Friday, March 03, 2006

Lionel Messi

I was reading the STAR friday football pullout when I came across this article. Lionel Messi, or Leo, was suffering from some hormone deficiency and his height was only 1.37m(4ft6in) when he was signed by Barcelona. However, he needed some expensive injection to enable him growing to normal height which his Argentine Club could not afford during the economic crisis then, but Barcelona could manage. However, I bet it was the largest ever decision he had got to make then. Well, imagine you are very talented(genius-kid) and your parents are sending you to Harvard/Oxbridge when you are 13 years old. Eventually he took up the deal and went over to Spain. Due to his determination, hardwork and of course, his exceptional talents, he got promoted to the first team when he reached 17 (if i am not mistaken. I am sure everybody who watched his game against Chelsea would be enthralled by his skills right.

Hei..after so much craps...what I am trying to say here is that.....
We should never give up on what we believe or what we want to do..
even if circumstances make it so hard to continue what we are trying to achieve..

For example, Have you ever...
  • Get frustrated over poor examination marks no matter how hard you have studied?
  • Treated badly by some unfriendly yet unhelpful government staffs?
  • Missed your target by just few inches?
  • Tired of having to submit so many assignments and projects?
  • Haha...get rejected when you tell a guy/gal that you fancy him/her?
the list can go on forever..

However, I believe that we should never give up, just try over and over again..and the moment you achieve it, you will be high on the sky...

Yeah...I understand that sometimes it is so freaking suffocating when we are faced with challenges. Well...remember LIFE IS NEVER EASY...

You have got to take the first step to succeed in life..


At 3:15 AM, Anonymous reek said...

To get ahead in the world today, China has taken steps to encourage its citizens to master English and the Chinese are taking it like fish to water. Likewise, the Americans have no choice but to master Mandarin.

Bill Gates and Steven Jobs have already said that the first wave of the Internet language is almost over, i.e. English. It is time to prepare for the second wave, Mandarin.

And what do we have here? Still hanging on to the notion that Bahasa Melayu is the lingua franca of the world even as events are unfolding before their very eyes that thousands upon thousands of graduates could not get employed because of their inability to grasp the English language.

Where is the pragmatism for change? Even the hardcore communists like the Chinese have to finally gave in, swallow their pride and do what is best for the nation. Today, they call the shots and America has to kowtow to them. China does not need a military adventure but an economic one will do just fine. From the looks of it, our people here will never go for a change. The Mathematic and Science in English is nothing more than a cosmetic change.

It is a funny world we live in. The Americans and British are falling over each other to master Mandarin, and the Chinese are learning English at a rapid pace. And here what are we doing? Learning Our Bahasa Melayu. Good luck Malaysians. Won't be long we will all be left behind.

Our politicians think there is something to gain from making racial and religious statements at the great expense of Malaysia and its ordinary people.

Sadly, they are right and have been very successful to achieve their narrow, personal and selfish aims. Enormous damage has been done to the social cohesion and progress and development of the country.

It is so sorry to see them lagging further and further behind as a result of their inferiority complex. It is more sorry to see that they can trade the future of this country with their inferiority complex.

What is their definition of patriotism? What is morality? What is integrity? What is……….

Generations have been brought up with this totally unacceptable and unhealthy environment. It would take generations to resolve and heal this damage.

This bumis/non-bumis dichotomy is a well entrenched policy which is here to stay for a long long time and eventually lead the country to ruin.

Face it, the easy part if it can be done is removing the legal discrimination, the damage is so overdone now, it may take forever to change the cultural discrimination that has been infused.

Having said that, money has to be spent on education. Only with world-class education and grasp of the global world can we have better ties with other countries. This will invariably lead to more business opportunities and a robust knowledge based economy.

At 3:17 AM, Anonymous vesewe said...

Prices of raw materials are rising, plastic, solvent, steel, etc, etc. Productivity is low, managers are quick in spending and slow in earning. Collection is slow and economy is sluggish. Interest rising and overall margin is down.

