WHAT NAJIB MUST DO TO REGAIN PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE
By: Kassim Ahmad
27 August, 2009
I was pleased to hear, when the UMNO President officiated the Women, the Youth and the Women’s Youth Wings of the last UMNO General Assembly, he said that UMNO members and cadres must undergo training courses. This is the very thing that UMNO needs at the moment. This will give UMNO the philosophy of their struggle. It will make UMNO the true guardian of its own party. It can detect and correct its own deviations in time. The Rukunegara, our Malaysian National Philosophy, is inadequate for this purpose. UMNO’s political philosophy must comprise (a) Malay nationalism (both left and right), (b) Malaysian nationalism (both left and right), (c) Governance through deliberation, or democracy, (d) Governance that is fair and just, and (e) true internationalism or universalism.
Najib’s “One Malaysia” concept is correct, but it has to be adequately defined. It must root out corruption; it must root out waste; and it must root out poverty, weather absolute or comparative; it must root out imcompetence and its cadres and leaders must practice dedicated and sincere service to the people.Everyone, whether living in rural or urban areas must be able to live fairly well. We must devise a system whereby we can achieve this.
Can we do this? Can we achieve the national political philosophy that I have enumerated above? There is no question that we cannot. Nothing is impossible as long as we have the desire to achieve it. What we have to avoid is close our minds to change and regard everything as having been decided by our forefathers whom we have only to follow. This is an unscientific methodology which we must guard against.
In order to be able to achieve the five aims I have enumerated above, we have to move up our psychological state, from thinking that all others except us are right, to a state where we can be wrong, and others can be right. With this state of mind, we can achieve the five aims.
We must be honest to ourselves. Do not put things under the carpet. We do not have to do things all at one go. But we must never lose sight of what we want to do.
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