Monday, January 01, 2018

New year 2018

Reflections and resolutions

There is no better news to end the year 2017 than Dr.M apologizing for the wrongs he did during his tenure as PM. We would have been happier if only he was more specific but nevertheless it may the start of better things to come.

This act of humility by a man at the ripe old age of 92, who was considered a dictator once, provides the theme for reflection for coming New Year 2018. He has lead the way for other politicians and leaders of today to apologise for their wrongs and either change or leave for the betterment of the nation and the people at large.

In our own lives we would have done many bad that could have hurt others to varying degree. This is the time to ponder on those deeds and say sorry to those we offended. Many of us may be still continuing do wrong and keep hurting others, included those who love us. For them this is a time to not just say sorry but to repent and return to the right path. Making amends for our past is vital to move forwards to a better and happier future.

The year 2017 comes to an end amidst an environment of gloom and depression in the country. We seem to be losing all that we have painstakingly built over the last 60 years, It was not an easy task but built with the sweat and blood of all Malaysians who have made this land their home with hopes for better lives for their children and grandchildren.

Today the country is going through very difficult times, racial and religious polarisation at its height, and massive corruption with tainted leaders who refuse to bow to the wishes of the people, blatant abuse of power with total disregard for law and order, extremely high crime rate, economic mismanagement, marginalisation of the minorities and an uncertain future for the people. These have resulted in loss of credibility in the governing system and its leaders.

There is an air of despair that is resulting in the emigration of talented citizens who are disillusioned with the poor treatment given to them. There is great fear of the country going downhill further to levels beyond redemption. The return of past leaders who are far past their prime is proof of a lack of capable and dedicated leaders to helm the country.

The year 2018 is very crucial as it offers people the chance to make the change necessary in the coming 14GE.Many people are of the opinion that this 14GE may be the last opportunity for change and if we fail, we may never get another chance again.

As law-abiding and peace-loving citizens let us step into 2018 with hope that we can bring about the change. Let us not let down the millions who are anxiously waiting for our votes of change come GE14.

Happy New Year

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