With employees especially the field personnel carrying company laptops surfing the net for songs and chatting with friends with hours stolen from the office. Children are chalking up more digits on cell-phone bill coupled with their increasing pocket money spent at coffee café for more talks.

Things are not looking good. Older generation like us have to work harder to support such phenomena.

Our academics must avoid corrupting habits of mind which finds reprehensible: Nothing in my view is more reprehensible than those habits of mind in the intellectual that induce avoidance, that characteristic turning away from a difficult and principled position which you know to be the right one, but which you decide not to take……….

Yes in Malaysia we have cultivated a habit/mentality of 'avoid'.

We avoid work (committee, meetings, privileges, seminars, etc, etc, so we can skip from work),
we avoid taking prompt and appropriate action (waiting for inspiration to make simple decisions, setting up of commission this and commission that, and even avoid implementing recommendations tabled),
we avoid looking ourselves in the mirror and eventually we become ugly Malaysians,
we avoid going through the learning curve to hone our skills (sub-sub-sub out the jobs so we can be rent seekers and the guys whom we sub to, can also be a sub rent seekers),
we avoid confrontation and debate (ISA, OSA, etc, etc),
we avoid competition (special quota, special assistance, NEP, negotiated contract, etc, etc),
we also avoid being criticized for we are quick to penalized, with this we short ourselves from learning from mistakes and our weaknesses so necessary, for our improvement and progress in life.

I am a firm believer in psycho-cybernetics. I am not sure if the local media give any highlights to story like that which is much needed in our schools and universities to inspire and motivate the young to appreciate self reliance.

It is sad that the local media often splash and spin stories on mediocre achievements. In today global world, superb achievements by citizenry from other countries are readily available especially over the Internet.

Excessive rewards and blowing of the horn over mediocre achievement continue to flood the minds of our young into believing that, in Malaysia mediocre achievement is good enough and we are exempted from the higher standards from the rest of the world.

I am not sure how many Malaysians have emerged from their background of poverty to succeed in this world. One thing for sure, these people do not use poverty as an excuse not to put in an honest day hard work.

At 3:18 AM, Anonymous honyang said...

I am a dental student in the US from Malaysia. Have been living in the US for about 7 years now and I would like to share some insights that may help view things from another perspective.

Lets consider few other interesting facts:

A comment was made where even the western countries are going through a phase of "brain drain". Let me tell you that it is not true.

This is why. Countries like the US are continuously reaching out in welcoming more and more foreign citizens in all important fields such as engineering, IT and medical. They will never go through "brain drain".

1. If you recently graduated from a dental or medical school in the US, regardless of where you are from, you are eligible to apply for an expedited green card. In fact, they will approve your green card almost immediately so that you can start working.

2. All professors are encouraged to do research and studies in the summer and publish them. The more publication you have, the more likely you will receive a raise.

3. US was worried from a report published few months ago that foreign enrollment for masters were dropping due to tighter visa restrictions. They admitted that less foreign enrollment would greatly affect the R&D of the country. Why? Most R&D is done by foreigners and they are greatly recognized for it.

4. I know a South Korean guy who graduated from my school and went on becoming a dentist. Two years after graduating from dental school, he returned to my university to give a presentation. His English was fair, not that great but guess what, his two dental practices in the State of Utah, made US$3 million a year profit (not revenue).

5. In Malaysia, the pay for a medical lab assistant with a bachelor is RM800 - RM1000. In the US, the pay for the same position is US$1800 - US$2400. And they do look at color actually. If you are a foreigner (with a permit of course), silently preference will be given to you……….because they are loyal and hardworking.

To make it fair, even without converting the currency, we can see which country values its citizen and strives to improve their R&D. (Keep in mind, things are cheaper in the US than Malaysia……….without converting the currency……….You are lucky if you can buy a decent car……….)

With all this said, if a person is qualified and have a family to support, why would they want to go through the trouble of "not getting promotion because of color", "not getting admitted to university because of race quota filled", and lastly after spending more than RM400000 on medical school, you are to spend 5 years slave laboring for the government, not knowing how you are going to pay off the debt and support your family although you hold the prestige "Dr".

