Throw the bad apples, but keep the good ones.

Youth, or the millennial that are born from the 1980s to the 2000s makes up about 7.2 million of the Malaysian population. In terms of voting rights, they would have made a growing political power with such numbers of people in the nation.

Unfortunately, despite of that, there are still over 4 million Malaysians that have yet to register as voters.

We could have blamed the political system that does not allow automatic registration of Malaysians as voters. But if we were to look at the numbers, it is quite obvious that many weren’t even interested in the voting process, let alone participating in the governance process. Registration of voters is not automatic in our nation yet, but it is not as difficult as we could imagine as well.

Of course, there are also a huge number of youth who are concerned and cared for our country, if we look at the number of people who participated in various demonstrations, and how people shared and commented on social media. There can be arguments on what was shared on social media is true or not; but the amount of discussion in the digital world shows that they care.

When I met up with youth from various backgrounds in these recent years, there are many that have extensive knowledge about politics and governance. But I also find a troubling trend in the general knowledge about the government in a certain group of youth.

I met with people who have a hard time differentiating between a local, state and federal government; let alone which aspects those each of the government controls.

I met with people who have a hard time differentiating between a State Assemblyman and a Member of Parliament; let alone their roles and responsibilities.

I met with people who have a hard time differentiating between one political party from another; let alone what ideologies that they advocate for.

It really makes me think of how sure they were in making decisions during the elections.

As the millennial voters mature, and some might have voted their third election as young adults, which is the age where young people would start their transition to become consistent voters; they must understand the different levels of governments, the roles of elected representatives and the ideologies that they stand for. And not voting merely because we dislike the other party for their weaknesses.

Only then, we can elect an effective government and also opposition, no matter who wins in the respective constituencies.

We, the young voters must learn how to be pragmatic for the sake of the nation’s betterment, and not be a political pawn.

We must not be fooled by the promises of stars and moon, which is usually not practical in achieving it.

Just look at how DAP has played politics all along. In the early 1990s, they were desperately going against PAS and their Islamist agenda as though they were sworn enemies.

Then in the 1998, DAP formed the Barisan Alternatif coalition which includes PAS but left the coalition after the September 11 attacks realising that they were losing supports to the fear of an Islamic state.

In 2008, they came back to join with PAS again to form the Pakatan Rakyat together with the PKR and subsequently they manage to create a setback to the BN during the elections.

Today, they drew a clear line with PAS again after the RUU 355 issue and formed another new coalition without PAS, the Pakatan Harapan.

If we look at the period of the DAP-PAS separation and cooperation; it is usually around the general elections. It is rather obvious that the actions were made for the sake of winning votes in the elections.

Remember how the DAP played the issue of probably using the PAS logo to contest in the 2013 elections?
And how they convinced the non-Muslim voters to vote for PAS?

Now the great Lim Kit Siang can hold Tun Dr Mahathir’s hand and formed a coalition after bashing each other for almost half a century.

Are we going to put more hopes in a political party that changes its stand from time to time and keeps focusing on their opponents’ weaknesses; all for the sake of winning elections?

They have governed the state of Penang for nine years now. We have seen double standard practices, promises unkept, and it seems that only a group of political elites and corporates are benefitting from the policies of Penang.

Barisan Nasional may not be perfect, and they have bad apples in it as well. But are we going to forsake good apples in the party? No matter which political party it may be, throw out the bad apples and keep the good apples. Then we shall not be afraid of whoever wins the election and forms the government.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 16th June 2017.

