Wednesday, November 09, 2005

FAL:201005

SOAL KEBANGSAAN

Sesuatu gerakan sosial-politik dalam sesebuah masyarakat, kalau hendak berjaya, mestilah berakar-umbi dalam masyarakat itu. Sesebuah masyarakat pula perlulah melalui kehidupan bermasyarakat itu di sebuah wilayah yang tertentu dalam satu tempoh yang cukup lama, tiga atau empat generasi lebih, untu menjadikan ia sebuah masyarakat atau bangsa. Selain daripada menduduki sebuah wilayah tertentu (negeri/negara), masyarakat ini akan memiliki bersama suatu budaya, termasuk agama, bahasa kebangsaan, undang-undang dan sistem pemerintahan, dan sebuah ekonomi. Apabila kesultanan Melayu tertubuh di Melaka pada awal abad ke-15, ia memiliki ciri-ciri ini, iatu sebuah wilayah, sebuah ekonomi, sebuah budaya dan suatu bahasa kebansaan.

Dengan demikian, suatau kuasa luar, yang dengan sendirinya tidak berakar umbi dalam masyrakat itu, tidak boleh memimpin sesuatu gerakan sosial dalam masyarakat itu. Ini terbukti dengan jelas sekali dalam kes kaum penjajah Inggeris-A.S. yang menjajah Iraq sekarang yang hendak membawa ‘demokrasi’ kepada Iraq.

Kes Parti Komunis Malaya termasuk ke dalam kategori ini. Ia dianggotai dan dipimpin oleh orang China dan berkiblat lebih ke China dan Rusia dari ke Malaysia.

Kita menimbulkan soal ini dalam gerakan sosial-politik yang ingin kita lancarakan di negara kita sekarang. Oleh kerana negara Malaysia baru dalam proses penubuhan dan terdiri dari kumpulan-kumpulan masyarakat yang tertentu dengan budaya masing-masing, maka kita kena kaji soal ini dengan lebih mendalam dan teliti. Siapakah yang boleh menganggotai dan memimpin gerakan ini? Sepintas lalu, kita boleh mengatakan semua rakyat Malaysia boleh menanggotai gerakan ini dan memimpinnya. Namun demikian, kita telah melihat bahawa saranan presiden pertama UMNO, Dato Onn Jaffar, untuk menerima semua kaum ke dalam UMNO pada waktu itu ditolak oleh orang Melayu. Kita telah melihat juga bahawa semua parti politik berbilang kaum tidak berjaya menjadikan pertubuhan mereka dianggotai sama banyak oleh semua kaum. (kes-kes Parti Rakyat, D.A.P. dan Gerakan)

Di samping itu, UMNO sudah mengadakan ikatan dan kerjasama dengan parti-parti kaum lain dalam Barisan Nasional dan berjaya. Apakah pelajaran yang boleh kita dapat dari pengalaman-pengalaman ini? Apakah kita perlu ikut corak ini dengan mengadakan pertubuhan berasingan bagi kaum masing-masing?

Saya fikir kita harus bezakan dua soalan. Pertama, soalan kebangsaan, dengan kata-kata lain, soalan sosiobudaya. Kedua, soalan falsafah. Soalan kebangsaan bercorak sejarah dan khusus; soalan falsafah bercorak universal. Umpamanya, UMNO berbentuk kebangsaan dari segi oragnisasinya, tetapi bercorak reaksioner dari segi falsafah dengan menganuti falsafah neoliberal.

Tidak syak lagi, dari segi sejarah, sukubangsa Melayu yang mewarisi sistem kesultanan Melayu Melaka merupaka sukubangsa yang menakrifkan Bangsa Malaysia. Dengan kata-kata lain, mereka perlu memainkan peranan utama dalam mana-mana gerakan sosial-politik di negara ini. Ini sudah terbutki dalam sejarah pasca-Perang Dunia Pertama dan Kedua di negara kita. Namun demikian, contoh kemerosotan perjuangan UMNO dalam masa tiga puluh tahun lalu, menunjukkan kecacatan falsafah mereka.

