Obama becomes President

Yesterday, I stayed up late to watch history being made. The first African American, the son of a person whom 60 years ago might not even be served in a restaurant, has become the 44th President of USA.

His speech is motivating:  touching on change, hope and reaching out to the Muslim World.

Overall, I was impressed by his speech, the delivery, the substance, the poise and the spirit .

The full speech is availbale at time.com.  I am posting it below too.

Hopefully, there will be changes for the betterman of the world. He has said before: Change we must , Change we can..

Hopefully , this wave of change would inspire Malaysian politicians to change from one  asking what projects can do for them to one asking what they can do for the country.

The full text:

obama_speech_0120from Time.com

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

 

 

 

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

 

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

 

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: “Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive … that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 15:41:25

    Dr. Hsu

    Obama has immense talent. That is for sure. But note, he carry no baggage of the American slavery past.

    His father as everybody know, was from Kenya. It is as if, god start anew with Obama. Obama is a a fusion between black and white. The right combination to carry America forward. And for sure Obama is the right man for the right moment.

    Very interestingly, 65% of black in American think that the goal of Martin Luther King is now achieved. The relationship between black and white will be different going forward.

    To eject the baggage of the past, we need to start anew. Include the involvement of each and every one. Malay, Chinese, Indian should be united by common destiny and not divided by race.

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  2. Dr Hsu
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 15:54:49

    He said “We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord”.
    Can we Malaysians have hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord??

    Very often fear in Malaysia is instilled by the power that be, and conflict and discord are encouraged especially during party election time, so that those who sow discord would get better support…. That is the sad thing with the dorminant party.

    Change we must and change we can.

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  3. Peter Yew
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 16:17:24

    Dr Hsu,

    I too stayed up the whole night until nearly 2am this morning to be a part of this historic event. The discrimination, injustice and war-mongering of this world has now found a challenger in the person of the new US president. Small in stature, big in heart, confident beyond his youthfulness, his appointment is a like a fresh breeze that blows away the haze of human greed and immorality.

    A new chapter opens, wounds are being healed, hope rises, America has found her footing once again as leader of the free world. Let this be a lesson for our politicians who contunue to look inward for selfish gains instead of the greater goods of the people.

    This part of Obama’s speech was obviously directed at the like of our corrupt leaders:

    To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

    If our government wants to warm up to a closer tie with the Obama Administration my advice is to look at yourself in the mirror first and check if you have the same passion and priority in nation building.

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  4. Peter Yew
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 16:18:53

    BTW I noticed you have changed the bacground of your header picture to that of a bridge. China? Lovely idea.

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  5. klm
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 16:51:30

    Tsu Koon backs Najib’s call for reforms – Malaysian Insider. Gerakan today urged Barisan Nasional to implement real reforms or risk losing the people’s support.

    Wow. Reform can real and not real. So BN must be doing not real reform all this while.

    And why no change in Gerakan. Because change is not real.

    Silly man.

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  6. A true Malaysian
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 17:16:31

    Umno and BN leaders have a lot to catch up with President Obama. His message “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history” is just perfect and timely for our leaders.

    Yet, we have someone writing an open letter to President Obama……Haha, that is the biggest joke Malaysia can produce. Malaysia Boleh.

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  7. CYC
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 17:29:22

    Change in KTK’s dictionary means what? Come up with more tactics to lie, cheat, fear mongering, tighten rule on freedom of speech ? I wonder he has even bother to think on the direction of change. As usual, BN always like to this phrase “we will do whatever necessary for the benefits of rakyats” but he are clueless what do they mean by whatever necessary. Just like primary student writing essay by memorising sample answer.

    Perhaps, bloggers should stop comment on what KTK says as it is sheer waste of time and super unproductive.

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  8. VoiceOfPolitics
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 17:58:02

    Sad to say, Gerakan is yet to have an Obama.

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  9. Justin Choo
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 19:05:01

    CYC,

    “Perhaps, bloggers should stop comment on what KTK says as it is sheer waste of time and super unproductive.”

    Saya sokong 100%. 🙂

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  10. Justin Choo
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 19:07:26

    Voice of Politics,

    “Sad to say, Gerakan is yet to have an Obama.”

    An Obama for Gerakan??