扔掉坏苹果,保留好苹果

从1980年代到2000年代出生的青年或千禧一代,占了马来西亚人口约720万人。在投票权方面,他们的政治力量不断增长。

不幸的是,仍有400多万名马来西亚人尚未登记成为选民。

我们可以指责缺乏让大马公民自动登记为选民的政治制度,但是这个数字显示,许多人对投票不感兴趣,更不用说参与施政了。选民登记在我国仍未自动化,但登记成为选民的程序,也不是想像中困难。

当然,如果我们总览参加各场示威的人数,以及人们如何在社交媒体分享和评论,就可看出仍有很多青年关心国家。尽管他们在社交媒体分享的内容是否真实仍有待证实,但在数码世界中大量的议题讨论,反映了他们对国家的关心。

近年来,我与来自不同背景的青年见面时,有很多人谈论政治和施政。但是,我也发现部分青年对政府的认知令人不安。

我曾遇见不会区分地方政府、州政府和中央政府的人,妄论每个政府所管治的范围。

我曾遇见不会分辨国会议员和州议员的人,妄论他们的角色和责任。

我曾遇见无法区分不同政党的人,更妄论各党的政治理念了。

我怀疑他们能否在选举中,做出他们所确定的决定。

随着千禧一代选民日趋成熟,他们当中可能有人已经投第三次票了,这是年轻人开始过渡到履行责任的选民的年龄;他们必须了解不同层次的政府、人民代议士的角色以及他们所代表的政治理念,而非因为我们不喜欢另一个政党而投选对方。

唯有这样,无论谁在哪一个选区胜出,我们都可以选出有效率的政府和反对党。

我们身为年轻的选民,必须学习如何务实地改善国家,而别成为政治棋子。

我们别被花言巧语愚弄,这些甜言蜜语通常是不切实际的。

看看民主行动党一路来如何玩弄政治吧。在1990年代初期,他们拼命反对伊斯兰党和他们的伊斯兰教议程,两党就像死对头。

然后在1998年,行动党组成了包括伊斯兰党在内的替代阵线,但在911恐袭后,他们意识到即将失去害怕伊斯兰国的支持者,而离开了替代阵线。

2008年,他们再次回头与伊斯兰党和公正党结盟,组成人民联盟,随后他们在选举中挫伤了国阵。

今天,他们再次因355法令修正案与伊斯兰党划清界限,并另组一个没有伊斯兰党的新联盟,即希望联盟。

审视行动党和伊斯兰党的分分合合;通常都落在大选将近的日期。很明显,这些都只是为了赢得选举而做出的动作。

还记得行动党如何在2013年选举中玩弄课题,表示可能在伊斯兰党的旗帜下竞选吗?以及他们如何说服非穆斯林投票给伊斯兰党吗?

现在,伟大的林吉祥更可以握住敦马的手,两人在成为近半个世纪的死对头后,决定组成政治联盟。

我们是否应该把希望投放在一个不断改变立场、不断关注对手的弱点、所作所为只为了赢得选举的政党?

他们执政槟州九年以来,我们看到了许多双重标准、不守承诺的做法,而且似乎只有一小撮的政治精英和企业受益于槟州政策。

国阵可能不完美,国阵当中也有坏苹果,但是我们需要因而放弃所有的好苹果吗?不管哪个政党,都应该抛掉坏苹果,保留好苹果。这么一来,我们就不必担心谁赢得选举并组成政府。

Sense of Purpose

In this world, I rarely hear of any person who has never graduated from a university making a commencement address to graduating students. Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg could be the only two exceptions.

It was only last week when Mark Zuckerberg made his commencement address at Harvard and it gives me the inspiration and hope of doing what may seem a long journey.

The key points of his speech were the challenge of creating a purpose. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

When we look at ourselves, our families, our friends and our community, doesn’t it look pretty much the same?

Many wakes up in the morning, rush to work, brash through the traffic hour, back from work, rest for a couple of hours, sleep, and the same thing runs all over again on the next day. Sometimes they spend some rest, family time or some hobbies in the weekends.

There is this story of when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded, “Mr. President, I’m helping to put a man on the moon.”

The janitor could have grumbled about his job and low pay throughout his entire working life. But this janitor at the NASA space center decided to create a sense of purpose for himself. What if nobody cleans the space center, it becomes dirty and messes up the working environment? It could have influenced the health and working attitude of the engineers and astronauts. These small things could have made an impact to the mission of putting man on the moon.

