Thursday, July 23, 2009

One Malaysia – the urge.

Part 1: A Culture of Excellence

It is aimed to take Malaysia to greater heights of success and achievement, and hence it must start from improving the effectiveness and work quality of the government and public sector. Malaysia is one of the countries with the highest ratio of civil servant to citizens and yet this quantity does not reflect a high effectiveness of service output.

K.P.I systems exist in all ministry way long ago and it is good that PM brings this up but its up to PM too, whether this K.P.I will be carried out strictly and transparently. Each minister/deputy minister should play a bigger role, rather than just conveying and implementing the policy set by cabinet, but strict supervision over secretary generals, director general, department head etc. should be inclusive.

The effectiveness of public sector administration will bring a big effect to the economics and social development of the country. High effectiveness means reduce of costs and expenditure in business, high quality and effective social production, and lower opportunity cost, and the most vital – citizens will have faith on the government (which is now normally absent), foreign investment will feel confidence to pour their money in.

Part 2: Perseverance

PM and the government would need to continuously fight on corruption, reduce the collusion between government and businessmen, increase the transparency of law enforcers.

Part 3: Humility

Citizens now expect political representative who can go closer to their needs, someone who can listen to their problem and come out with a good solution together with effective implementation. Arrogance will not be tolerated at all as there is already strong counterpart as their choice.

Services provided to the citizens are the first battle line of the government. Service here includes also a good judiciary system. Courts and judges is the last lines defend of the citizen’s properties and dignity. It is the ultimate solutions towards a political, economics, finance and social stability. It is crucial to enable the judiciary to gain the trust of public again.

Part 4: Acceptance

Acceptance indicates a state of mind that you are embracing something positively. We now find that most of the people in Malaysia find themselves in an identity crisis. They are born as Malaysian but yet they scare they lose their own races and religious identity. We should not forget that the multi races and multi religion in this country is a gift, not a burden. It enlightens the country but not create problems.

Some of the Malaysian worries that their identity will soon flush away by some deviated policy, and some believes that if they don’t grip tide and make their identity dominate over the nation identity, they will be marginalized and out of the main stream. But lets us not forget actually we share commons out of diversities. We share the same sorrow when economics down turn, we share the same glory when Malaysia won the silver medal in Olympics. It’s only a matter how we respect, understand, and preserve others culture and religious, and we strongly urge that politician should stop utilizing those issue to fulfill own agenda.

We should appreciate, treasure and respect the multi-culture that we have in this beloved country. It is strength, not weakness.

We can never deny that economics gap is a major barrier towards integration, but we should understand that poverty does not recognized races or religious. Poverty alleviation should be implemented base on income. Ultimately economic policy aims to improve every individual income in this country. Comparison of races income is less realistic at this sense. We should look at the grand view of the whole nation, regardless races, religious and political stands.