Tuhan mengajar kita dalam Quran bahawa kumpulan yang paling baik yang telah diwujudkan untuk manusia ialah orang-orang yang beriman.[1] Perhatikan orang-orang beriman di sini bermakna semua mereka yang percaya kepada Tuhan Yang Esa dan berbuat baik, tidak kira bangsa atau sukubangsa. Dari segi falsafah, kumpulan kita berpegang kepada konsep “jalan yang lurus” atau “jalan pertengahan”, yang tidak menyeleweng ke kanan (liberalisme) atau ke kiri (komunisme), ke atas (teokrasi) atau ke bawah (popolisme). Oleh itu, dari segi teori, pendirian falsafah kita betul. Tetapi, dari segi kebangsaan, bagaimana?

Kita telah mengisytiharkan bahawa gerakan kita terbuka kepada semua rakyat kita yang berbilang kaum. Dari segi ini, kita berbeza dari UMNO dan parti-parti lain yang anggota-anggotanya terdiri daripada satu kaum tertentu. Dari segi ini, kita harus bertanya adakah kita akan mendapat sokong orang Melayu? Sokongan mereka penting kepada kita.

Untuk menjawab soalan ini, kita perlu merujuk kepada Piagam Madinah yang digubal oleh Nabi Muhammad untuk mentadbirkan negara-kota Madinah dan kemudian negara-bangsa Arab di Semenankung Arab pada 622 hingga 632 Masehi. Yang menjadi anggota kepada masyarakat ini orang Arab Islam, orang Arab kafir, orang Yahudi dan mungkin ada segelintir orang Kristen. Ini bermakna, dari segi agama dan juga bangsa, ia sebuah masyarakat majmuk. Jadi, jika Nabi Muhammad, dengan berpandukan falsafah jalan yang lurus, boleh memimpin sebuah masyarakat Arab majmuk, mengapa pemimpin Malaysia, dengan berpandukan falsafah itu juga, tidak boleh memimpin sebuah masyarakat Malaysia majmuk?

Cerdik-pandai Melayu–Malaysia yang beriman harus berani dan yakin dengan diri mereka bahawa mereka, dengan sokongan rakyat pelbagai kaum, boleh memimpin Malaysia menjadi sebuah negara yang maju, adil, aman dan makmur pada masa depan.

Kita tidak harus lupa juga bahawa perpecahan rakyat berdasarkan etnik dan agama dihasut dan digalakkan oleh kaum penjajah sebagai taktik mereka untuk menguasai sesebuah masyarakat atau negara. Oleh itu, kita tidak harus jatuh ke dalam perangkap mereka dan menari mengikut gendang mereka. Kita harus bergerak mengikut dasar republikan dan humanis kita.





[1] “Kamu masyarakat yang terbaik yang telah diwujudkan untuk manusia: kamu menganjurtkan kebaikan dan melarang kejahatan, dan kamu beriman kepada Tuhan.” (Quran, 3: 110) “Demikianlah kami jadikan kamu sebuah masyarakat pertengahan supaya kamu menjadi saksi kepada rakyat, sepertimana rasul menjadi saksi kepada kamu.” (Quran, 2: 143)

9 comments:

hero said...

Chinese getting straight As are not allowed into universities. Not allowed civil service jobs. That is blatant discrimination.

Why do you support such discrimination?

Chinese Malaysians have built very successful businesses, hence they have the wealth that they have. This is not greed. They worked for what they now own.

Why do you envy what does not belong to you? Is this not greed?

It is quite untrue that business offers are conducted on the basis of race. Starting any business is very very hard work, but the malays did not have a hard working tradition to persevere. This is a cultural change the malays need in order to conduct businesses successfully.

Armed with this knowledge, do you still insist that Chinese Malaysians are greedy, and therefore it is right for malays to take what does not belong to them?

Your perception of business in Malaysia has got to be wrong.

Most goods and services can be conducted in open markets, and there is no particular reason to single out malays so that Chinese businessmen should swindle them. There are lots of swindlers in business so it is not just malays who get swindled.

