群众在TN50扮演重要的角色

当今时代,群众是一个重要的元素,也是一个大趋势。众包、众筹、众搜等等……今天群众可解决世界上的许多问题。

随着2050年国家转型计划或TN50的推出,群众不仅在实现这个计划方面扮演重要的角色,如果这项计划获得人民最大的参与度,它将是一个可看到巨大成果的计划。

基本上,TN50是跨越2020年到2050年的国家发展计划,具有明确的30年目标,而这些目标通过筹备阶段,即2017年至2019年之间的的协商过程中制定。

有些人可能会误解,这个计划是首相两个星期前发起的,并且取代了“2020年宏愿”。事实上,首相发起的是“对话”,或讨论、规划和阐明TN50的过程,是延续“2020年宏愿”的国家发展政策。

群众,尤其是青年的参与,是TN50成为一个由下而上的有效政策之关键。一个国家的政策必须由基层群众的声音决定,而不是由一小撮坐在顶层的人士决定。何况,当2050年到来时,今天的青年已变成年人,他们之中一些人更将是国家的关键决策者。因此,为了生活在我们所渴望的世界中,青年必须积极表达,并有所贡献于制订TN50政策。我记得一句名言就这样说:“你自己必须成为你在世上想看到的那个改变。”

社交媒体在马来西亚和全世界创造了全新的政治参与浪潮。由于今天可从互联网轻易获取许多资讯,许多人已经被唤醒,开始对本身国家的政治和施政感兴趣。很多马来西亚人开始针对政府政策和领导人发表评论、批评及谴责。

我认为TN50给马来西亚人提供了机会,也让我们提出建设性的观点和想法来制订国家政策。与其不断批评和谴责,我们不如趁此机会,在这个建立在草根基层上的政策制订过程中做出贡献。

要制订一个真正以草根基层为本的国家政策,就必须获得更多人提供想法。

每个人的想法都是独一无二的,因此每个人所提出的想法同等重要。此外,不同的人,但重复的想法也必须被提出,因为这代表了这个想法的重要性。

在一个计划中参与对话,也是激发新想法和新火花的重要一环。每个马来西亚人可能来自不同的背景,拥有不同的心态,因此,一个想法可能会引发另一个更好的想法,唯一的实践方式是群众现场讨论。

正如我在早前的元旦文章中所提到的–呼吁群众塑造一个全新的政治思维。我相信TN50是一个极佳平台,大马人可在此平台上提出各种概念和想法,共同打造一个更美好的马来西亚。

The crowd plays an important role in TN50

In this current era, crowd is an important element and is a trend of today. Crowdsourcing. Crowdfunding. Crowdsearching. And many other ways of solving our world’s problems using crowds.

With the launching of the Transformasi Nasional 2050 or the TN50 initiative, crowd plays an important role not only in making it a reality, but an effective one if it achieves maximum participation from the people.

Basically, the TN50 is a national development initiative spanning the years from 2020 to 2050. It will be driven by clear 30-year goals and targets, which are being developed via a consultative process in the preparatory phase from 2017 to 2019.

Some may misunderstood that the plan was being launched by the Prime Minister about two weeks ago and is replacing the Vision 2020. As a matter of fact, what was being launched was a “conversation” or the process of discussing, planning and articulating TN50; in which will continue Vision 2020’s journey as the nation’s development policy.

The participation of the people especially the youth of today is extremely crucial in making the TN50 an efficient policy that comes from bottom to up rather than from the top to bottom. A nation’s policy must be determined by the voices of the grassroots majority rather than being decided by a small group of people sitting at the top. Moreover, when 2050 comes, the youth of today will become adults, and some will be key decision makers of the country. Therefore, in order to live in a world that we desire, the youth must articulate and contribute in crafting the TN50 policy. As there is a famous quote, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

The social media has created a new wave of political participation in Malaysia and also the world. With the easier access to information through the internet, many were awakened and became interested in politics and governance in the nation. A lot of Malaysians begin to comment, criticize and condemn on certain government policies and leaders.

I think the TN50 gives the opportunity to Malaysians and it is also time for us to give constructive views and ideas to craft a national policy. Instead of just criticizing and condemning, it is an opportunity for us to contribute in making the policy which is built from the grassroots.

The key in making a national policy a real grassroots policy is by getting more participation from the people in contributing ideas.

Not everyone may have the same ideas; therefore as everyone ideas is unique, it is equally important for all of it to be raised. Repetition of ideas by different people must also be made if they have the same one, as it will signify that particular idea as an important one.

By participating in a conversation in a program is also important to brainstorm and spark new ideas. Every Malaysian may have different backgrounds and mindsets, and one idea may spark another better idea, and the only way to do that is to meet up for live discussions in groups.

As I have written in my early new year article, I have called for a fellowship to craft a new political mentality. I believe that TN50 could be a good platform for us, Malaysians to put in our ideas and thoughts to make a better Malaysia.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 27th January 2017.

