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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

PM’s 1MALAYSIA VISION: Prologue – Part 1

I liked Dato’ Seri Najib’s pronouncement of the “1Malaysia” concept. It is powerful and I think it goes down well with a lot of people especially the younger generation of Malaysians who are actually tired with the politicization of ethnicity and religion.

What most of the Rakyat are waiting for is - how Najib is going to outline his concept – what keys areas does he intend to address and achieve with his pronouncements?

Obviously until Najib outlines his concept, the Rakyat will have their own interpretation, and hopes of the concept.

This is a country of diverse culture, religion, income levels, educational levels, etc. The Rakyat are more discerning today. The power of the new media as an alternative source of information is recognized.

Let me start from the Rakyat’s perspective:

OVER THE PAST FIFTY YEARS

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, they have to live and work with each other irrespective of the social-construct of ethnicity that they are legally boxed into.

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, they have had pleasant experiences with others from other ethnic groupings and evil experiences with those from within their own ethnic groupings.

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, it is not the political leadership that puts rice onto their plate. Each Rakyat has to slog and work day and night just to provide sustenance for their respective families while they see politicians retire into wealth and glory by being in office for a mere few years.

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, much of the artificial divisions that have divided society into “race and religion” are products of the system that have been set into place by the political masters and supported by their crony “intellectuals’ and religionists.

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, the Rakyat is thoroughly convinced that unless compelled, the politicians will not embark on any real education for the masses. For this may mean a more informed and kind society and this may not augur well for political power play.

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, we need to be bound together by common values and principles and this will not happen so long as we have institutionalized and legalized divisive factors. The evolution of common values and principles CANNOT be artificially imposed on society. Courageous leaders must allow for democratic space to discuss and exchange ideas and views towards the evolution of commonality – Islam is no exception. Thinking must be allowed. It cannot be monopolized by a group of elites which the Rakyat did not authorize in the first place.

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, the Rakyat has been used and abused by politicians. What must legitimately be done by any responsible leader has been turned into a favour to the Rakyat for which the Rakyat is expected to kiss the hand of the politician. Where then is the honour of the Rakyat? YB (Yang Berhormat) becomes the feudal lord of the YM (Yang Mengundi). If hand kissing is so essential, how about the YB kissing the hands of the YM?

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, the common Rakyat has to deal with the civil service and suffer at the behest of the civil services’ whims and fancies. The common Rakyat has no opportunity of complaining to the higher authorities of the civil service because they too behave like feudal lords. All these wears out the human. Makes him weary, Makes tired and frustrated.

Over the past 50 years, the Rakyat have learnt that at the bottom line, the Nation is saved NOT by politicians, BUT by saviour citizens, the Raperas.

Hence, it is Raperas that we must cultivate and generate.

PEACE !

4 comments:

penyata said...

if the true meaning of 1 malaysia vision is to be carried out then this following should be practise:

1.all malaysian citizens must have equal rights no matter of color or religion.

why are indians born in india who comes to malaysia and convert to muslims can become malaysian citizens and a bumiputera? what is the rational there?

when the chinese and indians who were born in malaysia and the ancestors were here for generations, who fought the japanese, who fought for independende, who build the economy and nation with the malays be labelled as pendatangs?

what sort of inequality shit is that?

if najib wants to do something for all malaysians as 1 malaysia, all citizens should be accorded equal rights for a start and the animosity between the races will at least be reduce to achieve something for the country.

and that is only the begining, if he does not do that, than everything is just lip service same as anwar bullshit

tetap said...

penyata you are barking up the wrong tree at this blog, this blog is for malays to voice their views about the condition about the country.

the so called meaning of rapera which suppose to enable the citizens of malaysia is just a smokescreen for more indepth political brain washing.

the suppose to be rapera is to fight for injustice and equal rights are not even apparent, because if you are not malay and you voice your views for equality you will be labelled a racist.

even if you were unfortunate to be born in this country as a malaysian citizen you dont have equal rights and that is the sorry state of affairs in this country.

the malays dont realise this and the mamaks that are here which were not even born in this country have more rights than you. deal with that. many will labelled that indian in malay clothing oops wolf in sheep clothing.

the mamaks will want to blend into the "malay" community as much as possible so that they can instill policy and acceptance from their malay friends of being malay which basically is a betrayal of their own race. but what to do, you were born in this country which cannot do anything about.

but if you convert to muslim maybe you can buy a house with 7% discount, maybe, whether the melayu like your face or not.

as it stands, foreigners coming to this country has more rights than you becuase the are in the 'right' religion.

and this wont change until a revolution occurs.

so the rapera owner is talking about civil service crap and doing this and that which is not even tackling the source of the problem but more a smoke screen to further his political career as an indian in the malay community.

i guess the malays also got con on this one, i am sorry for your state of affairs penyata, but maybe you can consider converting just for the sake of it so that your children can be truly be known as a citizen of this country.

Jahamy said...

Penyata,

I agree that all malaysian citizens must have equal rights no matter of color or religion...and equal duties and responsibilities.

On the Indian Muslim issue that you raised, it is not true that all Indian Muslims are considered as bumiputras. In fact most of them cannot even get entry into UITM.

The more important issue that you should focus on is the fact that there are many Indians (non and Muslims), Chinese, etc who have lived here for years and yet are unable to get citizenship. , I know this because I have tried to get for them . On the other hand, we know of citizenship that have been handed out easily to many in East Malaysia especially to Indons.

Peace !

Jahamy said...

tetap,

You wrote this which I think is unfair because it is an accusation and YOU do not even know who I am:

"the so called meaning of rapera which suppose to enable the citizens of malaysia is just a smokescreen for more indepth political brain washing".

And this is even terible only because it shows that you are still prone to thinking along racial lines and allow prejudice to affect your mind:

"so the rapera owner is talking about civil service crap and doing this and that which is not even tackling the source of the problem but more a smoke screen to further his political career as an indian in the malay community".

The problem in the civil service is real. I do not blame you for the way you write because you are also the product of our education system (if you are Malaysian). IN any event, if you are really serious about wanting to contribute to any change (instead of complaining), please email me and we can meet up.

PEACE !