Essay: Obama’s transcendence is beyond race

This article is by  RON FOURNIER, Associated Press Writer :

Supporters cheer as they hear results from television that President-elect AP – Supporters cheer as they hear results from television that President-elect Barack Obama has been elected …

WASHINGTON – The elevation of Barack Obama to the White House is a transcendent moment, for what this election says about a nation where blacks were once considered property.

And that might be the least of it.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime event. At odd intervals — 1800, 1860, 1932, 1980 — the nation reaches a “pivot point,” an election that draws the line between the past and the future. And 2008 appears to be just such a line in the shifting sands of our convulsive times.

Reagan-style conservative supremacy? Over. The era of baby boomer leadership? Waning.

And maybe, just maybe, something new has arrived: a post-partisan approach to governing, founded on the Obama Coalition, fueled by young and minority voters, powered by the 21st century technologies that helped turn a first-term senator from Illinois into a historic lodestone.

From the beginning, Obama had his sights on something bigger than the “50 percent plus one” approach championed by Karl Rove. He wanted a larger statement.

“Even if other candidates are able to eke out a victory, I think they are less likely to pull in independents and Republicans and new people who are currently not voting,” Obama told The Associated Press 15 months ago.

“I think what people are looking for right now is somebody who can bring the country together and maybe shape the kind of majority that will actually deliver on health care, that will actually deliver on a bold energy strategy, that can actually do something about serious education reform.”

On Tuesday, he received the huge wave of support he sought. But will he be able to do all that he promised? Will his ecstatic supporters be satisfied with anything less?

And did Obama really receive a mandate, or was he the beneficiary of the nation’s disgust with President Bush, and its unease with America’s course?

These are the questions that will be answered over the next four years. But for the moment, some astounding things are certain:

Our next president will be a man who identifies himself as black, but was raised by his white mother — a man who reflects the multiracial society America has become.

He was born in the 1960s, and was too young to experience the Vietnam era that left scars on the nation’s psyche for decades. And his lack of experience, central to his opponents’ campaigns against him in the primaries and general election, means that he is not necessarily invested in the way things have always been done.

Exit polls indicated that Obama’s triumph was built on his overwhelming success with blacks, Hispanics, 18-to-34-year-olds and new voters.

This is the future of the U.S. electorate.

History shows that once a young voter casts ballots twice for a given party, he or she is unlikely to ever turn away. Hispanics are the nation’s fastest-growing voting bloc. Indeed, the government recently reported that white people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, eight years sooner than previous estimates.

About one in 10 voters said this was the first year they had cast ballots, and 70 percent of them backed Obama. To cap it off, Obama won the female vote.

“From this day forward,” says historian John Baick of Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., “politics, politicians and the people they serve will never be the same.”

Obama takes over after 16 years of leadership by presidents born in the thick of the baby boom. In this fast-moving society, the worlds in which George W. Bush and Bill Clinton governed are so out of date they seem almost quaint.

Consider this: There were just a few hundred Web sites when Clinton took office and virtually no blogs when Bush entered the White House in January 2001.

Obama, of course, raised millions of dollars via the Internet. He tried to announce his selection of Joe Biden as his running mate with a text message. One of his favorite platforms, YouTube, did not exist when Bush began his second term.

When Obama needs help on Capitol Hill, the world’s largest lobbying shop — millions of supporters strong — is a mass e-mail away. His campaign Web site, a virtual community, could evolve into the 21st century version of a political headquarters — the place you go to help the party or ask it to help you.

To some degree, Obama succeeded by turning the concept of micro-politics on its head. Founded by Clinton and perfected by Bush, micro-politics relies on the dark arts of data mining, voter segmentation and polling.

Micro-politicians divide the country into like-minded groups, then peel off their rivals’ votes — a few from here, a few more from there — to cobble together narrow victories. They divide — or polarize — and conquer.

While Obama borrowed micro-targeting tactics from Bush and Clinton, the Illinois senator used them to find and motivate unregistered voters rather than to slice and dice the traditional crop.

“This is a realigning election because folks who are going to vote from here on out are people who don’t have a strong partisan connection,” says political scientist Natalie Davis of Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. “They don’t see things in terms of red and blue. They see things more in terms of solving problems.”

