Monday, February 20, 2006

Malaysia, Myself and I

Da New Cabinet Iz In Da Houze

After much talk and hullabaloo, we've finally been introduced over the past week to the new and old faces which will make up our cabinet. Some people complained that the new line-up still retained quite a few of the 'old-guard' ministers, myself included. But ahh, waddaya expect? Those people (who shall remain unnamed) did not climb their way to the top by kissing the wrong arses you know..hahah.

One particular person whom I felt should have been replaced was our Minister of International Trade and Industry, Rafidah Aziz. A lot of people were surprised that she still retained her position, what with the big 'scandal' which errupted last year over her ministry's interesting way of allocating APs.

Badawi defended his decision by saying that the AP scandal is not the main issue here and should not be used against Rafidah. True enough, APs are but a small part of our economic landscape, but cronyism is pervasive and should be eliminated at all cost. Isn't that what the whole AP issue was about anyway? Cronyism?

Good news for us Malaysians

I was also quite pleased to read that our country's FDI has increased to RM17.9 bil in 2005. After so much talk about how China's gonna suck up every last cent of FDI (which it sort of did actually to the tune of RM223.8 bil, phwoar!), it's good to know that Malaysia still manages to hold her own. We've also registered a trade surplus of almost RM100 bil in 2005, Malaysia Boleh! Maybe the US of A should send their policy makers down over here for a lesson on how to curb their trade deficit eh...hyuk hyuk.

Some people might attribute this growth to our Iron Lady's skill and savvy, but personally, I think this growth is expected, in view of the overall growth of the global economy and the Asian region in particular. Growing while the global economic engine is chugging along healthily is all fine and well, but growing when everyone else is struggling is a true test of a country's (and its ministers) capabilities, competence and resiliance. Let's see what the future holds in store for us eh.



Anonymous fong said...

Talking about the international competitiveness, in the first place we can't even compete to have our own talents back. It is now an impossible dream to try to get back that international competitiveness unless there is a miracle.

Human resources, the most important and invaluable asset a country would like to have, and yet our government does not seem to give a damn because of the racial prejudice and narrow mindedness.

Each year millions of ringgits are spent by private overseas students who are deprived of opportunities in their own land and upon graduation the host countries could just easily absorb them and forever we are the losers, and our government is impotent to do anything about it. Even the government scholarship holders in terms of many hundreds also refuse to come back.

Today, we can't afford to hire back our good people, instead they are happily employed by our competitors, the host countries and they give their best years to whoever could afford to employ them.

You do not have the good people; as a result, you don't have the top grade of management system, top grade of quality, top grade of R&D and the top grade of products. Certainly you lose out in the global competitiveness in all fields. The 60 thousands unemployable graduates are of the inferior quality otherwise, they could have crossed the blue ocean to seek greener pastures.

This is a vicious cycle, we can't attract good people to our side in the first place because our salary scheme is no longer attractive and our ringgit is weak. And our good people because of attractive pay outside tend to go over the other side.

The top grade people go out and the second grade people stay behind. In the long run, we are getting weaker and weaker, and our competitors are getting better and better. You pay what you get as the saying goes, "If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys."

Without good qualified people, how are you going to compete? What we could attract now are only those low-grade Indonesian labours.

It looks like we are following the footsteps of Indonesia and getting closer as years go by, after all one said: "Since we come from the same race and the same blood flows in our veins, it is imperative for us to find common ground to resolve all our differences."

Look at Indonesia's policy for the 1960s against its own ethnic Chinese populace. Typically abang-adik with Indonesia, Malaysia already has a model to follow.

It is time we separate administration and politics. The mentality, that we fought and won elections, so we must enjoy the spoils, must go.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous vesewe said...

In this day and age, you can find answers to 80% of your questions simple by typing a few keys on your computer. Try this: Google "XXX".

