bench. Surely such a high ambition deserves an applaud, but we must also remember that there is no short cut to anything except for the routes you take to the grocery store or to your friend’s house at the end of the front block.
When you do things in such a hurry, you will most probably end-up doing it wrongly. Building a country and turning it into an advanced nation is definitely something that has no shortcuts. America becomes the America that we know today, in hundreds of years. Japan turned into what it is today in decades, not overnight or in one or two electoral terms.
And the journey of becoming a first world country started off with one thing – the people. You can have the most advance mechanism to come out with good products BUT first, you have to have people who can build the mechanism and people who are able to handle it.
It is sad to say that Malaysia doesn’t have ‘the people’ that fits the picture of a first world country. We don’t have inventors, scientists that can build or discover new things.
We cannot master the technology because we have yet to master the language of technology. We are far from having our own technological or scientific terms because we are not the ones who invented it or discovered it.
I mean, for God’s sake, we are still struggling with language and self identity…!
We may have more and more ‘successful’ people who travel around the world but they are only there to shop not to discover things or learn something. This is because we are not explorers as Malaysians are just not keen about knowledge. The whole country seems to be working only for money, not knowledge.
You see, we don’t have the basic ingredient of becoming an advanced nation. It’s like baking a cake with no flour, butter an egg but expecting the cake to be ready and perfectly moistly just because we have a highly sophisticated oven.
Do you notice that Malaysian kids don’t have the right amount of curiosity or passion, which is what is required in people of a first world nation? So face it, we are nowhere near that ‘first world’ destination.
The only way to get there is to put all the efforts and resources into creating the ‘first nation people’ rather than spending it on the foreign experts to help create good publicity for ‘feel-good’ sake whenever the subsidies are cut.
Get experts to train school-teachers and everybody that involves in the country’s education system, including the Ministry. We need to boost the childrens’ curiosity and make them want to be explorers and inventors. Make them hunger for knowledge not money.
Therefore, we need more teachers who are inspired, so they can inspire the students. We need more teachers who can think outside the box and know how to make lessons interesting. We need teachers who can identify special gifts and talents in children and grow them or groom them accordingly. We need teachers who read…
In the meantime, we also need an education ministry who can come up with good, interesting syllabus and guidelines for the teachers to teach.
All these may seem easy when put in words, but it is an impossible thing to do when nobody really understands what it means. Therefore, I foresee Malaysia as the same messed-up and confused country in a long-long time.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Malaysia may not be the most advanced and modern country in the world, but you bet that it has almost all the facilities and services that any first world country tourist would need while visiting.
However, just be prepared that the facilities and services might be provided at a third world class. Living together with different races and beliefs takes a lot of effort. The hardest part would be to tolerate the most irritable things pertaining to one’s custom or religion. This, includes the things that are as petty as the stinking smoke of Chinese and Indian incense sticks, or the Muslim’s calling for prayer (azan) in the morning, to the ugly sight of little prayer house built by Indians at every most convenient trees or space possible around the country.
There are also parades on Thaipusam and Prophet Muhammad’s birthday to tolerate with and oh yes, there is also the noisy Chinese funerals. No one could deny that Malaysians are the most tolerant people on earth.
However, like every good thing, there is always the bad side of it: Behind all the beautiful smiles of tolerance, lies only the ugliest hypocrisy.
Malaysians have been living a lie all their lives in order to maintain harmony. The hypocritical level that Malaysians are have reached the point of no return, whereby the truth is simply ‘not-approved’.
You can’t tell the Chinese neighbour to not blow his nose so grossly hard that the whole neighbourhood could hear it because that might create an unwanted tension. You just have to bear with the Malay next door who gives you a look like you just emerged from hell when you came back late after a happy hour in the club. Still you greet your Chinese neighbours cheerfully and received the same cheerful greetings from the Malays next door, each and every morning.
All prejudice and disapprovals are suppressed in order to create this harmonious country. Everybody lives according to what is expected from them. From small, Malaysians are taught to say only things that others want to hear and not what is the truth.
‘Pretend’ is the way of life.
As a result, it is just natural for young Malaysians to not be able to describe the person that they are because they just don’t know who they are. In fact, they have never thought about it.
The hypocrisy, (not tolerance), has obviously helped create a comfortable place to live in, but it doesn’t help create great people. It only creates small people with small hearts and tiny brains.
After years of having lived here, I conclude that Malaysia is a very beautiful country, with very messed-up people. Nevertheless, it is my beautiful messy home.