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!

Do not be played out by hatred and fear

When everyone was still a small little kid, we all know very well how to get our parents to buy the toys that we wanted. Sometimes we beg. At times we cry. The worst of all is to throw a tantrum and get what you want. All these involved influencing our parents through emotions. Either they felt pity over the cries and give them the things that they wanted. Or they are just simply feeling frustrated over the tantrum and wanted to stop it.

Hardly there is any kid would negotiate and articulate the valid reasons on why they would need this or that toy. They aren’t even knowledgable enough yet to tell their parents that certain toys would help develop their brains or physical ability. Emotion is the easiest way to influence their parents.
This is us humans. Most of the time when things happen, we tend to be influenced by our emotions first then only we start to think rationally. But sometimes certain decisions made were too late before we start to think.

A life example would be when we wanted to buy a smartphone. When we are looking out for choices, we are easily influenced by the advertisement or peer pressure. We are attracted to how some smartphones can perform, the technology that it has, the newest apps that it can supports and many other amazing features. We wanted to feel trendy. We wanted to feel technologically-savvy. We want people to know that we are using the best smartphone. Subconsciously, we will then buy the smartphone and then only realise that we probably use some of the feature only.

The same thing happens in politics. Think about it, in public speeches, why do some politicians used words that will incite hatred, fear or anger? Why do they raise up the mistakes of their opponents more than telling the people on what their own capabilities are?

We have to look into the recent issue by DAP’s Hew Kuan Yau or better known as ‘Superman’. It is widely known throughout the nation how vulgar and offensive his words are in his speeches. Many times, at the end of the speech, he makes people feel so angry towards the government.

Last week, when the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie was banned due to a gay character, Hew Kuan Yau has posted very offensive remarks towards the Prime Minister and his wife on Facebook. I may agree that the movie shouldn’t be banned and the Censorship Board has to review their guidelines. But then, I don’t think that Hew has to resort to throw in vulgar and offensive remarks towards the PM. Due to that, he was arrested by the police.

If we can recall, remember in the middle of 2016, Hew announced that he quits DAP due to his Facebook postings in which he insisted that South China Sea belongs to China, drawing the ire of netizens.
Today, when he was detained by the police, suddenly the DAP top leaders were standing next to him backing him up over the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ issue.

I don’t have to explain much, but look at how the DAP plays on issues that easily plays the emotions of the public.

The same goes to the many attitudes of other politicians including the ones from DAP, Pakatan Harapan or even Barisan Nasional. Politicians are people who have followers, it is only a matter of the numbers. It is important to show the people especially the followers on how we should behave in the community.

The same things goes to the Tanjong MP, Ng Wei Aik who has parked his car illegally on a walking pavement and just exactly beside a fire hydrant. The Penang state government has been so aggressively issuing summons and towing cars which has been parked at illegal spaces; and yet an elected representative coming from the party that governs Penang is doing the exact opposite. It is a big slap to their own party leaders that they do not walk their talk. He has even brushed off the journalist who asked for his opinion on that matter.

Therefore, we must remind ourselves that the leader that we choose not only must know how to govern a state or represents the constituents. But an elected representative’s character is also important in shaping the community that follows them.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 24th March 2017.

别被仇恨和恐惧玩弄

我们小时候都懂得如何央求父母买玩具,有时我们哀求,有时我们哭泣,最糟糕的情况是发脾气!我们企图通过情绪影响父母,因为他们会可怜正在哭泣的我们,或只是想阻止孩子发脾气,而买下了玩具。

孩子们根本不会说明他们想要拥有这个玩具的理由,他们甚至还没有足够的知识,来告诉父母某些玩具有助于他们大脑或身体机能的发育。总之,情绪是影响父母亲最简单直接的方式。

