We reap what we sow

March 20, 2016

We reap what we sow by relying on a status quo former Prime Minister

by Azrul Mohd Khalib


Of late, many Malaysians have been finding their voices and have started speaking out. Voices which express concern and worry for the state of the country today.

They speak of concern for our most cherished institutions and structures which are at the heart of any democracy being tarnished and blemished by alleged misconduct and a massive loss of integrity, trust and independence.

The feudalistic mentality that pervades in our society makes it easy for us to just point to the guy at the top and say that he is the cause of our troubles, fears and hardship. After all, the buck does stop there.

But the people who need to be taken to task include the individuals who continue to protect, and indeed fight for the preservation of a patronage system which rewards the corrupt, marginalises the weak, and is in dire need of reform. They are our elected representatives, the Members of Parliament.

The right to elect a representative to represent the people is a fundamental right which many of us often take for granted. Each general election cycle, Malaysians exert their right to appoint the best people who they believe would be able to represent and govern for the betterment of all.

But these days, many of our Wakil Rakyats are merely mouthpieces, who are more interested in keeping their esteemed status and being favoured by the majority political party than actually representing the people.

When Malaysians voice their concern about the integrity of the government and in the electoral process, it stems from the firm belief that there is a need for better accountability and transparency from the people who are making decisions in the people’s name.

Just as a young boy spoke out in all honesty that the emperor was in fact not wearing any clothes, those with the responsibility of governing must realise that taking criticism, even unwelcomed or unpleasant ones, is necessary especially if it is in the best interest of the country.

Every Malaysian will remember the countless times singing Negaraku, Wawasan 2020 and many other patriotic songs during their school days. In schools across the country, Monday morning begins with the voices of thousands of students singing the national anthem.

These are all aimed at instilling in Malaysians, especially the young, a living breathing civic consciousness and a love for country and its people. It was not intended to create unthinking and unquestioning obedience to those in governance.

Upholding pretence, such as the behaviour of the emperor and his people in the folk tale, and continuing to be defensive and in denial of stark facts and reality itself, could be at the very least embarrassing or worse harmful to the well-being of Malaysians. We should not be silent especially when the deficit in trust towards those who govern increases by the day.

Unfortunately, there are many who feel that their voices have not been taken seriously, respected, heeded, or even heard by those in power. We are told that we should accept the status quo or else use the general elections to express our dissatisfaction.

However, is it really necessary to wait for our turn at the ballot box to herald and invite change and reform? Do we need to use the brute force and threat of government change through political parties to ensure that improvements such as electoral reforms are made? Reform should neither necessary mean nor require the change of the government. It should not be a zero sum game. After all, the authority of the government is derived from the consent of the governed.

We reap what we sow. Let’s all support reform and change for a better Malaysia.

8 thoughts on “We reap what we sow

  1. //is it really necessary to wait for our turn at the ballot box to herald and invite change and reform?

    //reform should neither necessary mean nor require the change of the government.

    If so, azrul would not need to write the above.
    Yes, .. and we are on our way to reach wawasan 2020!
    …. is this the same azrul? Cynical, or he is writing on the behalf of 1PM’s administration?

    Azrul is an international civil servant in the field of development who also believes that he was once a Roman emperor in a past life (probably one who was killed by his own guards). After more than a decade of working in issues related to sex and human rights, he is becoming increasingly cynical and is in danger of losing his sense of humour and mind. – See more at: http://www.loyarburok.com/author/azrulmohdkhalib/#sthash.FmF3WfKa.dpuf

  2. There is nothing that non-Malays can do but sit on the sidelines. Power is held by the Malay community and the question arises whether they want a democratic country or not. Do the Malays want a government to work for them-accountable to them and be inclusive or not. If nothing is done, I think confidently we can see a Malay class war. Bad enough races are being segregated through government policy. In the 1960s I was happy to attend a Hari Raya open house-today, many children are told not to accept a Christmas tree. Valentine’s day is haram.
    Only the Malays can force those in power to go back what it was before. What a shame our country ( Malaysia) unique o the world is going to the dogs. When the AG can vindicate the PM for moneys found in his private account without an inquiry-then all is lost!

  3. “However, is it really necessary to wait for our turn at the ballot box to herald and invite change and reform? Do we need to use the brute force and threat of government change through political parties to ensure that improvements such as electoral reforms are made?”

    Well, yes.

    You surely don’t think that electoral reforms – or any other kind – will be undertaken by the Najib regime in a fit of moral conscience? Or via “pressure”?

    No chance. That corner has been turned.

    In fact, you are likely to have more and more bad things to “reform” in the next 2 years, while the govt at the same time takes away any hope of democratic change; an unpleasant irony.

  4. Millions stone the devil every year but the devil is still thriving and getting more followers. This is due to the possibility that the devil and his/her followers may be immune or so thick skinned that the ‘stones’ have no effect on them.
    The perceived fraud/corruption continues to expand as the Laws-Enforcement-Judiciary be it man-made or religious in origin may all be under the control of those involved in such suspected activities.

  5. Indeed. We reap what we sow. The problem is, in Malaysia, we like to reap what other people sow. Start with the National Anthem, Negaraku – it was rip-offed from Indonesia, who in turned plagiarized from the Hawaiians.

  6. Interesting this side dhow held at Air force base. Dovrina(mother russia) sukhoi contracts linked to this state. Also understand at next round of muscical chairs the northern state might not get a chair

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