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Sunday, 29 August 2010

It's a long and winding road to nationhood

It's a long and winding road to nationhood for a young teenage country such as Malaysia. It will be quite a while for us to achieve a true mental freedom before we can admit it proudly that all Malaysian had experienced true independence. As a free citizens of a great country such as ours here are some of my personal thought on barriers that we need to surmount in becoming a great country by 2020.

1. Freer economic policy - it is understandable that the previous economic policy moulded by our forefathers especially Tun Abdul Razak after the 13th May 1969 incident emphasized more in helping the Malay race. The policy proved vital and worked well in balancing the economic cake between the main races as such discrepencies proved lethal for multiracial nation. However, some criterias need to be review and revoke as some of the formulae proved to be self-defeating that encourages feudalism especially among the Malay community themselves. Looking back from my past experience whenever I went into rural areas meeting and have a conversation with the rural Malays, it seems that these peoples tended to cling on certain UMNO elites individuals for survivability and this encourages corrupt practices and vis-a-vis parasitic traits between the two host.

2. Religion bigotory - Previous personal accounts by our ancestors did mentioned how the old folks seems to be more open in regarding the other races as one of theirs. They seems to have no problems in getting together and eat at the same stalls even when the eateries is operated by the other races. It was a great and wonderful moment for multiracial nation such as Malaysia. However, after the religion chauvinism took place starting in 1980s, it seems that everybody will try to make a stamp on themselves that they are more Islam than the others. This traits is getting more serious as Malays easily can fall into religion bigotory by labelling others as apostasy (a serious allegation upon other Malays). I do not deny the facts that some necessary steps and action needed to be taken in ensuring the Muslims to obey the God's commandments, however, we have taken religion too far especially in labelling others as un-Islamic unless strict measured is taken. The issuance of halal certificate for an example had become too sensitive for certain muslim and this can be a potent threat to multiracial nations that previously had a mutual respect of each other. Local eateries proved to be an efficient platform in encouraging unity and we had take it out from the national agenda. Muslims in Malaysia tends to be more Arabs than the Arabs themselves and this will be major impedements to progress.

3. UMNO elites - I couldn't help but notice that UMNO elites had becoming more powerful in determining the way forward for Malaysia. Basicly UMNO is a political party and not the right government of Malaysia. But the inculcation done within the years of holding powers had created a situation among the Malays that UMNO is the government and the government is UMNO. Malaysian are very lucky before since good leaders are produced by UMNO and the policy moulded by Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Dr. Mahathir was the right policy at the right time. However, if Malaysia do not have a viable opposition party that can check UMNO in the upcoming years, the elites will continue ruling this country from behind the curtain. Not to mention the right historical facts of nation building contributed by more than UMNO members that had been obscured from public since 1957. It seems that this elites are more concerned on their own survivability rather than the progress of this nation. As such for you to contribute to nation development, you have to be connected to UMNO rather than carrying your own dynamic ideas as can be seen in other fledgling democratic countries. Until Malaysian had viable options to vote for, then we are moving at a slower pace than we should for future betterment.

4. Appreciating history - We never appreciate true historical facts, but merely accepting so called facts given by others. We need to be shrewd in understanding facts and determining between the right history and manipulated facts. As such, many Malays in this country had been well manipulated by interested individuals that had been using facts for their self fulfilling objectives. It is a sorry state to observe when people used religion to stay in power in Malaysia and certain individuals created threats perceptions to continue sucking wealth from their positions whereas the followers lived in a dilapidated state thinking that they will be rewarded in the afterlife. It is really depressing for me thinking that many slogans were created just to cheat these commoners and the people did believe in it.

Now the Malays community in Malaysia seems to regard that this country only belongs to one race only despite the fact that the British government agreed for full independence after we agreed to tolerate each other and admit the differences held as a way of life. Malays need to realize the way forward is by accepting differences. Malaysia cannot stand alone by being governed and dominated in all areas by just one race. We are to complex nation be be a facist state. The differences is our advantage for progress. We need to change now, or else forever we will be colonized by a few interested individuals from our own people which are more than depressing for me. We need to re-learn to tolerate each other. May God bless this great country and may the change come for the betterment.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Malaysian Think Tank and Academic Write Up

To be honest I am very disappointed with the status of Malaysian current think tank organisation such as ISIS, ASLI, MIER and local universities. The main objective of forming such organisation and academic institution is to produce thinking individuals, ideas or academic write up to be analyze, referred to and to instigate new thinking spectrum among Malaysian to move forward. And the set up and operational cost of such organisation is funded from the national treasury, and I can vouch that the allowances and emolument cost given to the respective individuals who run these institutions is through the roof.

However I can say that all the think tank that was formed so far did not yield a minimum required results to be appreciated either through academic seminars, academic writing or even ideas. These vacuum of intelligent output had left the local scholars and new generation of Malaysian citizens to seek reference from abroad. Such were the dire situation of the local academics thinking merit of Malaysian think tank.

What makes me more sad is that many of the local issues were taken up by a foreign think tank organisation and most of it by the dynamic and academic oriented think tank - ISEAS and National University of Singapore (NUS). I regret to admit that most of the important and critical issues faced by the Malaysian government is solved by referring to the academic write up published by these foreign think tank. As such, this think tank have a slight opportunity to influence Malaysian domestic and foreign policy. We let ISEAS to write on Malaysian politician persona such as Tun Dr. Ismail or Tun Dr. Mahathir, and most of the security and political issues that were close to our border were left out to be hijacked by these think tank such as the issues of Southern Thailand insurgency, the straits of Malacca piracy problems and the issues of ASEAN security in the new age or even Malaysian effort in fighting terrorism through the emergency period.

