Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sodomy II & Misplaced Priority

If there is a word to describe the current political scenario, it should be 'chronic'. It is habitual and dangerous. We thought politicians from both divide would help to push through some positive reforms by practising responsible politics.

It looks like a replay of old dirty politics again. Malaysia's negative international image is self inflicted. The fact that Anwar's sodomy trial gets higher priority over more pressing cases such as PKFZ financial scandal, the two stolen jet engines, scores of corruption cases, serious economic bottlenecks, rising crime and others suggested that this country odd choice.

Even Zulkifli Noordin's spat with his party received better coverage (front page headlines) compared to any of the issues mentioned above. Misplaced priority is eroding the role of media as a society's watchdog.

Remarkably issue such as the canning of 3 women under the anachronistic Islamic law for committing illicit sex was reported only after the sentence was meted out. We must address this serious deviation of judicial practice in this country.

Malaysia's image as a moderate and modern Muslim majority democracy is seriously being undermined by these cases including the use of 'Allah' by non-Muslims, arson attacks on places of worship, worsening racial and religious understanding and others.

While we are busy squabbling over politics, religion and race status, there are more important undercurrents which are threatening to sweep everything away;

1) Malaysia's industrial development structure may have collapsed. The lost of skilled workers and best brains (more than 15%) may have a huge impact on industrialisation in Malaysia. Skilled labour is needed to push the economy towards a higher value chain and to innovate. Only an advanced economy can help to raise the nation's income per capita. What is our hope to industrialise and innovate if we are short of brains and skills? What has been done?

2) Economic stagnation means decline if countries in the region continue to improve. Malaysia has not found a new economic strategy to move the economy ahead. Najib's New Economy Model is expected to receive lukewarm support from his own party. Right winged groups such as Perkasa have warned against the restructuring of Malay affirmative action or NEP. Without seriously promoting innovation and meritocracy Malaysia does not have the necessary inertia to push itself ahead of the pack in the region. Feet dragging from the current regime means there will not be any serious policy reform in the next few years.

3) Singapore's new resorts will pose a threat to Malaysia's service industry. The new resorts and other supporting industries are expected to create more than 50,000 jobs. Malaysia's best in the industry will be tempted to capitalize on these opportunities. This will result in more brain drain from the country. Malaysia's service and hospitality industry will have to depend more on unskilled foreign labour which may lower service quality.

4) A lack of industrial development means the economy remains narrow based. Not enough jobs are created to keep our best people in the country. Highly skilled people may not be able to find the right job to stay put. Hence, it is a chicken and egg situation. Without enough opportunities and new industries created, it is difficult to keep skilled people in the country.

5) Malaysia is still practicing nepotism and unhealthy racial policy. Growing conservatism is a push off to most investors. Even local investors are deserting the country and investing elsewhere.

6) Najib's 1Malaysia policy should really look at ways and possibilities to work with the other coalition. It should not be just a mere slogan to attract votes. Without a real unity and focus on the real socio-economic issues, the decline may reach a stage where is it might be irreversible.

Some have asked about Malaysia's prospects. I am tempted to tell them that change may be beyond our lifetime if the current situation persists. My advice would have been "run if you still can".

But we must not give up on this country. Bad politics is the culprit. The majority community must see beyond the superficial to know that the current practice is hurting them more than helping.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The only hope now is for the other parties in BN to withdraw from the coalition.
That would make UMNO impotent. Then lets see the fun.

Anonymous said...

Well written article. It hit the nail but unfortunately such articles were never hit the headlines of the main stream media. Sad to say individual interests and the political agenda of the powerful overrides national interests and interests of her citizens. There is hardly any news worthy of reading in the media except insignificant news and petty issues . News of national importance affecting the country and her citizens are seldom reported nor debated in detailed. No wonder this country is sliding fast into a chaotic and lawlessness nation after Burma and Zimbabwe . Imagine our national debt is now some RM 414 billion according to the 2009 budget. This is indeed a serious matter but such information are seldom published. So much for press freedom and honest journalism.

Anonymous said...

Just hang on till the next GE. If no change, then say good bye and run, run and don't look back.

Anonymous said...

