Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Education is key!!!!

        The message is loud and clear, Malaysians are now screaming at the top of their voices albeit via the alternative media. How else can they voice their displeasure when the Main Stream Media seems only content on airing, printing and broadcasting so called positive views of the rakyat. One can only assume that the editors and producers go through so much editing to ensure only 'good' views are aired, printed and broadcasted. Whilst the majority of the rakyat continues to simmer in anger and dissatisfaction.
         The main point of anger and dissatisfaction seems to be the 100 floor Warisan Merdeka. Heck there is even a facebook page opened by dissatisfied citizens. Members of this page seem to be growing day by day. Everyone seems to want to put their two cents in, and rightly so!!! Why not?? Aren't they citizens of Malaysia?? Is it not their money which will eventually be used to finance yet another white elephant?? There are other mega projects which are not only pointless but just simply a waste of money!!! Building infrastructure is good, I for one am not denying that. Should it not however be complemented with building or shoring up human capital? Which is why education is key.
           There is no one way every single citizen of Malaysia will be happy with a proposed national budget. Everybody will have their own views, however, no one more so parents of young children such as myself will disagree if more money is poured into the education system. Improving the education system must go hand in hand with building infrastructure. What's the point of having massive and impressive buildings when our children or future generations will end up as cleaners of these mega structures. Apart from the conventional education system the government should also look into other forms of education like retraining youths who didn't do well in their formal education. They may have skills in other fields. Thus making sure they are left behind and get involved in unhealthy activities.
                There are such institutes like these in existence such as Giat Mara and so on but not enough support or emphasis is given to institutes like these. Everything needs money these days. Even more so to get a good education. We as parents slog all our lives to ensure that our children have a better future. To pay for their education to ensure they live a better life. Is it not a good education which will ensure that Malaysia will be a high income nation? Only through education which will ensure that our future generations will be competitive in the ever expanding globalized economy. How can we compete with our South East Asian neighbours if the education system is not improved or looked after??? One of the few important factors to draw foreign investors and conglomerates is the ability, capability and professionalism of our citizens. Is it too late for the government of the day to rethink? Maybe it is. If it is indeed too late then it's time for us as citizens to also think not only for ourselves but also for our future generations.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Education Ministry Needs to Make Up their Minds!!!!!

          I just can't understand our government. First they say we must place due diligence to Bahasa Malaysia. Hence the decision to abolish teaching Science and Mathematics in English. Now they want to bring in over 300 teachers from god knows where to improve the teaching standard of English in the country. Just imagine how much that is going to cost!!!! Sure some of us might say it's money well spent. After all didn't we (or should I say only some of us!!) wanted the status quo to remain teaching Science and Maths in English. Then again what's the point in bringing all these expats and paying huge amounts of money when the same amount of money can be spent better by training our own teachers. Maybe spend a little bringing in say 10 or 20 to train our teachers but to bring in over 300????
         Doesn't the government calculate that these over 300 teachers are going to cost?? Again we the rakyat are left in the dark. How much are these expats going to be paid? They are definitely going to be paid allowances apart from their monthly salary! They are definitely going to have houses!! They are definitely going to get cars!! All paid for by us the rakyat!!!! And for how long are we the rakyat going to pay for all these over 300 expats teachers?? 1 year? 2 years?? maybe 5 years?? Well anyone who is from the teaching profession will tell you that the benefit or return of investment for bringing in these expats can and only be seen after at least 3 - 5 years. Here again we bear the cost of what seems to be an idea which has not been thought through.
                Isn't it more frugal and economical to train our own teachers?? After all we are now even making sure only Diploma or even Degree Holders can be teachers. I'm sure these Diploma or Degree Holders are intelligent enough to be trained locally (or maybe not due to our standard of local universities!!!).  After all one seems to recall the Prime Minister stressing that 'Rakyat Diutamakan'!!!! Already we are debt ridden and spending on mega projects which bring little or no benefit for our children and future generations. What's the point of having big tall buildings when our children are left behind in terms of education??? Isn't education one of the foundation for a better future??

