残奥运动员一律平等

大约一个月前, 马来西亚人热情迎接我们在里约奥运会几乎摘下金牌的选手们。 尽管尚未赢获金牌, 但选手们为马来西亚写下了我国历史上最佳的奥运成绩。

而在一个月后,全国再次为残奥运动会选手欢呼, 他们打破纪录成功夺下了三枚金牌及一枚铜牌。

尽管生理上的差异导致他们的日常生活与一般人不一样, 可是残奥运动员们向全国证明他们一样能令国家骄傲。莫哈末里占、 莫哈末子亚、阿都拉蒂夫、 西蒂努拉蒂亚在残奥会期间不断带给国人惊喜。 他们不仅带着奖牌荣耀回国,更是缔造了打破残奥会纪录的光荣成绩。

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Paralympians, as equal as all

About a month ago, Malaysians were feeling so enthusiastic when our Olympians almost delivered gold medals in the recent Rio Olympic Games. It was one of the best Olympic results that Malaysia has ever achieved in history despite not winning a gold medal yet.

However, a month later, our Paralympians cheered the whole nation up again when they scored a record result of obtaining three golds and a bronze in the Paralympic Games.

Despite living their life differently compared to other people due to their physical differences, these Paralympians showed the whole nation how they can make the nation equally proud. Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, Abdul Latif Romly, Siti Noor Radiah Ismail made Malaysians so excited day after day during the Paralympic Games. Not only did they bring back medals for the country, they broke world records in the Games.

Never in my life, have I seen a sportsman broke three world records in just one game. And Abdul Latif Romly just did that.

The achievement is not only a proof that our countrymen is able to compete at the international level and perform better than other huge nations, it also proves that Malaysia treats these group of people with disabilities as equal as every other Malaysian.

Ironically, I believe that is it the Paralympic athlete that has taught and shown us what is equality all about. They have shown us how people who suffer from physical disabilities can do things that normal people can do. As a matter of fact, from their achievements in sports, they have done what majority of Malaysians cannot do.

How many of us can run 100 meters in 12.07 seconds? How many of us can jump as far as 7.60 meters? How many of us can throw shot putt as far as 16.84 meters?

To compete and to win a gold medal in the Paralympics requires a very challenging process. It is not a process that a normal sportsmen and sportswomen encounter.

At the very first stage, this group of people will need to get equal recognition from the community that they are able to compete in sports.

They will need the support from the Malaysian Government to provide sufficient and professional trainings for these aspiring Paralympians.

They will need to develop the mental courage, strength and confidence to overcome their physical disabilities to prepare themselves at the international stage.

When the Paralympians brought back gold medal for the country, the Government and many corporate companies rewarded these champions with prizes and gifts for what they have achieved.

Without a doubt, these champions deserve the rewards that have been given to them.

Supporting the people with special abilities is not only about giving them rewards when they score a big achievement. True support to them is about providing them the guidance when they were a nobody until they achieve success in whatever they are doing.

It is always easy for any Government to reward sportspeople who have brought back medals and trophies to the country, whether they are Paralympians or Olympians. But what is more important is for the Government to implement an efficient system where they could train more champions.

Our Paralympians made it just in time to score such great achievements when it is between the National Day and Malaysia Day; when everyone is discussing about unity. It is probably one of the best gifts for Malaysia during this patriotic month.

As what happens in the Olympics and every other sports that Malaysia participates, all Malaysians regardless of race, religion, gender and physical abilities; all of them cheered for the Team Malaysia.

The Paralympic Games this time around has strengthen my faith; believing that there is still hope in unity; believing that equality is achievable; believing that we are able to compete and win at the international level.

如何分辨一个政府的好坏?

最近的政治争议也许让行动党州议员林秀琴渡过多个失眠之夜。很多人都已经通过新闻获悉这个最新和最热门的争议性课题,根据报道,林秀琴的父亲提供“批准”中廉价屋申请的服务。

虽然此事发生不久,但大约一年前,就有几个人来到民政党总部求助,希望民政党可协助他们获得中廉价屋的批准,如果无法做到,就希望民政党帮助他们拿回已经交给代理的钱。由于他们不熟悉政府文件,这些穷人没有任何文件可证明这件事。

随后该案就一直被搁置着,直​​到受害者和林秀琴的父亲之间的谈判视频被上传到互联网。接下来,我们看到社交媒体掀起口水战,支持者和网络打手展开了激烈的攻守战。

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How do we judge a Government?

The latest political controversy have put DAP’s ADUN, YB Lim Siew Khim through sleepless nights, perhaps. As many would have knew about this latest and hottest controversial issue through the news, it was reported that YB Lim’s father has been offering the ‘approval’ of low-medium cost houses for a sum of money.

The case is now new though. About a year back, few people came to the Gerakan office to ask for advice on getting their low-medium cost houses approved and if not, to get their money back from the agent that they have paid for it. But due to lack of knowledge on the government paper works, these poor people did not have any documentation to prove for it.

The case was then put on hold until the video of the negotiation between victims and YB Lim’s father was uploaded on the internet. The next thing we see, war of words happened in the social media. Attacks and defence were made by supporters and cybertroopers.

The Sungai Pinang ADUN responded that she is not aware of the issue despite happened since a year ago. I believe these victims who have paid the sum of money must surely had find numerous ways and people to make their money worth paid for; and that would have include approaching YB Lim’s office. It is not an issue that happened a week ago, and to say that the YB is not aware of it is simply amusing.

Even when Malaysians still haven’t received their Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) payments within a week, they already knew how to contact several different offices to obtain advice on how to get it.

Of course, many cybertroopers debated that there are so many other cases of corruption at a bigger and higher level, and why wasn’t action taken against them. Comparisons were made; attacks and hatred were incited over many individuals or political parties over the social media.

It is very unfortunate that Malaysians tend to get excited over controversial and negative news. When news of corruption, hatred, racial and other negative ones arises, Malaysians talked about it, share it, commented and argued over it especially on the social media.

It has come to a point that in Malaysia or I would say in many parts of the world, people are more concerned of negative news compared to the positive ones. In politics, Malaysians are comparing who is the worst leader or politician and not who performs better. People compares who are more corrupted, who are more racist, who are the weaker ones.

We should be comparing who performs better in managing the government, who are the moderate and fair leaders, and who are the more honest politicians. Usually these people are the ones who are forgotten and neglected in the news or conversations.

In the recent cover of the Times magazine, “Why we’re losing the Internet to the culture of hate” is a good example of how we are judging the political and governance world.

We may not aware of it, but many were excited and tend to discuss about negative issues when they heard any of it. How many of us always immediately share to our friends when we heard news about people were killed, when some leaders uttered racist remarks, when news of corruption surfaced? And how many of us share when we receive news of how good our country has performed at the international level, when our country’s GDP or FDI increases? We know ourselves better.

In life, all of us have always learned that we should look at the positive side, the bright side and the good side of people. There are many quotes about it, it’s written in self-improvement books, it was taught in motivational seminars.

It is time that we put all these into practice. It is time that we compare who does better in governance. Low corruption rate is one key towards a good nation. But good governance is the main key towards developing a great nation.

I am not saying that we should ignore all cases of crimes and corruption. If elements of corruption is proved whether it is the issue of low-medium cost housing and YB Lim’s father or the 1MDB issue or any other cases; action should be taken on culprits.