Thursday, September 25, 2008

Who Cares if Anwar is Just Another Pinocchio?

Some people are too fixated with deadlines and Anwar Ibrahim. It does not matter if a change of government does not happen on 16/9, 23/9 or 1/10. It does not matter if Anwar is just another Pinocchio. Even if Anwar becomes the next prime minister he will not be able wish away our problems instantaneously.

There is no short cut to solve our political and socio-economic problems. Instead of arguing over the dates, it is best for Malaysians to work together to set the agenda for the next prime minister and his administration.

If Anwar fails to take over government, do we abandon our desire for change? The movement for change is not about Anwar Ibrahim or his party alone. It is about our desire to make our country a fairer and better place to live in. Anwar the Prime Minister or Najib the Prime Minister will have to deliver the exact same results for the society. Nothing less.

We cannot ignore this momentum for change. Since the 8th March general election, many more Malaysians now believe a change for the better is not something remotely impossible. Those elites who rule this country at their whims and fancies will soon have to realise that the right to govern comes with a huge responsibility to deliver goodness for the society.

We should not argue over dates. It does not matter if a change of government materialises on 16/9, 23/9 or 1/10. The reality is a change has begun and it is impossible for this momentum to be rolled back. Any coalition governing this country knows that it cannot rest on its laurels.

Shouldn't we then work together to set the next agenda for the new administration? Surely, whoever leads the country must ensure that Malaysia flourishes on the rule of law. In the light of the current abuse of draconian law such as ISA, we should call for the repeal of all draconian laws which trample on universal human rights.

A loud signal should be send to the next PM that we cannot tolerate a Home Minister such as Syed Hamid Albar who despite his legal qualification is totally clueless about fundamental rights. A person such as Syed Hamid must not be given a full access to absolute discretionary power.

Next, we want to reinstate judicial review to provide a necessary check-and-balance on unlimited ministerial power. Separation of power is key to a healthy democracy. Anwar or Najib must be committed to review the ministerial power. Syed Hamid's perversion of justice by signing the detention order of Raja Petra Kamaruddin before his habeas corpus hearing is a fine example of power abuse.

Anwar is committed to abolish the ISA. Is Najib willing to do the same?

A key point to the agenda is the imminent review of the New Economy Policy. This policy was introduced as a result of the outcome of the inclusive Goodwill Council. Clearly, after 38 years of its implementation the policy has failed to close the intra-community income gap especially among the Malay-Bumiputeras.

Dr Mahathir, in one his blog posts, admitted the problem of giving contracts to a selective few because of non-performance of Bumiputera companies. Those who are allocated equity shares tend to sell them off for quick money. By selling down, the Malay equity shareholding will forever be below the desired 30% level.

If the NEP is not fixed and its abuses curbed, local investors will be deterred to invest locally. A continuous outflow of funds affects domestic job creation, economic growth and industrial development.

Is Najib prepared to review the NEP which is a sacred cow of his party? Anwar has promised to abolish the NEP and replace it with his need based New Malaysia Agenda despite being accused of negating Malay rights. Current implementation of the NEP is detrimental to Malay rights.

After nearly 51 years of independence and hundreds of years of co-existence, the next PM should strive to unite all races in order to create a truly fair and equitable Bangsa Malaysia. Political rhetoric must be carefully managed to reduce racial frictions. Rightly, the curtain should come down on race based politics.

By continuing to harp on Malay supremacy or the controversial social contract is not going to take this multiracial society forward. Are we not ready to move forward just because politicians claim that we are not? Malaysians should decide their own fate and not allow a bunch of self-centered politicians to do it for us. A united Malaysia is better than one which emphasises on race divisions.

Now, can we agree to lose our fixation with dates and focus on the next agenda? Malaysians must show that we are dead serious about change. Most people are resistant to change including you and me. But change we must in order to build a Malaysia where everyone with the right skills, determination, talent and creativity can flourish.

Otherwise, we should blame our shallowness.


Anonymous said...

The fire has already been lit and darkness cannot overcome it.

There is nothing BN can do to prevent this change from happening and it is only a matter of time that it will be consumed by this fire of change which was lit by the rakyat.

romerz said...

Unfortunately (as I've discovered) those who brought about this hope for change with their anger and courage are not capable of critical thinking! Hmmmmm.

