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What Malaysians really want

June 21, 2012

FMT LETTER: From Hema Krishnan, via e-mail

Malaysians are generally simpletons and do not demand much, some, too complacent for their own good. We carry ourselves mannerly, graciously and accomodatingly, mingling with our fellow compatriots of differing races in schools, work places and neighbourhood occasions, sharing banter, food and exchanging and understanding cultures.

Of late, many are politically caught up, including me. It has become a part of life which we cannot run away from simply because the knowledge that politics determine the making or breaking of life of the Malaysian hoi polloi is now more prevalent than ever.

The recent claim that Bersih 3.0’s motive is to topple the government earned the rage of right-minded Malaysians both at home and abroad as well as the silent critics hiding behind their computer screens and those who got to downtown Kuala Lumpur and got ‘clean’.

All Malaysians want is a government that listens and reacts in accordance to its bosses’ orders, that is, Malaysians who voted politicians into public office and placed trust on them to run the engines of the nation through responsible, accountable, credible, integral statecraft.

When the mentioned wants fail to be met, it is only natural for anybody to rise up and clamour for an exhaustive explanation and when it is found dubious, misleading and untruthful, emotions will run high and dissatisfaction would translate into votes during elections, true to the democratic system Malaysia boasts of.

When the rakyat discover that democracy and election procedures here is grossly flawed and utterly manipulated to be oblique to one coalition party that held the helm of the nation for over a half century, isn’t it righteous for Malaysians, irrespective of age, social status and ambulatorial ability (I’m ommiting the mention of race here because I believe most Malaysians especially urbanites have mentally transcended racial bounds) to take to the streets to make their high dudgeon reverberate worldwide?

The people of Malaysia don’t want much; we only want our rightful rights and the abolishment of obsolete and redundant policies and for policy makers to engage in deliberation with the rakyat and to keep tabs with time and ever-evolving needs instead of being dreamily grandiose, smugly hebetudinous, callously belying and maliciously partial.

The sincere and progressive phasing in and the active implementation of equality, mass media freedom, freedom of expression, meritocracy as the basis for the furthering of education and at holding posts would benefit Malaysia as we can retain our brains from draining out to overseas and progress at all levels would gain also much wanted momentum.

While the Malaysian Ideal is still out of reach, we are willing to work towards it to see a not only physically developed Malaysia but a country of professional ethics where heavy handed approaches, shenanigans and errant indulgences are not allowed to ferment to lay way for the best that Malaysia can be. That is what we want for Malaysia.

Malaysians want their fair share of the economic pie. To channel all the coffers have to offer to develop only a particular, segmented part of the nation is not munificent and beneficient. It’s not develoment; it’s a disease, akin to elephantiasis, where only one part of the body grows out of proportion and stunts the growth of other parts. Development must be even and sweeping and Malaysians want to taste the prosperity that they rightfully deserve as taxpaying citizens.

Malaysians want a better future for their children and their children. We want to leave a legacy where our posterity’s future is secured and is able to proliferate healthily as well as propel the nation to great heights. Is it too much to ask?


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