Successful businessmen depend on providing real benefits to customers and partners so that it is worthwhile for them to do business again and again to both parties benefit. It is only when customers also get rich that businesses can grow.

The discrimination against Chinese, Indians and other peoples cannot be tolerated in the modern world. Countries that do this will face long-term decline.

Hard working people are not greedy as you accuse them. They are hard working because they have a mission in life to prosper, to give offspring a good chance in life to live to the full, to contribute their talents to the betterment of society……….

This is not greed.

Whereas, envy of others wealth and taking what they have not worked for is greed.

I would put is stronger. It is robbery and corruption. You talk like a Mafia extortionist when you said that worse could happen to the Chinese, so be thankful because there are more malays than Chinese, and therefore they can take even more from the Chinese if they want to.

You have to be joking to believe that your greed and prejudices are the wonderful things about Malaysia. Well, may be you do.

Malaysia as describe it is a country based on racism, lack of a conscience, and greed (taking from hard working foreigners).

Meritocracy is denounced. Robbing the wealthy is promoted.

How can there be a good future for such a country?

Looking from outside of Malaysia, it is easy to see that the malay-controlled government is enforcing a wealth-robbing programme from the Chinese who earned their wealth through hard works.

By barring bright well-qualified Chinese Malaysians from entering Malaysian universities, Malaysia is pursuing a discriminatory policy based on race.

This is not tolerated in civilised countries. It is a policy that gives Malaysia a very bad reputation and deprives itself of its most talented.

It is a policy which tells the malays that robbing from the rich is not greed because being rich, being educated is the same as being greedy.

This is moral corruption and self-contradiction which Malaysia will pay a very heavy price.

oversee said...

It should be an interesting study on how Singapore has capitalised on the failure of the NEP, and the Malaysian system where we removed all the Sultans powers and replaced them with politicians, who now rule our lives through devious means.

Each year, Singapore attracts hundreds of our best and brightest.

Even my malay friends advise me not to go back Malaysia after completing my PhD here. It is a well-known fact that no matter how hard they strive, they will never be able to go to the top.

This comes from the horse mouth of a group of foreign experts and researchers in my university. Just feel a bit embarrass when they told me this. But have to admit. After all, it is the truth, nothing but the truth.

Meritocracy in Malaysia? We must be in the land of fantasy! With the present socio-political status quo, Vision 2020 is nothing but a mere mirage.

Why is that so? Because it is creating a mediocre-minded culture that drives away excellent-minded non-malays and malays.

Can you work in an environment where merit is not rewarded?

As long as the blatant, shameless policy of rewarding only the mediocre, and denying opportunities to the best, based merely on one race and religion, the obviously myopic leaders of this country are ensuring that this country will go down to the dogs in the not too distant future.

The standard of English language in Malaysia going down to the dogs is one fine example of our leaders myopic policies.

A lot of things change for those who leave. Once you are in Singapore, much pressure is "applied" to keep you there.

The programs in Singapore are structured in such a way to make sure that the "immigrants" would stay after completing their studies. Many take up Singaporean citizenships after many years of agony and contemplation.

This normally happens after one finds his/her spouse. Practical considerations come in; idealism flies away.

These "Malaysians" never forget their Malaysians past. But as the days, weeks, months, years go by, they slowly lose their Malaysians and become one of those floating masses in the global village. (I have met Malaysians of this kind in all sorts of odd places in different parts of the world.)

Make no mistake - however - most of them are very successful.

The malays do not live in this country alone. Malaysia is made up of all the races. Everybody looks the same when they send out the tax forms. In fact, our economy will be doomed if one of the component of our multi-racial society suddenly vanished.

Our overseas brains refuse to come back. Capable brains here not valued, and they want to leave. The rotting education system stops producing capable brains. Overseas countries are "fishing" for smart brains worldwide. Added together..........you get the brain drain effect.

Unless there is a structural change in our mindset to set things right, we will continue talking about the same thing for the next 100 years.

vokoyo said...

I think it is simple, Malaysians (the malays) think with emotions not brains. As long as they don't use brains but emotions, we will never progress!