But parties still matter, and with gains in the House and the Senate, Obama takes office with more political capital than perhaps any president since Lyndon Johnson defeated Barry Goldwater in 1964. That landslide produced a House with 295 Democrats and a Senate with 68 Democrats.

In addition, many Democrats who won seats in U.S. statehouses Tuesday night will play a role in drawing the next decade’s political maps, a process that can cement the power of the ruling party.

Obama will need all the help he can get, as an inexperienced chief executive handed the burdens of a recession, a trillion-plus dollars in new government debt, an aging society, rising health care costs, failed energy policies and two foreign wars.

After a generation of politics based on promises of less government and lower taxes, Obama will ask Congress to expand government’s reach and tackle the nation’s massive problems. He even ran saying he would raise some people’s taxes.

Again, those are tomorrow’s tasks. For now, we can marvel at this moment, when we can look back and see the past, and look forward at a sharply drawn future.

Baick, the Western New England College historian, likens 2008 to 1960, and the victory of John F. Kennedy.

“He managed to convince Americans through popular memory and myth that we are good again,” Baick says, “that we are different and young.”

Echoes of Obama.

In 1960, the question that loomed over the campaign was whether a Catholic could get elected president. Voters answered yes. Nearly five decades later, that milestone is a mere footnote to the Kennedy presidency.

The question this time was whether a black man could win the presidency. Forty percent of all white Americans hold a negative view of blacks, according to polling by The Associated Press, and two-thirds of white Democrats express racial misgivings.

Yet on Election Day, Obama won more than four of every 10 white votes. Americans said yes, we can overcome our original sin.

Fifty years from now, President Obama will be remembered for more than the color of his skin.

And this moment will never be forgotten.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Ron Fournier is Washington bureau chief for The Associated Press

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chauncey Gardener
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 16:53:17

    Did Americans vote Obama because they felt guilty ?

    Hilary Clinton would also have been a landmark President.

    The use of the internet is highlighted in this writer’s article … but haven’t we been told not to trust everything on the internet (and even the MSM)?

    Nonetheless, I truly hope that Obama can fix some of America’s problems which prima facie are quite simple issues but compounded by political interests by both Republicans and Democrats.

    On another note, can we hope that an ethnic minority person can also achieve something like this in Malaysia ?

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  2. daffodils
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 17:33:56

    This is truly exquisite. The unthinkable has happened.

    Congratulations to America for setting a new course.

    That America could overcome centuries of racial strife and elect an African-American as president and did not allow color of the skin to come in the way of rational decisions sends a beautiful message of hope.

    The impossible has become possible.

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  3. Ling
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 19:52:17

    I challenge the BN component party leaders to raise the following for discussion:

    IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MALAYSIAN OF CHINESE, INDIAN, DAYAK, EURASIAN, KADAZAN ORIGIN TO BE PRIME MINISTER?

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  4. Steven
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 20:05:14

    Of course it is possible that a Malaysian of a minority race can be the PM. The constitution states very clearly that any Malaysian citizen can become the prime minister of the country irrespective of race and religion. I hope it will happen and I know it will happen. It’s a matter of time. The good people of Malaysia will wise up one day to elect a person of integrity and fair-minded to lead the country whatever colour he may be.

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  5. petestop
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 20:18:36

    Really, need to check the Malaysia Constitution first. Btw, where do we check this ?

    The reality is that for most man in the street, nobody knows much about Malaysia Constitution, while in America their Constitution and ideas of their Founding Fathers is being thought to their kids since young.

    Also note that for the Malay States (the ones with Sultans), only a Malay-Muslim can become Menteri Besar. As demonstrated in Perak, that although DAP has the majority in the State, we get a PAS MB.

    This requirement suppose to be able to be waived by the Sultan (although this was never tested before), however, the Sultan of Perak choose to follow the convention.

    So, you tell me, how many more decades or centuries, before we see any hope of all races treated as equal and as Malaysian ?

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  6. petestop
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 20:28:30

    This one from Teng Hock Nan is really weird:

    http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/NewsBreak/20081105192830/Article/index_html

    It is like, hey, for the past 39 years, we cannot get multi-language sign up.

    But after Pakatan rule Penang state got it done within a year, he comes out and say that Gerakan exco approved it first.

