Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dr K J John Makes His Stand

I'm a regular reader of Dr K J John's columns in Malaysiakini. I knew Dr John almost 10 years ago, when he was a senior vice-president at MIMOS, while I was a young fledging entrepreneur. Having dealt with him, he was certainly a man I strongly respected.

He has also frequently made known his position on politics, whether in his columns or in his public talks, that he is not partial to any political parties, and will make decisions and choices during elections in accordance to his conscience. For the coming general elections, Dr John has made up his mind, as expressed in his latest article "Why I would not vote for BN".

He gave 3 reasons:
  1. The issue of leadership integrity. I voted for the Pak Lah government at the last general election and even convinced all my friends to do so, simply because I believed in Pak Lah and all the promises he made. He has not delivered on many of his promises. Granted, five years is not enough, but surely the political will and intent will be visible by now, if there is any. I do not see it yet, having served as a government servant of 32 years. Neither Umno at the highest level nor MCA at the grassroots level (in my constituency) gives me confidence that Pak Lah, given another five years will and can make a difference. [...]

  2. My representatives at the grass-roots level have also let me down. During the 1999 elections, I brought both the Adun and my then future MCA MP to review the situation of the “rape of the green lung in my neighborhood.” Alas, the government cronies did what they wanted to do; they raped our 30-year-old green lung without even a proper hearing. [...] Sorry MCA representatives, even if Mr Ong Ka Ting personally appeals to me, I cannot vote one of yours as you are part of the problem.

  3. Local governance is at its worst ever. How can the government of the day be arbitrary in the “governance of the public spaces of life?” While Citizen Nades has been fighting through writing (exercising the power of the pen), it appears to no avail. [...]
Read his article for his views in full.

We are all part of the civil society that is pushing for change, and everyone has their roles. People like Jeff Ooi and myself have decided to take a stand via direct involvement in politics, while others like Dr John has made his views known to influence the vote of the public. It is clearly not enough for us to keep our views to ourselves, and vote for the party of our choice come the next general elections.

To effect change, there must be a mass movement, and it involves everyone, yourself included. We need to ensure that the message gets spread, not just to our family members, but also to friends, neighbours and the community. You can do so by printing leaflets and dropping them into mailboxes (I can help), sending out mass emails to everyone in your address book, and raising these issues at breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner functions. This is our Malaysia, and its up to us to redeem the country.

So, what is your stand? And more importantly, what are you going to do about it?


Anonymous said...

My stand is to vote according to the quality and integrity of candidates, not according to colour of skin.

For the betterment of Malaysia in the future, we should discard race base politics. All Malaysians should have this thinking, or else, Malaysia will not go far.

Anonymous said...

Rest assured that your party as well as the whole Oppositions have my support thru the ballot box this time.
But make sure the crux of the message reaches the rural majority. Otherwise BN will have the slight edge in the coming GE.

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Anonymous said...

Umno is the pits, it is a party of thugs.

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Anonymous said...

Why Opposition is Important for
A Democratic Country

副首相纳吉说,我国仅需国阵政府领导万众子民迈向繁荣与安宁的国度,并不需要反对党的协助或领导。这话并不中肯,民主需要强而有力的反对党 ,监督及制衡政府,防止权力造成权力的腐化。

艺术、文化与文物部长莱士雅丁说,在一个民主制度的国家,国会须要有反对党的存在,在先进国家都是如此,绝不是存有煽动性元素。在任何民主的国家,都会有贪污腐化的问题,反对党负起监督贪污、腐败的行为,质问政府机构的各种弊端,担任促进发展的角色 。








Anonymous said...

Tony, pls provide information on how to vote for Msians who are residing abroad. I will help to spread the word. Thanks.
Weng Hong

Anonymous said...

I read with interest the various articles on NEP and Ketuanan Melayu that appear frequently on your site and the numerous spirited discussions they usually generate.

I would much appreciate if you could allow me the space to relate my own experience with regard to this policy.

I am a Malaysian Chinese and come from a typical middle-class family. For most of his working life, my father struggled through a 9-to-5 job to bring me and my 3 siblings up, with me being the youngest. When my eldest sister completed her Form 5 education, my father made the painful decision to send her to a private college for a pre-u program and a year later, put her on a plane bound for Australia to do her undergraduate studies in Adelaide. Thereafter, as my brothers and I each completed our SPM examinations, we were told to travel down the same path that my sister had earlier taken and made our respective journeys to Australia.

