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They views expressed are my own, gained through experience over the years,as an ordinary citizen who worked as a doctor and then a surgeon and retired as such.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Happy New Year 2014
New Year 2014 – being the change we want to see
We stepped into the year 2013 with a lot of hope that the
13GE will bring about the total transformation in the country that will benefit
the people of all races and creed. The 13 GE was the most important event in
the year 2013 and it was the most intensely contested one in the history of the
nation. It was also the one that brought out the worst in our politicians who
fought so hard to win a seat in parliament or state assembly. They resorted to
racism and money politics so openly as though those were their legitimate
rights with blatant disregard to the election laws. The opposition could have
lost the elections narrowly but it nevertheless resulted in a strengthened
force like never before. A strong opposition is seen as a sign that the nation
may be moving towards an effective two-party system of democracy. It also gave
the people hope that the government will be pressured to institute real reforms
in keeping with the aspirations of the people.
people wanted a better socio-economic policy for the well-being of all
Malaysians regardless of their race and creed. They wanted greater transparency
and accountability in management at all levels of the government machinery.
They wanted more democratic space for expressing their opinions freely without
fear of reprisals. They wanted a fairer policy based on need rather than
they also wanted better and safer roads, cheaper houses, more job
opportunities, better and more affordable quality education and quality health
care that is more easily available at affordable costs for all. They wanted a
safer environment for them and their children, one where the air is clean and
crime rate is low and a police force that is colorblind and more
people-friendly. Lastly the people regardless of race and creed wanted an
unimpeded freedom of worship and a society where universal moral values are
taught and upheld by all.
It is now
nearly 8 months after the 13GE but the people are still waiting for signs of
real transformation. Change is yet to be seen or felt by the people, especially
the poor. The question in everyone’s mind is “Will change ever come?” Many
right thinking and concerned Malaysians doubt genuine change will come anytime
soon. Instead of change for the better what we getting is an escalation of
living costs, as commodity prices appear to be on the increase. As Malaysians
enter into the New Year they are going brace for possible domestic financial
crisis as they going to find it more and more difficult to cope with the rising
cost of living.
stage as we are losing hope for change it may be pertinent to recall the words
of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the
change you want to see in the world”. How can we put an end to racism when
we are not willing to get rid of racism from our hearts? How can we expect a
fairer distribution of wealth when we are not willing share our profits with
those under our care? How can we expect rule of law when we ourselves don’t
respect them? How can we have a morally upright society when we ourselves are
immoral? How can we abolish corruption when we ourselves are corrupt? The list
goes on and on.
want change and we resort to all sorts of drastic ways to demand that change –
writing to print and cyber media, boycotts and sanctions, street protests,
demonstrations, strikes and even violence which often fail. We fail to realize
that only we can bring about that change by being the change we want to see.
step into 2014 let us be the change we want to see in the country by being the
catalyst of change in ourselves, our family, our schools, places of work,
places of worship and in any organization to which we belong.
If only every Malaysian, rich or poor, young or old,
regardless of his race and creed resolves to bring a change in themselves, our
nation as a whole will see the change that we all want so badly; a multiethnic
nation that is united, peaceful, progressive and with abundance of goodwill in
gather is our respective houses of worship on this New Year eve,let us specially
pray for our leaders that they will gain the wisdom to put the people above
them,their families and cronies.Let us pray that they will lead by example and
bring about the change the people want. Let us pray that they will not stand in
the way of the people of all races and creed interacting with one another in
peace and harmony. Let us pray that they will be inspired to become builders
and not destroyers of the nation and the people.