Tuesday, June 20, 2006

22 Questions

For the pessimist side in us...

Question Time: 22 questions for Mahathir
By P Gunasegaram

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is only in his third year as Prime Minister but his pre­decessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad already has four questions for his administration to answer. They relate to Proton’s sale of MV Agusta; the exit of the former Proton chief executive officer; approved permits for cars; and scrapping of the bridge project. While we would like to hear a better explanation from the government than what has been given so far, Abdullah should not be the only one answeringquestions. I am sure we all have questions for Mahathir too — on how he ran the country for 22 years. Here’s a list of 22 questions or rather 22 groups of questions we would like to ask Mahathir, one for each of his 22 years in power...
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Is it just me or is the whole situation in Malaysia getting worse year after year? Back in school, everything was rose-hued and I was quite convinced that Malaysia was the most racially-harmonious state in the world, all issues could be solved with the "Malaysia Boleh" spirit, and things could only get better over the years... growth, prosperity, harmony and all!

So either over the years, I have grown more pessimistic, or my eyes have merely been opened to the sad reality around me.

Leaders seem more careless with their words.
Personal gain is more important that integrity and trust.
The government seems to believe that it's citizens are blind and unintelligent.
And all demands and questions can simply be quenched with empty promises.

But no matter what, I can never shake away the feeling that Malaysia deep down inside is still home. Sabah is still the most beautiful place in the world.

1 comment:

  1. Frankly I am quite tired of continuing hearing the "Malaysian Boleh" rhetoric. It's a reflection of inferiority complex in some sectors of the Malaysian population. It's time to move on from this slogen.


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