These are all things that distract from progressing for an individual and for the country. Our country is losing a lot of time and talent but subjecting all these on qualified individuals. So what you do, not let this effect your progression.

We have to take care of ourselves first and after that worry about patriotism. Patriotism is not going to put food on the table or grow money tree outside my house.

I am not planning on returning back to Malaysia (to settle) unless things change in Malaysia. But with the money I will earn, I can visit Malaysia every year and contribute to the tourism industry. When I reach the age of 60 and retire, then I will return to Malaysia.

At 3:21 AM, Anonymous julee said...

Friends, I have voted in 6 elections for the DAP and got my friends to vote for the party too, but after some gerrymandering - the seat has gone to the BN in the last 4 elections.

There is too much cheating. Don't forget the election commission is also a "component party" in the BN. Then there is this postal votes which are actually phantom votes which all go to the BN.

Chinese majority seats are now mixed seats. Chinese votes are transferred to malay majority seats to dilute their strength. And worst still many Chinese are blindly voting for the BN, not because they like it but because they don't want to rock the boat. With the oppositions in disarray, I don't see how can we deny the BN even a two-thirds majority in parliament.

Honestly, such a racialist, corrupted and arrogant government votes have been voted out in any civilised country in Europe. As to all, you know and I know that integrity and reform is alien words to the BN.

What this country needs is a compulsory education, and what it desperately needs is an inferiority complex because a lot of Malaysians I see wandering the streets seem they feel that Malaysia is the best country on this earth but frankly, it is far from it.

How can Malaysia compete against Japan or America when its economy can't even compete with the miniscule economy that is Singapore?

As we have witnessed in the last couple of decades, without freedom of press and information, there will be no accountability, responsibility and transparency!

Prime minister promises will never be achieved and the rots will continue to a point of no return at the great expense of Malaysia and her ordinary people!

If he has faith then he should just drop all the un-perform ministers to cut the story short without needing to make all this nonsense proposal and making this a never ending sad Malaysia story……….wasting our country's time!

Malaysia is out of global competition day by day but ironically our "top management" still playing their immature "not ready" games.

Kids, don't you feel tired challenge with all this timid and irresponsible humans for your entire life? They are all wealthy "not ready" players but you know one day all the lay people will suffer……….I really feel sorry for all the Malaysians.

I have prepared myself for that day to come and I hope you guys will prepare yourself too. We really want to safe our country but our "Boss" don't want……….what to do?

Badawi performed the worst in the last few years. He never walked his talk and gave away pledges. If Badawi is a man of honour, on the same measure, he should sack himself first.

What a shame! Badawi will go down in history as the most hopeless prime minister of Malaysia.

I believe the only way forward is to promote the revolution that gives back power to the people. People power as opposed to Umno power! The country will cleanse itself then.

At 3:22 AM, Anonymous kentanjim said...

Malays are a race of people who still live under a coconut shell. To us, the world is as big as the shell we live in. We are fortunate because we are princes of the land, our land is fertile, anything can grow on it.

When we want to cook curry, coconuts are there. If we want chicken meat, all the kampung chicken run wild. If we want to eat fish, we can easily catch one or two from the rivers or padi field. What more, we produce petroleum too, the only thing is we have not learned how to extract petrol and diesel from it.

"Malaysia is very advanced, self-sufficient and most knowledge in the world come from Malaysia so all the information that we need are in Bahasa Melayu. The world better learn Bahasa Melayu in order to access all these wonderful knowledge that we have in Malaysia. Because we are world's biggest economy, other countries who want to trade with us better learn Bahasa Melayu."

We also have a lot of "former world No. 1" exporters - tin, rubber, palm oil, air conditioner, etc. How nice to relive the nostalgic yesteryears every now and then……….

We may never be big again. Never mind. "Malaysia Boleh!" We Malaysia Boleh compare with the Japan, German, America, anybody, just name them!