    What a joke!! 🙂

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  11. petestop
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 23:17:26

    And in Malaysia, we have “licensed killers” who answers to nobody, who go about doing “genocide”

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/96937

    Disturbing videos or the deceased showing signs of torture
    http://www.malaysiakini.tv/video/16623

    Where is the IPCMC promised by Badawi ??
    All talk, nothing done.

    Do we still want such government ??

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  12. QueSeraSera
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 00:00:12

    The link below talk about famine in 2009.

    http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/12.08/famine.html

    Will such things happen? There are talks about California State government being bankrupt and paying their tax refund and welfare payment in IOU.

    Can Obama change things around?

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  13. QueSeraSera
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 00:42:02

    Dear Dr. Hsu

    I place the previous link for your attention and maybe discussion from your regular visitors.

    In America, there many who are looking at changing their lifestyle and how things ought to be managed in the light of the various crises confronting them, chief among them is the destructive nature of their financial and credit system. There were widespread opposition and disgust with their Federal Reserve System which wreck havoc by their secretive manipulation of boom and bust cycle to control or destroy economy and social structure.

    Among the initiatives that I have noticed are stuffs like participating in local food cooperative, supporting local economy that does not require large amount transportation thus reducing dependency on fuel impact, reducing or eliminate credit-based lifestyle. One other initiative that I notice is the move to End the Fed as a private banking institution and put it under Congress or government oversight (ie the American people).

    What alert me of this is how about our Malaysian economy? Are we self sufficient in basic stuff like food and energy security. Are there alternatives that we can develop as a matter of diversity? Are we too reliance to the government to the point of being being dependent?

    You have political activism background and more than that you have broad vision of how things ought to be. Perhaps we ought to be more vigilant lest we are caught out in the rain without umbrella. Hope to hear your views and perhaps influence the right people to make haste in preparing ourselves of any eventuality.

    There is no telling how bad things will be this time around and how long will last. In fact I recall about how a writer commented about how the story of the dream of Pharaoh about seven fat cows and seven lean cows have been repeated in history. It does have its pattern: very good time in term of easy access to credit for many things like car, house, easy payment scheme and the like. For some like houses, the duration stretch to even 30 years of payment. A couple friends I know bought a condo and has to take that long to pay it off. What if thing go back and they are without work? Another just bought and renovated a house which they think they can stay until their old age while haven’t sold off their previous condo unit and still paying for two cars and having four children and the wife just got news that their American owned factory is going into forced annual leave to reduce overhead cost what with their reduction in order intake. A third story has it that the company, another big American MNC selling mobile phone, decided to sell their Cyberjaya operation to an Indian company, only to have the Indian company declared accounting fraud just last week.

    http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Seven_Lean_Kine.htm

    Thank you and best regards.

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  14. romerz
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 02:09:55

    Guys, things are not as well as our government would have us believe.

    My wife who works for a Japanese company has been told to be at their stations tomorrow at 2.30 pm because there is a major announcement from management in Japan by conference call.

    Her good friend who works in INTEL told her to read the papers in the coming days as they are forbidden to talk about it but it is not going to be something pleasant!

    We are heading towards a recession and the stupid bastards are still in denial, much like their politics.

    Sorry to say this but maybe this could be the catalyst that throws these bastards out of office once and for all!

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  15. Atila
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 04:49:00

    Dear People,

    Not a word in Obama’s lenghty speech is pleasant to my ears.

    I wonder he wrote the speech himself or he had to read a pre-written one.

    We as Malaysian’s must never take the US President speech like a Quran of a Bible.
    Malaysian’s pls think globally.

    I m surprised that some Malaysian still think so highly of USA. Read history people, what has not American done in this world?

    Major campaigning called propanganda to begin with in 1970s to repair its damaging image after Vietnam war.

    I used to take USA at face value until I saw an American soldier shot dead a Chichano civilian crossing Tijuana border back in late 1980s.

    This century America has mega tasks in “clawing” the world especially in resources : water and black-gold.

    USA, a unipolar power poking its nose in everyparts of the world including dumping
    DU 238 into other nations backyard, nothing but in conquest for resources.

    Thank you.

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  16. soohuey
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 05:12:55

    QueSeraSera, just to share with you my sentiments for whatever little it’s worth. Take everything i say with a pinch of salt, i have an aggressive way of speech.

