Monday, April 19, 2010

“民主乐翻天”时事论坛后感(下)

“民主乐翻天”时事论坛的题目《国阵民联:谁才是我国人民的未来?》,主讲人有来自国阵的蔡智勇(C)和罗秋俊(L),名联阵营有欧阳捍华(E)和张念群(T)。当天的点评嘉宾有唐南发(J),陈亚才(TA)和胡渐彪(G)。主持人是李晓蕙。当天来的人有七百多位。

From the forum, I think that what E said is very narrow minded. He mentioned that Selangor Govenment has provided free water for the first 20m3. He also added that the Selangor state administration has regularised annual RM4 million funds for the state’s Chinese primary schools and RM2 million for Chinese independent high schools, although education is not exactly a power of state. He also mentioned that Selangor Govenment has funded a few development in the New Village. All the benefits mentioned above is based on Selangor state, how about other states that is govern by PR and the generally whole Malaysia? There is some room of improvement for E, moreover he is considered new in politics and has been elected through political tsunami.

While for C, he claimed that BN has outlined a clear direction of the nation's future under the upcoming New Economic Model (NEM) and Government Transformation Program (GTP). The interesting part is BN going to turn Malaysia into a high-income country (GDP more than US$15,000 per annual). It sounds fantastic as pointed out by J but with the increase in the income, will the standard of living also increase proportionally or exponentially. J give a scenario that in future, may be a low cost house in the urban area will burden many low income people. I totally agreed with J. I also wonder how about our basic necessity like healthcare, food and accommodation? With the increasing income, the cost of living in Malaysia will also increase, moreover through the privatization of basic necessity such as water and electric supply, healthcare, etc will Malaysia follow the footstep of our neighboring country, Singapore where the rakyat has to pay a heavy price on the development. What I notice is that both BN and PR didn't mention on the economy development. If given a scenario, PR become the next Federal Govenment in the next election, will they continue the BN's liberalization of economy policy or formulate a more people-centered economy policy. This is a question that played inside my mind because I think that a country economy will fuel the development and progress of the nation, if the economy policy is not formulate correctly, the whole nation will suffer the consequences. If Malaysia are heading the high-income country, are we going to employ huge amount of foreign workers for our manufacturing, plantation and other sectors? Are we heading to an high-end innovation country given that our poor education development? Are we going to sacrifice the social benefit for the rakyat with the high-income goal? As a believer of social democracy, I think this is some of the issues that I'm seeking answer, both from BN and PR.

Chinese Education policy also being touched in the forum. I think that only Chinese education policy is too narrow but have to mention the whole national education policy that includes mother tongue education and vernacular school. May be due to the crowd is mostly Chinese, therefore both parties only mention vernacular school. The quantity of vernacular schools especially the Chinese school in Malaysia is decreasing. Somehow, I felt that this is only a tip of the iceberg, how many Chinese school being build, how many have been allocate, how many has been close down etc, that is too small to discuss. I felt that both parties should discuss the future direction of our education policy since our aim is becoming a high-income country, the education play a very important role in shaping our nation's future. The system of our education should be discussed, are we going to abolish the exam-oriented system and replace with a innovative and intuitive-driven education system. Another that should be discuss is how to integrate racial harmony in our education system since we have different type of school. I'm also searching for the answer from both parties. Both should stop politicize on how many chinese school have been built under BN or PR and how many lands has been allocated to vernacular school, this will not bring our education far, we only go round and round on this issues.

Speaking on racial relationship, T mentioned that PERKASA is an extreme racist group, if MCA really condemn what PERKASA doing, it should condemn it openly and send a loud signal to UMNO that the presence of this type of group only disturb the racial harmony in Malaysia. For this point, I really give thumb up for T. Because from what I read on what PERKASA is doing, it really make me extremely sick. Is this a suitable time for us to champion our racial benefits above our nation benefits? This type of mentality is so outdated, in Bahasa Malaysia is called KOLOT. As a younger generation of Malaysian, we have to demand that equality is the future, where everybody needs to be treated equally. A quotation from T, implementation policies based on needs, not on race. Thumbs up for T. The country has been trapped in the race cycle for almost half of century, and we have to start to change, change for a better. All the policies are based on race, even the admission of matriculation, public universities, award of scholarship and many more are based on race. If Malaysia want to progress, it is time for us to jump out from the race cycle, embrace on meritocracy and support the policies based on needs. If Nelson Mandela can free South Africa from Apartheid, if Obama can be the first Black America president, I wonder when is the time for a non-Bumiputera to become Malaysia Prime Minister? I can imagine PERKASA will say that the non-Bumiputera are demanding so much, they are demanding for this for that, they should be thankful for the citizenship rights etc. Well, PERKASA, we are not living in the stone age, we are living in the space age, please bring your 'KOLOT' mentality back to caves and hopefully don't come out again. Equality should be our future, the wealth distribution, the resources distribution and policies implementation should benefits Malaysian first.