    Well.. well… no need to guess who won the credibility crown.

    Still, thanks for Gerakan support for multi-lingual and multi-cultural Georgetown as heritage city.

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  7. Amin
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 21:28:14

    Even appointing a non-bumi woman as acting GM of a state corporation PKNS, has raised such a hue and cry, what more as head of state.

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  8. A true Malaysian
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 23:02:38

    Amin,

    True, can’t those people just leave others carry on with their duties without meddling? Can’t they just be colorblind and see how the lady perform?

    These people really need a hard knock on their heads.

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  9. Kenny Gan
    Nov 05, 2008 @ 23:05:36

    Malays are the majority, outbreed all the other races and control the royalty, politics, civil service and security services yet we have Umno politicians who keep harping on the threat that non-Malays pose to Malays such as multi-language road signs in tourist areas.

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  10. Steven
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 00:52:26

    petestop, I got it from the horse’s mouth….Mr Lim Kit Siang. You’d think he should know about the constitution inside out as he was the opposition leader once. Best to check with him if you aren’t sure. According to him, the constitution does state that any Malaysian citizen can become PM irrespective of race and religion.

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  11. romerz
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 01:33:30

  12. romerz
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 01:51:32

    Yes Steven,

    Nothing in the constitution says otherwise. Just go to the top of Doc’s blog and click on the link to the ‘federal constitution’. About 181 articles in total and none prohibits a non-Malay PM.

    http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Malaysia

    Lets not even ask for so much when apparently those who consider themselves bumiputras are not yet ready to embrace this culture. Just ask for fair-play without race consideration and that would be a start.

    We may see the injustice of it all but until we can convince those with the numbers to do likewise, we are up against an uphill battle.

    Are you prepared to take to the streets and shed your blood for your beliefs?

    Sometimes we may have to temper idealism with pragmatism. And before you whack me, remember that we want to move ahead as a nation but at the same time, we do not want to leave anyone behind.

    IMHO, if we even leave 1 solitary person behind, then we have failed as a nation!

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  13. Meng
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 02:07:27

    Reading all the above comments, It shows that our ministers or so called MPs are narrow in thinking and perception. I wonder whether they have the academic background to function as a minister in their respective ministry. Often we hear of childish remarks and comments made by the ministers and clowns I call them.

    From a email received showed majority of the umno ministers have only a Bachelor of Arts degree , correct me if I am wrong, not revelant to their appoinment.

    Eg :
    PM Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi
    University of Malaya – Bachelor of Arts Honours (1964)

    Deputy PM Dato’ Sri Najib Razak
    University of Nottingham – Bachelor of Arts Honours (1974)

    Minister of Home Affairs Syed Hamid Albar
    [ UITM ] – Bachelor of Arts

    Muhyiddin Yassin
    [ Polytechnic Ungku Omar ]

    Minister of Education Hishammuddin Hussein
    [ Bachelor of Arts, Social Science ]

    I have tried to find their biodata and to confirm the above but could find it in their respective ministry. But out of curiosity I went to Singapore Cabinet site and found the following:
    (http://www.cabinet.gov.sg/CabinetAppointments/index.htm)

    PM Lee Hsien Loong
    Cambridge University – First Class Honours (1974)
    Harvard University – Masters (1980)

    SM Goh Chok Tong
    University of Singapore – First Class Honours (1964)
    Williams College , USA – Masters (1967)

    MM Lee Kuan Yew
    Cambridge University – First Class Honours (1949)
    Deputy PM and Coord Minister for national Security Prof. S Jayakumar
    University of Singapore – Bachelor of Law Honours (1963)
    Yale Univerity – Masters (1966)

    Minister for Home Affairs Wong Kan Seng
    University of Singapore – Bachelor of Arts & Business Admin (1977)
    London Business School – Masters (1979)

    Minister for Foreign Affairs BG George Yeo
    Cambridge University – Double First Class Honours (1976)
    Harvard Business School – MBA w/ Distinction (1985)

    Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang
    Cambridge University – First Class Honours w/ Distinction (1976)
    Harvard University – Masters (1986)

    Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean
    University of Manchester – First Class Honours (1976)
    Imperial College , London – Masters w/ Distinction (1977)

    Minister for Education Tharman Shanmugaratnam
    London School of Economics – Bachelor of Arts
    Cambridge University – Masters
    Harvard University – Masters

    Are we doing well?