    “What alert me of this is how about our Malaysian economy? Are we self sufficient in basic stuff like food and energy security. Are there alternatives that we can develop as a matter of diversity? Are we too reliance to the government to the point of being being dependent?”

    i was disappointed by the majority reaction to Mahathir’s call for boycott. i agree that it is unfeasible in view of the set up of malaysia’s economy. however, the speed and magnitude of recoil by Malaysians give insight into how dependent we are on foreign investment, goods and services…

    developing countries with gullible consumers such as Malaysia are likely more significant markets for western companies than consumers in the western countries themselves! a successful (well-supported) boycott of specific companies will hurt! except it will hurt us even more. This is a huge problem. surely such level of dependence is unwise and unsustainable if we truly desire to become developed.

    some level of dependence is true for all countries in our global village, but i believe Malaysia’s worship of all things foreign (including presidents?) is unhealthy. yet who can blame them? badawi’s call to buy local is hardly convincing. my friends from a mix of western countries have concluded that all things Made in Malaysia (MiM) suck, and i have nothing to defend except to scowl back. why? we wear latex gloves where i work and one day we noticed that the quality dropped drastically (MiM)! so our purchasing manager got a new brand to trial, also MiM – horrible! another brand ok, made in thailand. occasionally this same brand is of poor quality, and we notice without fail every time it is poor quality, it is MiM! yes, every single time! go to the box “Made in Malaysia, no wonder! Soo, why can’t your country make gloves?!” so we actually request our supplier to send us batches that are made in Thailand only and not Malaysia! the joke, that’s why ansell makes their condoms in Thailand. then there’s Dell, again MiM. “Oh… Dell is made in Malaysia, no wonder. Soo, how come everything from your country is such bad quality??” Please show me a truly good quality Malaysian product that I can bring back to show them…. if can’t find one, we really must stop blindly praising ourselves so we can improve.

    i also think many of our politicians are too under-informed. eg. focus on biofuel and talking about it as tho it is aids environmental sustainability when in fact most credible environmental groups are against it because it rapes land that should at least be cultivated for food, not power generation, and yet we’re throwing money into an industry with no future; same goes for biodegradable plastics that are mostly made of plant material and will still clog up landfill until they decompose, gov should push for less consumption/habit change and not think they’re doing good by pushing for equally unsustainable alternatives; fuel subsidy – stupid in the long term imho; the way they exaggerate about our “bright biotech future” based on the potentials in our forests is over-optimism at best.

    our investments/developments seem ill-informed, ill-planned, ill-implemented. often i can’t decide if they are just too dumb to realise how ridiculous their statements or decisions are, or if they know the folly in their decisions but don’t care because of personal monetary gain.

    “alternatives that we can develop”?! first they need brains. except for innovation, US is hardly a country to emulate.

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  17. soohuey
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 05:26:28

    Atila, I agree with you that America is often baselessly being given hero status.

    Their education system/accessibility is terrible, their health system is terrible, their socio-economical divide is HUGE, their human rights is only less appalling compared to their environmental impact!! besides supposedly being heros of WW2 (which they got into in self-interest), they are completely unworthy of heroship.

    HOWEVER, obama does appear to bring hope of change, so give him a chance? benefit of doubt?

    mind you, i have a lot of american friends whom i love dearly and i’ve concluded that the average american outside of california are nice people. it is the things the country does as a whole that seems to be the problem…

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  18. Atila
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 05:42:16

    Dear soohuey

    Thank you.

    I too have many friends there.

    Its their leadership, their govt.

    Their leadership in UN, recently at earlier stage do not want to pass resolution on Gaza Strip, insisted to inclusion of Hamas firing Israel but the truth was it was Israel ignited everything 23days ago.

    Pro-zionists that is USA Govt.

    I do not believe in giving Obama a chance or any future president any becoz the “invincible hands” are behind the presidents, all are just puppets like the previous presidents.

    I foresee the worst is coming.

    Thank you.

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  19. Atila
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 05:53:34

    Dear soohuey

    Malaysian economy is at the mercy & foot of USA, the pro-Zionist.

    Thank you.

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  20. Dr Hsu
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 10:05:15

    klm,

    there is no real reform, just ‘lip’ reform so far…

    Real reform must start fromt the very top.. no money politics and no projects for those conencted to the top..