This is what that has kept our society moving forward. It is our challenge, not only to create new jobs, but to create a renewed sense of purpose.

Pursuing meaningful projects together is one way to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

Meaningful projects can come in different forms.

The driver who chauffeured our first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman around could have been seen just as a driver to some. But many never thought that he was the one that drove Tunku to important meetings that makes our nation’s independence successful.

The janitor at the Malaysia’s badminton training facility could have been only a cleaner, but he plays an important role ensuring the hygiene of the place, so that the players would not get ill.

The industrial sector of Penang would has been developed not only because of Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu; there are also his team of advisors, the state EXCOs, their assistants, and moreover the people of Penang who have put their tears and sweat working in the factories.

Many jobs could have been seen as job for us to earn a living. But if we put the sense of purpose into it, we could do great things.

As Mark Zuckerberg has said to the millenials who have just graduated, we have to also tell ourselves that it’s our turn to do great things.

We do not have to be a highly educated or attain a high level of skills to do great things. Use what we know and turn into a sense of purpose; then we could do great things.

What about putting our time educating poor children who have lack of access to education?

What if we could educate drivers to have a better driving etiquette? We could have reduce traffic jams and accidents.

How about getting the employees of a factory to conduct environmental friendly practices? Pollutions may have been reduced.

What if we could spend time discussing ideas and solutions for the community’s problems; and submits it to the government? This is what we call citizen participation; and this could be a new political culture that we can cultivate.

I believe these aims are achievable. Let’s do them all in a way that gives everyone in our society a role to be better; in creating a better city and community. Let’s do big things, not only to create progress, but to create purpose.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 2nd June 2017.

使命感

在这个世界上,极少有辍学生向大学生发表毕业典礼演讲的机会,史蒂夫乔布斯(Steve Jobs)和马克扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)可能是仅有的两个例外。

就在上个星期,马克扎克伯格在哈佛毕业典礼上演讲,其内容给我未来漫长的旅途带来许多灵感和希望。

他的演讲重点,是人生必须创造使命感。我们这一代的挑战,正是如何创造人人都有使命感的世界。

当我们看回自己、家人、朋友和整个社会,是不是看起来都几乎是一样的?

很多人早上醒来,就急着上班,匆匆忙忙,下班回来,休息几个小时,就睡觉了。同样的事情日复一日。有时候,他们在周末休憩、享受天伦之乐或自己的嗜好。

当约翰肯尼迪参观美国宇航局太空中心的时候,他看到一名拿着扫帚的清洁工人,就问他在做什么?清洁工人回答:“总统先生,我正在帮助一个人登陆月球。”

清洁工人大可在自己的一生中不断抱怨工作和工资,但美国宇航局太空中心的这名清洁工人,决定为自己创造一个使命感–如果没有人清理太空中心,环境变得脏兮兮该怎么办?这可能会影响工程师和宇航员的健康和工作情绪,这些小事情可能会影响到登陆月球的任务。

这正是我们社会不断进步的主因,我们的挑战不只是创造新的工作机会,而且要创造全新的使命感。

一起追求有意义的项目,是创造一个人人都有使命感的世界的一种方法。

有意义的项目,可以不同的形式存在。

我们的第一任首相东姑阿都拉曼的司机,可能只被一些人视为一名司机而已,但他们从未想过,就是他把国父载送到各大重要的会议,才让我们的国家成功争取独立。

马来西亚羽毛球训练场的清洁工人,也在确保场所卫生方面扮演重要的角色–避免球员生病。

槟州工业不是由敦林苍祐一个人开发的,还包括了他的顾问团队、行政议员、他们的助理,还有许多在工厂里奋斗的槟城人。

许多工作本来是我们的谋生手段,但是,如果我们有使命感,就可以干出一番伟大的事业。

正如马克扎克伯格向刚毕业的千禧世代所说的,我们也要告诉自己,现在是轮到我们做一番伟大事业的时候了。

要做大事,我们不必先接受高等教育或学会高水平的技能。把我们所懂得的一切转变成使命感,那么,我们就可以做一番伟大的事业了。

不如我们把时间献给那些没机会接受教育的穷孩子?