NEP requires certain amount of bumis to sit on the large companies, and thus many Chinese businessmen choose to own many small companies (SMI) instead of one large one.

It has its benefits, you pay less in taxes and you don't have to hire puppets. SMIs have their own associations, they even have a bank, where loans aren't given based on racial lines (well, at least the last I checked).

Corruption will only make the poor poorer. It will kill hard work as money can buy one's way. I am sorry if you are holding up bad examples as a model to legitimise this evil.

Have a vision. See beyond the past. Our handicaps, whatever it may be, are building blocks of a better future.

Without the practise of free speech, thinking and actions, we have a huge problem to overcome the shortcoming of our students and employees. Students and eventually employees that don't know how to work around different circumstances and goals will remain just clogs in an economic machinery controlled by someone else.

It really shows that this Najib is "all talk but no sense". The quality of Malaysia leadership!

And of course the government goes on pretending like they don't exist, or they are cavemen from the jungle. So much for bumis policy.

Najib is a mealy-mouthed liar. I am proud to be a Malaysian but if he becomes PM, I might chicken out and move to Singapore until we got a different one.

I am being serious. Johor, Penang and Sabah/Sarawak would've been a developed country but thanks to the formation of Malaysia they are not.

Singapore was the only state that had balls back in those days, and Umno-led government knew it and before their ideas creped into the entire Malaysia they were cut off.

It is a shame that it happened but at the same time you must admit they did the right choice……….malays were not ready to share power 50 years ago and I expect malays to feel the same for another 50 years.

As for harmony, there was never real harmony in Malaysia. There was tolerance - thus faked harmony, but not true acceptance which bring about true harmony.

The directions set out in the first place was wrong. We are living the consequences.

Maybe I should. But wait, I do have a life. Do I need to reconsider that? Don't think so. It is my rights anyway to live how I want to, as long as it is ethically and morally right.

Enough said, I am drawing the line here. Focus on the topic at hand, or shut up if you don't have anything better to say but stupid stuff like emotional, blah, angry, etc.

This thread is just a place for discussion just like a cafe. But I see anger. I see hatred. I see un-satisfaction. And I want to see changes so that all these don't continue.

9:13 AM  
Anonymous tim said...

The minor cabinet reshuffle announced by Pak Lah is a strong reflection that our present prime minister is not a strong leader but just a reconciler and a balancer operating on a maintenance mode.

It is a survivalist short-term strategy to maintain the status quo by holding fast to the reign of power and closing his eyes and ears to the vulgar and brutal realities staring naked in front of him. It was a great let down to a very significant segment of his supporters. Clear signs of disillusionment are already written all over their faces.

I was totally flabbergasted when I read that the education minister is planning to send jobless graduates to work overseas. I can't begin to describe how bizarre or foolish this fantasy thinking is.

Dealing with foreign companies are expensive and dangerous for those who are ill-equipped. I have seen this from close quarters and saw money going down the drain from failed projects like this becoming a norm and not the exception. How much money are we willing to waste on this one before someone had the sense to see it for what it is, a fantasy?

I hope these ministers do remember once a while that the money they were entrusted with are not their own to be spend on their fantasy and grand white elephants but actually belong to the hard-working Malaysians.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous wihong said...

A strange thing I have noticed over the past few months. The average Malaysian Chinese seems to aspire to emigrate, very specifically to Australia. It almost seems like they work their asses off so that they may move themselves and their entire family down under.

It is like Australia is some paradise island or something. I know that Melbourne is one of the most livable places in the world, but a statistic like that can by no means cause the mass migration that I noticed.

The Malaysia government has this program called - Malaysia my second home. It is to attract retired whites to settle to Malaysia and bring their money with them. Sadly, Malaysia doesn't seem homely enough for the Chinese.

They have always complained about the brain drain. They whine that Singapore is stealing all the Malaysia talent. Now with entire families moving out, it is not only brain drain, it is capital drain. They really should find out how much money has been sucked to Australia in the past 10 years. It will probably run in the tens of millions.