They expect everyday to be as sensational as 8 March. Sorry for saying this but most of them are as dense as those we wish to replace.

Sometimes I wonder if there's any hope for this country.

agnos said...

agree with you KP - the momentum of change has started and the rakyat musnt give up but must continue ti build on it.

the change is not about Dsai though he may have initiated it in a big way (together with others like bloggers etc) the change is about the rakyat asking for a better tomorrow, asking that justice must be uphold, asking that we have leaders with good caliber that can bring msia forward, asking that inhuman laws to be removed.

let's not lose focus.

Anonymous said...

I agree with your observations.
Wouldn't it be more relevant to say "Changes are needed not so much to the Laws as to the people who execute the Laws"?

Only when there are right people at the right places, will the necessary changes to the System be possible.

Simply by the very same people currently occupying the present positions CHANGING their attitudes from being 'SELF-CENTERED' to being 'STATE-CENTERED' will make a big difference (starting from the one who is most powerful).

Will the citizens forgive and leave them alone IF leaders give way to STATE-centered replacements?
Who can authorise such forgiveness?

If we truly want CHANGE enough, we CAN let-go & let-live, so that wrong doers have an option to go in peace and let their own conscience to prompt them IF they wish to return some ill-gotten wealth!!!

Are we magnanimous enough to forgive?

Wizzerd said...

The momentum for change started after the historic March 08 GE and it continued to flourish thereafter, exacebated by the incessant declarations of Sept 16 by DSAI himself. I believe that without the constant reminders that 916 is on track, Malaysians would not have been so optimistic about a possible change of government.

Most of us would only fantasise about the thought of a non-BN government.

Manifestos of Opposition parties harped only on the denial of 2/3 majority, smashing the BN hegemony but never ever about a change of government. At least not in our lifetime. We were taught to think 'realistically'.

With regard to the supposed 'failure' of taking over the government by Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat on Sept 16, in the strict sense, undeniably they have not succeeded.

Nevertheless, the Sept 16 phenomenon has created a shift in the minds of Malaysians as a whole, an awakening to the Opposition parties, a realisation for the politically apathetic section of the society and a great wake up call for the ruling coalition. Governing the country is no longer a divine right of the UMNO/MCA/MIC elites.

Looking at the impact of Sept 16, it has achieved the objectives of the above, whether or not DSAI/PR had planned for it to happen this way.

I echoed your sentiment that change shall not cease to take place even though DSAI fails. The civil society should continue to put pressure to get the reforms going.

As for Najib (in the event that he takes over) , I doubt very much any true reforms will be carried out. He will spew out rhetorics like AAB...but will not walk the talk. Not a surprise especially when he is swimming with sharks in the UMNO cesspool

Kenny Gan said...

Dear Mr. Khoo,

Yes, the rakyat expect change but can we get it from Umno whoever is in charge? Umno is steeped in racism and patronage, it is the very soul and structure of Umno but you already know that.

Hence, I'm confused that you write as if we can demand and expect change from Umno. This is too optimistic in my view. The only possibility for real change is via a change of govt to Pakatan Rakyat.

I'm not saying that Anwar and PR are angels but they still represent the only hope for change. We should not delude ourselves otherwise.

Khoo Kay Peng said...


You do not have to be confused. Whoever cannot meet your needs and demand for change, kick him out. Be it Anwar, PR, Najib or BN.

Why so confused?

Kenny Gan said...

Dear Mr. Khoo,

Perhaps it would be clearer if you just tell your readers to vote out BN if they want to see change rather than beating around the bush?

Let's just get to the point. Umno is incapable of change. Period.

Khoo Kay Peng said...


With due respect, my readers are capable of thinking for themselves. I leave it to them to make their own conclusion.

You have made yours, I am glad for you. If not enough, you can write it clearly on your blog too.

I have my own discretion to write whatever I feel it right for myself. I hope you can respect this too. Thank you.

Lucy Goodboobs said...

Quote: "...we cannot tolerate a Home Minister such as Syed Hamid Albar who despite his legal qualification is totally clueless about fundamental rights."

I would think that he is not clueless about a citizen's fundamental rights but rather that he chose to arrogantly dismiss it because as a member of the Ketuanan tribe he knows that he can do so with impunity.

Anonymous said...

There is more. DSAI is right, Patience.

Anonymous said...

Long leave the Ketuanan tribe