这就是我们人类的特征,在事情发生的时候,我们大多先受到情绪的影响,然后才会开始思考。但是,往往在我们开始思考之前,已经做出了即将后悔的决定。

一个活生生的例子,就是当我们想买一台智能手机的时候。在选择手机款式时,我们很容易受到广告或同侪的影响。我们会被一些智能手机惊奇的功能、技术、可支持的最新应用程序所吸引。另一方面,我们又想要有时尚感,又想掌握最强的技术,希望大家知道我们正在使用最好的智能手机。不经意间,我们买下了手机之后,才意识到我们可能只会用到其中一些功能而已。

同样的事情发生在政治上。试想想,为什么一些政客在演讲时会使用煽动仇恨、恐惧或愤怒的言语?为什么他们不断提出政敌的错误,而不是告诉公众自己的能力是什么?

全国人民都知道民主行动党的“超人”丘光耀之演讲是多么粗俗无礼。在演讲结束时,他往往成功让民众对政府冒火三丈。

上周,电影《美女与野兽》因为同性恋情节而被禁播,丘光耀在脸书上对首相伉俪发表了非常令人反感的言论。我同意电影或许不应该被禁播,而电检局应该重新检讨他们的指南。但是,我也不认同丘光耀针对首相发表的粗俗无礼言论。丘光耀因而遭警方逮捕了。

我们大概记得,2016年中,丘光耀宣布他因一则脸书帖文–坚持南中国海属于中国而退出行动党,此事引发了网民的怒火。

今天,当他被警察拘留的时候,行动党领袖突然在《美与野兽》的课题上挺他。

我不需要解释太多,大家也会知道行动党多么擅长利用课题来玩弄公众情绪。

其他政客也是如此,无论是行动党、希盟,甚至是国阵的政治人物。政治人物都有本身的支持者,只是人数多寡而已。因此,政治人物必须向民众,尤其是支持者做出良好示范。

丹绒区国会议员黄伟益是另一个例子。黄伟益把车子停在人行道上,而且恰好在消防栓旁。槟州政府一直以来如此积极针对非法停泊的车子开罚单和拖车;而这位来自槟州执政党的人民代议士,却做出恰恰相反的错误示范。这简直是对自己的党领袖狠狠刮了一巴掌。记者针对此事询问他的意见时,也反而被他侮辱了一番。

因此,我们必须提醒自己,我们投选的领袖不仅要懂得治理一个州属或代表他的选区,他们的形象也很重要,人民代议士的一举一动,皆对支持者影响深远。

Double Standard Practice

In life, we always hate people who practices double standard. They treat different people of different groups, differently. Generally, the community dislike such people as they treat different people or groups unequally depending on the status or position.

It is even worse when we have political leaders practicing the ‘double-standard’ way. Not only that they are treating people unequally; but they are showing the community that it is a norm to do it.
Recently, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained several individuals for investigation over a corruption case in Johor which involves the officers and the son of the state’s Housing and Local Government EXCO. MACC has believed that the suspects played a part in a land scandal.

In response to the issue, the great YB Lim Kit Siang called for Johor’s Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin to go on leave pending the MACC investigation into the corruption linked to land conversion case.

We are really not sure how on what basis that such a long-time politician in urging such actions to be taken.

First of all, the case in involves the son of a Johor State Exco member and not the Menteri Besar.
Secondly, the Johor State Exco, Abdul Latif Bandi has taken leave from his position in the government to allow the investigation to be done without any interference.

Back to the north; in Penang, all Penangites knew that the Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged in court over a land issue as well. But no leaders from DAP has called for the Chief Minister to go on leave from his position.

In the south, it was not the Menteri Besar of Johor nor his officers or son investigated for the case; but Lim Kit Siang calls for him to go on leave. In the north, the Chief Minister was investigated and charged to court for the land issue; and yet Lim kept quiet about it. It is such an obvious double standard practice by the DAP leader.

The double standard practices by DAP has also been shown towards the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir. When Tun Dr. M was still the Prime Minister, the DAP especially Lim Kit Siang has so much hatred towards him that they criticised every public policy and actions that Dr. Mahathir has taken. It seems that the government that Dr. Mahathir led is so bad.

