It is the end of the year again. Every one that I meet these few weeks comes with a question, “What have we done in the year 2020?”
Everything seems stagnant, many of us did so little things and the time flies so fast. Maybe except for politics, where there are so many changes. We had a change of leadership and even the Americans voted to change their President.
Despite a year where we did nothing much, it was really tiring. Every single person on this earth has to adapt to a life changing scenario. We were forced to change our daily life habits to make sure we stay safe and healthy. Many are facing difficult times trying to find ways to survive economically especially those who are in the industry which is directly affected by the pandemic. While many Malaysians were simply tired of the political maneuvering that has made the nation worse.
Malaysian simply want our lives to be better and for the nation to recover from the 2020 disaster. It was supposed to be a remarkable year, full of hopes and vision. The world was just unfortunate.
Briefly summing up a catastrophic year as we should not harp too much about it because we are taught to look and plan forward. Talking about it won’t solve the problems, but planning and executing it will only make progress.
While we are trying to cope with the recovery period from the pandemic, adapting to our life and work changes, we have to make this a catalyst for 2021 a comeback year. Since we have to make changes in our life anyway, why not make it an even better change.
As you are reading this, some of you may know me as one of the political candidates in the last general election. I once had this aspiration of being elected as the people’s representative to make positive changes in the lives of people as well as the nation. But as we face the political turmoil this year, like many Malaysians, I have grown frustrated with the politics. I understand that politics is a lot about politicking afterall, but we have too much politics until we are ignoring many important matters.
And that is where I started to delve into different ways on how I can work on my initial ideas, which is relevant to my campaign slogan, ‘Better Together’, which I have always believed.
I have used 2020 to refine what I have always hoped to make better in the community, where some of you might think it is too ideal and impossible. Well, I have met enough cynics that have been pouring cold water on me.
Putting my notion into several categories, I hope to find some like-minded individuals that could come together and work on some of the ideas.
A frequent reader of my articles would know that I have tried to pursue better political culture in our country. How we should reduce politicking; less partisanship when it comes to finding solutions to problems of the people; matured and constructive criticism and focusing more on people’s participation on the government’s decision making process. It seems today that our politics is getting worse off.
Bad politics contribute to bad governance and therefore affects our economy. The pandemic has made it even more challenging with the closure of many companies. Since we have to rebuild many businesses and industries, we have to take this opportunity to build local brands and products. Social enterprise is also an approach that not only makes profit but as part of problem solver to other matters that we are facing.
The way we live our lives and the city’s infrastructure has always been an issue to us. Well, we need to keep developing ourselves anyway, hence, we cannot avoid finding issues and ways for improvement. Penang has been talking about LRT and improving public transportation since decades ago, and up until today, not even the approval of the project is done. We have numerous public spaces, but were not utilised for people as a place to network and communicate.
Many couldn’t help it but the pandemic has slowed down the environmental concerns of the people to pay attention to the health hazards instead. To avoid going outdoors and meeting people; we resorted to ordering food deliveries, buying groceries and our necessities online which contributes to a huge amount of single-use plastic waste. Even the face mask that we have to change every day is producing an enormous amount of waste. As the pandemic problem stabilises, we have to return to practicing sustainable habits to compensate for the wastes that we have created. We may also have to explore more on urban farming to ensure food security; putting more concerns on climate change or perhaps work on a green new deal, that could also assist the economy.
Economy, city & living, sustainability and governance are some of the important aspects that are giving us problems of today. If politics cannot work out to deal with the matters that we need to solve, can the people come together to strive and make a better place for ourselves? It may be too big of a dream, but I believe it all comes to us whether we are taking action or not.