Is this a new or the last chapter?

If Malaysia history is a book titled “RAHMAN”, today marks the end of the Chapter A, and we are now turning to the page titled “N”.

In a democracy, when there is a change of new leader, the people normally would have high expectations and hope for change.

On this occasion, however, I have a sense of foreboding. As I have mentioned in an earlier post, Deja Vu, that new leaders on assuming power would have lots of promises; but  as shown in the past, very often, these promises were mere rhetoric and what was promised seldom got carried out…

I have mentioned that I do not expect any real reforms , especially in the areas of more liberty and the fight against corruption, politics of patronage and money politics,  but I will be most gladto have myself proved wrong.

Since it is a fact that we are now turning into a new chapter N, as ordinary people, we could not do much to alter it until of course the next general election.. So we have to hope for the best, and  I have  hoped that this new leader can prove me wrong .

The most pressing thing to tackle — apart from the poor governance , the loss of excellence in all fields, the corruptions and  the crime situation– is of course the economy.

We are already into recession,  as I see it.. What we can do is to try to move out of it as rapidly as we can, and in the meantime try to alleviate the effects of the recession on the people..

This recession will probably result in the re-thinking of the concept of globalisation of the world… US is trying to spend its way out of the recession, and if it succeeds, it will have no choice but tackle the problem of its huge deficits, and the debts it incurs over the past decade. It would probably erect certain trade barriers to cut import, otherwise, we can also look forward to see the dollars slowly losing its strength against other currencies.

If US cuts import, the Asian economy that depends on export will be hit. These includes the tigers and the sang kancils.. We will all have to rethink of strategy to try to change our economic models… Probably from a centre of off-shoring manufacturing-based on cheaper labour, , to a higher tech and innovative based economy which has a niche in certain fields..

To move up to a higher tech and innovative economy, we need people that are  well educated, English competent, knowledge-based, analytical-minded and liberal . Are we producing enough of these? The answer, sadly, is no. Even if we can overhaul the education system and start producing these people, it would take at least another 2 decades before we can see real results.

Malaysia however has a ready pool of talented people. Unfortunately, these are now overseas , contributing to the economies of other countries.

 In fact if these people  who are now working overseas do come back, we will never be short of innovation, since many of those overseas are top-rated scientists, economists who are so much sought after and courted by the people overseas.

To have even 10% of these coming back would be a big plus to the country. But in order to attract these people, we must alter our whole concept of being Malaysians.  There cannot be 2 sets of rules anymore, one for the elites and one for the common people.

For the world economy, protectionism may rear its ugly head again, if US decides  on cutting deficits. And with that  , FDi can be expected to reduce… With the reducing FDI being courted by most of the developing countries, we need to have certain attractions to attract them, as in the case of attracting back the overseas Malaysians..

We must have policies that provide a fair and level field for everyone. We must have policies that are open and just. We must have policies that make all Malaysians feel wanted. We must have policies that do not discriminate any one , not on ethnicity, not on religious faith and not on social class.

So, adjustment to certain affirmative policies must be made… The only affirmative action that the whole world would accept   is to have it based on ‘needs”and nothing else. The hard core poor must be helped, but other than that, free market polices must be encouraged for us to be competitive and be attractive to FDI..There must be a level playing field for all people..

English as a subject must be re-emphasized.

There must be a fair and independent judiciary to protect and arbitrate fairly any dispute  that might arise from business agreement, without which,private sector, as well as foreign investors,  would think twice to put money here.

Can the new chapter bring us all these? or will this be the last chapter of the book and a new book would come out in the next GE?

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 14:56:59

    Watch this video on MCA campaign in Bukit Gantang.
    Sexy girls singing and dancing.

    Hamidi Zahid said this is Chinese culture.

    This is disgraceful. It is not chinese culture. It is MCA and Gerakan culture.

    pohwatchdog. This is the kind of things BN do to corrupt Perakians. Damn shameful of them.
    ( wonder if MCA has license for the performance -probably not).

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  2. klm
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 15:04:35

    Dr. Hsu. I am willing to give Najib a chance. Who knows. I like to be surprised.