Can they stop this? No. It just cannot be done. Until the government stops treating the Chinese like second class citizens, it will not happen.

Quote: "You go to Singapore, a couple of ministers there are from Penang. In Hong Kong, a number of advisers to the government are from Penang, and in China, some of the best managers are from Penang. Penang is supports the world!"

It is all about Singapore, Hong Kong and China but not Malaysia. So, prove to me that this is not "brain-drain".

Brain drain is part and parcel of Malaysia. Things are not going improve, at least at the rate we are going. Welcome to Bolehland. We can!

I hope to see some progress in our country heading towards a mainly two-party system like in the US, UK and Australia. But the opposition parties must get their act together; and the people too must get wiser.

The big bad world of globalisation has descended on us like a tsunami. We still want to walk with crutches. The competition now comes from China, not the local Chinese badly represented by the MCA; from the Indians from the near continent, not from the local Indians doubly badly represented by the MIC.

At the end of the day, stop complaining too much, for you - the voters - put the government there. You finally deserve the government you get - arrogant, complacent, and not accountable.

Otherwise, why do 21st century so-called leaders want to revive the NEP, an instrument of the 1979s-1990s that had proven to be not effective? Don't we learn from the history and current developments?

I too, used to think that all is rosy and happy in Malaysia. But as each year passes, I find out more and more disturbing things happening in my beloved country.

Yes, mostly resulting in a more cynical outlook, with some youths turning even desperate and then like "opting" out of the system, or slightly better for some lucky ones, staying back in a foreign land, because "my government seems to be taking actions to drive us away".

What a sad refrain, and the government laments - sincerely?

Brain drain - I personally know many of such youths parents have chosen to "opt out" of the political arena. Sad. Tragic but true.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous julee said...

Friends, I have voted in 6 elections for the DAP and got my friends to vote for the party too, but after some gerrymandering - the seat has gone to the BN in the last 4 elections.

There is too much cheating. Don't forget the election commission is also a "component party" in the BN. Then there is this postal votes which are actually phantom votes which all go to the BN.

Chinese majority seats are now mixed seats. Chinese votes are transferred to malay majority seats to dilute their strength. And worst still many Chinese are blindly voting for the BN, not because they like it but because they don't want to rock the boat. With the oppositions in disarray, I don't see how can we deny the BN even a two-thirds majority in parliament.

Honestly, such a racialist, corrupted and arrogant government votes have been voted out in any civilised country in Europe. As to all, you know and I know that integrity and reform is alien words to the BN.

What this country needs is a compulsory education, and what it desperately needs is an inferiority complex because a lot of Malaysians I see wandering the streets seem they feel that Malaysia is the best country on this earth but frankly, it is far from it.

How can Malaysia compete against Japan or America when its economy can't even compete with the miniscule economy that is Singapore?

As we have witnessed in the last couple of decades, without freedom of press and information, there will be no accountability, responsibility and transparency!

Prime minister promises will never be achieved and the rots will continue to a point of no return at the great expense of Malaysia and her ordinary people!

If he has faith then he should just drop all the un-perform ministers to cut the story short without needing to make all this nonsense proposal and making this a never ending sad Malaysia story……….wasting our country's time!

Malaysia is out of global competition day by day but ironically our "top management" still playing their immature "not ready" games.

Kids, don't you feel tired challenge with all this timid and irresponsible humans for your entire life? They are all wealthy "not ready" players but you know one day all the lay people will suffer……….I really feel sorry for all the Malaysians.

I have prepared myself for that day to come and I hope you guys will prepare yourself too. We really want to safe our country but our "Boss" don't want……….what to do?

Badawi performed the worst in the last few years. He never walked his talk and gave away pledges. If Badawi is a man of honour, on the same measure, he should sack himself first.

What a shame! Badawi will go down in history as the most hopeless prime minister of Malaysia.