SAD TO SAY I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN UP HOPE ON MALAYSIA LEAVING TO SINGAPORE WHERE PEOLE RIGHTS ARE MUCH APPREACIATED. MALAYSIA NOW UNDER NAJIB REGIME THERE IS NO MORE DEMOCRATIC ANYMORE.EXAMPLE PERAK CASE WHERE THE GOVERMENT LIES ON THE 3 FROG. WHAT A SHAME!,ONE MALAYSIA WITH BURNING OF CHURCHES,MOSQUE AND SINGHS TEMPLE. THE DEATH OF TEO BENG HOCK UNDER MACC AND KUGAN DEATH UNDER CUSTODY OF PDRM.ANWAR WITH SODOMY II THE FIRST IN THE WORLD WITHOUT PENATRATION BUT GOT SPERM AT SAIFUL ASS.THE THREE MUSLIM WOMEN MEETED OUT WITH THE PUNISHMENT B4 THE ANNOUNCEMENT.AS MALAYSIA SUPPOSED TO BE MODERATE ISLAMIC COUNTRY .WHY ONLY WOMEN ? WHAT ABOUT THE CORRUPTED OFFICER GUY. SIGGH!!!MALAYSIA WITH TWO SET OF LAW AND KANGOROO COURT .MALAYSIA TOWARDS PARIAH COUNTRY.THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE MALAYSIA IS TO KICK OUT THIS GOVERMENT OF TODAY. I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE WHEN THE GE 13 ARRIVED.

Anonymous said...

Sad isn't it?

If a tiny island like Singapore can "Boleh"....
Need I say more???

Even the Genting Highlands feller invested there...! Imagine that!!!

Moreover Malaysia got soo........ much land.

Think... yah!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well said! I believe years of corruption has left Malaysia in this dire state. Imagine billions of ringgit lost (if Barry Wain is right) could have gone to the poor (most of them Malays), we would not have Perkasa and racist Ibrahim Ali and others raising their ugly heads! Thereby, I pray a CURSE on all those who siphoned money meant for the poor to be struck by God's justice wherever they are! Don't mess with an angry God!

Anonymous said...

Whatever it is we need to ensure the country don't go to the dogs -those who are not prepared to stay and face the transition stress you are all welcome to leave the country and please don't come back.

amoker said...

Well summarized.
There is one more. THe attack on LGE. I am getting fed up that everything is againist some race and religion. And there are full time people whose job is to do police reports.

zakwan said...

The 3 women were punished according 2 Shariah law
I don't see y such an issue is eroding Malaysia's image as a moderate Muslim majority country

The way I see it,it is issues such as prohibition of "Allah" and other terms by non Muslims,burial disputes of Muslim converts,detention without trial n the refusal 2 put Anwar's trial under the Syariah court jurisdiction r the ones that r givin Malaysia a bad name especially in the eyes of the international Muslim communities

Anonymous said...

Khoo, I have these points to add:
1)Brain drain have been talked about by the rakyat fro years.Only yesterday the DPM mentioned it to take the credit!
2)Whatever policy the Govt takes,if it does not benefit the pockets of the Umnoputras, it would not be a reality.
3) The impact of the IRs in Spore would take a heavy toll on Malaysia's service industry manpower for sure.Also, the revenues from Genting and the supporting industries there!
4)Best job opportunities in Malaysia: English Teachers,Islamic Religious Teachers,Workers in the Agriculture sector...
5)Yes it is very true.Local entrepreneurs are moving out.How many times you see Ministers cutting red ribbon for factory opening????
6) Every new PM is expected to come in with a new slogan mah.The opposition never complain or critical of the 1M.Najib should have a KPI review every 3 months and let the public know how all the Ministries are performing.My gut feel is that Najib have no Absolute control.

Anonymous said...

You know who to blame? Everyone above the age of 40. These are the people who had the opportunity to change things in 1997/98 but didn't or lacked the courage to do so. If you're above 50 its even more damning. You're part of the group that closed one eye to all the crap we fight against today. Prosperity is like honey. It corrupts, it makes us accept the imperfections of society in exchange for more wealth, more easiness. 8% growth for almost a decade, a stock market reaching the stars, the darling of economists, model nation, etc etc and we say "aiyah, no problem want lah". Why? Because everyone is enjoying a bigger pie. When the pie is not getting any bigger, that's where they blame everybody but themselves. Seriously, Malaysia needs to look at itself and ask "What the f is happening?" and less of "Who the f is responsible?". This we can learn from China. In fact we can learn from our own history. If you want it to happen, then make it happen. Don't plan on how to make it happen, just make it happen.

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May you live without fear
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Mon. 22nd Feb. 2010.