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  14. klm
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 03:45:05

    Barack Obama never run as an african american. He ran as an american. he transcended race and the people embraced him.

    This was a bit like when badawi’s first election in 2004. people liked what he said and they give him the mandate. Unfortunately, badawi did not have the capacity to execute the mandate.

    Unfortunately, Malaysia is still in the process of ejecting the waste within its system.

    People has high expectation of barack obama. so we see.

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  15. petestop
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 06:47:20

    Meng, it is common knowledge that Badawi failed his Statistic papers. Yet he was holding the Finance Portfolio (before switching with Najib) on top of his PM Portfolio.

    Now, from my own experience, Statistic in Maths is one of the harder discipline requiring a higher mental leap as compared to the relatively easy Modern Maths. So does Addtional Maths (Calculus, etc).

    It is like chess player who can only see 1 move ahead, versus one who can see 10 moves ahead.

    That is why you constantly getting stupid moves and remarks equivalent to knee-jerk reaction for most ministers. Especially the ISA fiasco by Hamid Albar. He is one of the biggest moron there is.

    It is easy to guess who is really running the Finance Ministry, the deputy in the form of Nor Mohamed Yakcop !

    However, Badawi and now Najib insist to have the finger on the button so to speak, as the Finance Ministry is the one that doles out the dough.

    Even if they don’t have the qualification to run it !

    It is fortunate that the Private Sector is relatively immuned to the blunders of the moronic team running the govt.

    Like my company, it is closely coupled with US tech sector, China manufacturing and EU design and marketing. That to me is the way forward, instead of relying on the “katak bawah tempurung” business in Malaysia.

    Let them have their “ketuanan” under their cosy “tempurung”.

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  16. James
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 09:38:36

    I don’t think pure Black can win an American election, one needs to have white also. Obama’s mother is Irish (white).

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  17. Dr Hsu
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 10:19:12

    Meng, you are quite right to say that SIngapore ministers are all well equiped academically. In the modern world, ability to think and analyse is of utmost importance, and a master degree would have helped a lot in developing the thinking skill.

    But academic qualification is ot the only thing. Politics is about the management of people.

    perhaps i will elaborate on this as a newt.

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  18. CYC
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 10:21:53

    Obama demonstrated 3 unique qualities a political leader should possess :

    1. Charisma
    2. Excellent oratory skill
    3. Clarity in thinking and good grasp of issue in hand

    If any political party wants to remain competitive, go look for one with similar qualities. KTK though armed with Ph.D just doesn’t fit in, or i should say thousand miles away. The same goes to the rest of Gerakan so called top men.

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  19. A true Malaysian
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 10:26:05

    We Malaysian are moulded to look things at race first, then the gist second. It is only natural reaction since we are in such kind of environment since we were born.

    In short, we are all ‘racist’, aren’t we? Then, should we start to discard such attitude?

    We really need to look at Obama as another individual instead of whether he is a full black, half black or whatever colors and should not question at all whether if his mother is ‘black’, Obama will failed being elected as 44th President of USA. I believe Obama regards himself as ‘American’ and the fact of he is a black from Kenya only reflects his ancestors’ roots.

    The important thing here is that Obama’s win showed us how far Malaysian are comparing to the American which are the melting pot of civilization from all over the world who includes former Malaysian (like Musa Bakar) migrated to USA.

    It is best we stop referring Obama as a black and let him do his job for the good of USA and the world.

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  20. A true Malaysian
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 11:22:17

    Meng,

    The comparisons of qualification you tabulated are indeed a good contrast of how different Malaysia and Singapore do things.

    While Malaysian are not lacking of qualifications of what Singapore minsters have, but why Malaysian ministers are not ‘at par’ with their Singapore counterparts in term of academic qualification? This, to me is the reason why ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ come into play whether ‘inferior’ becomes ‘superior’.

    But again, academic qualifications do not mean a person is ‘superior’ or the other, it is depends on how high the benchmark we want to set.

    All things are still back to ‘logical thinking’ and ‘conscience’. So, if Malaysian ministers are lacking in academic qualification, they are still acceptable if they are of ‘logical thinking’ and do things based on ‘clear conscience’.

