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。

The lesser devil is still a devil

Flood. Again.

Within 9 months after the 2008 General Elections, YB Ng Wei Aik put up a banner claiming that they have solved the flood problem of Penang.

Fast forward 9 years later, it is proven that it was not solved yet. Penangites have experienced so many times of flood disasters that probably many would have lost count.

Last weekend was another occurrence of flood that has caused massive problems including loss of belongings and traffic jams. By now, many would have aware that there are ‘new flood areas’, which are places that was never flooded before.

The water that floods Penang is murky and brown in colour. I don’t think that the rain water is naturally brown in colour. And I don’t believe that the dirt on the road and the garbage has caused the water to turn into brown colour either.

Logically, I think it is fair to assume that the colour of the water is caused by red soil. In Penang, there are few places that we can find obvious red soil; the deforested hills and areas with new developments.

I wouldn’t come to a conclusion that deforested hills and over-developments are the only causes of floods; but it could be one of the few main reasons other than poor drainage and flood mitigation systems.

Despite 9 years of DAP taking over the state government as well as the local government, it is to my bewilderment that there are still people who compares the flood situation with during the BN-led era and ‘rationalize’ that the current government can be excused for the flood that has happened.

I was terribly shocked with the reasoning of this group of people for blaming the then BN-led government. If we keep on looking backwards to justify that the current DAP-government can be forgiven for their errors, then we will not be able to look forward and solve the problem of the present.

If I were to answer whether the flood is worse during the BN-led era, I wouldn’t have an accurate answer to it and I don’t think we should even waste time comparing it. What the Penangites need now is to look at the existing problem and solve it. Even if the problem is not as bad as previously, it is still a problem.

We shouldn’t be giving an excuse to a government to avoid their responsibility to solve issues that arises. We cannot afford to wait until the matters grow into the worst situation ever, then only to start to take it into consideration. In fact, we should prevent it at the first place.

The new generation of politicians must not play the blame game. To move forward, we must own our responsibility and do not politicise matters that needs to be solved immediately.

Comparison of who did worst is not a wise way to make a judgement whether a government is good or bad. We have to be really worried if there are people making such justifications. Because by doing that, we are only choosing the better devil out of devils. We are still choosing a devil, in that sense. We must be choosing who the better angel is instead!

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 7th April 2017.

较小的恶魔仍然是恶魔

又是水灾!

2008年大选后的9个月,黄伟益扬言槟州政府解决了槟城的水灾问题。

可是至今9年已经过去了,事实证明槟州的水灾问题尚未解决。而且槟城人至今经历了无数场水灾,可能许多人已经损失不菲。

上周末槟州又发生了严重水灾,引发许多问题,包括财物损失和交通阻塞。而且现在出现了很多“新的水灾黑区”,以前从未淹水的地方,今天也淹水了。

奇怪的是槟城发生水灾时,淹上来的水是棕色的。我不认为自然雨水是棕色的,我也不相信马路上的灰尘和垃圾会把淹上来的水变成棕色。

逻辑思考,我认为槟州水灾的颜色根源是红土所致。在槟城,很少地方可明显看到红土,唯有在被破坏的山林和新发展的地区。

我不会断言山林遭破坏和过度发展,是导致水灾的唯一原因,却可能是差劲的排水和治水系统之外的主要原因之一。

尽管行动党已经在槟州掌权9年,但令人困惑的是,仍有人把今天的水灾情况与前朝国阵时代进行比较,“合理化”地原谅现任政府治水不力。

令人震惊的是,这群人竟然把问题指向前朝国阵政府而加以责怪。如果我们不断回顾往事,来证明目前的行动党政府是可以被原谅的,那么我们将永远无法向前看及解决当下的问题。

如果你问我,国阵时代的水灾问题是否更糟糕?我不能准确回答,我甚至不认为应该浪费时间进行比较。更重要的是,槟州人民现在需要端视目前的问题,以及着手解决问题。即使这个问题不比以前的糟糕,但这仍是一个问题呀!

我们不应该给政府一个借口,让他们有机会逃避责任。我们不能等到事情发展到极其恶劣的局面时,才来思考如何解决问题。反而,我们应该防范于未然!

新一代的政治人物不可再玩“责怪的游戏”。我们要继续前进,就必须承担责任,不要把必须立即解决的问题政治化。

比较谁做得比较差,不是判断政府好坏的明智之举。提出上述理由的人士,令我们感到非常担心。因为他们这样做,只是从恶魔群中选出一个比较小的恶魔而已,事实上,我们仍然选择了一个恶魔。

其实,我们应该选择的,是更好的天使!