Grand plan or grand illusion?

by Thomas Lee Seng Hock
June 13, 2010

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has said that to ensure Malaysia could compete globally, it needs proper implementation, co-ordination and execution.

He said that to achieve that, all Malaysians must be united and work together while embracing the 1 Malaysia concept, where people are given priority in any of the government’s programmes.

The prime minister said this when opening the Seri Murugan Centre (SMC) at the Vivekananda Secondary School in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

“When I took over as the prime minister in April last year, I decided to build a new Malaysia on the spirit of 1 Malaysia where we must be united and be part of a large family and combine the best of each community,” Najib said.

“This will enable each Malaysian, irrespective of ethnic background, to realise his or her maximum potential as a Malaysian,” he said.

“That is why we have undertaken this change, this transformation, this journey towards transforming our country to be a new Malaysia that is stronger, more prosperous — a new Malaysia that is not only confined to physical intellectual boundaries but one that can meet global challenges,” Najib said.

“We must not have any fear and instead possess a great sense of confidence to become a great nation. And this can be done if we are united.”

Great words indeed!

While I appreciate and applaud the prime minister for his vision and vitality in wanting to transform the country into a united, prosperous and globally competitive nation as encapsulated in the 10th Malaysia Plan, I cannot help but lament the fact that the current socio-political scenario in the country is such that any grand plan to move the nation forward at this juncture is almost certain to result in excruciating failure and frustration.

This is simply because, lately there has emerged an exceptionally extreme form of racialism propagated and promoted by certain reactionary non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that is causing uneasiness and jittery among the people.

The highly vigorous, vocal and visible NGOs led by some very agitated and angry characters, including a veteran MP, have been vehemently hurling accusations on the purported economic deprivation of their race and the alleged depredation or plundering of what is supposed to rightly belong to their race.

It is surely a sad and sorry situation that after more than half a century of being an independent nation, with its people living and co-existing in peace and harmony, a small group of insecure, insensitive and intolerable individuals are now throwing a racial spanner into the otherwise harmonious and progressive machine of growth.

If Najib sincerely wants his dream of Malaysia becoming a great nation to be realised, he must first of all deactivate this racial time-bomb and immediately nip the rousing racist campaign in the bud. He should not compromise with the racist elements in his efforts to eliminate racial exclusivism in his effort to build a one Malaysia.

It is no point offering a grand plan for the growth and development of the nation if no positive concrete action is taken to unite the multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-linguistic population.

Perhaps, Najib may not be aware that the current high brain drain rate to other countries is a direct result of the fear of the emerging repulsive racism. Many of those who left, or are planning to leave, love Malaysia and are loyal to the nation, but the prevailing wind of racism they perceive made them uncomfortable and unhappy in the land of their birth.

The voting pattern of the March 8, 2008 general election and the subsequent by-elections is a clear indication that everything is surely not right on the racial front. The perceived inequality, discrimination, injustice, unfairness, whether real or not, of the people should not be ignored and dismissed by Najib, but should be carefully, prudently and critically studied, reflected, analysed and evaluated, with concrete constructive measures taken to resolve them.

Obviously, Najib has been and is being frustrated by the many unnecessary political obstacles and unwarrantable bureaucratic procedures in his attempt to accelerate the country’s economic engine.

At the level of public service, it has been an accepted reality that the “little Napoleons” of the civil have been giving the average person real hard times, even in dealing with very simple matters. This has alienated the government from the people. This is so obvious when it comes to complaints about various matters. The people go to Michael Chong instead of the government complaints bureau!

Truly, the prime minister faces a real uphill drive, with the many political potholes along the path, made worse by the administrative red tapes putting the brakes on his dream trip to fulfil his vision of a one great Malaysia.

He has to deal with both the racist characters and his own party warlords on the political front and, with the deadwood civil servants in his own administrative backyard which is still engulfed in a complicated bureaucratic culture.

So, Datuk Seri Najib, if you truly and sincerely want to transform the country into a great nation of excellence and prosperity, then your first task is to restore the people’s confidence and let them know that they have a real equal stake in this land they are born, breed and brought up.

You need to take a firm uncompromising stand against the racist characters and, at the same time, start cracking the whip on the little Napoleans who have been bullying the little people under your care.

Ultimately, your vision can either be a Grand Plan or a Grand Illusion, depending on your commitment and courage to take the brave and bold measures to eliminate the weed from the wheat. —

  1. #1 by k1980 on Sunday, 13 June 2010 - 7:55 pm

    1malaysia is simply a trick to allow umno to recover from the losses in the 12GE and continue as the federal govt. Those who see it otherwise are first class, division one, pure breed fools

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Sunday, 13 June 2010 - 8:36 pm

    There are people in this country waiting for gold to fall from the sky! They don’t want to work but wait for others to feed them.

  3. #3 by johnnypok on Sunday, 13 June 2010 - 8:46 pm

    Nothing will work, unless and until the following actions are taken:

    1. Abolish NEP and AP with immediate effect

    2. Give scholarship to all deserving recipients

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Sunday, 13 June 2010 - 9:18 pm

    How come there is complete silence from MCA and Gerakan? Does it mean that they agree that the NEP should continue into the 10MP?