    If he takes the opportunity to do the right thing, he will need to do 4 things.

    1. Announce a well selected cabinet, with right people able to do the job
    2. Announce progressive policies that answer people’s aspiration

    But at the same time, he need to show his steel.

    1. Clamp down on the opposition
    2. Clamp down on people opposing him in UMNO and BN

    These 4 things need to be done almost simultaneously. Only then can he move things forward.

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  3. klm
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 16:50:21

    Dr. Hsu. Will Gerakan get out of BN if it is not given a minister position (for KTK). Everybody in town now knows he is lobbying for a position.

    If Gerakan quit BN if KTK dont get to be minister is a hugh loss of face. This is really the end. No more face to see people.

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  4. Dr Hsu
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 16:55:37

    SOmeone told me he is going in to try to ‘help reform the government’. He may be sincere but I doubt he can do it…

    This someone also told me if he canot effect change within, then after a few months, perhaps the party would leave….

    Up to you to believe and this much only I can reveal…..

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  5. klm
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 17:34:56

    Hahahaha!. He is so naive. UMNO considered itself changing and said Gerekan has not change. Their argument is how can Gerakan effect change from within when itself has not make any change. Like you said said same sycophants hanging around.

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  6. clearwater
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 17:41:46

    We can hope but I won’t hold my breadth while still hoping. I cannot see Najib taking on the Umno warlords. I cannot see him stopping the gravy train. I do not see him implementing true reform to provide justice for all segments of society, unite Malaysians in a common endeavor and embrace meritocracy. I see more of the same old same old being repeated till GE13.

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  7. Disgusted
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 21:19:07

    Zahid said this is Chinese culture and custom. It maybe Taiwanese Chinese custom but definitely not Chinese Malaysian custom.

    It shows how much AMNO warlords know about Chinese culture and custom. And they are rattling on racial harmony and unity. It’s a big joke. And there are many like Zahid, half-baked politicians proclaiming on racial unity.

    Well, our history on RAHMAN has turned to page “N”…and the beginning of words will be:

    “From the frying pan into the fire……

    During the period “R” there was peace and harmony, there was no need to shout wolf, wolf, wolf.

    During the period “A”, the wolf came and caused destruction and deaths,

    During the “H” period, there was no need to shout wolf because the wolf was sleeping and everything was slow but there was peace.

    During the “M” period, the wolf dare not come because if it did, it would be ISA-lised.

    During the “A” period, there was shouts of wolf many times, but the wolf did not come, even if it had come, everybody was sleeping most of the time, and nothing achieve much.

    During “N” now, there was shouts of wolf again but this time it was the wolf shouting the word, “wolf”. Nobody was sure if the wolf shouting the cries of wolf is the wolf itself.

    Ha…ha…dedicating this tale of wolf to Cilipadi.

    monk

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  8. cilipadi
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 23:13:40

    monk,

    Thanks for the wolf tale. They are all ‘wolf’ in my eyes as an outsider. Somehow, these wolves know their sins, but because their pride are more than anything else, they act as if they are immortals that did no wrong. That is the reason why, on one hand, they ‘wolf, wolf’ they are serious in going for reform, but a real serious reform will mean washing dirty linens in the public. So, can Malaysian people believe there will be real serious reform while they are still in power?

    I see the whole thing as last chapter for them, and a new chapter will begin from 13th GE, under new hands. I told you, people learned the messiness of having different government at State and Federal levels.

    wolf makan cili, wolf rasa pedas but pretend not rasa pedas

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  9. Disgusted
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 13:09:23

    Cilipadi,

    You are dead right, messiness at state and federal government. You need a coalition to win BOTH and that is Pakatan…..but……

    If they survive……this is not a normal wolf, my friend…..B4, C4, D4, E4, F4………

    It is hope against hope…..all at the mercy of the heavens

    monk

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  10. cilipadi
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 15:06:45

    monk,

    You sounded some reservation in “You need a coalition to win BOTH and that is Pakatan…..but……”

    Can you elaborate more on the “but”?

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  11. Disgusted
    Apr 04, 2009 @ 22:47:26

    Cilipadi, I did elaborate….that is,

    IF they survive…..

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