在你决定复仇之前,先挖好两个坟墓

2016年杪我们见识了槟城的政治风气有多恶劣,也促使我们反省政治介入我们生活的程度,以及改变政治思维是多么重要的一件事。

今天许多年轻人都爱泡咖啡馆,他们经常光顾槟城各家不同主题的咖啡馆,包括“最热门”的Kaffa。

根据新闻报导,2016年12月杪,Kaffa老板黄家业批评槟州首席部长林冠英压制新闻自由。他的声明刊登三天后,槟岛市政厅和威省市政局马上取缔他的咖啡馆并发出传票。

槟岛市政厅甚至以违建为由拆除了Kaffa位于槟城国际机场的厕所。

我们都同意,违法的企业和个人都应该被采取行动,因为我们必须同意,当局需要确保所有法律和条规都被遵循。

因此,Kaffa是否违法,必须被当作一件独立的事情来看待。如果存在违法行为,Kaffa就必须被采取行动。

在此个案,当局发表声明说,Kaffa的大街分店没有营业执照,以及没有采取措施防止虫害繁殖。

生活在槟城的我们都知道,非法营业、卫生问题和非法扩张,是多么严重的问题。

可是,在这么多违法店铺当中,为什么偏偏Kaffa被突击检查?是刚巧在业主批评林冠英之后吗?

而且当局在四天内进行了三次突击检查,这似乎是朝着这个指定咖啡馆进行的密集行动。

Kaffa在槟城营业已有一段日子了,为什么多年后才突然被突击检查和收到罚单?就好像当局刚刚才恍然大悟一样。

黄家业对民主行动党的批评和当局针对Kaffa展开行动的巧合性,令许多人相信当中含有复仇因素。

行动党究竟对言论自由的立场是什么?尽管他们高喊为言论自由而斗争,但许多批评林冠英和其心腹的人士,最终却成为了受害者。行动党是真诚倡导言论自由,或这仅是一个口号而已?

除了Kaffa个案,邓章耀、卢界燊、范清渊也曾因为通过媒体提出几个问题而被带到法庭上。

也有人指出,当一些新闻没有刊登或刊登得不够突出时,林冠英和他的心腹也会质问报馆。请大家记住,一则新闻是否有价值,不是由政府或政党决定的。编辑和记者绝对拥有决定其价值的权力。

复仇是一个永无止境的循环,一个人即使成功复仇又如何?他的对手随后同样会展开复仇行动。如果有人,特别是州领导这样做,就会在社会上推崇报复心态。复仇心态是正常的吗?我们会鼓励复仇的行为吗?

我们不希望政坛只集中精神于报复,互相厮杀或互相拆台。同样的,在我们的日常生活中,复仇是互相残杀的行为,所谓冤冤相报何时了。

正如孔子所说的:“在你决定复仇之前,先挖好两个坟墓。”

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves

The end of 2016 is another act of how politics in Penang can be nasty and shows how important it is for us to change our political mindset and how politics should be conducted in our lives.

Many youth of today follows the trend of café-hopping and has frequently patronized different cafes in Penang, including the ‘hottest’ one; Kaffa.

According to the news, in the end of December 2016, the Kaffa’s owner, Patrick Ooi has criticized the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for oppressing media freedom. Three days after his statement was published, the Penang City Council and Seberang Prai Municipal Council issued summons to his café for violating various offences.

The City Council has even demolished the Kaffa’s washroom at its outlet at the Penang International Airport; claiming it as illegal construction.

We may agree that businesses and people who have offended the law or regulations should be taken action against. We have to agree that authorities need to ensure laws and regulations are adhered to.

On whether Kaffa has disregarded the local regulations or not is one matter. If there is an act of offence, summons and actions indeed has to be taken.

In this case, the authority has made a statement that one of the outlets at China Street was summoned for not having an operating license and for not taking steps to prevent pests from breeding.

Living in Penang, we all know and it is very obvious that how huge is the problem of businesses operating without licenses, hygiene issues and illegal extensions.

Of so many offenders, why was Kaffa’s premises selected to be ‘raided’; and it was done ‘coincidentally’ after the owner criticized Lim Guan Eng?

And the raid has to be done three times in four days. It seems like an intensive operation done towards that specific café.

Kaffa is known to have operated their businesses for quite some time in Penang. Why it was suddenly raided and summoned after all these years? It was as if the authorities just got to know about it.

The coincidence of Patrick Ooi’s criticism towards DAP and the action taken towards Kaffa has led many of us to believe that there is an element of revenge.

It just made many hesitated towards DAP’s stance towards freedom of speech. Despite shouting their slogans of fighting for speech freedom, many have become victims for criticizing Lim and his henchmen. Are they really sincere in advocating freedom of speech or it is just merely a lip service?

It is not only this case, but Teng Chang Yeow, Jason Loo and Huan Cheng Guan was brought to the court for several issues that they have raised in the press.

Remember, it was also raised that Lim and his henchmen queried some of the press when certain of their news were not published or the coverage is too little to gain prominence. Whether certain news is considered worthy is not dictated by the government or political party. The editors and reporters have the prerogative to decide on the value of it.

The act of revenge is a never-ending cycle. A person may be successful at revenging but it will cause his or her opponent to take the same action again. If someone, particularly leaders of the state keeps this cycle going, it will only affirms the mindset of the people that revenge is normal act. Are we here to encourage such an act?

We do not want our politics to be focuses on revenges; fighting with each other and pulling each other down. It is the same in our lives. Revenge is an act of killing each other, and it never ends.

As Confucius has said, “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 13th January 2017.