The 3 Malaysian agenda for Anwar Ibrahim

October 16, 2018

The 3 Malaysian Agenda–Language, Malay Rights and Meritocracy — for A Better Malaysia. Will Anwar Ibrahim do it?

by Koon Yew Yin

In all my work and writing during the past 20 years, readers will have noted that my major concern is for Malaysia to become a fully developed nation in all the key aspects of life – economic, socio-cultural, political and educational.

Towards this end I have provided numerous press statements, given umpteen talks and speeches, and written hundreds of articles and a book on how to attain what may be described as my own version of Vision 2020.

It is a vision which I believe is shared by the overwhelming majority of moderate and progressive Malaysians, especially among the younger generation which I am in constant touch with through the scholarship system I have sponsored for the past decade.

Now that Anwar Ibrahim has won the Port Dickson by-election, it is necessary for me to emphasise again on what are the crucial policies and strategies that the heir apparent Prime Minister has to articulate and implement to bring about the realisation of a united and progressive Malaysia Baru.

1. Language policy

Continuing attempts by Malay ultras to downgrade the use of other languages especially English and Mandarin are not only counter-productive but will end with the Malay community being left out of the global economy and world of knowledge, science and technology.

Anwar should realise that his standing among leaders in the region and the world is partly or even mainly because of his ability to communicate in English.

Nobody is disputing the role of Bahasa as the national language. But English is the universal lingua franca par excellence and whoever is Prime Minister of the country needs to make sure that all young Malaysians from an early age master the language to propel us into the club of advanced nations.

Anwar should make sure that the policymakers do not continue to go back and forth on this issue. Further pandering to the Malay language chauvinists will see the Malay community regress rather than progress.

2. Malay rights

Anwar and other Pakatan Harapan Malay politicians must bear in mind that the use of Malay rights – constitutional and extra-constitutional – to enrich the Malays is not only wrong. It will never work. You can never legislate the poor from penury into wealth and prosperity.

Worse is to take away from those who have worked hard and accumulated assets and savings to put into the pockets of those that are seen to be needy.

The ultimate foolishness is to do this on a racial basis as was attempted by the NEP during the past 40 odd years after May 69.

All the analysis by foreign and local scholars’ points to the fact that the NEP and follow up racial policies have been the breeding ground of abuse of power, mismanagement of economy and super corruption, cronyism and patronage. The NEP has been a major contributor to the falling back of our economy and society to its present low level as compared with Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and other countries that were in fact at a lower or similar stage of development in the 1970s.

I am sure that Anwar is fully aware of this. He has in the past when he was in the opposition talked about the need to do away with the NEP and a racially configured national economic policy. Now that he is at the point of becoming the Prime Minister he must not back down from his previous statements and promises on rejecting the NEP for a truly Malaysian agenda. On the contrary, he must act boldly to make the Malaysian agenda a reality

3. Restore meritocracy in all spheres of public sector

During my time in the 50s and 60s as a student and young engineer it could be said that the system of meritocracy was the dominant one in Malaysia. This is the political and economic philosophy which holds that certain things, such as economic goods or power, should be vested in individuals on the basis of talent, effort, and achievement rather than be based on factors such as race or family relationships or political affiliation.

During the past decades of Barisan Nasional rule, the meritocratic system was replaced by one based on race, political affiliation, family relations and know who.

This has resulted in the dumbing down of the civil service as well as resulted in inefficiency and mismanagement of the nation’s resources.

I am confident that if a study was done on the cost to the country as a result of the loss of the system of meritocracy, the figure will run into the trillions of ringgit.

Anwar must restore the system of meritocracy in the civil service so that we are not handicapped in competing with other advanced nations. For a start, I would like to propose two basic steps. These are

a.  University places should be allocated based on examination results and should not be based on race or other forms of quotas.

b.   Entry and promotion in civil Service, the Police and army must similarly be based on educational qualifications and working experience. There must be no political or party interference in the civil service.