And today, when Tun decides to form a political party to challenge UMNO, and suddenly he was deemed as a good politician, and the DAP leaders start to cooperate together with him.

Probably, as ‘true politicians’, the DAP leaders were right. They were playing politics all the way from the beginning just to make sure they survive and win politically. They were playing so much politics that they probably ignored developing the community.

Probably the old leaders have dementia that they cannot remember what they have said and preached previously.

For whatever reason they are practicing double standards, as leaders, they are showing a bad example for the community. For those who look up to them, they might think it is a right thing to do.
Our community is already sick with so many social issues happening around. We must not keep on encouraging the people to do the wrong thing.

If the political leaders cannot show a good practice in life; maybe it is time for the people from the grassroots to teach the leaders what is right. We should take the initiative to tell them that their actions are not right.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 10th March 2017.

行动党双重标准

我们肯定讨厌生活中做事双重标准的人,一般而言,这类人在社会中不受欢迎,因为他们根据地位或其他因素,以不同的态度对待不同的个人或群体。

当一名政治领袖“双重标准”做事时,情况将变得更恶劣,因为他们将以不平等的方式对待人民,但他们却向社会表达这是一个常态。

最近,马来西亚反贪污委员会拘留了几个人,调查柔佛州的贪污案件,包括相信涉及土地舞弊案的掌管柔州房屋及地方政府委员会的行政议员的长子及其特别事务助理。

行动党国会领袖林吉祥对此问题发表意见时,呼吁柔佛州务大臣拿督斯里卡立诺丁在反贪会调查土地交易舞弊案期间休假。

我们真的不知道,这位资深的政治人物凭什么做出这样的呼吁。

首先,这个案件只涉及柔佛州行政议员的儿子,而非州务大臣。

其次,柔佛州行政议员拉迪夫班迪已经请假,以便调查工作不受任何干扰。

回顾北马,在槟城,所有的槟城人都知道槟州首席部长林冠英也因为一宗土地案被控上庭,但民主行动党领袖并没有呼吁首席部长请假。

在南马,现在不是柔佛州务大臣或他的助理,或他的儿子被调查,但林吉祥却要求他请假。在北马,槟州首席部长因土地案被调查及被控上庭,但林吉祥却保持沉默,这就是行动党领袖一向来的双重标准!

行动党的双重标准也体现在前首相敦马哈迪身上。当敦马在位时,行动党,尤其是林吉祥对他有深仇大恨,他们批评敦马的每一个政策和举动,仿佛马哈迪领导的政府已经糟糕到无以复加的地步。

今天,当马哈迪决定成立一个政党来挑战巫统时,行动党领袖突然称赞他是一位出色的政治人物,并开始与他合作。

也许,作为一位“真正的政治人物”,行动党领袖是对的。他们从一开始就一直在玩政治,只为了确保他们能够继续生存,以及在政治路上取得胜利。他们玩了这么多年政治,可能已经完全忽视了社会的发展。

可能一些年老领袖患有痴呆症,不记得他们以前说过的话,或宣传过的理念了。

无论他们为了什么而抱持双重标准,作为一位领袖,他们已经向社会展示了一个坏榜样,他们的支持者可能认为他们的所作所为是正确的。

我们的社会已经生病了,充斥许多社会问题。我们不能再继续鼓励人们做错事了。

如果政治领袖不能在生活中做一个好榜样,也许是由草根阶层来教训这些领袖的时候了。我们应该主动告诉他们,他们的所作所为是完全错误的!

Love Penang is not just a lip service. Prove it with actions.

Love is probably one of the words that are used often around the world. And it is definitely a popular word in Penang recently especially last week during the Valentine’s Day.

Every living being in this world experiences love since the day they were born. The ‘love experience’ is different in everyone and in every different phase of life.