I believe the only way forward is to promote the revolution that gives back power to the people. People power as opposed to Umno power! The country will cleanse itself then.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous reek said...

All governments cover up their mistakes and, manipulate and control information to their advantage to influence the people to stay in power. The question is to what degree.

In most western countries, where there are freedom of speech, press and information, the governments are not able to grossly pervert, manipulate, control and abuse the information.

Media are not control by the governments and their responsibility is to present the absolute truth to the people.

It is important the people demanded their basic rights to factual and quality information to make their opinions, and the government recognise the important to disclose accurate, factual and timely information to the people.

Malaysia like other developing countries, have a long way to go and their past records in this area is not good.

The equation of power is always looking at Umno first before reshuffle or recycle the cabinet. Country comes second.

This was the mantra in Malaysia since Mahathir time and it not surprising if one also think so. In Malaysia, the line was blurred between Umno and Malaysia. Though we may not like it and by right the ministers must be neutral, in fact this will take place every now and then.

We can comments but "fourth class mentality" will ultimately prevail in most of the Umno ministers. They treat the country like Umno. More and more spin-ministers will follow the footstep.

This is a government by Umno, for Umno and of Umno.

I don't think we should take these jokers seriously - except when they try to steal in broad daylight. Just make sure we all prepare well for the next election and find a way to put the truth to the people despite the wool that these people try to pull over our eyes.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous kentanjim said...

What is minister griping about? When he was minister of Johor, he used to sing Singapore praises especially when he was trying to promote Johor-Singapore-Batam growth triangle.

Minister is simply demonstrating his ignorance about the fact that malay privileges are null and void outside the 'tempurung' of Malaysia.

Yes, that is right, the global and even regional economy don't care two hoots about giving you recognition simply because you are an Umno 30% pirate who is used to a pirate economy.

Instead of whining like a little bitch, why not compete with Singapore in selling these goods, stamped as 'Made in Malaysia'? They are, after all, your own goods.

This minister is really plain stupid. If Malaysia wants to stop Singapore traders from repackaging and sell to oversea markets, just bar the Singapore companies from buying products in Malaysia, and confiscate all the banned goods purchased by Singapore traders in Malaysia at the causeway.

Minister should understand that stripped of negative impact of Umno racial politics which to a great extent impact on Malaysia-Singapore relations, Malaysia and Singapore still continue to be economically inter-dependent.

Singapore is smart enough to re-brand and re-package Malaysia canned goods etc, as its own because it still considers Malaya its traditional hinterland. And what is frustrating to Malaysia is that many countries, especially those in Europe, believe this!

Umno racist terrorists can keep all the tin ingots, timbers, rubber, palm oil, fish, chickens, durians etc, and manufactured themselves and export to the world market themselves.

Yes, Umno racist terrorists can extend its NEP policy beyond the territory of Malaysia……….all Singapore traders and companies must provide 30% of equity shares to Umno racist terrorists in their companies in Singapore if they want to import goods from Malaysia.

These Umno racist terrorists are testing the tolerances of the Singaporeans now.

Yes! Support in boycotting goods by Umno racist terrorist! The opposition voters are boycotting the goods by Umno racist terrorists for coding our voting stubs. The Chinese in Malaysia and all over the world are boycotting goods by Umno racist terrorists for constantly humiliating the Chinese in Malaysia and all over the world.

The Umno racist terrorists can keep all their goods for their own consumption.

What is he about on and what is his real agenda? Maybe engaging the brain before shooting off his mouth might have served our country a bit better. Now we all look so foolish……….

9:19 AM  
Anonymous samp said...

My family and I left Malaysia more than a year ago. Seem was right - we left Malaysia reluctantly, especially me.

My wife and I had well-paid jobs, were debt-free and had only one child. We had wonderful relatives and great friends, a strong network of social circles to make life a thoroughly enjoyable journey.