Look at it, you can't even have a ground to speak on racial issues without people getting emotional and wanting to fight, I guess that probably the best outcome of the NEP!

How stupid can someone to think feeding fish to a man is going to guarantee his future? You mean our past leaders were so stupid not know that only by teaching him how to fish, and allowing him to fish on rough seas by himself, will he be successful in life?

Look at Singapore, not that the government don't care, but the policy is simple, you have to compete with anyone around you, not only fellow Singaporeans but also outsiders!

And that gives you a truly intelligent society!

Look at Malaysia, when a minister condemns a dumb ass company like Proton to buck up, you get thousands of idiots in the floor chanting "Hidup Proton"……….now you tell me, is that emotions, intelligence or stupidity!

Australia, Singapore and UK, the main beneficiaries of our rejected (but bright) students, may have laughed privately about our higher education policies for the last few decades - Why would a country invests 12 years of primary, secondary education in their citizens, only to deprive them for the opportunity of a tertiary education?

The policy of overemphasis of non-science courses at our public universities may have caused the shortage of scientific talent in the country, as well as creating a huge number of unemployable graduates.

No wonder Singapore is very happy with the gain. Thailand too is applauding our policy. Simply it is holding our Malaysia progress to developed status. Hence, Thailand is quietly but surely overtaking us in all fields. They are already in nano-tech.

Malaysia? Umno Youth busy waving the keris frightening the non-malays and would be investors away.

Singapore is friendly to expatriates working there. They treat those experts well. Also they allow them to make decisions. But back here, the experts have to take instructions from half-baked scientists who know almost nothing.

Look at USA. The citizens be they white, brown or black, they are really proud of the country.

A quick glance of their policy will reveal the answer. In Malaysia, for a Chinese or Indian to be promoted to chief clerk is almost an impossible dream.

Blame it on the government and Umno.

cool fire said...

Malaysia has one of the lowest tax rates in the world. Our foreign investment has been dwindling since China and Vietnam opening its doors.

If one takes poison a little bit a day, he will feel sick and die young unless he stops taking it before it is too late.

NEP is a poison, and it is the source of all troubles facing the Bolehland before our eyes. Bolehland will get weaker as its natural resources get depleted.

Most of its citizens are only strong in consumption activities and pretty soon - Burma would be ahead of us economically. Burma will surely thank Umno for the easy contest.

It is a sorry state of affair. We have already lost so many talents to Singapore. The really capable people do not get any chance in this Bolehland.

The future is bleak, however good enough for mediocre - those who have no ambition, at least for the time being.

In reality, we want to ask: How long this thing will go on? Malaysia will eventually lose out to most other Asia members. It is just a matter of time.

I fail to understand when we are probably spending a few billion dollars to "cure" MAS, then there is Proton, Bank Negara screw ups and cannot forget Pewaja steel!

We can't ignore all the fail projects too……….a few millions here a few millions there will add up to a pretty penny.

Where does all this money comes from? Petronas? EPF? And how all this money flowing out still translates to a 5% growth in GDP?

In Bolehland, everything is ok. We accept everything graciously.

Corruption no problem. GLCs losses no problem. Police abuse no problem. Sex scandal no problem.

This MAS loss is not the first or the last, also no problem.

We also have accepted same present government ever since independence that created all these wonderful news without problem too.

This is Bolehland. Everything boleh. Keep it up Bolehland people.

Now, people like us have to bail them out……….No wonder, no wonder one says we have 1st class facility but 3rd class mentality. (I think we are worst than that……….)

What we are actually concerned is a system whereby bumis and non-bumis could find a reasonable living together, and equal opportunity for development in our own country.

The amount of money wasted, and siphoned out is so huge that perhaps if the fund is managed properly, today you and I need not to pay any income tax.

And if people demand changes, the politicians in power would use racial issue to manipulate and threaten to shut the people off.

As what one always says to me: "Freedom and fairness is not free, you have to fight for it!"

the model racist nation said...

Now if you followed speech about a new agenda to help bumis. So this is the way to create towering malays - just give them more handouts.

