A number of parties and individuals have called for more political debates to be held to allow politicians to state their political stand and debate on policy direction. From our last week's experience, it is okay to encourage more openness but participants and role players must mind their language.
Last week's forum on "Malaysian Chinese at the political crossroads" was conceived in a context which was not only racist but simplistic and dangerous. It was a malicious and devious forum trying to put the blame and burden of racism in politics on the shoulders of Malaysian Chinese. We should not take the bait and we hope that our Malay friends and fellow voters shall follow our footsteps in supporting good governance, democracy and responsible politics.
Malaysian Chinese are never at the political crossroads. I believe most of them would accept the reality of a Malay led government but they reserve the choice of selecting the best Malay leadership which they can depend upon to lead this country towards greater heights and accountability.
Some unscrupulous parties are trying to pit the two most dominant races - Malay and Chinese - against each other. A few NGOs, led by holier than thou politicians, are trying to incite religious misunderstanding between Christians and Muslims through irresponsible allegations and lies. Again, we must be vigilant enough not to allow such gimmick to blind our conscience, word and action.
Politicians who cannot or refuse to acknowledge their own weaknesses and shortcomings deserved to be rejected by the people.
I sincerely hope participants of the next debates would mind their language and focus on facts and substance. The last forum had brought enough shame to our country. How can the world take Malaysia seriously if we continue to abuse and bastardize our own democracy?
Open debate is a democratic right but the right must not be abused in such manner the last forum did. I hope participants, audience and role players would act maturely and responsibly in future debates.
I look forward to debates on serious national issues such as economic challenges, institutional weaknesses, a level of expectation for public governance, non-racialism in politics and other serious topics which could give us a better insight into the policy direction of each coalition.