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.