Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Is the Prime Minister's I Malaysia concept for real?

Each new Prime Minister will want to have his own slogan. Tun Dr Mahathir had his Amanah Bersih Cekap ( ABC) slogan and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi adopted the ' Cemerlang, Gemilang dan Terbilang ' theme when he led Barisan Nasional ( BN) in the 2004 general election.

Today the people will only know ABC the Air Batu Campur. Not even Mahathir who still makes comments now and then cares to talk about his ABC. He has either forgotten about it himself or may be he is just too embarrassed to talk about it.

Why? Simply because his ABC was mere empty slogan which did not achieve much result.

Just look at the malpractices revealed in the annual Auditor General reports and the Malaysia 's unsatisfactory placing on the Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index will tell us that ABC became an empty slogan.

Similarly, today everyone in the BN has also chosen not to talk about the ' Cemerlang Gemilang and Terbilang ' slogan. However, some people still remember the Opposition joke that the BN's ' Cemerlang, Gemilang and Terbilang ( CCT ) ' slogan should have been changed to ' Cemerlang, Gemilang and Temberang ) '.

If CCT is not a mere slogan , action will have been taken against the ' sounds like me, looks like me , but it's not me " lawyer after the Royal Commission of Inquiry report was released.

If CCT is not a slogan, deserving and qualified applicants will not have to wait for 20 years before their citizenship applications are approved.

If CCT is not a slogan, the incident of two fighter jet engines would not have disappeared from the air force base .

If CCT is not a slogan, the "seizure" of state power from Perak Pakatan Rakyat would not have taken place!

The new Prime Minister launched his 1Malaysia slogan about 9 months ago.. Since then we have heard of 1 Malaysia F1 racing team, 1 Malaysia camps and now 1 Malaysia klinik.. Not too long ago, a school talked about implementing even 1 Toilet policy !

Someone asked me a month ago why is there a government slogan of 1 Malaysia ? Does this mean that we used to have 2 or 3 Malaysia ?

Despite heavy promotion of the 1 Malaysia concept, many Malaysians still do not fully understand what it means. Is the concept so new and complicated that makes it so difficult for people to understand it?

The answer is that it is not a new concept.

The Prime minister himself has said this "The 1Malaysia is not a new concept or formula but its ultimate objective is national unity, which is the primary vision of previous administrators translated into various forms over the last five decades or so".

So let me tell the Prime Minister that when the people say they do not understand the concept, they are simply saying that the government cakap tidak serupa bikin ( that the government does not do as it preaches).

First of all, 1 Malaysia should mean One Dream, One People, One Nation , as once mentioned by Najib.

In April last year, Najib has said that no Malaysian should consider himself a second-class citizen nor feel sidelined or left behind in the nation’s progress.

But how could Malaysians have one dream when the Barisan Nasional government still practices race based politics and implements policies which divide the races rather than unite them?

2 months ago, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reiterated that there is no such thing as a first or second-class citizen in the country and that all citizens have equal rights.
I believe he was only saying things which he himself was not convinced about.

Just look at the government policies whether in the economic, education , culture or other sectors, do you find the 1 Malaysia spirit which ensures fairness to all Malaysians? Are SJK (C) and SJK ( T ) getting the fair treatment from the BN government ? Why is it that Chinese are left out of the TEKUN programme?

How could we achieve genuine unity if Biro Tatanegara is allowed to continue with its agenda of brainwashing ? If 1 Malaysia is for real, no Biro Tatanegara course participant will be told that " the Chinese are the Jews of Asia " . Neither will there be promotion of the Ketuanan Melayu concept.

How could 1 Malaysia be real when BN politicians do not behave like Ministers for all Malaysians and choose to play the ' Allah ' word controversy to suit UMNO's political interest?

The real test of Najib's sincerity and commitment to 1 Malaysia is not how loud he shouts his slogan or how beautiful his slogan sounds but whether he can walk the talk or he can cakap serupa bikin.

I wish to remind Najib that so far his ' 1 Malaysia , People First', Performance Now slogan is still unconvincing and some people have said it merely means " 1Malaysia, Publicity first, Propaganda now ".

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