As you would know, for a salaried man to send all 4 of his children abroad is no easy task. To do that, my father took out all of his savings, including his EPF, borrowed from his sister and mortgaged the house because he was adamant that his children should have the privilege of a university education and he was utterly afraid that the NEP's quota system would deprive them of that opportunity. Moreover, he was steadfast in his belief that the future of the Chinese in Malaysia is bleak and that it would get increasingly difficult for us to live at home with the Ketuanan Melayu concept and NEP looming over our heads.

Today, my father is in his seventies and 3 of his 4 children are now living far away from him as a result of the decision that he made over 20 years ago to ship us abroad. But he have no regrets because until now, he still believes that we are better off in foreign lands and it is not uncommon of him to remind us to stay where we are and not to go back. I used to think that he was being overly dramatic and pessimistic but as the years roll by, it is hard to deny that he may have made the right choice after all.

Upon my graduation in 1993, I came back to KL and worked in a bank for about 7 years. During that time, almost all of the younger generation officers and managers that I came across have received their education abroad through government loans and scholarships. Therefore, it is probably safe to say that for every other Malay dressed in a shirt and tie whom you meet on the streets today, most would have benefited from the NEP in one form or another.

So, sometimes, it does amuse me whenever I read those fiery comments on your site demanding for meritocracy and an end to the NEP. Because after more than 3.5 decades of enjoying a variety of privileges, how many Malays can truthfully say that they are willing to do away with the NEP? How many Malays are willing to live in a Malaysia that have no MARA loans, no MARA colleges, no preference for civil service intakes, no quotas for university admissions, no quotas for business investments, etc.? How many Malay parents are willing to mortgage their house to send their kids for higher education? I guess my point is if the majority population does not want to see an end to this pro-Malay policy, then a never ending policy this will be. Yes, you may say that this is a result of government propaganda but at the end of the day, any changes in the status of the NEP require the support of the Malay masses in order to avoid the inherent political risk.

Do I want the NEP to end? Yes, I do, but not because it is unfair, discriminatory, etc., that often have your readers all riled up. I want it to end for what it is costing the nation in the long run such as competitiveness, productivity and unity. I am not questioning Malay rights here although at times, I do hope that the Malays can rationally evaluate and study whether having those rights will be harmful to the nation's future.

Am I bitter about the NEP? No, I am not. In fact, I should be thankful for this policy because firstly, it had taught me what sacrifices mean as I witnessed my father's mid-life struggle to put us through university abroad. Secondly, the NEP had also taught me about discipline and hard work because had I failed any of my subjects then, it would have been my father's hard-earned money down the drain. Thirdly, it is precisely because of the NEP that I had the opportunity to be educated abroad and from there, the chance to work and reside overseas which broadened my life experience. And lastly, it is also precisely because of the NEP that I now feel pity and not anger, for the Malays because I fear that they have made themselves a silly trap that they can't seem to be able to get out of, even after nearly 40 years, in the form of this perpetual policy.


Anonymous said...

I have no problem with social engineering to help lift the Malays. In fact, I feel it will be good for DAP to highlight support too.

The problem is ...
...the mismanagement of public funds, which can be used to help even those of other races
...the fact that migrants and converts leap-frog over the non-Malays, making the non-Malays perpetually 3rd or 4th class citizens

Anonymous said...

Come and see the dirty side of Malaysian's Judiciary under the UMNO government:


Former UMNO supporter

Anonymous said...

Dear All Citizens of Malaysia,

It's expected that Malaysia will be a net oil importer within the next 3 years. Hence where to find income for the country is now a big headache of the BN goverment.

Thus they must and will implement Value added tax (VAT) right after the next General Election, in addition to increase pertol, gas, toll prices, etc. Otherwise, where the hell they can find the money to sustain the NEP for the bumiputras?

A boomshell is awaiting to explode and the citizens will soon find their life in hell if they continue to support this short-sighted, narrow-minded, racial-based, corrupt BN government.

Wake up and vote for Opposition before it is too late. Instill wisdom to your kids. If the citizens really have wisdom, we won't have such useless government.

Ex-stupid BN supporter

Anonymous said...

Hi Aurey,

I read your message with interest, and we all apppreciated the efforts and selfless sacrifices made by our parents, to where we are. Let's salute them on that, and make sure that we would continue the educations and lesson learnt from your father and my father generation.