Funny, isn't it? The country will be 50 years after independence, the government still provide us with tongkat. We love you Malaysia!

This is a laughing stock article.

Think of improving the country from bribe, economic and equal right among races so that the Malaysia real meaning Boleh.

Let those who feel study English is not important continue to study Bahasa Melayu and those who want to continue to study English continue to study English. That way in time to come we can see which group progresses faster and more employable.

There is no need to deprive any group from studying what they want to study. We lost a generation of English speaking citizens through the short sightedness of our leaders.

In my view, no matter what is said now and in the future, and whether English does get re-instated to its former position of importance or not, whether our present batch of politicos and up-coming will or will not make the changes to elevate English, this blasted fact will remain - Malaysia has let innumerable opportunities for super-development pass in the last two decades.

The other fact is that these opportunities will never come our way again.

At the end of his tenure, Dr M said the only thing I give him credit for, no one is going to wait for the malay race to catch up, the rest of us will move on and the harder it gets the harder we push.

All these talk are pride and again a result of entitlement mentality. Not having faced real world competition, a disconnect exist between their ideas and knowledge with the real world. All the talk are theoretical and imaginary, not implant-able solutions and results. Coupled with false pride, the result is just that - false.

Because of this shortsighted policy, thousands of graduates are unemployable. We have only to blame our leaders for this state of affairs and is a sad reflection of our leaders capability. Time and history have proven that our leaders lack vision and foresight.

The sad part is that the leaders of this country did not have the vision to place a higher importance to this aspect which had been one of Malaysia's competitive advantage. So we are now lagging behind.

Bolehland is lost! Too many mistakes are made at the great expense of ordinary people and the country - socially, politically and economically.

It is very sad to see a promising country in this difficult situation! Those responsible for this terrible mess should come forward and apologise to the ordinary people with concrete plans and solutions to resolve the many critical issues confronting the country - immediate, long and short term plans and solutions.

At 3:23 AM, Anonymous miya said...

Seems to me Malaysians are lucky to have Singapore to run for!

The brain drain that Singapore is experiencing, Malaysia is also experiencing. Singaporeans or Malaysians, all those who can fulfill the criteria for emigration (not "migration" - that term is used for birds, not people) to the US, UK or EU will go there if they so desire.

Except Malaysia also faces a brain drain in the direction of Singapore, whereas Singapore faces no such drainage in the direction of Malaysia!

All the non-malay Malaysians who can afford it send their children here to study to avoid the corrupt and racist education system in their own country. Malaysia is so much bigger than Singapore, so many different regions - so how come Malaysians need to come here at all?

Why are you here, instead of somewhere in your lush and plentiful land?

Two of my best friends are Malaysians Singapore PR working in Singapore. They looked at me in horror when I asked them if they'd ever thought of going back to live and work in Malaysia!

Even a weekend spent visiting their folks back home leaves them rushing back across the causeway in relief.

Malaysia has so many natural resources and a larger workforce. Singapore is just a miserable dot on a map and has so few assets. Yet Singapore is wealthier and has progressed faster than Malaysia (e.g. the standard of living is leaps and bounds better here, the currency stronger, etc).

It may happen, but it is going to take absolutely ages for Malaysia to catch up, let alone do so much better (would be like Africa catching up with Europe) that it is worth the while for Malaysians Singapore PR to go back kampung!

If Singapore dies, it will be most likely due to China snatching all our Singapore business. In which case, China will also snatch all of Malaysia's business.

At 3:25 AM, Anonymous samp said...

Our Malaysia country is full of resources - palm oil, Petroleum, rubber, tin, etc. All the revenues from these commodities have been misused.

Malaysia should had been a very rich country by now. Look at Singapore! What do they have and where are they now? The government that runs this country from the past and now is a joke.

Corruption exists in every facet of Malaysia society, from the laymen to the government. Is there any surprise to this? Everyone is corrupt. That is the only way to get ahead in Malaysia, if you are not a malay.

