This is the kind of leader we have?
A few days ago, I read an article which touched on the need to ensure that there are more bumis in the information communications technology industry
. Of course, when it comes to highlighting the 'plight
' of the bumis and their need for 'rescue
' by the government, who else better to quote than Umno Youth Deputy Chief, Khairy Jamaluddin?
After all, he's made it part of his political platform to continually remind the bumis of how helpless they will be without Umno around.
Reading excerpts from his speech made me laugh out loud.
And I wasn't even in a very laughy
mood that day.
Here's some of the good stuff from his speech.1) "Bumiputras should be given priority in new sectors such as biotechnology and information communications technology (ICT), to ensure they are not left behind" - Khairy Jamaluddin
Apparently, Khairy doesn't seem to know that over the past few decades, technology has been one of the main driving force behind the flattening of the world. More people around the globe, irregardless of their education, background, and ethnicity have found that technology has allowed them to rise up above their circumstances and compete with the rest of the world on equal footing.
Technology has, and never
will be a force which 'discriminates' based on the colour of our skin. Technology rewards ability, initiative and innovativeness - qualities which I do not perceive to be lacking in any way in our bumi brothers.
If a poor, uneducated farmer in Sudan is able to use the Internet to obtain the latest pricing info for his crops, allowing him to sell at the best price and increasing his annual income four-fold, I don't see why the same can't be applied to bumis.2) “We don't want to see the workforce and technologists favouring only certain races in Malaysia and not reflecting the real composition of the population” - Khairy Jamaluddin
Yes, reflecting the real composition of the population is something which is high on his list of priorities. I guess that is why we see such a clear depiction
of our country's demographics in the government ministries, civil service, police force, etc.
Apparently, the composition of our workforce only applies one way, and not the other.3) “We need to move forward and make it our priority to facilitate the creation of more bumiputras in the ICT sector.” - Khairy Jamaluddin
He has got it all
wrong. The priority should not
be on the creation of ICT bumis. The focus should
be on ensuring that all bumis are properly educated, have degrees which are relevant, are able to communicate effectively in other languages, and last but not least - he should be focusing on instilling a sense of self-belief in the bumis by telling them that they can
succeed even without government hand-outs, not the other way round.
Once bumis possess all of the above, they will naturally claim prominence in high tech industries such as biotechnology and ICT without Khairy having to lift a finger.
By focusing solely on creating more bumis in the ICT industry, I can see what the end result will be. We'll end up with a handful of 'ornamental
' bumis who were hand-picked and placed by the government in the ICT industry in order to make Umno look good. How this will benefit the impoverished bumis, who are living in rural areas without access to basic amenities such as education, I have no idea.4) “We do not want handouts but the opportunity to succeed on a much more level playing field,” - Khairy Jamaluddin
Call a spade a spade. A rose by any other name will still smell as sweet. Or in this case, a turd by any other name is still a turd.
Khairy can call it whatever he wants, the NEP, the ICA, whatever. He can wax all the political rhetoric he can think of. In the end, no fancy name or acronym will be able to disguise it from what all these initiatives
really are - government hand-outs. The sooner he does a Mahathir
and informs the bumis that they are subsisting on hand-outs, the better it will be for not only them, but for the country as a whole.
In the whole history of mankind, I dont think any problem was solved without first acknowledging that there is
a problem. As long as leaders like Khairy continue to mislead the bumis into thinking that these hand-outs are a birthright, the bumi majority will never progress.
Khairy says that bumis currently dont have the opportunity to succeed and compete on a level playing field. I guess in Khairy's little bubble-world, all bumis must be born with severe handicaps or something.
I've met quite a few bumis during my career and guess what, they are no different from you or me. They possess a mind which, like everyone else, is unlimited in its ability to dream, imagine, create, conceive and reason. Their desires are our desires, and our desires theirs - the desire to provide a good life for our family, the desire to achieve, the desire to contribute to the economy, the desire to make a difference.
I do not in any way see them as 'sub-par', or as a people who are in desperate need of help from the government. They are able to compete with me on equal footing any day, as long as they stop electing silly leaders such as Khairy who continuously tell them that they can't.Political mileage at the expense of majority
What Khairy is trying to do is obvious. In political circles, such tactics are known as fear-mongering. A politician who exploits this tactic will always try to imbue a sense of fear in his populace - a fear that the life they know is under attack; the fear that without him, they are all doomed to live a life of poverty; the fear that the other races are out to oppress them.
As other political leaders such as George Bush and Adolf Hitler have shown us, a populace which is gripped in fear is very easily manipulated. However, what we should be concerned about is this, such manipulation hardly ever ends well.
How long more will leaders like Khairy knowingly sacrifice the future of their race, just so that they can remain in power? How long more will we let him? I sincerely hope that Abdullah Badawi and Hishamuddin will do something about it, for we cannot afford to let firebrands such as Khairy continue to dominate our local political scene.
The future of our country depends on it.