The reason being is very simple, Malaysian policy makers love to hear what they wanted to hear instead of what they need to hear. As such, our local think tank had followed a deadly traits of complacency attitude and tidak apa attitude of the UMNO elite that governed this country.

It is a shameful reality nonetheless.

Friday, 20 August 2010

5 stars so far...

I think I need to mention something about the current progess in Malaysia as some of my foreign friends do visits my blog and email me from time to time asking about it. Well I believe under the current Prime Minister, Malaysia will see an unprecendent growth since the miracle era of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. We have a great visionary leader that doesn't afraid to try unconventional ways to make things work out for the benefits of Malaysia. Dato' Seri Najib deserve a credit for his good work so far and I'm very impressed with it. It is true that all the changes and its good effect made cannot be seen in overnight, but I believe things are moving forward for Malaysia. 5 stars so far from me.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Tiada garis sempadan budi...

Teddy di tempat baru

Salam Ramadhan kepada semua. Sudah agak terlalu lama telah saya tinggalkan blog ini tanpa sebarang berita terkini serta maklumat dan informasi yang boleh kita kongsikan bersama. Saya akui waktu yang telah saya korbankan sewaktu bertugas di Tourism menyebabkan saya tidak mempunyai waktu untuk menulis di ruangan blog ini lantas perkara ini turut mengecewakan diri saya. Pengalaman yang saya perolehi dan dapati sewaktu bertugas di Tourism sangat bermakna. Bukan sahaja Allah s.w.t. telah mendidik saya berkenaan pengertian budi dan etika profesionalisme, malah Allah s.w.t. juga telah kurniakan saya kumpulan sahabat yang sangat mengerti dan memahami dan saya sangat bersyukur kepada-Nya.

Benarlah kata orang tua-tua, kadang-kala kita tidak akan menghargai apa yang ada di depan mata melainkan jika ianya sudah dibawa pergi. Saya sangat rindukan sahabat-sahabat saya di Tourism kerana mereka sudah saya anggap seperti saudara kandung sendiri. Namun saya juga akur dan menerima hakikat bahawa kepakaran saya amat diperlukan di tempat lain, lebih-lebih lagi di dalam memberi sumbangan kepada pembangunan negara yang bertuah ini.

Ingin saya kongsikan pengertian budi dan nilai mulia. Nilai yang dipegang oleh seseorang manusia akan menentukan kejayaan hidup dirinya pada masa hadapan. Kejayaan seseorang individu tidak akan ditentukan oleh keluarga atau asal keturunan ataupun dijanjikan dengan tahap pendidikan yang diperolehinya. Tetapi kejayaan seseorang manusia amatlah dipengaruhi oleh nilai hidup yang dipegang erat dan dijadikan telunjuk untuk dirinya menghadapi hari-hari mendatang. Benar pendidikan adalah sesuai perkara yang perlu dan menjadi tanggung jawab diri kita terutamanya umat Islam untuk mencari ilmu, namun ilmu tanpa amal tidak akan menjanjikan apa-apa di dalam kehidupan. Kerana itu Allah itu Maha Adil dan Maha Penyayang.

Allah s.w.t. hanya akan menyayangi hamba-Nya yang tertentu sahaja. Kasih sayang Allah terhadap hamba-Nya dicurahkan dengan pelbagai cara yang tidak terjangkau oleh akal manusia. Seseorang individu itu akan merasa dirinya disayangi oleh Penciptanya apabila sampai waktunya. Nilai hidup yang mulia ini sukar untuk diperolehi. Ianya tidak akan diperolehi di mana-mana institusi pengajian samada di sekolah mahupun di universiti. Nilai hidup mulia ini juga tidak mampu diperturunkan oleh seorang ayah atau ibu yang beriman. Nilai hidup yang mulia adalah kurniaan Allah ke atas seseorang hamba-Nya yang disayangi-Nya.

Namun Allah s.w.t. juga mengurniakan hamba-Nya dengan pelbagai deria untuk melihat dan mempelajari nilai ini. Nilai ini diperolehi daripada pelbagai tempat, manusia lain mahupun binatang serta tumbuhan hijau. Penghargaan ke atas nilai ini akan menyebabkan manusia itu lebih menghargai penciptanya dan juga keseluruhan alam. Lantaran itu memberi ilham untuk dirinya lebih berjaya di alam ini. Ilham adalah sesuatu yang tidak diperolehi begitu sahaja, kerana ilham ini diberikan oleh Allah Taala ke atas hamba-Nya yang disayangi.

Pelajarilah nilai mulia ini dari sekeliling, kerana nilai ini akan memberi petunjuk dan hidayah yang jelas ke arah kejayaan dan juga keredhaan Allah. Seseorang yang mempunyai nilai hidup yang mulia akan lebih berbudi tanpa mengira sempadan yang wujud serta tanpa mengharapkan balasan. Seseorang yang mempunyai nilai hidup yang mulia juga tidak akan mengenal erti kalah dengan mudah. Mereka akan mempunyai hati yang cekal dan berwawasan serta dalam masa yang sama disayangi oleh Allah. Orang yang bernilai tinggi juga tidak bersifat pendendam dan lebih menghargai budi orang lain.

Antara kaedah yang mudah untuk memperolehi nilai hidup ini adalah dengan merantau melihat tempat orang lain, membaca dan menghayati nilai-nilai sastera yang bermutu tinggi termasuk sastera dari luar negara dan seseorang itu juga boleh menghayati susunan lagu-lagu terbaik yang menusuk kalbu. Kerana semua nilai di atas adalah dibuat dengan hati yang penuh dan diisi dengan nilai-nilai tertentu. Semuga kita semua tergolong dari kalangan orang-orang yang disayangi oleh Allah dan semuga kita semua sentiasa mendapat rahmat dari-Nya.

Faces of Tun Teddy

Faces of Tun Teddy