We could see however, that it was a fast eroding paradise.

Our employers were successful only because of political patronage. Our child remained a second-class citizen as far as education was concerned, and this was going to be only the first of many more discriminations to come.

The public institutions could not be relied upon to do the right things. In fact, few bothered with doing the right thing. Malaysian society was disintegrating because the leadership was distracted in all sorts of ways.

We have been here in Melbourne, Australia for more than a year now. We had to start all over again. Start new relationships. Re-build our careers. Find and build our home. We bump into Malaysians all the time.

They are all here for the same reason - to give their future generations a fairer go. They are here to give and take in a fair exchange. They are here to raise their children in a place where work ethics, industry and intelligence count for more than skin color and political patronage. They are here where wrongdoings are highlighted and challenged, and their perpetrators are put under the spotlight.

Do we miss anything in Malaysia? Absolutely. We miss our family and friends. We miss the familiarity our previous home gave us. We miss, just as wrote, the wonderful food. We were reluctant leavers.

Yet we were a lot more fortunate than many.

Our lives have simply continued without us pausing to think and plan ahead, and if necessary, make major changes. If we do, I cannot imagine anyone seriously believing that Malaysia offers a better chance of a better future for our children than many other countries.

The one thing which would swing my assessment is the total abolishment of the current pro-bumi policies, in total. I don't see this happening, no matter what I do. Was it I who tucked tail and left or have those who, recognising such a change would not come about, be the ones who tucked tail in remaining?

Do I miss Malaysia? Only the people there. My family, friends and relatives. I remain a reluctant leaver. There are many things we do in life not because we want to, but because we need to. Leaving Malaysia was one of them.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous aston said...

Government forces us to learn Bahasa Melayu. Looking the fact today, what rubbish use is it? Do you speak malay in Australia? No, yes you speak malay in Indonesia, but who will go such a moron country and have his career started over there?

Bahasa Melayu sucks, I wonder why we should study this language first of all. English is always what we want it to be as the national language instead of Bahasa Melayu.

Using English as an official language is the best thing to do, not for our own good but for your own good. Due to this stupid Bahasa Melayu, it distorted our English learning improvement. If it wasn't due to this language, my English wouldn't be so slack here……….

So now those Umno morons finally see the importance of English, but limited by their narrow mind, they only change some the media language to English in the education system.

20 years after the change from malay to English, they finally relalise that Bahasa Melayu did not bring any good improvement. But still in my school years I learn malay……….damn!

Second of all, you are very narrow mind guy. Why should one in this world be patriotic to certain country and be faithful to them? World is world, everybody in this world are brothers, is it necessary to say that you belong to this region or something or so on!

For countries like Singapore and western countries, they can have double citizenships, it is not a big problem at all if one's holding so many citizenships, because they understand the meaning about this.

Only Malaysians having such narrow mind would care about those things……….

Seriously, are you a Muslim? It means that your God says one has special rights than others?

Immigrants? I don't think Malaysia can achieve half what they have without the immigrants. Do you seriously think that every things Malaysia have today are the effort of malays only? Indians and Chinese never even done anything?

It seems like worshiping Allah give you a characteristic of humiliating and scolding others off, and racist claim - sons of immigrants.

If there is a $$$ God, it will be better than Allah, the one you worship.

You want to talk about descendents? Oh aren't you the immigrants from Indonesia? Whose ancestors are from Africa, who grand grand grand parents are Adam and Eve. After all we are still the same. Get it?

God damn it, after 30 years Islam teaches out bunch of people that are racist towards other groups of people? Disappointing……….

Tell yourself what can you do to the country? Do you certainly believe that people having same characteristic like you are the people who helped to develop this country?

I want your own opinion, you think this is fair? You think this is right? After learning Islamic teachings for so many years, you agree with all those racist policies and called people sons of immigrants?