不如我们教授人们更好的驾驶礼仪?我们可从而减少交通阻塞和交通意外。

不如让工厂的员工学习环保?污染可能因而减少。

不如花一点时间讨论社会问题及解决方案,然后提交给政府?这就是我们所说的公民参与,这也可能是我们可培养的新政治文化。

我相信这些目标都是可以实现的。让我们一起努力,让社会中的每个人扮演更重要的角色,一起创造更美好的城市和社区。

一起来做大事吧!不仅要追求进步,而且要创造使命感。

Challenging the Status Quo

Throughout the years, I’ve written quite a number of times in articles and introduced “new politics” to people that I have met. It is all about participating in a healthier and matured politics. “New politics” is a progress in politics that we should be pursuing at.

As progressive people living in a progressive community, we have always wanted improvements. We have campaigned for change in the government. Yes, I agree that we need a change, or rather, transformation.
In our life, we need transformations; to make improvements in the community, state and nation for the better.

But how do we define real change? I believe it is a good time to review our definition as we have already experienced a change of leadership in the government.

Eight years after the “ubah” factor swept the General Election, we should think again, where are we today? How much have we improved after a different political party took the lead in Penang?

Are we experiencing the type of change that we have sought after? Or is the change only a change of a different political party managing the administration?

Does the political system and way of conducting matters in politics still the same? Are we still facing the same problems as we have faced previously?

I think different groups of people will have different answers as everyone have different needs.

To me, I don’t see changes significant enough. There may be some huge publicity over some changes that have been done. That is because the real change needs to come from a political transformation or changes in the way of Malaysians practice politics.

If we want real change, we need to challenge the status quo in the politics.

Ask ourselves…

Do we Malaysian’s really want politicians who tell us hard truths about what it will take to solve our intractable problems? Or do we want politicians who tell us sweet lies?

Do we really want politicians who, because they are authentic, will sometimes say the politically incorrect thing; but doing the right thing? Or do we want politicians who are so fake that they say one thing, and do another?

Do we want politicians who earn our trust and are not owned by a certain elite group? Of do we want politicians who develop the state for only a special group of people?

Do we want politicians who take governing seriously rather than contesting in the elections for the sake of becoming an elected representative only? And running away to other constituencies when the existing ones do not favour them anymore?

Do we want politicians who are polarizing people into groups due to their race, religion or political beliefs? Or do we want politician who does not look into people’s differences, and instead uniting the people despite of our diversity?

We have to be reminded that we do not need to specifically champion for the cause of a specific race when we champion for Malaysians as one. We do not have to fight for Indian, Malay, Chinese or the rights of any race when we are fighting for the rights of Malaysians.

Today, the era of ‘government-knows-it-best’ is over. With lack of quality education in the past, many of our forefathers leaves the job of governing the nation to the few high educated ones. In those days, our great grandparents may not have the luxury of access to knowledge to know what is governing all about.

And today, with developments of our nation, the literacy rate of Malaysians have improved with the easy access of education and information. Most of us today have a basic understanding of public policies and governance. Many are able to give ideas and suggestions to the government to make a better community and nation.

It used to be a top-down approach. It is now a bottom-up approach. We, the citizens play an important role in making whether our nation is good or bad.

We, the citizen plays and important role in shaping the politics of today and what type of politicians should lead the government.

Coming back to the definition of ‘change’; perhaps change of leadership in the government is not as effective as we can imagine that helps us to improve our community and nation. Perhaps what we need is a group of people with fresh and more progressive minds to challenge the status quo of politics.

Challenging the status quo for the better needs a huge effort. We need to push new frontiers in political practice for the sake of being better together.

We have to do it together.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 19th May 2017.