All talk was about helping, read enriching the malays. No one had the balls to talk about the Malaysian agenda. If this is what our future leaders spew, then I shed tears for my beloved country.

Much of so-called leakages of bumis allocation has not gone to other bumis but merely lost. Look at the ringgit depreciation, the loss of Proton, the debt of Perwaja, the bank write offs etc, and you get an idea where they have gone. The non-bumis benefit is marginal compared to the larger loses.

Just look at how many of the Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers reap profit from their position for personal gain, compared to few did not do it. They must be using the same pretext of some noble cause like NEP. But at the end the one benefiting is their closet cronies.

What left to Malaysians is the exorbitant car prices, high toll rate, no viable alternative public transport in cities, ever increasing water tariff etc. Who is suffering at the end? Isn't it the "rakyat" at large and bumis forming the largest portion?

Have they not considered why previous implementations failed? In fact one needs not look far to find the answers - CORRUPPTION and ABUSE of POWER leading to cronyism and nepotism.

A simple solution is to implement an independent judiciary, answerable to parliament and freedom of the press as a starter.

Instead, Umno is asking for more privileges. Who are the main beneficiaries? So long as Malaysia's resources are plentiful, the non-bumis as scapegoats, the use of religious fear factor works on the rakyat, Umno will continue to call the shot.

Unfortunately there is not enough resources to satisfy the greed of Umno, the rakyat will remain poorer while the rich get richer.

For non-bumis, their ultimate aim is going abroad. Those left behind, well, the left over will join the poor including the bumis in Malaysia. Thus denying Malaysia the skill and wealth of the emigrating Malaysians.

Don't forget the call for more help, enriching the malays are actually for Umno, selected few and cronies! Not all the malays!

Do read them carefully and not counting it as every malay or Malaysian! Because of this nature of speech don't count it as "for all malays" and a case for you to bombast the innocent malays!

With all the multibillions and hundreds of millions of ringgit contracts going to the Umno bumis and crony companies, with all the Approved Permits (APs) going to the bumis (almost), with all the banking licences going to the bumis (almost), with all the big Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) coming under the control of the bumis, with all the government jobs (almost) going to the bumis, with all the petrol stations, transport licenses going to the bumis, etc, etc.

Perhaps one reason that Umno Youth perceived that the bumis are not faring too well in the economic field is that the wealth that is now in their hands is not well shared out, and is concentrated in the hands of a small number of elite and crony bumis.

If you look at the number of government contracts going out to bumis is really discriminating against the non-malays.

Until now, I have not heard of one malay who has the courage to admit, that about 90% of the government projects and assistance that went to help the malays has gone to waste - huge squandering and wastage.

It is the reason why they are not being respected by other races.

That is their huge weakness. No matter how much monetary assistance you give to the malays, somehow or rather it doesn't improve their character and attitude towards work. It doesn't improve their knowledge on any business they are in.

Their business ethic is the lowest among Malaysians. Their wealth will never improve. Later down the road, they will be spending most of their money if not all on material gain rather than on building values, skills and knowledge.

That is why, 90% of the student scholarships, or 90% of the government projects goes to them, has gone to waste. They didn't take the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills but merely for material gain.

They have no confidence in themselves after so many years of independence. No confidence and faith in themselves to do their best and compete in the world. None at all.

Because most of the time, they spend their money and time on politics, and material gain. I would say malays place more importance on the form rather than on the substance.

Look at the amount of protocol they have to follow in their daily life. Most of it is not practical at all.

In short, we are stuck in medieval concept of balance of conflicting interest rather than those about moving forward to be become one.

So long as we are stuck in such medieval thinking, so long as we will be paralyzed by our fears and insecurities, and honestly second-rate as a nation.

engineer said...

Read it all. In Mahathir's Malaysia, over 40% of the population lives under Constitutionally mandated and perpetual state sanctioned racism. It is verging on illegality to even bring up the subject - even in parliament.

Non-bumis live under widespread and considerable electoral, educational, economic and even religious restrictions and also have to live with the risk of racially motivated stirring from malay politicians who could put one nation to shame. And don't ask about illegal aliens, they are safely locked up in detention centres.

