Moderation (My message to Malaysians)
durate et vosmet rebus servate secundis
Carry on and preserve yourselves for better times.
That’s what the above means and that’s my motto for the 2015.
After almost 10 months being very quiet and watching the world unravelled, perhaps it’s time for me to say my piece, as the Unquiet Mind can never be quiet, as much as I tried. Everything that needs to be said has been said by almost everyone. Every tragedy, and the most unimaginable, has happened, from a plane disappearing unexplained from the air to Malaysians flying to some god forsaken place to fight in the name of twisted religious ideologies. As one wise man keep telling me, the world is definitely coming to an end! Or at least to me, an end to life that we used to cherish.
The country has definitely gone backwards, not only economically but in every sense of the word. Am I being overly pessimistic?
“I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” ― Antonio Gramsci
“I will be the first to admit that I am a pessimist by nature. It is, after all, the wisest way to be. We pessimists have everything to gain, whereas optimists have a fifty-fifty chance of being disappointed.” ― Tamar Myers
Let’s face it, while we have nice slogans to shout about from “Malaysia Boleh!, “1Malaysia”, “Vision 2020”, etc, they will remain mere slogans as long as the government, the politicians, and most important of all, we Malaysians remain stuck in a convoluted state of mind where we cannot even tell reality from fiction, fearing threats that are non-existent, and becoming so polarized that the slogan of “1Malaysia” has become oxy-moronic.
What chance has we got when every word of moderation is treated with disdain, whilst the bigots are the ones getting the biggest coverage? Is this the pain of growing up as a nation? I have no answer to that, except to say that this is not the way to grow up. Though many nations go through upheavals sometimes to develop, we seem to be taking one step forward and three steps backwards!
The politicians have been nothing but the biggest failures. Whilst UMNO is still stuck in a “denial state” and incapable of truly transforming itself to face the real challenges facing the country, the opposition still cannot find true common grounds to seriously show the ability to lead the nation.
It is amazing that when the country is facing an uncertain economic situation, and the country is being torn to bits every day, all UMNO could do was to discuss the Sedition Act. Who is threatening the Malays? Who is the threatening the Sultans? Who is threatening Islam? They have clearly lost the plot, or perhaps the plot is about getting votes and self-preservation and not really about defending the Malays, the Sultans and Islam, who don’t really need defending in the first place! You only defend something that is weak!
The biggest threats to the Malays are the Malays themselves! The biggest threats to Islam are the Muslims themselves! We, Malays and Muslims are our biggest threats! That is my opinion as a Malay and a Muslim! Because we are weak! Because we have failed ourselves! We have failed to better ourselves economically and spiritually! And 57 years of being independent have failed to teach us what it means to live as nation!
Malaysia is supposed to be the beacon for multi-cultural nations, a nation of tolerance, and acceptance and respect. Where is the tolerance, the acceptance and the respect that our founding forefathers had promoted through the “Rukun Negara”? Does anyone even know what the “Rukun Negara” is? To the uninitiated, let me just list them in English and what I think of them.
Believe in God – there’s hope though many have convoluted ideas about God and religion. To one particular political party, religion is about punishment not about spirituality!
Loyalty to King and Country – probably very little. I am willing to bet that many don’t even know who the King is!
Supremacy of Constitution – almost non-existent, especially amongst the politicians
Rule of Law – what law? Just take a drive in KL, and see the number of traffic laws being infringed! In my 30 minutes’ drive to work, I counted more than 20 infringements!
Courtesy and Morality – what are those??? Very close to non-existent! Though many claim to be the moral guardians of the nations!
These are basic principles of a nation! Are they so difficult to adhere to and believe in?
We Malaysians have been very lucky, if you really think about it. We don’t have major natural disasters, except the flood, which don’t kill hundreds of people. You are really unlucky to die during floods in this country! We live on subsidies, and we are very ungrateful about it! Come to think of it, we are better treated than those in socialist nations! Less than 5% of the population pays tax, until 31st March next year, and we are very unhappy about that! We are a technologically savvy nation, and we abuse technology especially the internet whenever we can! We can break traffic laws at will and nobody will catch us except the poor people receiving the more than 4 million summons for speeding every year! But then you don’t have to pay for the summons! Except idiots like me who pay promptly due to the super-efficient MyEg web service!
Why have we become what we are today as a nation? Don’t blame the politicians! Politicians are generally idiots! We put them up there, because we don’t want to do it ourselves! Someone’s got to do the dirty job!
“He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.” – Bertrand Russell
We only have ourselves to blame! We allow ourselves to be influenced by the politicians, when we are supposed to be influencing them.
So as we end 2014 and enters 2015, have a good look at ourselves and accept that the future of this country depends on us and not the politicians and the extremists. Stop complaining! Stop blaming others!