    Every purchase, decision, must be transparent…

    Meritocracy must be adopted… “real” meritocracy, and not artificially giving everyone “A”s as a form of manipulated merits.

    Give contract to the one that can gives the best service, not one that practices ‘manhole’ syndrome.. (For those who are not sure what is manhole syndrome, pls refer back to a few posts).

    Overhaul the education. Make English a compulsory pass at SPM level…

    Give the judges full independence, not by having the

    Stress on clean government..”real’ clean government and not by having a “lip” service MACC… A real ICAC… For a start, we may even have to employ retired ICAC agents from Hong Kong etc to help up.. Wait till the clean culture is established, then we can fully rely on local enforcement.

    Put in place a system of accountability and responsibility.. Any leaders or ministers who fail in his or her duty must resign, no matter how much and how popular is his or her support within his or her own party. Can Umno do it? I doubt.

    Stop the politics of patronage… Can UMNO do it? I doubt.

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  21. CYC
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 11:03:38

    America is a superpower that excel in certain aspect but definitely a chief axis of evil in promoting peace and economic independence. Just read this book “Confession of an economic hitman” and see how they create social instability by hijacking many countries economy. In the process, many “unfriendly government” were over thrown and puppet government came into power. This process is being repeated to enhance their grip of world power till today.

    That aside, America does excel in many other fields that they are virtually the indisputable “taiko” namely education, science, medicine etc. More importantly, they do practice meritocracy and human rights to a respectable level within their country at least.

    Malaysia while blessed with abundant natural and human resources fail to utilise them efficiently and effectively to benefit the rakyats. I m of opinion that the following should done to chart our destiny of hope:

    1. Stop politics of patronage that will solve half of our country’s corruption problem.

    2. Introduce meritocracy in all sectors

    3. Introduce anti discrimination act similar to Indonesia.

    4. Enact responsibility, accountability and transparency culture

    5. Lastly, broaden its citizens horizon and embrace the world as its focus.

    Sound familiar and simple, but can we do it?

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  22. jeff
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 12:02:50

    His message to the Muslim world, USA will extend its hand if you unclench your fist, USA seek mutual interest and respect and will not bow to your use of terror to advance your goal and aim, stop blaming the west for your corruptible governance, you will be judge by what you can build not what you can destroy, knowing doing so will put you in the wrong side of history.

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  23. jeff
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 12:06:44

    His speech right on target making those in Malaysia using religion for political mileage feeling nervous. haha..

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  24. klm
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 13:42:00

    Dr Hsu.

    Some of the commentators said making comments on KTK and his statements is unproductive and a waste of time. I beg to differ. Please read the article on “So what’s going on here?”.

    “Behind closed doors, some ministers are concerned. They know that Malaysians are watching their every step and chewing on every word that escapes their lips.”

    The blogs are hitting home. The above would apply to our criticism of KTK. He had supporters that would read the blogs and report back to him. He has children that read the blogs and ask him why people consider him useless.

    I am sure you would have pass him constructive criticism. You would would have couched the words in polite and circumscribed manner. And I am sure he would have ignored your constructive criticism.

    It is time he hear directly from voters, like us. We are direct. We are brutal. We do not mince any words. Personally, I don’t use swear and obscene words. Other than that, my guide is the dictionary and Shakespeare. We have a vote. We give it to whoever we want. So he better listen.

    Politicians are human being. They have conscience. They may have less of that, unlike you and I. Once in a blue moon, in the wee hours of morn, their conscience may twinge. Some may come to their senses and recant their evil ways.

    So we should be talking and criticising him. until he give up as President of Gerakan, he come to his senses and do the right thing, Gerakan members come to their senses and do the right thing or the voters put the final nail on the coffin of Gerakan.

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  25. Dr Hsu
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 14:01:51

    klm,

    you are right. I have voiced out to him directly, and to his credit, he is a good listeners, and usually will jote down notes..

    He sits in BN Council and since he has a good working relations with certain uMno leaders, he has certain influence, or let us say, he has the channels to channel people views from the ground to UMNO.

    I think since the next GE is a few years down the road, we still need to continously channel people’s views and objections to the power that be, since even a small success sometimes can help alleviate people’s sufferings.