When we were born, we feel the love from our parents through their care and nurture. When we start to grow up, we have friendships to love. To a certain point of time, some will have partners, get married and have a family on their own.

We all know love can only be proved through actions.

But there are also many people who talks only about love but doesn’t show it in their actions. These are one of the causes of arguments and relationship issues.

If we are not cautious, we might end up having ‘love issues’ with the DAP leaders. The Penang State Government that they are representing now has recently launched an ‘I Love Penang’ campaign. It appeared to be a long-term campaign by DAP as we can see that the slogan were used in many different events across Penang.

Just because a minister has a thought about converting Penang into a federal territory and talks about it in an interview, DAP launched such a massive campaign against it. Did they realise not that, the idea was not officially proposed. Even if it was officially proposed, it requires a very tough process to pass through.

Article 1(2) of our federal constitution states that Penang is one of the 13 states in the federation and Article 2 states that even merely altering the boundaries of any state requires consent of that particular state and the Conference of Rulers.

It is almost impossible to make such amendments even if Barisan Nasional were to gain power in the state again.

As usual, DAP are so immersed into politicking that they grab any single opportunity from the words of people to turn it into a political issue. And this time, the words of Tengku Adnan Mansor which didn’t even made it to the ‘official table’.

When the DAP launched the ‘I Love Penang’ campaign, again that they have forgotten that there are still many issues that were not solved by them yet. By not solving them, it is just a proof that their campaign is just a lip service.

Hill deforestation, flood issues, traffic congestions, sales of heritage sites to foreigners, unsustainable development, lack of low medium cost houses, loss of foreign direct investments (FDI), closure of factories, and many other local issues which affects the livelihood of the people.

Amusingly, there are even some DAP leaders who still blames the previous state government for the mistakes done today. It has been nine years the DAP has taken over the Penang state government. After nine years, if they are still blaming the previous state government for the problems of today, they can only blame themselves. They are slapping themselves as it shows that their ‘love’ is without ‘actions’.

On the matter of turning Penang into a federal territory, I am confident that Gerakan Penang will not allow it to happen as well. As to my personal stand, I strongly believe that Penang should always stay as a state of its own.

Let us not be swayed away by the way DAP play politics and focus on what we need to do to really love Penang. To Love Penang, we need to save Penang.

Let’s not merely say that we love Penang; let us show the truth by our actions.

This article has been published in Mandarin in Kwong Wah Yit Poh dated 25th February 2017.

不应空谈“爱槟城”,请用行动证明吧!

爱是世界各地的人们最经常使用的词语之一, 而它最近在槟城绝对是最受欢迎的词语, 特别是在上个星期的情人节。

每个生命在诞生的那天起,就会感受到爱。每个人的“爱的体验” 是不一样的,每个人在生命中的每个阶段,对“爱” 也会有不同的感受。

当我们出生时,我们感受到父母亲照料和培育我们的爱。 当我们成长时,我们有友谊的爱。来到生命的某个阶段, 有些人会寻觅到真爱,与自己的爱人结婚及拥有一个家庭。

有一点可以确认的是,我们知道“爱”只能通过行动来证明。

但也有很多人只懂得谈论爱,却不曾在行动中证明爱, 这是引发争论和破坏关系的主因。

行动党领导的槟州政府最近发起了“我爱槟城”运动。 行动党似乎准备把它搞成长期运动,因为我们可以察觉到, 这个口号在槟城许多活动中被广泛使用。但是,如果我们不够谨慎, 就可能最终与民主行动党领袖产生“情伤”问题。

当时,只是因为一位部长接受采访时, 建议要把槟城变成联邦直辖区, 行动党就发起了这样一场大规模的运动来反对。他们是否知道, 这只是一个人的一个想法而已,还没有通过正式的管道被提出。 即使它被正式提出,也需要经过一场非常艰难的过程才有可能通过。