Anwar now has the opportunity to lead the nation into a new era of progress, prosperity and unity. To do this he must implement the Malaysian agenda outlined above.

I and other loyal and patriotic moderates in the country will be monitoring him closely to make sure that he lives up to the cry for reform and rejection of the BN racist policies which resulted in Pakatan’s election victory and Anwar’s personal victory in Port Dickson.

Conclusion: I wish to quote the 5 most important sentences by Dr Adrian Rogers who has written 18 on politics and social issues

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

5. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

Koon Yew Yin is a retired chartered civil engineer and one of the founders of IJM Corporation Bhd and Gamuda Bhd.

The views expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.


6 thoughts on “The 3 Malaysian agenda for Anwar Ibrahim

  1. These things – leave it to the more talented second generation of leaders in PKR or PH to deal with. Anwar no 1 job during what cannot be a long tenure (2 terms at best?) as PM – religo-politics in this country. At the very least, Anwar must put the ideological debate in a box that cannot get out of hand. Political Islam cannot be allowed to fall back on blind faith and literal religo text that makes no sense in today’s world. If Political Islam want to claim the world, it must answer with reason and result, not just faith when it does not have answer.

  2. I wonder why KYY is putting this to Anwar who is nobody when you know the PH Government is led by Tun Mahathir, comprising of 4 party coalition. Are you telling that Anwar is another PM of our country who can perform miracles out of the blues? Reading between the lines, I think you have faulted in assuming that Tun is no longer be of any use to this country because of his age. What did Anwar do in the last 20 years other than serving his prison life while his wife has been warming up the seat and even now she wouldn’t let go after Anwar has entered via backdoor win to Parliament today.

    Mr. Koon, with due respect to you, Anwar is not relevant to your issues today because he has already said of his support for his 3rs openly soon he was pardoned so let Tun do his job without giving him the pressure to solve many unsolved issues before he retired from his tenure. By projecting Anwar in your article, it looks we have 2 Prime Ministers and you are referring this article to PM2 > Anwar to lead for better Malaysia with your suggestions put forward to him. Didn’t you realize that we have a cabinet of members with good brains today so it would have been wise for you to respect Tun and his cabinet.

  3. Who ever leads should realize there has never been nor will have unity of all races without equity. Without a united cohesive society the national goals will not be achieved . A freely committed society is essential for a nation to progress and move forward. A racially divisive nation based on discriminatory practices where one race of people preferred over the others will stagnate regress to ground level.

  4. You and your wealth ideology
    Nobody attain all wealth and nobody attain no wealth
    the all and the no shares the same plane
    Non higher
    So talk to one another

  5. Actually, if one examines Anwar’s lifetime contribution and track records, he has zero success stories, yes, zero! When he was in government, his policies resulted in today’s problems. When he was outside the government, he was either in jail or created more problems than solution. He could not even wrest Putrajaya from BN in the past 2 general elections, needing Tun Mahathir to take Pakatan Harapan across the line. Even today, he could not unite his own party, and he could not even articulate his so-called “reforms” beyond the wishy-washy talk.

    Mr Koon thinks too highly of Anwar. He will be disappointed.

    Our new Malaysia has to be left to the next rung of younger leaders to realise …

  6. Muthu,
    Exactly what I thought of Anwar and his REFORMASI bluff in the last 2 decades. Due to his lost world in prison, he is nobody today because there isn’t anything great he created other than the story of sodomy cases which he now asks the younger generation to read or watch youtubes produced to understand true cause for the charges because someone from UK wrote good in favor of Anwar’s guilty verdict.

    What made Khoo to write on 3 Malaysian Agenda for better future to Anwar’s attention is something Khoo has misunderstood of Anwar’s popularity today. Even PKR is in doldrum and is expected to break when Rafizi enters the fray beating Azmin in the current PKR polls. What ever it may be ‘que sera sera what will be will be’

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