Unsurprisingly, some malay policies have played upon resultant fears of racial tensions and the difficulties non-bumis face in creating their own political voice to shore up a captive vote in the ethnic electorate.

Starting up a company or even purchasing land and property is harder and more expensive for non-bumis. The only way to alleviate their permanent designation as a second-class citizen is to convert to Islam and thus enjoy partial legal acceptance as a bumis.

This Malaysia, a land where racism is used to justify racism, is Mahathir's creation and if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black, then I need a new palette.

Perhaps you may have heard of the axiom making its rounds among the Malaysian bloggers:

"If it is a malay issue, it is a national issue. If it is an Indian issue, it is not an issue. If it is a Chinese issue, it is a racial issue."

That is the problem with Malaysia. The Chinese and Indians are made to feel as if Malaysia is for the malays, and not for the citizens of Malaysia. Even the textbooks are often written as if addressing the malays instead of Malaysians, with references to Islam and other malay cultural aspects.

Just look at Singapore. In spite of their being a multiracial society completely lacking in national resources, they are now a developed country. Why?

Because the people there are united. There is no presumption that the average citizen is a Chinese or any serious programme giving a particular race special rights.

The presumption that greed, dishonesty, and betrayal are innate qualities of a Chinese is simply as abhorrent as the presumption by some Chinese that malays smell bad, are lazy, and are extremely religious to the point of martyrdom. Such stereotyping accomplishes nothing.

If Chinese kids won't die for Malaysia, we should not jump to the conclusion that Chinese cannot be trusted. Instead, we should consider it equally among other possibilities, such as the government's policies creating a feeling of unfair treatment despite the premise that we are all equal as citizens of Malaysia.

We know what the original intentions of the malay special privileges provision in the Merdeka Constitution were, but to maintain that it is a carte blanche for all manner of discrimination based on the bumi/non-bumi divide is certainly straining credibility.

Now that the commanding heights of the Malaysian economy have fallen into the hands of malay capitalists 48 years after independence, is it wrong to appeal for a new consensus based on social sector and need instead of race?

From the above, it is clear that the question of the constitutionality of the quota system as it has been practised since 1971 especially in totally bumi institutions has never been tested.

Because the government imposes racial quota in education and government departments, therefore Singapore and other countries take fortune at the tide. For years, there has been brain drain to our neighbour.

I called my newfound friend earlier who works in Singapore. Somehow, the conversation ended up on Malaysians holding top positions in Singapore.

Well, I have a good friend who is currently working with a top-notch investment company in Singapore. When my new friend found out, immediately said, "No wonder that Pak Lah person was mentioning about the brain drain in Malaysia!"

Well, I know a lot of doctors and scientists are working overseas. A number of my school alumni are actually working overseas and not in Malaysia. Some are doing well in Boston, London, to name a few. It is even funnier to hear stories of some of my school alumni to accidentally meet each other when they are overseas. Yes, my school is guilty for contributing to the brain drain……….

Closer to home, I wonder if Pak Lah knows about our own Malaysian companies that are also contributing to the brain drain. No name mentioned, but I know of one company, due to the change in business process has forced a number of the disgruntled staff to leave the company.

The worse thing, these staff left and joined the competitors that are not Malaysian owned. And even worse, some staff actually decided to leave Malaysia and work at greener pastures.

They could have stayed in Malaysia, but no company in Malaysia could afford to pay the expected salary due to the staff being former scholars and studied overseas during the economic crisis.

Sad really. Now wonder why Pak Lah has an uphill task.

Clearly, there has always been movement of highly skilled people in and out of a country. If there is brain drain from a particular country, it can scarcely develop. On the other hand, if it can keep its talents and successfully attract its skilled citizens to return as well as foreign talents to come, it will prosper.

fargoman said...

Many, many thanks for all pertinent comments……….I agree with most of them, being in a similar position myself……….

Malaysia bills itself as a model of peaceful multiculturalism, but despite nearly half a century of nationhood, the races that make up its population have never been further apart.