马来西亚联邦宪法第1(2)条规定,槟州是联邦13个州属之一; 而第2条规定,即使只是改变任何州属的边界​​, 也需要有关州属和统治者会议的同意。

因此,即使国阵夺回槟州政权,也几乎不可能做到这样的修正。

一如往常,行动党是如此沉醉在政治伎俩之中, 他们不放过任何一个政治化课题的机会。这一次, 轮到了东姑安南的言论,即使这不是一个官方言论。

行动党发起“我爱槟城”运动之际, 他们却忘记了他们还有很多仍未解决的问题。 只要一天无法解决这些问题, 就只能证明他们的运动只是空口说白话。

屈指数来,这些问题包括在山坡砍伐森林、水灾问题、交通拥堵、 卖古迹区老屋给外国人、不可持续的发展、缺乏中廉价屋、 失去外国直接投资、工厂关闭,以及许多影响人民生活的民生问题。

荒谬的是,竟然有一些行动党领袖仍指责今天的问题, 是前朝政府犯下的错。行动党已经执政槟州9年,9年后的今天, 他们怎么还可以针对今天的问题去责怪前朝政府?事实上, 他们只能责怪自己!其实,他们正在倒自己的米, 因为种种问题已证明他们的“爱”,是没有任何“行动”的。

有关把槟城变成联邦直辖区一事,民政党绝对不会允许它发生。 至于我个人的立场,我坚信槟城必须是一个属于自己的州属。

我们千万不要被行动党玩弄政治而影响,反而, 我们必须关注应该做些什么来真正地爱槟城。要爱槟城, 我们就必须拯救槟城!

别只随便说说爱槟城而已,让我们用行动来证明我们的心意吧!

Don’t scold during the harmonious Chinese New Year celebrations

With just a blink of an eye, the Chinese New Year is about to end. The time flies simply so fast, so quick; that 15 days of celebrations is just a short moment.

The short moment that we have is a previous moment where it is one of the occasion for our friends and family to gather for a reunion.

In Malaysia, it is particularly unique when we celebrate the Chinese New Year. Not only the Chinese celebrates the occasion; but every other races comes together to celebrate. I feel it is even more special for a Malay-majority nation to observe the Chinese New Year with public holidays and we are one of the very few countries to do it. Among the other countries that observes the celebration as a public holiday are China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea and a few others.

As a Chinese, I believe many of us know that there are many rituals and customs during the Chinese New Year. One of the basic things is to usher the New Year with many positive messages and words. Our houses are decorated with bright colours especially red. Positive messages in red couplets are displayed. Beautiful greetings in Chinese New Year cards, emails, text messages were delivered to family and friends. All these are done is to hope that our family, friends and ourselves have a good year ahead. POSITIVITY is the key during the occasion. These are one of the things that we should do, but there are also things that we shouldn’t do.

I remember that my elders used to remind me and my cousins that we must not argue or scold during the CNY. We are supposed to create a happy environment. When we meet people, we must wish each other good luck, prosperity, good health, happiness and many other nice words.

This time around, there are many political leaders even trying to politicise such a harmonious occasion. I’ve been to some of the CNY events in the community, and certain DAP leaders who are up on the stage, simply just talk about politics throughout their speech. Even in the official CNY messages, politicising it and bringing negativity into it.

I agree that many Malaysians are having a difficult time with the increment of cost of living especially when families need to purchase lots of household items for the celebrations. But why can’t CNY messages be as simple as wishing Malaysians a better livelihood throughout the year ahead, hoping for our nation to develop in the coming months.

It is a matter of fact that we are facing many challenges ahead, but we are already working hard to strive through most of the time. Can’t we just put a few days off from the people to enjoy the time with the family and friends?

Even in the online news portal, Malaysiakini, tends to spin the story of the lion dance troupe who refused to perform for the Prime Minister during the Parti Gerakan national CNY open house.

