Wednesday, December 09, 2009
A Young Politician Urges His (Malay) Community to "Move(ing) Forward"
Late last week I received an invitation from Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi's publisher to attend his book launch. Nik send me another email enquiring if I can help to review his book. I told him that I would be delighted to do so. I guess his book is in the post now.
Anyway, I was at his book launch event today to witness a gallant and sincere effort by a young Malay Malaysian leader. Nik's message is simple; for the Malays to move forward and leave the clutches behind.
Nik wants his community to stand up, get tough and to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to face the challenges of globalisation. He wants them to be able to capitalize on the opportunities globalisation is offering.
Nik's book will be a valuable resource to the raging debate on brain drain and the need of a post-NEP strategy.
He was also instrumental in calling for the abolishment of BTN courses. His call has resulted in both Selangor and Penang banning the courses.
I have yet to read his book which is retailing at RM24.90 but I would encourage you to get a copy. Nik is donating part of his royalty to a charity organisation he helped to start.
Nik's sincere attempt to provide an ideological challenge against the prevailing race centric political system is good enough reason for us to help support his effort.
"Moving Forward" is also available in Malay (Mendepani Zaman).