挑战现状

多年来,我的文章多次提及“新政治”,而我也不断向人们解说这个概念,主要推动人民参与健康成熟的政治。“新政治”是我们应该追求的进步政治。

生活在一个进步的社会,我们一直都希望追求进步,改善生活。我们也曾为改变政府而努力,是的,我同意政府需要改变,或者更准确地说–是需要转型。

我们的生活也需要转型,以便改善社会、州属和国家的现状。

但什么是真正意义上的改变?我相信现在是检讨这个定义的好时机,因为我们已曾经历槟州的政权变化。

“改变(Ubah)”因素横扫选票八年后,我们今天再想一想,我们取得了什么成就?由不同的政党领导槟城之后,我们的生活改善了多少?

这是我们希望得到的改变吗?或实际上只是换了一个政党当政府而已?政治制度和政府的办事方式依然不变吗?我们依然面临与以前同样的问题吗?

我认为不同的群体,会有不同的答案,因为每个人的需求都不一样。

对我而言,我看不到显著的改变,很多事实都被汹涌澎湃的宣传淹没了。真正的改变,必须来自于政治转型,或改变马来西亚的政治风气。

如果我们想获得真正的改变,我们就必须挑战政治现状。

扪心自问……

我们身为马来西亚人,是想要告诉我们如何解决残酷难题的政治人物呢?还是需要甜言蜜语的政治人物?

我们可接受基于真心坦白,有时发表政治不正确言论,但做正确的事的政治人物吗?或者我们需要说一套,做一套的假惺惺政治人物?

我们想要不属于精英阶级,但获得我们信任的政治人物吗?或我们想要只为某些特定团体的利益而发展州属的政治人物?

我们理想的政治人物,是认真施政的类型,或只热衷于赢得选举?在他的选区不支持他的时候,就逃跑到其他选区上阵?

我们是否需要以种族、宗教和政治倾向来分裂人民,促使群众极端化的政治人物?或者我们想要一视同仁,多元化地团结人民的政治人物?

我们不得不提醒自己,当我们为马来西亚人民斗争的时候,我们不需要为特定的族群而斗争;我们只需为马来西亚人民的权利而斗争,我们不必区分印裔、巫裔、华裔或任何族群的权利。

今天,“政府最了不起”的时代已经结束了。以前由于缺乏优质教育,先辈选择把治理国家的任务,留给少数受过高等教育的精英阶级。在那个时代,我们的先辈没有机会去了解治理国家的概念。

今天,随着我国发展进步,马来西亚人民普遍受教育,并能轻易获取资讯,因此我们这一代对公共政策和治理有基本的了解。许多人能够在如何打造更美好的社会和国家方面,给予政府许多想法和建议。

总之,以前是自上而下,现在是自下而上,大马人民在决定国家前景方面,扮演了重要的角色。

大马人民今天在塑造政治风气方面,也扮演着重要的角色,我们可决定由什么样的政治人物来当政府。

谈回“改变”的定义,也许换政府并不如我们想像般,能有效地改善国家和社会。也许我们需要的是一群有新鲜进步想法的人,以便挑战政治现状。

挑战现状需要奋斗,我们必须推动政治改革,一起追求更美好的明天。

我们必须一起努力!

Who has deviated? PAS? DAP? PH?

Four years before, 505 is a date where many remembered as a day that many had high hopes for a change for the better. I am sure many have wanted better leaders and a better government, not a better politician.

Four years after, we may not have a change of who leads the government, but we see a change in stands towards many issues. We see inconsistencies in the Pakatan Harapan.

Early this week, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng has criticised PAS that they have deviated from its political struggle. It was also mentioned that DAP and Pakatan Harapan were consistent in their struggle and that BN still remained the pact’s enemy and it would go all out against them in the next polls.

To me, PAS has been consistent with their objectives since its formation in 1951. According to Farish A. Noor, an academician who has written about the history of PAS stated that, ‘From the day PAS was formed, in November 1951, the long-term goal of creating an Islamic state in Malaysia has been the beacon that has driven successive generations of PAS leaders and members ever forward. Until today, PAS has still remained fighting for their main objective.’