Lion dance is a culture that has been practiced in Malaysia for generations. We all know well that part of the performance in the lion dance is to peel the mandarin oranges or pomelos and serves it to the guest of honour. And in the case during the Parti Gerakan CNY open house, the lion dance performer were crouching and peeling the fruits for the PM. It definitely will take some time to do a good peeling of it.

How can such a news portal spins it to a story of the lion dance troupe disrespecting the PM? How unprofessional can they be?

I wonder if they can live a day without spinning, twisting and politicking.
Again we must remind ourselves; it is not only about comparing who is the lesser devil; we must think and compare who is able to deliver better as the nation’s leaders.

And before we end the 15 days of celebration, let me wish everyone again a Happy Chinese New Year. May all Malaysians be blessed with prosperity, good luck, health and happiness!

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

别在气氛和谐的农历新年开骂

眨眼间,农历新年快结束了。时间飞逝得那么快,长达15天的欢庆回首一看,也只是一个短暂的时刻。

农历新年虽然短促,但却是我们与家人和朋友团聚的珍贵时光。

马来西亚的农历新年十分独特,不仅华人庆祝,其他种族也跟我们一起同欢共庆。我觉得更特别之处是,一个以马来人占大多数的国家,亦能把农历新年列为公共假期。我们是极少数把农历新年列为公共假期的国家之一,其他国家还包括中国、香港、新加坡、台湾、印尼、菲律宾、韩国等。

身为华人,我相信大家都知道农历新年有很多仪式和习俗,最基本的是必须在新年期间说好话,为身边的人带来积极向上的祝福语,以满满的正能量迎接新年。我们的家里都以明亮的色彩进行装饰,特别是红色。红彤彤的对联书写对新的一年充满展望的鼓励话语,而农历新年贺卡、电子邮件、短信上,都是美丽辞藻的问候,特别传达予家人和朋友,希望我们的家人、朋友和自己都能拥有一个美好的一年。积极正面是农历新年的关键元素,这些都是我们应该做的事情。当然,农历新年期间,也有我们不应该做的事情。

我记得小时候,长辈经常提醒我和堂表兄弟们,不可在农历新年期间争吵。我们应该创造一个快乐的新春氛围,当我们与别人见面时,必须相互恭贺,祝福彼此行好运、步步高升、身体健康、生活幸福等等。

今年,许多政治人物却企图将这样一个和谐的欢庆时光政治化。我出席一些社区的农历新年庆祝活动时,一些站在舞台上的民主行动党领袖,只在演讲中谈论政治,甚至在正式的农历新年献辞,政治化一些课题,灌输民众许多消极的想法。

我同意,现在很多马来西亚人面临生活费高涨的艰难困境,尤其是当一个家庭需要购买大量的过节用品时,更是倍感压力。但是,为什么农历新年献辞不能简单地祝愿大马人民在未来一年拥有更好的生活?期盼我国未来几个月能够取得蓬勃发展?

事实上,纵然我们面临许多挑战,但大家都努力渡过一关又一关的难关。难道这几天我们就不能暂停一下,好好与家人享受天伦之乐?好好与朋友相聚一番?

即使新闻网站当今大马,也在农历新年期间,倾向于扭曲报道舞狮团在民政党新春团拜活动上为首相演出的新闻。

舞狮是马来西亚世代相传的文化,我们都知道,舞狮表演的一部分是为贵宾剥柑或柚子。

在民政党新春团拜,舞狮趴在地上为首相剥柑,当今大马却报道成舞狮团不愿为首相表演。这个新闻网站怎么可以如此扭曲新闻?怎么可以把这件事报道成舞狮团不尊重首相?他们怎么可以如此不专业?

如果一天没有扭曲和政治化课题,我不知道这些人还活得下去吗?

再次,我们必须提醒自己,不要再去比较谁是比较小的魔鬼了,我们必须认真思考,谁才能更好地领导这个国家。

在长达15天的新春佳节结束之前,我再次祝大家农历新年快乐,也祝愿所有马来西亚人好运连连,恭喜发财,幸福安康!