Holy crap……….all the years what Malaysia have are narrow mind cunts like you, you are no different with the Umno morons.

Tell me one of these government policies is wrong. Judge it. So you think that it is ok, if we don't like it, we get lost? Yes, I choose to get lost, I don't want pay my tax to a group of Umno morons to continue their unfair policies.

Not peaceful enough? What makes Malaysia peaceful?

Of course Malaysia can still live in peaceful situation. Isn't African countries also peaceful? As long as you stay at home. You are peaceful!

Let me tell you my perspectives. This land should belongs to no one particular race, should be multi-racial. Should run fair policies which is not one-sided. Should speak a common language - English.

Sick anyhow, this country has no relationship to me anymore. I am in Singapore now, thank God. After graduation I definitely get a Singapore PR and I will surely apply for citizenship.

Tired of people who keep avoiding the question. Vision 2020 going to be achieved by this group of morons? Keep on dreaming, don't need to reply my question.

Once I have enough money, I will move all out from this moron country. I know what you want to say: "If you don't like, get out from Malaysia!" That is what typical moron will say.


9:21 AM  
Anonymous coolooc said...

The malays are a truly hypocrite bunch of people. All this bullshit about the 'freedom of religion' as only appears to apply to anyone but not the malays!

The malays have made Islam such a hated religion with many man-made laws and impositions, all to suit their own convenience, and yet they claim to be 'Islamic' without even practicing the religion as it was intended to be practiced.

If Malaysia only wants Islam, then get rid of all the other races and live truly as 'Malay'sia, and see the country being destroyed by brainless malays monkeys in a matter of one year!

Why can't all races live in harmony? Why must anything that is related to Islam be such a huge contentious issue?

What the hell is the Syariah Court? These so-called Syariah 'lawyers' are a joke to the legal profession. The travesty of justice in Malaysia regarding converts to Islam especially is demeaning and a pathetic joke.

The Federal Court which is the supreme legal authority in Malaysia is 'impotent' against this useless Syariah Court when it comes to matters dealing with conversion! What absolute rubbish!

If malays want to progress in the world, you malays will have to rid the notion of God and your religion. It is your backward religion that is holding you back from every strata.

Look at Muslim countries. They are absolutely backwards in every aspect, living in the most poverty-ridden corners. But when it comes to religion, and building mosques which is half empty always, they build the best ones. Ignoring the poor people who live in shacks.

In Malaysia there is a mosque about every 100km and now they are built along the main streets of all towns. Is it to prove that you malays are so very religious? You malays think that every one has only sex in their mind all the time! This is a fault that undermines humans.

Now you malays have to rid your backward religion and go forward. And you malays must learn to accept that there is no God but dog.

The malays are nothing but over-zealous hypocrites who don't even understand Islam in the proper context, let alone profess to practice it!

Malaysia will never achieve developed status, certainly not with the malays. At least Mahathir built two tall structures that got the attention of the world, as he knew that the intellectual 'capabilities' of the malays were as good as a cow in the padi field, regardless of any kind of miracle!

Despite all that the Malaysia government has been doing for the malays for ages, the malays are still way behind in terms of everything. They are lazy and have become so accustomed to handouts that they refuse to work to earn an honest living.

It is very sad. Why can't all races compete fairly? Remove all the barriers and ensure free competition based on merit and capability, rather than by race. Will that ever happen?

Everything in Malaysia is a joke when it comes to the malays. They are laughed at by everyone in this world for being incompetent, lazy, useless morons.

Be like Raja Petra……….a self-made man to be proud of, also a malay that is objective and can distinguish right from wrong.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous vovo said...

First of all, are we (the non-malays, that is) really to believe that the government will abolish or tone down the New Economic Policy in the near future? We must be realistic, if you have the right to buy a property at a discount and have scholarships for your children, would you let go of these rights?

With Chinese population dwindling in Malaysia, what needs to be done depends on the Chinese themselves.