I wonder what does Lim Guan Eng means when he spoke about the deviation. And I wonder what does he means when he mentions that DAP and PH is being consistent in their struggle.

When Lim Guan Eng was charged in the court on corruption charges, they said there is no need for him to go on leave. But in Johor, when the state EXCO was charged with corruption charges, Lim Kit Siang pushes for the state EXCO and Menteri Besar to go on leave. And the Menteri Besar was not even the one who is being charged.

When they begin to rule the state, they said they will plant 1.5 million trees by 2015. Today, we see ‘Botak Hills’, deforestation, mangrove forests were destroyed to make way for reclamation, and huge trees along the roads were being removed.

When they were the Penang’s opposition party, they put up banners, calls for press conferences, urged the public to Save Gurney Drive from reclamation. Today, they reclaimed the exact spot that they were standing during the press conference.

When Tun Dr. Mahathir led the nation as the Prime Minister, the DAP criticised and condemned the former Prime Minister so aggressively. Today, they sat together claiming that they are fighting for the same cause. How can a man who has developed a mindset for over 80 years, changes it within just a few years?

They shouted, campaigned and stated that they are against Hudud law. But what formal actions have they taken against the proposal of the Hudud law. There’s no legal action, they did not even debated in the Parliament, as in the hansard during the last Parliament’s session.

They severed ties with PAS and instructed PAS reps in Penang to quit from the government. But in Selangor, they were cooperating with each other to stay put as the state government.

They knew from the beginning that PAS’ aims is to create an Islamic state, but yet they chose to form a pact with each other, for what? For the sake of winning the elections?

Probably there is only one thing consistent in DAP and PH, which is to win the elections, gain power, and topple Barisan Nasional from the government. If this is their main objective, maybe we have to think again.

We have to think again; who has really deviated, who has really changed? Is DAP really for the people? Or for the power?

In politics, many words, sentences, speeches were made rhetorically to gain popularity. But leaders must keep in mind that they have to be consistent in their views, stands and objectives. Otherwise, they will be deemed as unreliable and inconsistent. We are not definitely looking forward to have such people leading our nation and state.

Think twice, my friends. We must remind Malaysians and the politicians that election is not only for the sake of winning power.

Politics and election is about crafting a better future for the people, delivering promises made, and giving hopes for brighter days ahead.

It is time that we need to build a better nation with new politics.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 5th May 2017.

谁走入了歧途?伊斯兰党?民主行动党?希望联盟?

四年前,505是一个许多人期待把国家变得更美好的日子,但我相信当时人们是想要拥有更好的领袖与政府,而非更好的政治人物。

四年后,没有换政府,但我们目睹许多政治人物改变立场,我们看到了希盟内部的矛盾。

本周初,行动党秘书长林冠英批评伊斯兰党已经偏离了政治斗争路线。他也说行动党与希盟的政治斗争目标是一致的,国阵仍然是他们最大的敌人,他们将在来届大选中全力以赴。

可是对我而言,伊党自1951年成立以来,其斗争理念始终不变。撰写伊党历史的学者法立斯(Farish A. Noor)写道:“伊党自1951年11月成立以来,其长期斗争目标,就是要在马来西亚建立伊斯兰国,
这也是驱动伊党历届领袖和党员前进的主要动力。直到今天,伊党仍为这个主要目标而奋斗。”

我不知道林冠英所谓的偏离政治目标是什么?我也不明白他所谓的行动党和希盟的斗争目标一致是什么意思?