    An example is the IJN privatisation. Because of the objections, and the views of the public as well as our views reach the top. The sale has been aborted.. These are not victories, since these are mismanagement,… But we need to correct whatever mismangememnt to the best of our ability before the next GE.. so that people do not suffer as much as if these mismangement has taken root without correction.

    Before big change can come, we must be active to try to achieve small changes, even if those small changes are not policies changes .

    For example, after my article “KT bye election” came out in malaysia Insider, KTK wanted to meet me for further discussion on what was written that night, unfortunately , i have already promised a friend to attend a seminar. But I hope to meet him after the CNY to voice out.

    We put pressure on him and hope that he in turn puts pressure on the BN top leaders when they meet up..

    As I have always believed, UMNO will reform only after losing a GE, but that does not mean that we should stop trying to effect small changes here and there to alleviate people’s sufferings…

    I may be wrong, abut i think my article about “bye ‘ election did put certain amount of pressure on him to come out with a statement asking UMNO to go for ‘real’ reform since in private communications, I have mentioned many times that there are no real reforms and only watered down reforms to hoodwink people.

    Top politicans are some times so busy that they may not even ahve time to read news, let alone the blogs. They depend on their secretaries to inform them, but some times, the secretaries also can be so busy that things can be overlooked. That is where the eunuchs come in. They say things that leaders like to hear and these things are often not reflective of the views from the ground. I suspect our ‘napping’ top leader is one such person and depends on views on eunuchs surrounding him.

    These eunuchs then manipulatefor their own selfish interest.. I have blamed Gerakan’s downfall on eunuch politics, as mentioned in KHoo Kay Peng’s book.

    However, KTK is better in this aspect, he does not only listen to those ‘old’ eunuchs only, but heretic views like yours truly… Of course listening is one thing, but we hope he can channel these views up.. To his credit, he has also tolerated me well… In any other component parties, I would have been suspended because of what I said in the blog.

    It would also be much easier for me to just quit, rather than stay and listen to sarcastic remarks from certain eunuchs (who would like to cling to UMNO for their self interest) against me.. These people would open champagne to celebrate ( and there are quite a number in KL alone), if I quit or be sacked from party. It is really not easy to tolerate these remarks sometimes..BUt i have persevered , at least for my self imposed timeframe to finish…

    SO keep putting pressure on them is correct.. That I believe that is what romerz , a personal friend of KTK, is doing too. He emailed, SMSed and so on , in a very direct and frank way to KTK…I keep on harping on leaving BN… Since if no one is harping , they would think that now the grassroots has quieten down and go back to the same old way.

    We need different means to achieve real change.. and at the rate things are going, I am quite sure that change will come the next GE… then a real 2 party system can emerge.

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  26. A true Malaysian
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 15:11:20

    Dr. Hsu,

    Being busy is not a good excuse for KTK not reading blog, especially your blog here. KTK can change his habit in reading MSM, which report distorted news to reading blogs, especially yours.

    As you said, secretary may not want the true information to reach the top out of their own selfish reason.

    If KTK is IT illiterate, I offer myself to teach him for free. Same thing, if he does not know how to reach your blog, and leave his comments in it, I am also willing to teach him. Worst still, if he doesn’t know how to use ‘mouse’ or keyboard to type, then it is better to tell him to go fly kite. I am not willing to help then.

    Come to this internet age, leaders just cannot close their eyes not to read blogs. He is honest and a gentleman, so what?

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  27. Chauncey Gardener
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 16:28:51

    A True Malaysian

    You rock !!!

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  28. A true Malaysian
    Jan 22, 2009 @ 22:57:49

    Chauncey Gardener,

    I rock? Not important.

    If KTK rock, lagi best. But, do you think he can rock? I really wish he can.

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  29. Atila
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 02:49:51

    Dr Hsu

    When Gerakan Penang has slashed communications with UMNO Penang, are you all implying that when the next GE comes Gerakan and UMNO will not work hand in hand? Huh?

    The new Penang Gerakan Chairman, THN, we cannot feel his presence and impact.
    Aiyoooo…how to vote you people next GE.
    I wonder if THN reads you blog Dr Hsu?

    THN, where are your greetings to multiracials festivals so much for claiming Gerakan a multiracial party? UMNO does not do banners either, is BN fading away in Penang?

    Dr. Hsu, UMNO is allergic to reform.

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