It’s a domino effect. It breeds and multiplies. It ravages the nation of its moral and intellectual resources. The division that requires the unity of a kind.
Malaysian politics are fast becoming more race based and divisive in nature. Policies of inclusiveness and social uplifting are lost or unspoken. I have been jerked by my conscience to break my vow of silence.
A flawed education system is a silent scourge that devours our young. Instead of focusing on character building and unity we have divided our mainstream schools to multi lingual facets. Certain neighboring countries realized the detrimental effect of this system and instead focused on preserving the language and heritage of the races in a single stream education system. This system encourages each race to learn their language and cultural heritage but binds them in the same schooling system.
Meritocracy is a double edged sword. It can only work if individuals are playing on a level field. The son of an oil tycoon in our rich capital and the child of an indigenous tribe in the interiors of Sarawak cannot be rewarded by singular assessment. We should consider the socioeconomic status and the performance of the individual regardless of their race, color or creed before rewarding them.
The drain of our intellectual wealth is well known. Our bright students have all ventured out of our country preferring the pastures of developed countries instead of coming back to serve ours. We are to be blamed as we have denied them of an environment free of racial tension to name but a few. Many have been robbed of a chance to set things right. Quite a few have already given up on their nation.
Poverty practices universal blindness. It does not recognize race or religion. Policies should not focus on eradication of poverty in a single group of race or color. We should focus on the community as a whole.
Corruption drains the nation of its resources. It is wise to remember that we are a very rich country. There is more than enough for all of us. The unequal distribution of our wealth with the scourge of corruption is bringing our nation to its knees. Adding racial division and disharmony will only drive the knife in further.
The multitude of traditions, customs and religions should not impede unity. On the contrary, it should embrace and include all. The very essence of its existence should be to preach and convey tolerance. Dirty and divisive politics should never be allowed to mix with the sanctity of any religion.
Managed wisely, this country has enough resources and wealth to last many generations. But our moral resources and conscience are fast depleting. The signs are clear. If we travel this path we will soon reach the end of the cliff.
It has never been about the election. Its always been about us, the children of this beautiful and blessed nation. Let us unite regardless of the outcome of this coming election. Let us radiate tolerance and raise our children to embrace differences instead of fearing for their rights. Let us free this country of the persecution of corruption. Let us speak up against racial and religious prejudice and stereotypes.
Our dream of living in a tolerant and prosperous Malaysia will indeed become a reality.