当林冠英在法庭上被提控贪污时,行动党说他没必要请假待查。但当柔佛行政议员被指控贪污时,林吉祥促请该位行政议员和州务大臣请假待查–州务大臣甚至不是被提控的那个人。

当行动党开始执政槟州时,承诺到了2015年,将种下150万棵树。但是今天我们却看到“秃头山”、森林被砍伐、红树林被摧毁来为填海铺路,甚至马路旁的大树也被移走了。

当他们还是槟州反对党时,他们举起横幅,召开记者会,呼吁公众反对填海,拯救新关仔角。但是今天,他们就在同样的地点填海。

当敦马哈迪担任首相时,行动党是如此激烈地批评和谴责他。今天,他们却坐在一起,声称正在为了同样的理想而斗争。一个80多年来的思想,怎么可能在短短几年间就改变了呢?

他们大声喊叫反对伊刑法,但是当伊刑法被提呈上国会时,他们采取了什么行动?没有法律行动,而且就像上一届的国会记录一样,他们甚至没有在国会上参与辩论。

他们与伊党断交,并指示槟城的伊党党员退出州政府。但是在雪兰莪州,他们互相合作,继续担任州政府。

他们一早就清楚知道伊党的目标是建立伊斯兰国,但他们却选择与对方组成联盟。为什么?为了赢得选举?

也许在行动党和希盟之间,只有一件事是一致的,那就是赢得选举,夺下政权,推翻国阵政府。如果这是他们的主要目标,也许我们必须重新考虑是否还要继续支持他们。

我们必须再三思考:谁偏离了斗争目标?谁变了?行动党所做的一切真的是为了人民吗?还是为了夺权而已?

在政治上,许多言谈、语句、言论都会经过修辞一番,以便受到人民的欢迎。但是政治领袖必须牢记,他们的观点、立场和目标必须始终保持一致。否则,他们将被视为不可靠和言行不一致的卑劣人物。我们绝对不想由此类人物来领导我们的国家和州属。

三思吧!朋友们。我们必须提醒马来西亚人民和政治人物,选举不仅仅是为了赢得权力而已。

政治和选举主要是为了替人民创造更美好的未来,履行承诺,给予人民一个拥有更光明的未来之希望。

现在是我们通过新政治,来建设一个更美好的国家的时候了。

Malaysia Needs New Politics

Malaysia needs your help. Your help to move Malaysia forward.

In 2008, many of us were frustrated with the government then; and in the elections many of us voted to reaffirm that Malaysians demanded a better government. Least was expected, as history was written, Malaysians were suddenly awakened by the election results.

In 2013, with full of hopes for a better state and nation, Malaysians came out with a record-breaking voter turnout. It was indeed a record-breaking feat as the Pakatan Harapan won the most ever seats.
Led by DAP, they maintained their governance in the Penang state.

Nine years later, we were disappointed; we were discouraged and disillusioned. Some felt cheated. The hopes and dreams given by the DAP remains only hopes and dreams that were not materialised.

Not because that they failed to take control of the federal government, but because we believe they did not walk the talk.

There were many occasions and incidences that proves the DAP is not any better than those that they have criticized.

Some say they were the lesser devil among all devils. They may be the lesser devil, but what if they were given bigger power? If they were given bigger power, who knows… Even if they may be the lesser devil, they are still a devil.

They shouted against corruption. But today there are some of them charged for corruption.

They shouted against cronyism. But today there were many claims of deals with huge corporate individuals.

They claimed to have solved the flood problem within 9 months. But today, after nine years, the flood seems to be getting worse.

They promised to plant a million trees. But today more trees were chopped off than planting of trees.

They promised to build more low medium cost houses for Penangites. But today, more luxurious condominiums and properties were built instead.

They promised for a more transparent government and they implemented the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). But today it seems that it was used to hide more information.

Nine years later, the certain DAP politicians is just the same as the politicians that they have criticized.

At a time when there are lesser options, the people must create their own options. We must show the politicians what we demand from them, rather than given a choice of who to choose from.

We must show them that politics have to be revolutionized. It is the end of the era where politicians knows-it-all. It is high time that the politicians should really listen to the people.

It is time where we need to get rid of unhealthy political practices.

It is time where we need to strengthen our democracy.

It is time where we need to elect people who can voice out with conscience in the Parliament and State Assembly; rather than just toeing the party line.

