The proof of the pudding!

The Prime Minister should be applauded for admitting the past mistakes of BN and apologising for them. Aren’t we taught in schools that humans are follible and that we should apologise for our mistakes?  PM has certainly been taught well.

He did not mention what are the past mistakes, though it would probably takes a book as thick as Barry Wain’s to just list them down.

Offhand I can think of so many, but most of them are the results of these:  rampant corruptions ( and a culture of you-help-me-i-help-you), compromising the integrity and independence of various institution especially that of the Judiciary, abuse of power, double standards in enforcing laws, compromising the standards of most fields including that of education, adoption of policies that lead to polarisation of race relations.

The end result is what we are today. While we see many of our comtemporaries have joined the rank of the First world, we are still struggling to try to get out of the middle income trap.

While before, many of us of different colours could sit in a coffee shop tegother and chat, this is now a rarity rather than the norm.

While before, a middle income person can possess a car and a simple house, nowadays, itt would take more than just middle income to do the same.

While before, corruptions were mainly individualised, now it has become institutionalised, with kick backs and mark-ups leading to leakages amounting to hefty amounts of money, which could have been better utilised to improve the infracstructure and living standards.

While before, Malaysians excelled in many fields, now we see mediocrity everywhere, the existence of which has led to a tidak-apa culture of the workforce, the result of which is increasing incompetitiveness.

These are just tip of the iceberg.

Most of you can easily name many more mistakes which cumulatively have led to what we are today.

PM did well to apologise for all these, even though his deputy was less eager to look back – forgetting that   apologising is in fact a strength and not weakness and realising past mistakes would do anyone well in future –for reasons that all of us have already known.

PM must be desperate and has taken a leaf out of our Southern neighbour. PM Lee’s apology just before the republic’s election did swing many percentage points back to the ruling party, and help cushioned the more rebellious young voters’ impact in the republic’s last election.

But apologising alone is not enough. Words must be seen to be translated into action, otherwise it would just be words. Promises (to change) that are not fullfilled would just be like the cry-wolf boy;  Malaysians have seen so many flip flops that we are now one of the most suspicious people.  Without solid changes, words and rhetoric would not be enough to earn back the trust that we have given for so long in the past .

We want actions, after the apology. We want corruptions at the highest levels to be weeded out. We want education be improved. We want economic policies that translate to more disposable income in our pockets. We want better policing. We want more level playing fields. We want improvement in existing healthcare and not just another scheme to tax us. We want hazardous projects like the Rare Earth plant to be put on hold. We want better human rights treatment.

Can this apology be translated into action, and action into policies and policies into better living standard?

Or is this apology just a mean to lure people to vote for the Big Brother again after which things will be back to usual?

We don’t know.

Nevertheless, we know that the proof of the pudding is  in the eating!

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 14:39:51

    The PM should prevent the VERY BIG
    Lynas mistake from proceeding any further.

    Surely he knows that all Malaysians
    with a conscience are against this project?

    It is TEN TIMES bigger than the earlier Bukit Merah
    project. And it is located in a flood prone area very near
    Balok River and the South China Sea (unlike Bukit
    Merah plant that was located inland).

    Admit the mistake and cancel the project totally, Mr PM !

  2. CYC
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 15:12:22

    How could we accept his insincere apology when all other more tyranny acts are taking place day in day out with his blessing. I would rather keep his arrogance till the day he step down.

  3. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 16:11:22

  4. sammy
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 16:44:11

    Still wanted the rakyat to give UMNO a chance after plundering and making mistakes for 40 years, calling citizen pendatang and making them cari makan legally and illegally in other countries. Just think of self and would not give others a fair go. Sick of eating ampum for 40 years and time for fresh food.

  5. Dr Hsu
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 17:23:11

    Prof Phua
    4 minsters want Lynas waste to be sent back to Australia. PM wants it t be sited in a remote area in Malaysia. Another ministeer claimed that waste is not harmful at all. All these are contradictory . If it is not harmful, why Pm want it to be cited in remote area?

    There is just so much confusion here one wonders whether all these ministers attended the same cabinet meeting?