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Sunday, 13 June 2010 - 10:02 pm

    Do U smell it? NR farting hot air, hoping 2 get d hot-air ballon up up n away

  6. #6 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 13 June 2010 - 10:41 pm

    ///You need to take a firm uncompromising stand against the racist characters and, at the same time, start cracking the whip on the little Napoleans who have been bullying the little people under your care./// – Thomas Lee Seng.

    Yeah if you say Malaysia is on a “burning platform” which requires to be saved by your 1 Malaysia/NEM (which by the way is diametrically opposite the patronage ridden political economy engendered by the NEP’s implementation), then it goes to reason that those who oppose to your 1 Malaysia/NEM are acting contrary to national interests, and though some may call themselves patriots of race, they are not patriots of the nation and have indeed become traitors to the necessary end result of saving the nation and preserving higher national interests. Why don’t you act?

  7. #7 by HJ Angus on Monday, 14 June 2010 - 12:41 am

    The burning platform is the Bankrupsi Negara government and I am sure many BN leaders know their days in office are numbered.
    I only hope PR leaders have a strategy worked out so that when they win the next elections, there will be an orderly handover.
    No doubt some BN leaders may need to be charged for corruption and abuse of power but it is most important that the nation continues in peace and harmony.
    Of course the gravy train will stop but we do not need to blow up the train as that could result in chaos.
    Some secret discussions need to be held with various parties so that any handover will be peaceful.

  8. #8 by dagen on Monday, 14 June 2010 - 9:44 am

    Burning platform? Oh dear. Anyone on it? Tell them to cover up their dickies, quick. Cheng ho? Oh makes no difference to him.

  9. #9 by Tikus Belanda on Monday, 14 June 2010 - 9:48 am

    Were we not united since long ago? I can still remember when I was young, I have mix race friends, enjoying each other’s company, taking part in their cultures.
    I had learn to respect their culture & religion, some of their culture was also imparted to my daily living.
    Those were the days when a malay friend can speak English well. What I can see now is that malays cant even pass the Bahasa Malaysia test.
    For those who can remember, the passing mark those days were pegged at 80%, by the time I reach SPM, the passing mark has been lowered to 45%. No wonder you can find lots of “flying-colour” students. If ever they become a doctor, will you trust your lives with them? If they are aircraft technicians, will you feel safe in the skies?
    With whatever Malaysian Plan that comes, I wonder if that’s Fail To Plan or Plan To FAil.

  10. #10 by Yee Siew Wah on Monday, 14 June 2010 - 10:50 am

    Our PeeeM can have the best economic plan in the whole world. You can have 10 or for that matter 100MP. And If you have lazy, leeches and racialistic dickheads like those in Perkasa, Gertak, Ngos it will never never ever going to work. I bet my last cent on this. End of the day its just talk and talk again and again.
    Just take a look at China, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia to mention a few. You never heard of their prime ministers boosting of their economic plans to the whole world. They just implement to their best ability. Yet they have achieved tremendous economic success.

  11. #11 by victimofcorruption on Monday, 14 June 2010 - 5:31 pm

    agreed with HJ Angus and Tikus Belanda..

    HJ Angus:
    1. potential bloodbath may occur if it (although very unlikely) materialises.
    2. possible power scuffle among PR parties. (very likely)

    Tikus Belanda:
    1. come to any public universities and u will find out that less than 1% of the students converse in English willingly. And of the 1%, can say more than half have poor command of it (but at least they are willing to improve)
    2. as for SPM and STPM, the questions are very challenging but u can easily scores an A as long as u memorise past year questions. Few years back, u only need to score 60 to get an A in History (SPM).

  12. #12 by Voter get Voters campaign for PR on Tuesday, 15 June 2010 - 5:47 pm

    To ALL readers & commentators : Complained and whinned ALL you want,there is NOTHING,absolutely NOTHING you ALL can do. However there is one and ONLY one thing which we ALL can and SHOULD do viz is start your own “VOTER-get-VOTERS” campaign for PR. Do it not tommorrow but NOW cos GE13 is just around the corner..closer than you think. Start this ” VOTER-get-VOTERS 4 PR” campaign NOW by chain emails,sms,words of mouth to everyone….for a BETTER Malaysia..Join us at “VOTER-get-VOTERS for a Better Malaysia ” in facebook.

  13. #13 by lopez on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 - 8:30 am

    just talking about all the deserving things that ought to have been supported and acted upon umpteen years ago
    …is not enough to clean all the deliberate acts of prevention and hindrance to the other malaysians.

    why so many of these things were only said and given emphasis these days particularly after is an admittance of the intense biasness and unfairness in heart and mind of the regime towards other malaysians , how much longer these lies have to go on.

  14. #14 by lopez on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 - 8:34 am

    Go check all the KP in the civil service….it is the top and root of all evils.

  15. #15 by habis on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 - 3:28 pm

    Our country can never ever hope to acheive 1st world status so long as the BN rats continue to govern this motherland of ours.Just take a look at Japan,Korea, China and Singapore where their ministers take full responsibilty for any unlawful acts by their subordinate officers but over here our ministers have the cheeks to stay on inspite of their not able to perform their sacred duty to our country.Experience and qualifications alone is the benchmark for a good minister But in our country young chickoos are make ministers becos of nepotism.Just walk into any govt dept and you can see the number of redundant officers gossiping while at work wastage of manpower and taxpayers$$$$.The solution is to reject BN and try out PKR coalition govt.Lets not fear to change for the sake of next generation before it is too late to act.

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