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Remain Calm & Focused Fellow Malaysians

             It has finally begun!! Despite his many speeches calling for the end of extremism our un-elected Prime Minister has finally shot his mouth off. Probably out of fear, probably out of desperation. Nothing has gone right for him since day one. Even his Deputy openly albeit not directly opposes his grand plans of 1Malaysia. His so called mentor Tun Mahathir Mohammad going as far as saying democracy will not work for Malaysia. Instead using China as an example or model with which Malaysia should adopt. Is this another Look East Policy in the making (before being Japan). What most likely was the final straw for most of us Malaysians was the proposed 100 storey sky scrapper Warisan Merdeka. The astonishing announcement came as a shock for so many, citing PNB was the body that proposed it doesn't abscond responsibility. Being the Finance Minister shouldn't he be wise enough to see that this proposed building does no good to the Rakyat? As the Finance Minister can he not say NO to this nonsensical idea?? Echoing the many views which has and will continue to be voiced I too can think of so many other ways to spend 5 billion ringgit to benefit the rakyat as a whole.
                Even on Facebook there are more than 100,000 (and counting I'm sure) who have registered not only their disapproval but their disgust on the proposal for another high rise cum sky scrapper which in time most probably will be the new office for Petronas!!!! However at this point in time it is the clarion call of the Prime Minister during his own party assembly which has caught the rakyat by surprise. To defend Putrajaya even if it means losing lives or shedding blood was what he professed. If this is not a veiled threat to the rakyat I don't know what is??? Maybe I'm just a simpleton who doesn't understand the language of politics but then again is it necessary to utter such words?? Bearing in mind he is a Prime Minister not only to UMNO members but Prime Minister to all Malaysians. Is it not we the rakyat who determines who holds the key to Putrajaya?
                 Despite these apparent threats I would like to beg for all True Malaysians to remain calm. Stay focussed and not be lulled or tricked into losing our senses or even worse our tempers. I must stress here again it is only the desperate who will and continue to use the threat of violence to maintain power. Trust me when I say there will be more fiery taunting and threats which will be made to create an atmosphere of fear. Giving in to these threats is what they want. In fact an atmosphere of civil chaos now seems to be the only way for UMNO/BN to remain in Putrajaya. None of them in Putrajaya holds the key to government. It is us the rakyat who wields the power to determine who remains and who goes. Keep going out and getting other fellow true Malaysians to register if you have not done it yourself. Keep abreast with what is happening around us. Don't only depend on both the main stream media or the alternative media for the current situation. We need to educate ourselves even more of our rights as citizens of Malaysia. Right now RPK is publishing history lessons for us. It is important for us to learn the truth and not the truth according to UMNO/BN. We as true Malaysians have come so far since the 12th General Elections. The momentum is still there, the winds of change is still blowing briskly. We as true Malaysians not only want a breath of fresh air in Putrajaya but we NEED IT!! So remain calm stay focused and stay the course. Always remember fellow brother and sisters of Malaysia we the Rakyat are in charge.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

End Race Debates YB Muhyiddin???

First and foremost who has been beating the drums of racial disharmony??? Who is it that has been shouting at the top of their voices in championing Malay rights???? Who is it that has been going round prosecuting, questioning, threatening in fact insulting other races in Malaysia??? With all due respect Mr Deputy Prime Minister might I humbly ask that you ask yourself these questions first and answer these very questions honestly first before asking or demanding others to end race debates. We Malaysians are not stupid or dumb as you presume us to be Mr Deputy Prime Minister. No longer are hoodwinked by you and your lot twisting the facts and using the main stream media to broadcast to all asunder what you presume to be Malaysians questioning Article 153 of the Federal Constitution. Notice dear Deputy Prime Minister I use the term 'MALAYSIANS' in referring to my fellow respected citizens. Never will I categorize or distinguish my fellow Malaysians according to race and religion as I believe we are all equal under the Malaysian sun.
The injustices and malpractices of the authorities of your government is there for all to see in broad daylight. The list is far too long to even list down. Statements made be it in public or private has damaged the once unity and harmony which we Malaysians have shared and cherished for at least 3 generations. Might I even add that these venomous statements were made by officials, senior civil servants even parliamentarians in the August House. Selective prosecution seems to be the order of the day. While newspapers with individuals who rant and rave about Malay Supremacy are left seemingly untouched, others who only seek equality and fairplay are prosecuted and hounded. Don't you think we the Rakyat see this?? Don't you think we the Rakyat observe the difference??
Need I remind you, your position as Deputy Prime Minister is a result of Malaysians who voted for you. You are where you are now in the exalted position of Deputy Prime Minister due to the voting public of all Malaysians and not just exclusively and purely from Malay votes!! Does this not mean you are the Deputy Prime Minister for all Malaysians?? Which now brings me to your statement of asking or should I say demanding and calling for the end of race debates. May I humbly ask for you to look unto yourself first and foremost and then those to whom you represent in your party to stop making abusive and caustic statements be it via the print or other form of media which we all as Malaysian know is under your and your party's control. What better time for you to redeem yourself in the eyes of the public to be fair and just by telling not only yourself but your party members during your on going party general assembly to do what is right. At the very least try and gain some form of respectability through your actions rather than through your 'position' or 'status'. I am nothing to you that I realize and understand for I am only 1 vote, non the less it is 1 vote less for you and your BN Government if you persist in claiming Malaysians are questioning Article 153 of the Federal Constitution which we clearly are not!! As a voting citizen of my beloved Malaysia I can only ask for my elected leaders to be a leader for all Malaysians and not just a selected few. Is that asking too much????