But the funny thing is, the malays with all the help from the government has gone nowhere. Very tiring!

There is no accountability from those that forms this BN government.

Every year make a report on the various misused or unused purchases done by government departments. Where is the follow up on this?

Much has been written about many misgivings in the various government departments but has anyone ever stop to ask 'whatever has been the prime minister or other leaders response?'

I don't know whether to laugh or to cry. First we have to close down our national airline and automaker. Now, we may have also to close down the navy, army and air force.

We can engage Indonesian migrant workers to patrol our coasts, the Singapore our airspace and the Thailand, our northern border. We can get our brilliant consultants who 'reengineered' MAS to handle this project.

My apologies to the talk said it is no laughing matter but I can't help it. The state of our country is such that one needs some comic relief against the corruption, hypocrisy, incompetence, negligence and double standards now overwhelming us.

But ignoring the issues would be like an ostrich burying his head in the sand and thinking that all is well and dandy for as long as I do not confront it.

Yes, I fully subscribe to equality and meritocracy, but in all fairness, you must empathise with the fact that enforcing it would mean hurting the status quo.

Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil.

Sweep everything under the carpet. Hope and pray very hard for the problems to go away.

I just hope to God, the issues are also at the forefront of our politicians mind……….for the sake of all races.

To my fellow Malaysians - write in to the dailies - never mind if your letters are not publish. At least let them know that many are disgusted and tired of all the nonsense.

If writing is not your cup of tea, then tell your members of parliament in the face about your feelings about all those 'whatever gates' and demand action.

Better still let them know, straight in their faces, that come the next election, your vote will go the other way. The power to change is in your hands.

Let us walk the talk, fellow Malaysians. It is said that every generation needs a revolution. Let us be that generation.

Yes. All of us need to get out of that comfort zone. The BN government had a long run - it is time to make sure we put in more responsible ministers that will uphold the nation's integrity.

If we do not do so, our grandchildren will surely curse us.

At 3:28 AM, Anonymous coolooc said...

I was told that during 1960s, professor Wang Gung Wu was more qualified than Ungku Aziz to be appointed as the vice chancellor of University Malaya. However, due to racial-biased promotion policy, it was Ungku Aziz who being promoted as the vice chancellor.

At the age of 38, professor Wang emigrated to Australia with his wife. 14 years later at the age of 56, professor Wang became the president of the University of Hong Kong until 1995. Currently, professor Wang is the Chairman of NUS's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

You want Malaysia to follow Singapore! No way they will do it. They are just too proud to admit their errors.

Let them have what they want……….Let them continue what policies they want (with Umno first policies and all others deemed as racial issues stance).

Pardon me to say this:

In not very far future……….bright students will shun local univeisity and all the newly foreign-minted Malaysian PhDs will shun local university……….They reap what they sow. Period.

The spirit of nation building is left with bones, but without the "spine" - all citizens cannot play useful their roles toward journey of Vision 2020……….

Think carefully……….

Non-malay citizens of Malaysia should emigrate to one of these countries where you will be appreciated for what you are and where you can contribute positively to the society.

Your children will definitely have a better future. After a while, you will invariably ask: "What a fool am I. Why and how did I live so long in Malaysia, a country that discriminates me, my children and my family because of our race?"

In the final analysis, non-malay citizens of Malaysia should thank the BN government for making them to send their children to study overseas (although at the time of sending them overseas the decision was painful and costly), thus allowing their children to get exposure overseas, and to get jobs there and to settle down there.

People who survive this sort of pressure will eventually do well. Good for them and their children.

At 3:30 AM, Anonymous romsam said...

Folks, please tell me how do you best manage a country, whereby - the majority community who rule, can't competitive on equal footing with other countrymen, and fear to end up as working for very competitive - the other minority.

(Australia/Singapore/USA etc, don't have these scenario, as the community who call the shot is also the majority community.)

Our government complains of brain drain, but do we actually do something to lure all these professionals back?