    The question is, are they? I wish not to give my answer to this, as one may be different from the other.

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  21. Dr Hsu
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 11:32:27

    This is the comment I posted in romerz’s blog:

    well said. Obama represents a hope; a hope for change; a change for the better.

    America is America today because the Americans accept the concept of change for the betterment of society.

    Whereas here , we are so scared of change.

    We want a better life and yet we stillwant to stick to the old system.

    We are like a boat going upstream. We are not progressing much and if we do not change the way we peddle the boat, there is only one certain result: the boat will be pushed backward downstream.

    So, why are we so scared of change?The majority Malays should not have any fears that they would be marginalised because by virtue of thier commanding numbers, they will always be the helmsmen of this boat. Why not, for once, abandon the old method and try another way to steer the boat forward?

    Really there is nothing to lose.

    Try adopting meritocracy. Try adopting a needs based economic policy.

    I am sure, if they can cast away their inferior complex and fear, they would have no problems moving our boat forward and play catch up with those already far upstream.

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  22. Bangsa Malaysia
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 11:33:07

    Until the day come for a Bangsa Malaysia to be the PM of Malaysia…we could just dream on.

    We are bunch of racist I might say…condeming one n supporting the other…the first step in this is to change of prespective irregardless whether its Malay Supremacy or Aryan Supremacy…oops wrong era but come to think of it’s the same concept.

    If we kept on the racist card…we will not change but remain as the Southern Confedrate States (USA) White Supremacy.

    America has come a long way…perhaps we too need too. We have easy for us…an Independence without blood shed…a Communist insurgency n Indonesian Confrontation with Commonwealth forces assistance…come to think of it…we really didnt fight any of these alone and yet here we are at peace time ‘We want to be supreme over the others’…Hogwash.

    Learn from history…unless someone change it to suit themselves…as in Nazi Germany.

    Can we break from this self-impose Oneness (Malay Supremacy)…Yes We can…and We Must for our children’s sake as Bangsa Malaysia.

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  23. Dr Hsu
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 11:34:50

    Even Parti Gerakan leaders, so many are so well educated, with PhDs, Masters and so on, are so scared of change.

    Leadership is about this:

    Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing.
    – Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader

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  24. CYC
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 12:03:57

    Status quo and wait for the time to die unnoticed. May i term this as the Gerakan’s obituary.

    Ph.D is but only a paper that confirming a person has successfully gone through a certain module of studies and pass the necessary exam in which ascertain his/her level of competence in the particular field of study. But it will never able to testify whether he/she pass the test by being spoon feed or otherwise. Hence, we can see so many Ph.D holders when being interview on TV talk show perform worse than an ordinary manager did. They can’t even articulate the subject of discussion in clear and concise manner.
    So, please don’t simply elect leaders merely base on their qualification and titles attached.

    Mao Zedong never went to university but is powerful enough to influence the entire nation, rightly or wrongly. Doc, leader not necessarily always did the right thing but must have courage and conviction to take the first step.

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  25. swyee
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 13:16:22

    This sleepy flip flop lame duck guy is mumbling again. This time he mumbled that anyone from minority can become PM!!. What a joke la. As long as you have that bunch of racialistic, greedy and brainless bums running the country there is NO way, I repeat NO way that anyone from the minority group can even become DPM not to mention PM. PM from minority group, my foot.
    Just look at the PKNS CEO issue. They cant even accept a minority for a post in a GLC, you folks think that they will accept anyone from a minority group to become a PM. The sun will rise from the west if it ever happen. Even a dumb dumb will know the answer.
    But just you wait, later he will not only flip flop on what he said, he will also deny he has said this. Actually I have been misquoted etc…. thousand and one reasons.
    I strongly recommend he start forming “empat se-kawan” clowns when he retires. You can bet, I will be the first one to patronise.
    Look, till todate what has been done for the country when he proudly promised before he step down. Only a couple of months left now. A BIG FAT ZERO.

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  26. Steven
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 13:40:49

    Yes, a BIG FAT ZERO alright. Reforms my foot! Not even a magician can perform that kind of tricks in five months. It’s just a ladder for him to climb down graciously….oops sorry, forced to I mean!

