I am beginning to feel sick reading news on our political development. Our politicians talk about everything; from morality to ketuanan Melayu (Malay supremacy) but nothing on how to steer this nation toward economic recovery. Debates in the parliament are a good measurement of our lawmakers' priority.
It is a shame that these politicians continue to bicker on petty issues. It is a shame that we are made to pay for their salary and perks and yet have to put up with their silly behaviour and time wasting remarks. I am sick listening to cat calls and dog howls in the parliament. These politicians should feel ashamed of themselves.
They are a privileged lot to be elected to the august house. They should take their responsibility seriously because this nation is looking up to them for solution and direction. But is this what we got from the politicians?
A politician who accused a lady of immorality in the nude picture controversy finds himself embroiled in another controversy. A pot should not call a kettle black.
Another politician wants to discuss how Malaysia should be made a republic. For goodness sake, there are better times for such a question.
Politicians from both sides of the house should work together to think of the best solution to get our nation out of the global economic slump. The global economic crisis appeared to be a serious one. Bill Gates gave his prediction that we may need 9 years to recover fully. NTV7 reported that 100,000 Malaysians will lose their job by the end of 2009. This is a conservative projection.
I have spoken to a number of people. Hotel lobbies are getting quieter. Factories less busy. Manufacturing companies are slashing jobs. When jobs are lost, consumer demand will be affected and this will lead to eventual contraction in the economic growth.
Where is our focus? By-elections, snap elections, illegitimate government, scandals etc.
This nation is suffering from a serious illness. We have got all our priorities wrong. We continue to bask in mediocrity and petty politics.
To recover, the society must wake up to a serious reality that unless we change our mindset and set higher standards for everything we are not going to make much progress. Elsewhere, recovery may take 9 years but Malaysia may not recover from this slump.
My friends, whether you are a Malay, Indian, Chinese or Kadazan, it is time for us to wake up. Wake up me must to ensure this nation does not slip into perpetual distress.
You can keep your race supremacy, I will keep my job and opportunities. Which is more important? Pride or survival?
Kick these silly politicians right at where it hurts the most. Do it sooner the better.