It is sad to see that we have the greatest minds around the world. One would be proud to see that we have great Malaysian minds in almost every field, for example in dentistry, medicine, physics etc, and yet where did they end up?

They ended up in the developed world, helping the developed countries to become better day by day.

It would be more logical to try to attract these great minds back from other countries than to continue employing health professionals from foreign countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, that would not be dedicated in their work in the end, because of the poor system here.

But building a world-class university in a third-world nation is unheard of, with the exception of large nations of China/India.

Simply, a third world Malaysia software does not nurture a first class world-class university.

Will this country ever change? Unfortunately, I doubt it.

We have a daughter who is currently studying oversea. My wife and I have been trying to tell her to stay there and get a PR and not come back.

Even though the white man's land is not wholly a bed of roses, we know we will be treated more fairly and the system is much more transparent than what we have here.

It is a heavy heart that we have to make this decision for our daughter but deep down inside, we know it is better for her and her next generation. We are already near the final lap of our careers and life, and the political situation here has little impact on us.

Our children have a whole new horizon ahead of them. It is their future……….do they have one here?

Malaysia will always be here. It is a nice place to holiday - you want to live a compromised life you can return to work. But you want to be yourself then go wherever you please. We all wish you well.

Believe me, the government too wishes that you don't come back to quell the Chinese professional numbers. So they remain obliged to make your life miserable. All this talk about brain drain……….come on, you doesn't really buy the government's feigned attempt to show concern, do you!

So, be wise, stay outside. Come back to get yourself rejuvenated with Malaysian food, and culture, as often as you can and stick your fingers up to the government too.

But just remember if you are not prepared to compromise principles……….just stay out!

Just be practical. One anesthetist told me, your perception will change when you have kids and a wife to worry about.

At 3:32 AM, Anonymous wihong said...

Congratulations to you who have found happiness in your adopted country. You have made the wise decision indeed to emigrate, and surely you and your family are enjoying every moment in of it in your newly adopted country.

You are very right. There is a will, there is a way!

Time for a life is limited, and we just can't screw around. Instead of grousing around and doing nothing, you have taken positive steps to achieve what you want.

To migrate or not is basically a personal choice. You decide your own destination.

Best luck to you!

No doubt things are bad back home in Malaysia, especially those who are not born with the right skin color. Given the chance, I am sure all the unprivileged ones would like to move away forever and forget about the mess back home.

Alas, not everyone is that lucky. Migrating to a first world country is not easy (why should it be?). Most importantly, you need to have money. I am sure most of you started off your journey away from home with a tertiary education at a university in your adopted country. How many people in Malaysia can afford to send their children to study overseas?

I am sure you can't emigrate just by telling the Australian immigration that you like their country so much and you were treated badly by Malaysia, at least not legally.

In the animal kingdom, animals migrate for food and water. Similarly looking at the history, migration actually is a natural process in which mankind has continuously looked for greener pasture. Very few countries (maybe none) actually maintain pure single race especially at this age of modern transportation, and the world is getting very small.

Before I decided to apply for emigration, I did have the same thinking like you. I was not rich with four kids, I am 100% Chinese educated. I did not give up, I collected a lot of information through Internet, and I talked to those pioneers who came back for vacation. Finally, I applied for migration and gone through an assessment plus an English test.

I emigrated to Australia two years ago and settled down quite well.

There are many different categories for you to apply, it is not necessary you have to be rich. Do not simply give up. Do not blame on other people, or you are a real loser..........

For those who have emigrated, farewell and goodbye. We do what we can and enjoy life in every moment we have.

At 3:34 AM, Anonymous pang said...

Forty-eight years after independence, the people of Malaysia are still searching for an identity. Are they malays or Muslims first; are they Indians, Chinese or Malaysians first?

This identity crisis is a result of the failure of the BN government, which has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957, later as the expanded Barisan Nasional.

The truth is that the malays of this country partly owe their independence to the non-malays. The reason was that the British refused to give independence without an agreement from the non-malays.

