Stand and Speak Up for Malaysia


January 3, 2017

Stand and Speak Up for Malaysia

by Mariam Mokhtar@www.malaysiakini.com

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For some of you (in fact most of us, Mariam), 2016 was a horrible year. I agree.

In the space of one year, four of the publications I used to write for stopped publishing. The media is slowly being strangled by an overly sensitive government, and worse still, it knows how to apply the screws. To stop you from hearing the truth. To silence you. To make you behave. To make you conform to its vision of the ideal citizen.

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Reject Extremism

Police reports, followed by complaints to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), attacks by UMNO Baru thugs, are de rigueur. Guerrilla tactics like splashing red paint on office walls, or leaving dead chicken outside an office entrance, are warnings for a successful publication to back-off, or face more threats.

Editors and owners of the publications are arrested and grilled. Some are taken to court. Readers are at risk of having their Facebook posts scrutinised, and face possible arrest. But you know what?

There is great hope for all Malaysians. A decade ago, only a handful of Malaysians would dare complain. Over the years, the numbers of Malaysians who are brave enough to speak out have grown from a trickle to a raging torrent. We are emboldened. We feel empowered.

Image result for Stand and Speak Up for MalaysiaTo KSN Ali Hamsa and all Civil Servants of Malaysia–A Reminder from Tun Abdul Razak (1967)

The government may try to close down all the alternative papers, but their foolhardiness has only fueled our resolve.

Social media, at least in Malaysia, is the new alternative media. It is free and immediate. It has spread like wildfire. Naturally, there are disadvantages and the lack of verification of facts and the occasional grammatical errors  and sloppy language are outweighed by the speed of transmission.

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Reject them–Najib, Mahathir and Mullah Harussani

Today, as we start 2017, more Malaysians than ever are exercising their vocal chords. It is heartening to know that the once great silencer of dissent, former PM Mahathir Mohamad, has joined the long queue which wants its voice to be heard. Bittersweet irony!

There is much scope for optimism in Malaysia, but you must be truthful to yourself. It is time we stopped whining about Malaysia going down the slippery slope, and blaming UMNO Baru for the state of Malaysia today; time we stopped criticising the opposition for being hopeless, and time we stopped thinking that Malaysia will never recover.

When you look into the mirror, are you man enough to realise that you are part of the problem that has brought Malaysia to its present state?

You may realise that removing Najib Abdul Razak will not solve Malaysia’s problems, because UMNO Baru is also part of the problem; but do you understand that changing the party which heads the government is not sufficient? Before we can change others, we need first, to change ourselves

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Sorry, Mariam, I disagree. Removing Najib Razak is the essential first step to solving our problems. I believe that UMNO can reform itself with a change of leadership. It has little choice; if it wants to remain in power, UMNO must stop playing the race and religion card and serve all Malaysians. 

UMNO Baru is the creation of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. We forget that he destroyed our institutions of governance. It is ironic that most Malaysians now think that the former Premier is our champion for change. That is pathetic. –Din Merican

How many of you think as a Malaysian? Many of you are so ensconced in your community, your beliefs, your prejudices and your way of life, that you do not believe that any of Malaysia’s ills have anything to do with you.

Blaming the nameless ‘others’

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Stand Up for Malaysia–National Unity

You blame the nameless ‘others’ for Malaysia’s fall from grace.The Malays for their apathy and bigotry. The Chinese for forging ahead and for being kiasu. The Indians who demand equal rights, by ironically demanding that their rights be upheld before all others.The East Malaysians who blame their plight on ‘orang semenanjung’.

We hunger for land and the riches that come from the jungle, and from clearing the jungles to make plantations, and we think nothing of trampling over the rights of the Orang Asli.

The Muslims demand that everyone else is judged by their standards, and the non-Muslims shy away from getting involved in what they perceive as Muslim matters. Many non-Muslim mothers are denied justice if their spouse becomes a Muslim.

We are deaf and blind to the suffering of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We consider ourselves the educated townies, and look down our noses at the rural folk.We are too absorbed in our affairs because we do not think of ourselves as Malaysian, and it is this flaw which the politicians take advantage of to further their interests.

Malaysia suffers because we perceive everyone else is a convenient scapegoat, when actually we are at fault.The politicians love the sound of their own speeches, and they have learned the art of filtering out our voices. So, if you want real change, learn to manage your politician, and not the other way round.

You must treat him or her as you would a lazy servant. You pay the politicians’ wages, so you have the right to demand performance. Politicians are out of touch with the rakyat and most important, they are not mind readers. You have a voice, learn how to use it in 2017.

NB: Happy New Year.

 

5 thoughts on “Stand and Speak Up for Malaysia

  1. More than 7m people are collecting BR1Mand millions of school children and others studing arealdo being given book and other vouchers.BR1M is for those households earning less than RM4K while single persons are also collecting BR1M.
    Would be interesting to know how the recepients are vetted to confirm their eligibility for BR1M and other assistances. This is in addition to other subsidies.
    While I agree that those who need assistance are assisted it may be mind boggling to think their are more than 7m eligibles or whether all school children and those attending institutions of higher learning actually fall in the ‘eligible or needy’ category.
    Even accumulated millions of unpaid traffic summonses issued to vehicle owning law breakers are ‘Rewarded’ with discounts including those with loans and illegal extensions/renovations and those involved in illegal sand mining and logging get rewarded with more time to pay instead of being punished as provided in the laws.
    Sum total of such losses may be in billions if unpaid customs duties and income taxes were to be taken into account
    IF ONLY EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT IS CONDUCTED AND ACTION IS TAKEN PROMPTLY AGAINST THE CULPRITS INCLUDING THE FINDINGS OF AUD GEN AND DETERRENT SENTENCES ARE IMPOSED BY JUDICIARY?
    JUST FOLLOW SINGAPORE CULTURE SO THAT MALAYSIANS CAN BE BERDIKARI INSTEAD OF NEEDING SUBSIDY & DISCOUNT CRETCHES.
    OR MAY BE IT IS THE OBJECTIVE TO CREATE A SUBSIDY DEPENDENT RAKYAT!!!!!

  2. Najib and Hadi Awang is slandering and demonising DAP with anti-Malay and anti Islam when THEY, MORE THAN almost most of us, knows that it’s falsehood. Najib’s own father invited DAP to join the post- 1969 govt. Hadi Awang not only always known the fact, he knows Mahathir pioneered demonising DAP and other opposition and now partners fully with DAP -no better vouching against the lie which they, with no real original thoughts of their own, now want to keep lying.

    Hadi’s PAS is going to lose many seats in Selangor and elsewhere no matter if Amanah runs or not. If there is speaking up to do, then someone better tell them, in the next GE, except for their delusional supporters, anyone with half a brain knows it’s PAS fault for the opposition loses including their own.

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