In MH370, unity for the country not the same as for the government

March 29, 2014

It must be said, time and again, that there is a difference between government and country. A huge difference. And asking people to unite for the country is absolutely different from asking people to unite
for the government.

More so in the days and weeks after flight MH370 and the 239 people on board vanished without a trace. Many have asked to pray for the passengers and the plane, to unite for the flight and for the country.

That doesn’t mean that criticising the incompetence of the Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi or the inaccurate presumption of the Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri is unpatriotic.

They are the politicians elected to parliament and appointed to public office as ministers and deputy ministers by the ruling government. They are not the country. All of us are the country.

They represent us in parliament and those who hold executive posts have to run the ministries and provide oversight to the civil service that makes sure the country is run well.

And if it isn’t run well, action must be taken to get it back on track.

So, it is interesting to see that the mainstream media is going gaga about how flight MH370 incident has united the country.

Why should they be surprised? All Malaysians love their country. Period. What more during a time of national tragedy and sadness.

It is this love of country that persuaded a large number of Malaysians to vote last May 5. It is this same patriotism that has made Malaysians battle corruption, cronyism, racism and chauvinism.

It is this love that keeps us Malaysians working to improve the country in spite of politicians who seek to divide us for their own interests.

Just like criticism against the Barisan Nasional government’s handling of MH370 should not be viewed as criticism against Malaysia, uniting behind the country at a time of sadness should not be construed as a thumbs up for Najib and his friends.

We are Malaysians and we only have one country to call home. But we have a choice of which government we want to run our country for us. – March 29, 2014.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 8:07 am

    The gravity of the disaster transcends partisan politics and political affiliation and calls for people to unite for the country.

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 9:22 am

    YES, UNITE 4 d COUNTRY n dis 1DERful land, sure 1 what

    But b crystal clear dat Perkosa-UmnoB/BN, esp d MINORITY-erected Perkosa-UmnoB/BN gomen, is NOT, repeat “is NOT, BUKAN”, = COUNTRY, OK

    So, “criticism against” d Perkosa-UmnoB/BN gomen’s “handling of MH370” is perfectly OK 1 what
    Their 挖肉补疮 (cut out a piece of flesh to patch a boil) style of operation n governance, leading 2 劳民伤财, is obvious 2 all

    So, lawan terus lawan mah, hantam terus hantam lor, Selamat Berjuang lah, brothers n sisters, HIGH 5

    • #3 by cemerlang on Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 11:39 am

      if you think about being great yourself, then all the others cannot be greater than you even in the party itself

  3. #4 by boh-liao on Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 9:36 am

    MINORITY-erected Perkosa-UmnoB/BN gomen veri happi what, it retains Balingian with huge majority
    8,163 voters there united behind Perkosa-UmnoB/BN

    WHAT can we say lah?
    Obviously S’wak voters love Perkosa-UmnoB/BN what n give Perkosa-UmnoB/BN cartes blanches 2 CARRY on with pek moh’s style of corruption 大发横财, 赚的衣钵满满 mah

    • #5 by cemerlang on Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 11:41 am

      give them another 50 years when their children and their grand children have more education, have more opportunities to travel out of Sarawak, have more opportunities to think, it will be different. now what can you see ? poor folks in the longhouse still depending on the more powerful ones. ibans were once warriors.

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