steadyaku47 comment: An article by Nik Azam (a schoolmate of mine from MCKK says) that will give you food for thought. He writes and reasons well. Read and enjoy.
We do appear to be divided in many ways. No harm to that in a free democracy as long as we hold to certain basic values. Most will agree that these are Agama, Bangsa dan Negara. It should be that the well being of these be uppermost in the minds of all red blooded Malays.
We are now divided into 3 political parties; Umno, Pas, Keadilan. No harm again as there will always be diversity in opinions and beliefs as long as certain basic principles of engagement are followed. Agreed that in all 3 parties there are honest, upright individuals as well as not so honest. If an individual is honest and upright but belong to a different political party than us, do we have to run him down to the ground?
What are most dangerous to the well being of Agama, Bangsa dan Negara now? I am naive in politics but I dare put forward that they are corruption, disrespect of the law, dishonest and incompetent leaders. Further to what you mentioned on what set us into groups, I like to add that we belong to different professions. Nothing really divisive here but there is such a thing as holding to the principles of our profession. I am not a lawyer, but those in the law profession will understand better about the rule of law, and equality before the law.
For many years now, the span is already 3 PMs, the Auditor General will make his annual report. It has become familiar reading that there are many wrongs on how the gov depts and agencies are run. We read of instant mee costing RM 0.30 being paid at RM 20 to 30. A broom costing RM 1 or 2 being paid for RM 50. These are small priced egs, the big tickets result in wastage of tens to hundreds of millions. We, the heavily burdened tax payers will have to pick up the bill. The poor are devoid of development fund.
As usual after the report comes out, the PM of the day will make pious statements to clean the wrongs, they will not be repeated. After all these years we have yet to see the results of these statements. So far there had only been a deafening silence. We can just say that words are cheap but deeds are few.
We are all very familiar of the 'Lingam's tape case' and the royal commission. A week ago the Attorney General made the declaration that no further action need be taken on the case, no reason or explanation given. The Royal Commission came to nought. Some people are just above the law.
Not all in Pas are just beardies and weirdies, some have proven to be people of high integrity after having held public office for long. This is getting to be a rare commodity in Malaysia, esp in the gov of the day.
Keadilan at the moment suffer from the rather low quality of their candidates in the last election. Not a surprise, being a new party. Wait and see the quality of their candidates in the next round. These will be honest upright people with high education out to serve and reform the landscape of the political scene. They cannot join Umno because they are crowded out by the riff-raffs which you mentioned that are in there.
We should respect people of high integrity from whatever party they are from. They are going to be the saviours of Agama, Bangsa dan Negara. Those that are going to undo us are the corrupt, dishonest and incompetent, also from whatever party they are from.
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