Monday, October 4, 2010

Unity, Fairness and Equality - Is it a dream for Malaysians?

Greetings to all Malaysians, honestly I have started and ended several postings. There are so many things which my heart wants to say. So many things I see wrong going on. So many situations which I see and witness in disbelief. Never in my life have I ever thought I would witness such things and or situations happening in my beloved Malaysia. This time however I am adamant to complete this posting.
There are of course a multitude of issues which not only I can write or post about. I am very sure there are many out there like myself who wish to cry out and see an end to the atrocities which we are witnessing. Yes, I call it atrocities because like it or not it is happening. I sincerely believe most if not all Malaysians who are level minded and educated are not doing anything YET because it has YET to affect them personally. I AM ONE OF THEM!!! The atrocities taking place has not affected me at all but in time it will. It will affect me because like it or not the atrocities will spread, once it spreads there will be no stopping it. Day in and day out we as Malaysians are witness to the lies and slander which the supposedly free Main Stream Media is publishing and broadcasting. Time and again there is nothing but unfair and slanted reports being spread to the public.
WE as the Rakyat know better, we the RAKYAT are no longer silly and stupid. We the RAKYAT no longer depend on the Main Stream Media to spoon feed us information which we know to be untrue and lies. It sickens me to the bone watching TV3 News, once a very very long time ago TV3 News used to be my source of information. Not any more!! The simple reason being only one side of the story is being reported. No, the Main Stream Media is not my target of discontent for this posting. My target is to the many Malaysians out there who are keeping quiet, not bothered and not interested. The simple reason being all these atrocities have yet to affect them. I only hope and pray their silence will end during the next General Elections.
We the Rakyat have to put a stop to whatever is happening now. We are so racially divided it's unbelievable. Our educations system is in shambles. Local Universities once held in high regard in the region if not the world has lost it's position. The judicial system is a far cry from what is was before. The police can no longer be depended upon to be impartial in their efforts to keep the peace. Foreign investment has plummeted to an all time low. Malaysians who can afford it are leaving/migrating in droves. Race championing by shouting, screaming and threatening others is now a norm. Senior Civil Servants blatantly insulting other Malaysians with impunity and with no remorse (boleh buat police report lagi ada!!!). Clear evidence of corruption, miss appropriation of funds and misuse of power being swept under the carpet. It is as if the whole country and system needs a Reboot!!!
As I have stated my forlorn hope is that all Malaysians out there who want nothing but peace, unity, prosperity, fairness and equality will stand up and be counted. Let us all do the right thing when the time comes. Let us all regain some measure of respect from those whom we have chosen to lead us. For it is very obvious now that they clearly don't respect us at all!!! We are the Boss!! Their very existence depends on us and not the other way around. I know I am only 1 vote, and I know my 1 vote may not mean much but it's my constitutional right and no one can deny me what is constitutionally mine. At the very least I can honestly admit to myself that I have done the right thing when the time comes. By using my 1 and only vote with responsibility for the betterment of Malaysia. I AM A MALAYSIAN AND I AM DAMN PROUD TO BE A MALAYSIAN!!!! Unity, Fairness and Equality is not a dream my dear fellow Malaysians!!! It belongs to us no matter what anyone says. Are we willing to fight for it? Are we willing to sacrifice for it? Do we want our children to suffer for our lack of courage and resolve for a better Malaysia??Or are we just going to sit idly by and be resigned to the fact that we are powerless to affect change without even lifting a finger to try. Deep in my heart I know there are Malaysians out there who care and want a better Malaysia. Let us all realise that it's up to us. Can we do it? Together I am sure we can!!!!