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  27. Looking for Hockey players for TVC
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 13:54:28

    “The elevation of Barack Obama to the White House …………. blacks were once considered property.”

    i have a dream (or some dreams)

    *that a non bumi can become the chief of PKNS
    *that we can put up multi language road signs
    *that is it more important in what we know + not who we know

    ai yah…..too much to dream lah….might as well just migrate……because if there are so many PHDs in Gerakan, who is out of office + so many “qualified” guys in government…..seriously….how terminally ill is our beloved MALAYsia, Dr?

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  28. A true Malaysian
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 14:02:39

    “Asked when Malaysia could similarly see a person elected to the top administrative post regardless of race and religion, he said it could happen if the rakyat wanted it to happen.”
    ________________

    The above is copy and paste from The Malaysian Insider on Pak Lah’s comment on Obama being elected President of USA.

    Yes, I as a ‘rakyat’ want this to happen.

    In fact, a lot of rakyat have voiced out what we want Umno government to do, and yet they just brushed aside what the rakyat want.

    Similarly, the same thing happen in Gerakan. Grassroots members want their leaders to pull out their party from BN, yet what they get so far?

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  29. petestop
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 14:42:27

    Hockey player,

    Pakatan-led Penang state already can put up multi-lingual road sign. They are not even one
    year in power.

    Irregardless of Gerakan claim that they “thought”
    of it first, like what Teng Hock Nan says here:
    http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Wednesday/NewsBreak/20081105192830/Article/index_html

    The fact is that 39 years of Gerakan in Penang they cannot make it happen.

    I look forward to at least another 4 decades of DAP lead Penang State.

    I used to have hope in Gerakan to turn around,
    but it looks like it is just wishful thinking.
    Doc Hsu here is but one man who seeks to bring Gerakan back to its roots, amongst many old
    man who prefers to stay in their comfort zone.

    If the Fed Govt return all the income tax collected
    in Penang to Penang State, we can manage it
    ourselves, I believe in no time, we will fly faster
    than all the roaring economies in China, India, Vietnam.

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  30. A true Malaysian
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 15:37:53

    petestop,

    As long as DAP led government can be colorblind, practising meritocracy, CAT, and BN continually to be color-not-blind, DAP led government will rule Penang forever.

    Jeff Ooi has an impressive report on their outing to Korea recently.

    http://www.jeffooi.com/2008/11/gerakan_and_umno_the_oppositio.php

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  31. klm
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 18:38:41

    There is an interesting piece of statistics on the recent US election. In a poll, 19% in the United States thought race was an issue.

    I have never seen such a poll in Malaysia. I hope this could be the same. Maybe 20% of the population are bigots. And they cause trouble for 80% of the people.

    As Martin Luther King said 4o years ago. The day will come when people will judge a person, not by the colour of his skin, but by the substance of his character.

    This give us hope in pushing the bigots into oblivion.

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  32. Kenny Gan
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 20:25:26

    The concept of racial supremacy has been overturned all over the world. Examples are black slavery in America, apartheid in S. Africa and Nazism in Germany.

    Is Malaysia the last bastion of racism where one race claims supremacy over the other races? How long can this last in the 21st century.

    But no, I don’t think we have to wait another 150 years or 50 years. Even as we debate, the times are changing and the country is forced to change with the times. Compare the mood now and ten years ago. The same racism but aren’t we now more outspoken against it?

    The racists in Umno may beat their racial drums louder but that’s because they are forced into a corner, threatened by the undercurrent of racial equality sweeping our society. They will eventually be overwhelmed by it.

    Malaysia is changing and we may be witnessing the dying outbursts of racial bigots like Ahmad Ismail and Khir Toyo. It’s still a rocky road ahead but we’ll get there.

    Have faith, my fellow countrymen. Change will come whether the Umno racists want it or not.

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  33. robertchai48
    Nov 06, 2008 @ 20:31:35

    Time have change. Are we still playing the old game? Gerakan need more courage and gut to voice out. Is there hope for Gerakan? Voice out..if we need changes in our policy to make Malaysia a better place for our next generation.

