Hopelessness and Helplessness

Many people are unhappy.

These people don’t care much about politics. They don’t care much about religious issues. They don’t care about the ‘agreement’ between Liow And Chua in the election of MCA (if posts can be agreed upon, why the need for election?). They don’t care about why no action is taken on the case of a deputy minister being hit by a third tier leader of the Big Brother. They have gone immune to these happenings in the Bolehland.

They are unhappy because they feel helpless and hopeless.

After the last General Election, I can feel a prevailing sense of helplessness and hopelessness especially among  those who live in the urban areas.

While they go about their daily activities, most things have become more and more expensive. It is no longer a case of tightening belts. It is now about survival.. This is especially true for those with young children.Many of the young parents with young children are finding it hard to make ends meet. A tin of infant formulae now is more than RM100. And that is considered essential item for a growing infant. A family income of 4000 is no longer enough to live in the cities.

This is no longer about not being able to afford a house. There is now despair that soon, many of them who are renting houses will not be able to afford to have a roof over their heads; they may not have enough to pay for the rentals.  Many of them who work and who used to eating lunch outside is now eating bread and water for their lunch.

They are feeling helpless because they see no light at the end of the tunnel. Even when most of them voted for change, there is no change for the better; there are changes but all these changes make things more and more expensive and there is now less and less money in the pockets.

They are feeling hopeless because apparently these changes are just the beginning. When GSt is implemented next year, things will become worse.

They see ministers and top civil servants travel and move in luxury while they have to cut back on everything.  But they cannot hope for any changes in the short terms since another GE will be 4 years away.

They look at opposition run states and there is not much to shout about too. So even if next election comes and they vote for change, will change be around? They have lost hope. A opposition CM has just bought a new Merz. What difference is he from other politicians? In another state, internal politics are so intense and there might be a change in MB..

Is there any solution to this? Sorry, I don’t not actually see any. Not with the current batch of ‘managers’. There is no more leadership around. The so-called leaders up there  have really lost touch with the common people and the needs of the rakyat.

My advice is only this: Live from day to day!


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phua Kai Lit
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 19:35:22

    Dear Dr Hsu

    As a sociologist by training, I am much more optimistic.

    People Power through MASS SOCIAL MOVEMENTS can bring about profound change.

    For example, the mighty British Empire collapsed within two decades (1945-1965).
    The “half-naked fakir” (as Churchill derided Mohandas Gandhi) and the movement he led got rid of the British from its imperial crown jewel India.

    The Vietnamese defeated the strongest military force on the face of the planet in the Vietnam War. And they defeated the US-equipped French troops too in the 1950s.

    The peasant armies of Mao defeated the US-backed Guomindang troops in the late 1940s in China.

    Finally, the US Civil Rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X etc paved the way for the ascend of the first African-American to the post of President of the United States, and the worldwide anti-apartheid movement in solidarity with the ANC led to the demise of apartheid in South Africa.

    The decent majority of Malaysians of all races must not give up hope; and must keep mobilizing for change and work together to end the kleptocratic,
    semi-apartheid system that has sprung up in our beloved country.


  2. Phua Kai Lit
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 19:36:38

    I must point out that we must keep our movement for change NON-VIOLENT.


  3. HY
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 20:18:22

    “What difference is he from other politicians?”

    he ask for discount, so that next, vincent, danny, francis n many more suckers will rush to offer discount.

    he got a good dad, so that all obstacle is being get rid n he could sit comfortably in the benz.

    he got a spineless and shameless dad, so that his party is ever ready to urge everyone to apologise to thief, murderer n robber.

    what a fucking chee bai cowardice father n son.


  4. Simple Sense
    Jan 26, 2014 @ 00:03:53

    In the last three years, we see several countries imploding on itself. It was the Arab Spring tailing with Syria, and now, we have Ukrane, Thailand appears to start imploding onto itself. There can be helplessness, but people alway driven by hopefulness. This is the history of humanity! The Romans crucified the man who created Christianity, and then butchered many Christians trying to erase Christianity, and Christianity becomes the strongest religion on earth.


  5. Crankshaft
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 04:22:32

    I totally agree with Phua Kai Lit.

    My only addition would be to say that stupid politics involving racism and corrupt politicians happens all over the world.


  6. fady
    Feb 02, 2014 @ 12:49:52

    Agree with HY absolutely.


  7. Phua Kai Lit
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 08:57:12

  8. Phua Kai Lit
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 07:50:12

  9. Mycuntree
    Apr 19, 2014 @ 22:06:58

    There is no doubt there are compelling reasons to be depressed about the direction this country is taking. More so after the last general election. The country are now more polarised than ever. Race and religion, the most base of human survival instincts, has been brought to the fore in everything this UMNO ruled government does, in its fight for its own survival. And thus its continued ability to rob, steal, cheat and con its way to maintain a decadent and criminal lifestyles.

    But can we, actually more of, should we, give in and give up this battle for what we believe should be the ideals of a Malaysian Malaysia? The examples PKL gave, are scenarios that are very different from what we are faced with. We are not challenging a situation of foreign invasions or colonisation! For we are faced with an enemy within, a malignant cancer, that is eating into the very heart and soul of this country and its people.

    It’s getting more and more difficult to hold this country together. It’s getting more and more difficult to envision a country that can qualify to call itself a nation. The road ahead can but be difficult and more than likely even deadly. But there is no alternative! Running away will not solve the problem. We will just have to grit our teeth and soldier on.


  10. klm
    May 07, 2014 @ 11:46:53

    Dr. Hsu. It had been a long time since I last visited your blog. Your blog is still as insightful as ever.

    The situation in Malaysia is depressing. If we want to see change, Malaysians must feel the desperation in the situation. Only when people are boxed in a dead end will they be desperate enough to do the needed. I do not think Malaysians feel they are in dire straits. They will feel hopeless and helpless but they do not still feel desperate.

    Without the feeling of desperation, there is no urge to fight back. There is no urge to strike back against tyranny. If one wants to know this feeling, take a look at the lyrics of the French National Anthem, The song was written and composed in 1792 during the French Revolutionary Wars, The words captured the feeling ,anger and the thirst for the blood of those who committed tyranny against the people. This is when we will see change.

    As always, it is a pleasure to read your blog.


  11. Dr Hsu
    May 08, 2014 @ 11:26:33

    the situation is getting from bad to worse.

    Malaysia lathough polarised has never seen such outward fanning of racial sentiments. calling certain group ‘penceroboh’.

    The government must take action fast otherwise people will become emboldened to utter even more racial posturing.


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