Thursday, October 12, 2006
Young Malaysian Forum
At the Young Malaysian Forum organised by the DAP last night, I stressed the importance of Malaysians to change their mindset in order to push for a better society, a better governance and a better socio-political environment.
Malaysians should throw away their divisive attitude and focus instead on common values, spirit of cooperation and working together to face the challenges of the 21st century.
On the relationship with politicians, Malaysians need a mindset change. The politician-public relationship should be shifted from a Master-Servant model to a Trustee-Stakeholder model, whereby politicians should be made accountable for the action, performance and public behaviour.
Malaysians must shed their 3rd world mentality. Do not expect a bribe for a vote during election. They should instead exercise their democratic rights to elect the best government which is responsive to their needs and aspirations.
It is timely for Malaysians to focus on a national identity and move away from racially charged political model.
The panelists are: Jeff Ooi, Tony Pua, Sharizal, Nik, Kit Siang, Oon Yeoh and myself.