Local Council Election (LCE) also mentioned in the forum. L didn't state his stand on local council election in his speech but after challenged by T, L finally confessed that he support local council election. But, does he sincerely support that or for the sake of gaining support? I think that both parties didn't do well in the local council election part, but if compared BN and PR, I mean at least PR is better than BN in the local council election. What is Najib reply on LCE? It will only creating more politicking in the area. Well, at least PR have started to request LCE from election commission although they merely kick the ball to Election Commission. As rakyat, we need to make informed decision, we can't allow the little Napoleon be our councilors. How many people fed up with the clogged drain? Fed up with the road light that is not function? Fed up with the irregularity in rubbish collection? Fed up with policies implemented by council without consulting the affected people? Sometimes, we are so fed up because we, the people didn't have a say on the things that affecting us. This is why we need LCE, so that we are able to elect people that we think capable of making change in our area, and we are able to monitor the work of the councilors. A check and balance mechanism is important to ensure transparency in the council area. If the councilors didn't perform, we will show the exit in the next election. As easy as that, what does politicking has to do with that? If MCA support LCE, please support it openly and express your concern to BN.

This is just my personal opinions and I respect the freedom of expression of other individual. I think the MCA has lost their role as political party that represent Chinese community interest. All the demand by Chinese community, how many you have fulfill? Talking about Vernacular schools, what have MCA done to increase the vernacular school especially the Chinese school in Malaysia? If there is no general election or by-election, the Chinese school project will never be approved? Does the Chinese community have to wait for every election for the Chinese school to be built? The rakyat should demand our rights from the government and not only waiting for their rights drop from the sky. What role does MCA play in formulating our education policies? Every time when the result of public university admission being announced or the scholarship award being announced, MCA only help those who are unfortunate to forward their appeals. Is this the role that MCA can play? I think as government, it should flex it muscle in the policy formulating process. MCA should institutionalized the education policy and make it fairer for all Malaysian. Last few months, the internal fighting among MCA leaders have badly damaged the credibility of MCA. Even the fighting itself is for the survival of each political careers, does the leaders take the interest of Chinese community seriously? Even in the president election, there is no manifesto that touch on the interest of Chinese community. The interest of Chinese community is threaten by PERKASA. What have MCA, as government done to safeguard the minority right and interest? Publish a few press statements on the newspaper is it enough? Looking back at history, during the Ong Ka Ting time, the MCA didn't involve in politics but involve in social activity. Is MCA trying to depoliticize themselves even though they claimed themselves as political party? Is MCA becoming a non-profit charity based organization? Surely there is room for MCA improvement. A word of advice, never beg the Chinese community to give MCA a chance. It make me feel sick when L said that MCA have changed from the political tsunami and beg the Chinese community to give them a chance. Stop the begging, prove yourself is worthwhile to the Chinese community, prove yourself that you are able to safeguard the minority rights. Prove yourself that you can convince BN to treat every Malaysian equally.

Lastly, I really love the conclusion made by T. She said that may be PR is good at publicity, therefore no need to spend 70 million to hire APCO for image consulting. Damn good conclusion and she received applause from the audience.

P/s: Although I have condemned MCA, it didn't mean that DAP is better than MCA. Is just that MCA is the Federal Government, therefore as rakyat, really hope for the best that he/she can get in Malaysia.

3 comments:

j0nAthAn said...

ada video recording mah?

Ryan Gan said...

I think got, have to ask the organizer. U want?

The first half hour very boring, until Teo give her speech then the situation started to warm up.

j0nAthAn said...

yah wanna listen. sounds interesting! =]