There is nothing wrong with the brain drain. In fact, we should encourage our children to move to Singapore, Taiwan, China etc, if we disagree with Malaysian government policies that are based on race and religion.

When it comes to the matter of the dwindling number of Chinese Malaysians, we should talk about quality, not quantity.

We should resolve why the Chinese-Malaysian population is reducing. Official figures have more than one million Chinese Malaysians emigrating over the past 25 years. Why did they emigrate? I am sure the government knows.

Straight A students can't get scholarships or university places. Nothing new, it is been that way for the past 35 years. Nowadays, even enlightened malay Malaysians are speaking up on this injustice. The MCA and Gerakan? Busy making money from private colleges.

What is so great about having TAR College or Utar which took more than 35 years of begging? Why should it be so difficult to set up an independent university when we have scores of public ones?

While we push young talented people away, other countries notably Singapore, the US and Australia welcome them with open arms.

Is it logical that we drive away our young talented ones and then invite retired Mat Sallehs to live here and exploit our low-cost of living?

Singapore's success in particular owes much to these ex-Malaysians or their descendants including Hon Sui Sen, Goh Keng Swee, Goh Chok Tong, just to name a few.

About 30 percent of top management in both Singapore's government and corporate sector are ex-Malaysians. We export them so that Singapore can compete with, and then whack us.

Korea and Taiwan, both way behind us in the 70s and 80s are now way ahead. Thailand is breathing down our necks.

Sadly, there is just no integrity in the nation's leadership.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous kok said...

Malaysia is now regarded as the sick man of South-East Asia. Even foreign direct investment has deserted us for China, India, Thailand and even Vietnam. Eventually, Indonesia will also surpass us.

Then maybe we have to send our people to work there as maids or in the Indonesian plantation. It seems the role will be reverse and those working in Indonesia may have to remit money for our folks in Malaysia.

Thus, the country will lose out in the entire field in 10 or 20 years time. Then we have only African countries to compare. Even the African countries will overtake us and we are left alone with all the white elephant buildings. Be proud of the form and structure only.

The mistakes of BN policies were that, they did not invest in people. In order to compete, investing in people is the most important competitive advantage a nation could have. When talking about investing in people, it tends to focus to one race only due to the affirmative policy. The outcome from this race is not favourable also.

When we ask monkeys to lead our country. Look at the number of failed projects. If you examine the management system carefully, they are usually led by people who do not have the expertise in the said field.

Take education for example. It is Umno who decides the policy. The saddest part is those involved are not academicians. They themselves are under achiever academically.
Similarly the other fields are managed by blokes.

It won't stop there if the government still wants to protect malays interest only. Policy such as NEP will only bring us trouble. Instead of moving forward, the government chooses to stop just to wait for one race.

Abolish the stupid NEP. They are not producing malay elites, contrary they are enriching a few idiots and depriving a whole lot of malays.

Even if these malays can get entry into University Malaya, so what? The quality of education is so bad, public and private sectors shun them. Their professional degrees are useless as the global market doesn't even recognize our medical and engineering degrees.

Look at Singapore, they have malays too, but do they suffer? Not only they did not suffer but they able to stand on their own and compete against other races. Sadly, it won't happen in Malaysia.

We had a lot of capable brains but it is the government who do not hang on to them. Programs to bring back the professionals abroad won't succeed because they do not look at the money offered but fairness, opportunities and the government policies is what they concern the most.

The above are actually a sampling of the negative perceptions the business community have of this country. One need not be a futurologist to see this "downfall" coming.

Our government does not value brains. It looks at the skin. Look at the cabinet, civil service, GLCs, police, universities, and everywhere. It is race that determines who hold what position. Coupled with our corruption, emasculation of the judiciary, Islamization policies, and suppressing of press freedom - our future is indeed bleak!

Those who want to see this, continue to support the Gerakan, MCA, UMNO and the BN.

9:27 AM  

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