After 15-20 years of workings, and traveled to numerous countries of my job, honestly, I would say M'sia is not perfect, and we love that of our roots, and we all want it to be better, and I salute people like Tony, who would come out and serve, not many of us can do that, of family commitment, limited time we have etc. Above all, other than Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, M'sia living standard is probably one of the highest in Asia. And, to tell you the truth, we, Chinese have contributed greatly, after a long period of 30-40 years of distrimination, we could afford to receive good education out of our own pocket, "father and mother scholership". And, nothing beats initiative, and never give up attitude. The most important thing is that, we realized that we could not failed with the support from our family, we have the responsibility to lead our family, ourself and brother and sister, for not depriving them of the opportunity on our hands. I can give you many touching stories, where the kids, trying to go oversea without any monies from the parents, and many of them come back not only with a degreee, but with the life story that you can never learnt from the book/school.

On the other hands, if you have a rich parents or government whom would send you to the expensive education, maybe your mind set is not there, you would squandel all the efffort, monies and time, of the handouts given. Worst still, receiving education is just the beginning, you need to look for a job, go for interview, I can rest assure you, those who have received the true hardship would come out better when they come to this phase of life. The engineering term is anealing, where a iron would be stronger, if we have the heat treatment, prior to its usage.

Certainly, life is a journey, we lose some, we would take some, like yourself, I am sure you would be very successful in your career, base on the message you have provided. Let's be positive, we need many like Tony to come out, but most important, is to continue the baton passed on from your parents, give good education to our children, and contribute to the country, minimumly, be a good tax payer, than tax taker.

Anonymous said...

Dear Tony,

I read the Sun yesterday. Thanks for the bouquet of white flowers, teddy bear and message card you left near the place where the body of the young malay girl who was tortured and killed by a monster, was found.

I am touched by your sincerity and passion to serve the nation regardless of race and religion. I understand your frustration in fighting the over-strong corrupt government. I am convinced that the nation should give more support to the opposition now.

Hopefully you can gain support from more malay voters like me. We are all so sick of Barisan Nasional.

Best wishes.


Anonymous said...

We saw scandal after scandal happened in this country, but who was held reponsible? Seems that the answer is 'nobody'.

Aparting from sleeping and finding ways to enrich his familiy members and his cronies, what has been done by this useless, innocent-looking-but-indeed-hypocrite-cum-corrupt Prime Minister?

Do we still need this kind of BN (Better Not) government?

Anonymous said...

I tell you, very simple lah.

Do not print your own posters. Listen to the Government boleh.

Print you-know-who photo waving that famous weapon in poster size. Then help BN with their campaign of fact and truth by sticking one weapon waving photo beside every smiling BN candidate poster. Boleh lah. Help the Government lah.

Anonymous said...

World's Ten Most Corrupt Leaders

(Name Position Funds embezzled)
1. Mohamed Suharto President of Indonesia (1967–1998) $15–35 billion

2. Ferdinand Marcos President of the Philippines (1972–1986) 5–10 billion

3. Mobutu Sese Seko President of Zaire (1965–1997) 5 billion

4. Sani Abacha President of Nigeria (1993–1998) 2–5 billion

5. Slobodan Milosevic President of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1989–2000) 1 billion

6. Jean-Claude Duvalier President of Haiti (1971–1986) 300–800 million

7. Alberto Fujimori President of Peru (1990–2000) 600 million

8. Pavlo Lazarenko Prime Minister of Ukraine (1996–1997) 114–200 million

9. Arnoldo Alemán President of Nicaragua (1997–2002) 100 million

10. Joseph Estrada President of the Philippines (1998–2001) 78–80 million

Bodohwi and his family will soon top the table in the near future. Congratulations! Malaysia Boleh!

Anonymous said...

Please, please Tony,

Come to Subang Jaya

We want to vote you. We have enough of MCA LEE HWA BENG

Anonymous said...

The biggest mistake the BN is making is posphoning issues especially with price hikes and reforms. This is what the opposition should exploit.

Unless voters send a strong message to the BN otherwise, I will bet every penny that next year will be full of price hikes i.e., inflation will get out of hand. You will also see bailouts and schemes like e-kesihatan being implemented for cronies.

So opposition rallying cry should be

'Undi Barisan untuk harga naik dan lebih rasuah.'

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