It is time where we need to elect real good people who can play their role rightly whether they were elected into the government or the opposition.

It is time where we need to elect people based on their personal capability and not solely considering their political affiliation.

It is time where we need to learn from the leadership of people like Justin Trudeau, Bernie Sanders, Sadiq Khan, Yuriko Koike and many others.

It is time where the people sets the values of our nation’s leaders and elected representatives.

It is time where we need to introduce New Politics.

As many have predicted that the elections could not be very far away, the most probably within more or less a year.

And therefore, I am requesting for your help. We have work to do. We need to have the boldness and energy to craft new frontiers in our country.

It is a transformation that needs a huge effort; at every level from the very grassroots; we need to campaign to make Malaysia, a nation with economic, social, racial and environmental justice.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 21st April 2017.

马来西亚需要新政治

马来西亚需要你的帮忙,你必须推动马来西亚前进!

2008年,我们当中很多人对政府感到失望,因而许多人在大选中投票说出自己的心声–大马人要求更好的政府!令人意想不到的是,大马人改写了历史,大选成绩唤醒了许多大马人民。

2013年,大马人满怀希望,期盼把马来西亚变成一个更美好的国家,因而创下历史性的投票率。这确实是一个创纪录的壮举,因为希望联盟赢得了有史以来最多的席位。

在民主行动党领导下,希盟继续执政槟州。

九年后,我们感到失望、气馁,也有人觉得被骗了,因为行动党给予的希望和梦想,到最后也只是希望和梦想,不曾实现。

不是因为他们没有入主布城,而是他们不遵守大选承诺。

许多事情已经证明,行动党并没有比他们所批评的对手表现得更好。

有人说他们是恶魔中的小魔鬼。他们可能是较小的魔鬼,但一旦他们被赋予更大的权力呢?如果他们获得更大的权力,谁知道会发生什么事……即使他们可能是较小的魔鬼,他们也仍然是一个恶魔。

他们大声反对贪污,但是今天他们当中有人被控贪污。

他们大声反对朋党,但是今天他们当中很多人与巨型企业人士有所交易。

他们声称上任九个月内就解决了水灾问题,但是九年以后,今天的水灾问题似乎变得越来越严重。

他们答应种植一百万棵树,但今天他们砍树比种树更多。

他们答应为槟州人民建造更多中廉价屋,但今天他们建造更多的豪华公寓和豪宅。

他们答应打造透明化的政府,并实施资讯自由法(FOI),但今天这个法令似乎被用来隐藏更多的资讯。

九年后,一些行动党的政治人物,变得与他们一向来所批评的政客一模一样。

在选择不多的时候,人们必须创造自己的选择。我们必须告诉政治人物,我们对他们的要求,而不是仅仅在候选人当中做出选择。

我们必须告诉他们,政治必须进化,“政治人物无所不知”的时代已经结束了,现在是政治人物认真聆听的时候了。

现在,我们必须摆脱不健康的政治风气。

现在,我们需要加强民主。

现在,我们必须选出可在国会和州议会中凭良知发言的人,而非仅仅听从党指示的人。

现在,我们必须选出真正的好人,无论他们成为执政党或反对党,都能扮演好本身的角色。

现在,我们必须选贤与能,而不仅仅考虑他们的党派。

现在,我们需要向贾斯廷特鲁多(Justin Trudeau)、伯尼桑德斯(Bernie Sanders)、萨迪克汗(Sadiq Khan)、小池百合子这些出色的领袖学习。

现在,是由人民来鉴定国家领袖和人民代议士的价值的时候了。

现在,我们需要新政治。

许多人预测大选近了,大约一年左右而已。

因此,我恳求你的帮忙,让我一起来进行一项任务。我们必须有勇气和精力来打造我国的新篇章。

这是一个需要付出巨大努力的转型,自草根而上的每一个阶层;我们需要进行一场运动,促使马来西亚成为一个无论在经济、社会、种族和环境各方面,都充满正义的国家。