Another argument put forth by the pro-malay special rights group is that, they made a compromise by giving the non-malays their citizenship and in exchange the malays must be given their special privileges.

This argument is the most ridiculous I have heard thus far but in their ignorance some Malaysians still think that citizenship is for a certain race to give. This logic would mean that the minorities will always be seen as foreigners who will never be equal to the malay bumis.

Well, special rights are for the equitable share of bumi wealth.

The kampung people remain poor. They continue to eke out a living farming rice and fishing. They are kept shackled by their religion with their lives resigned to fate.

I know that the bumis in Sabah and Sarawak are not equal to those in the Peninsula.

There can never be equal footing - not even among people of the same race.

Why is it that after 48 years of independence we need to perpetuate these special rights for special people?

It saddens me to see the country I was born in and raised stagnating in so many ways - ideologically, sociologically and technologically.

My dad is a racist; so is my mom. Similarly racists are my brother, sister and relatives. All the Malaysian friends I now have are, and those I had were or at the least had been, racists too. Well, perhaps thanks to all these people, I have become - and remain - a racist as well.

You see, we are the members of a much larger community: Malaysia - the racist nation!

The term community is somewhat misleading. We are not united as such as a nation should be. We are only united by the fact that all of us - at one time or other - had been are or will become, racists......

And heap praises on our nation and on the ideals that are so central to its psyche: long live, racism! Long live, racist Malaysia - the model racist nation!

It is no wonder our civil participation is as backward as it is.

Do you have any idea why Singapore is almost the first world country or 20 years better than Malaysia?

One could argue every country has its own policies and laws that place prejudice on certain parties - yes, that is true, but none so shamefully as those who (Malaysia) not only boast about it, take the credit for the successes of these people whom they slam their discriminatory abuses on, and have no intention to change it (and that said with a smug look on the face).

Bangsa Malaysia? Bah, humbug!

At 3:35 AM, Anonymous ruyom said...

The basis of how the Malaysia government works is based on the NEP, a highly flawed and self-destructive (to most) system. We are citizens of a flawed system. There must be something wrong for those of us who grew up and indoctrinated on low class mentality.

The NEP and crutches mentality have simply permeated too much of the government and civil servants.

Face it, too many people managing public education in this country have feudal mindset. Next to the police, the public education establishment is probably the most unaccountable and opaque. We have principals and teachers who make shocking on decisions in schools on their own. We have administrators who make bad decisions on teachers, syllabus, schools, programs, etc.

Before we get a first class university, we need to get first class students from quality schools. Sadly most of the good schools have been decimated by who have become more engrossed with 'tudung' fashion than the quality of teaching.

Face it, there are many in the government that see education and skills the way they see government contracts - they need to monopolize it and limit the other races from it. It is very much part and parcel of 'ketuanan' idea. Their greatest fear is that non-malays would take what is available and run far ahead of them. In other words, if they can't have it their way, no one should get any either. It is better to spoil the game then let someone else win the game.

As long as those elements of the NEP inside higher education policy, don't ever dream on having first class universities. Second class is also out of our reach. Third class……….yes! This is what we are having now. Look at our local graduates that being churned out from these third class universities.

The frequent flooding is just one sign of all that has gone rotten in Malaysia.

Seems like none commenters have confidence and hope at all on the government and the policy they implement. Any move they make is just to benefit their members and bringing down Malaysia to the knee and suffered its citizens.

I think the commenters have no hope because we believe with the NEP and affirmative action to the majority favouring certain 'upper class' - there will be no prosperity for Malaysia regardless of the illusion they throw at us.

The grievances expressed here are tips for the government to reflect on the issues and to improve on its administration. It is free advice. We do it as if we are happy, or have no choice, but to let BN to continue to be in power forever.

I grew up in small town when I was a kid and that was the best part of my life but this corrupt system has to be stopped somehow. Even if they are not money corrupt, the system is ideologically unsound and corrupt. It is just spinning on a vicious cycle. I don't see Pak Lah breaking that cycle. In fact, he is playing into it.


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