    That is why Gerakan need to be a conscience for BN. Voice out in the open and use the latest alternative media that is internet. The people will make the decision when the time arrive. What we need is the boost in our economy, sense of security, sense of belonging and sense of patriotisme in each one of us?. Time have change the old thought of politic and crutch that provide for certain interest group. Malaysia need to move on with the new generation that have global outlook and more forward thinking.

    Gerakan survival depend on its grassroot. Grassroot have decide and make the decision. Let KTK and his team plan forward to regain lost ground. KTK and his team need to work harder to convince the fence sitter and patch out his differences with other component parties. Gerakan have survive last 40 years in a difficult period and move on another 40 years will not be a problem

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  34. klm
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 04:06:06

    “Even Parti Gerakan leaders, so many are so well educated, with PhDs, Masters and so on, are so scared of change.”

    Dr Hsu, PhDs and Masters are the worst when it comes to change. Most of these people must led. They are not leaders. Having all these degrees do not mean they are leaders.

    You may have put your finger on the problem in Gerakan. Too many PhDs and Masters.

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  35. Meng
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 10:31:24

    True Malaysian

    You have rightly mentioned the words Logical thinking, the question , when someone who is not tutored well, will he be able to go through the steps of logical thinking to cater for the need of individual, society and the nation as a whole.

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  36. A true Malaysian
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 10:34:33

    Meng and others,

    Court orders RPK to be released immediately, great news.

    http://malaysiakini.com/news/92620

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  37. A true Malaysian
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 10:38:14

    Meng,

    Logical thinking is ‘inbuilt’ in all decent people, unless those are non-decent, then illogical can be logical.

    For example, those gone through BTN could not be brain-washed unless they have no ‘logical thinking’.

    Anak Malaysia is one with logical thinking.

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  38. nick
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 10:44:53

    Ever heard of the “zulu principle” (Jim Slater ~ 1990’s)? Anyone can master a niche subject in the shortest time using intensive research and refining methodologies. People with big titles may have mastered some obscure subjects that no one in the world even bother to know. So guys, don’t get carried away with Phd’s and Masters titles. I rather judge the person’s character and personality. The American system puts the candidate through fire and brimstone and if the person survives, he or she would have formulated a set of policies accepted by the majority. In Malaysia, we are often told certain subjects are non-debatable. Certain rights cannot be questioned. That’s why our political system is half-baked and worst our politicians, especially from BN are all h6 eggs and water-melons. Barack Obama deserves to win. He now has his chance to shape and realize his dreams and for for the world. He is one smart cookie (Harvard law school). I sat through his acceptance speech. Remarkable words, brought tears to my eyes and caught my imagination. What a wondrous politician! Only DSAI has the same charisma is Malaysia today. I wouldn’t waste time on any of the government ministers. There is not even one who come close to anyone I admire. I agree 100% with swyee. Our Nation have already lost 5 years and 5 months (till March 2009) with Mr. Flip-Flop at the helm; soon Mr. Playboy will take over and bring more curse to our Nation. My wish is to see a “B.O.” equivalent, someone with high IQ, high EQ, compassionate, experienced, hopefully a technocrat who can step forward and articulate the lost dreams of this Nation and lead us all to a better life (like RPK?).

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  39. yh
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 11:18:31

    isnt it so remarkably similar here. thats why Najib will be the last PM from BN.
    the young ones will decide the winner of next election. the young ones will cross the rubicon, the racial divide and BN will be the opposition come GE13.
    And Gerakan will leave BN then coz there’s no more goodies left for them.

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  40. petestop
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 11:29:56

    klm,

    You are exactly correct. My boss always says that
    it is always not the “paper smart” guy that leads
    most business.

    To be leader you need guts and intuition to brave
    the unknown. With most academics, they will
    argue their theory until the cow come home, but
    never act on it.

    Likewise, Gerakan is filled with many of these
    theoretical politicians…. keep talking about
    conscience… but never acting it.

    In other words, talking SHIT !

    Anyway, glad that the court has ruled that it is
    unconstitutional for the detention of RPK, and that
    Syed Hamid Albar have overstepped his
    jurisdiction.

    Glad that there are still such independent judge
    who uphold the principle of separation of powers
    and put a check on the executive.

    Another prove of the moronic action of so-called
    Home Minister. Really, it is an insult for him to
    carry that title, an insult to all the good Home
    Ministers out there, including my wife.

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