Separate social lives, separate schools, separate friends - Malaysia marks 48 years of independence but many citizens lament the lack of ties between majority malays, and the Chinese and the Indians living alongside them.

When the NEP was initiated, it made much sense. Reversing the consequence of the British's divide and rule policy needed to do.

But it had one serious flaw - it defined poverty and other socio-economic ailments on racial terms, i.e., all malays are poor etc.

Whether the move was intentional or not, is an academic question. But it resulted in Malaysia slowly evolving into a racist state where one's skin color dictated much of one's fortune in life.

Eventually, the NEP's noble aims were debased to such as an extent that even a simple admission and promotion exercise within the civil service were dictated by narrow racial considerations.

It has resulted in degradation in quality, best exemplified by University Malaya embarrassing crowing of its position as top 200 universities in the world. The award of ISO standard is made the yardstick for quality; embarrassing and laughable but that is how low we have sunk.

And the slide will continue as long as racism pervades every sphere of the Malaysian life. Someday must the folly of all these will be realised and remedial actions will be taken.

Points taken. Get a little bit nasty, but that is some facts.

I am an engineer. Like architect and other parties, we design and built houses based on the developer's vision and decision. If the house is very small, poor design, bad finishes but still at an unreasonable high price, I will walk away.

I will advice my friends not to buy it, based on my professional experience and some logic, it is not that difficult, really. But it is their money, they have the freedom to decide what they wanted to do with it.

But believe it or not, someone will still stay there. Can't even afford to buy, consider lucky if they are able to clear the monthly rental.

And I have some malay friends, thinking of emigrating, mainly because most Muslims Malaysia here didn't see things the way they saw it, especially on the religion matters. Oh yes, some perceptions never really change throughout the years.

Once a while I will still welcome my uncle from Australia to visit us here. He is one lucky emigrant, I guess, he is well taken care over there.

It is very sad, it is so sad to see Malaysia's brightest minds are all over the world except Malaysia.

The person who is researching into getting water for Singapore is a Malaysian. The head of Parapsychology in Cambridge is Malaysian. The best doctors in the world many are Malaysians.

Yet, they are nowhere near Malaysia.

In Singapore, it is fast and efficient to get a permanent resident. In fact, foreigners in Singapore are invited to become permanent citizens. Here Malaysia, it takes years and years and years and……….to even be considered to become a permanent citizen. I heard of foreigner whose application was lost and had to resubmit. How is that?

All this while I think many of us are dying to go to Australia, Europe, the US, for a better future……….

oversee said...

The primary motive for emigration is not always pure economics. More generally, emigration happens because of a desire to better one's lot, or to achieve one's purpose in life whatever that may be.

There are push and pull factors involved. An emigrant is both trying to escape something and advance towards another thing at the same time. For instance, a scientist who cannot flourish in his own country will want to go somewhere where his expertise is appreciated.

Perhaps he finds the anti-intellectualism in his milieu too stifling (unfortunately, this is very true in Malaysia), or the government of the day too partial when it comes to resource allocation.

There are many reasons for moving, and more often than not, people do it for more than one reason. Political dissatisfaction could well be one of those reasons, and why not? No one is saying that it is the only. Or sometimes it is because of a foreign spouse. It could also be a preference for a milder climate. Or simply to have the opportunities to do things that will lead to self-actualisation.

You see, the major problem with a not insignificant number of Malaysians is that there is a lot of false pride around. This is a vestige of Mahathirianism. Small achievements are overblown so as to build up national pride. It is Malaysia Boleh this and Malaysia Boleh that.

Therefore we need to look to other countries to remind ourselves that a society that is both equal and multicultural is simultaneously possible.

We may not achieve it the same way they did, but we must definitely look at what we have done wrong and correct those things, and at the same time, look at what mistakes they have made and how they solved their problems.

Anyway, I say cheer the emigrants on. Let people do what they want with their lives - they should not be beholden to the country. Do not blame their lack of patriotism for not staying - patriotism is poor persuasion.

troublism said...

mana bolek dapatkan "hadis-satu penilaian semula"?