  6. disgusted
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 17:30:30

    I agree with CYC, the apologies are unacceptable. I sense little sincerity and moreover leaders are not immortals, what is so great about apologising in anticipation of an election. Why didn’t he do so days when he assumed power? Sorry no go. ABU

  7. BeWildered
    Mar 07, 2012 @ 23:35:40

    BN has been so arrogant for so long, that a nebulous sound alike apology seems to have caught the attention of many people and attracted many writing and commenting.
    In management science, when a person wants to apologize, he or she needs to be specific about what he is apologizing for, otherwise, the apology is empty as no one knows what the person is apologizing. The most important component about apologizing is for the same person to state what to be done differently to avoid the same issues from happening in the future. Our PM clearly failed to delivery the basic requirements of a sincere and genuine apology. I find his so called apology hypocritical. It could hv been better if he didn’t ‘apologize’, at least, there is consistence.
    It is more like a election marketing sound bites from the PM.
    On the other hand, the trend is more arrogance on the ground, ceremah by opposition parties are violently interrupted. the key word here is VIOLANCE.
    There is saying that the body language betrays the mouth. It is ever closer to the truth in this case. Either these happen with PM blessing or he is not in control, it is bad either case.
    There are signs that some politicians actually think that we are idiots n try to sell snake oils to us. Are we idiots?
    Pleae keep watching the grand magic shows. More to come.

  8. kee
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 06:03:19

    I apologise to you for slapping you yesterday. As soon as I finish the apology, I spit into your face. As you turn away from me, I kick your backside.

    Anyone impressed with my apology?

  9. Li Li Fa
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 14:46:38

    Ah Jib Kor’s apology is but a word copied from down south of the border via LSL’s election campaign rhetoric.

    Well, it did work for LSL then because Lady luck visited him. But, I wonder if AJK will be that lucky. It’s because the people can detect and see through this veneer of deceit. It could boil down to further propagation of AJK’s famous tag line, ” you help me, I help you.” AJK is singing the same tune again over here.

    Is there any apology for the Lynas project?
    Was there any apology for the Bkt. Merah project?

    Yes, there was, but unreservedly a blanket apology that is supposed to keep you warm and comfortable.

    “What a humbling act. ” , said Mooydin

    Suddenly, Sharifah Aini’s song, ” Tiada Maaf Pada Mu” came on the air.

  10. klm
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 15:37:11

    Ah Jib Gor’s apology is a sham. When we will learn that we cannot believe a single word he said? The sooner we all realise this the better it is for us. We cannot give him anymore benefit of the doubt.

  11. seasan
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 16:39:06

    Malaysia score another world first by having a rare earth plant in an urban centre !!

  12. mycuntree
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 00:18:46

    Who can be faulted for being cynical about Najib’s sincerity in his apology? Is his apology for his own lists of errors or that of UMNO that he heads? Najib’s duplicity of character has been seen and proven too many times from his days as the MB of Pahang, right up to his current position as an unelected PM.

    It would indeed be very sad if Malaysians failed to realise this and fall into his web of traps that may take more than another election to recover from.

    I would even venture to say that I find his apology insulting and condescending in light of all that is happening in the country.

    Our demands for concrete actions to stop the financial bleeding that the country has been going through for decades now can never be stopped by Najib. How could he, when he is at the very top of the heap?

    Malaysians need to be much more realistic about the current GOM and not to continue to live in dreamland that the GOM will do a flip and start acting as a responsible administrator of the country’s wealth and the well being of its citizens, when they wake up from their nightmarish sleep. That’s not going to happen, not so long as the UMNO/BN regime remain in continuous political power.

    Our destiny and that of our future generations is at a cross-road, with 1 turn taking us forward and the other in circles but leading backwards. And if Malaysians failed to seize this coming opportunity to take the correct turn here and now, it would a mistake and regret that would be too painful to contemplate.

  13. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:09:26

    We should all prepare for accelerating inflation under
    this regime and its irresponsible fiscal policies.

    Hopefully, it does not become
    Zimbabwe-style hyperinflation !

  14. Meng
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 13:06:12

    After the GE, it will be back to square one. The bashing continues.

  15. Meng
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 13:29:30

    Apologising is no good but keeping quiet on most issues facing the nation.
    http://azeemambalam.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/we-remain-silent/

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