Kinda boiled up reading this article but what can i say when maybe half or 85% of it is true. Maybe i dare say that all of it is true. What do you have to say when outsiders think instead of Malaysia Boleh, we are Malaysia Bodoh. Well i don't blame him.. memang macam betul pun. Tengok lah what our menteri-menteri discussed in the parliement? Kita baca pun dah meluat. Tengok iklan kesedaran kita. Malaysians kene diajar untuk berhenti bila traffic light merah ke??? Tak malu ke kita orang Malaysia? Bodoh sangat ke kita sampai kene diajar begitu sekali? Kita bodoh sangat ke sampai kene diajar giving out seats to the elders and pregnant mums in the train? It's all around us. And outsiders are watching how foolish we are. I hope that our foolishness will not destroy our beloved country someday. Should i be afraid of the future now? Malaysia, jangan lalai.
i especially like the part where he mentioned that the "Generations of Malaysian children are missing out on an education that should teach them how to be creative and critical"... sigh. I bet a lot of us question this and really, nothing we can do about it. I honestly say that our education doesn't really prepare us to which direction of professions that we should go into. I bet most of us fikir 2, 3 jam when filling that majoring choices part of the university application form. I did. I honestly tak tau aper nak ambiq. At that time, my uncle said IT is the in thing. I hate the fact that we have to decide what we wanted to be on that 1 piece of paper. And here i am working 9 to 5, at the moment saving money to buy a road bike, wishing that maybe when i was 17, i should choose to work on a ship and travel the world. Be a yuppie. But then again, i'm not complaining... i should just try to live life to the fullest everyday...
And i'm deeply frustrated with how our government and our ministers response to the article by Mr Backman. They practically ignore it... and like what i say before, maybe it's time that we should listen. Really LISTEN for the sake of our country...
- MALAYSIA'S been at it again, arguing about what proportion of the economy each of its two main races — the Malays and the Chinese — owns. It's an argument that's been running for 40 years. That wealth and race are not synonymous is important for national cohesion, but really it's time Malaysia grew up.
- Most Malaysians are convinced that the eyes of the world are on their country and that their leaders are world figures. This is thanks to Malaysia's tame media and the bravado of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. The truth is, few people on the streets of London or New York could point to Malaysia on a map much less name its prime minister or capital city.
As if to make this point, a recent episode of The Simpsons features a newsreader trying to announce that a tidal wave had hit some place called Kuala Lumpur. He couldn't pronounce the city's name and so made up one, as if no-one cared anyway. But the joke was on the script writers — Kuala Lumpur is inland.
- Malaysians are very proud of these towers. Goodness knows why. They had little to do with them. The money for them came out of the ground and the engineering was contracted out to South Korean companies.
They don't even run the shopping centre that's beneath them. That's handled by Australia's Westfield.
- Back in July, the Government announced that it would spend $RM490 million on a sports complex near the London Olympics site so that Malaysian athletes can train there and "get used to cold weather".
But the summer Olympics are held in the summer.
- Since my column was published, plans for a new RM400 million Istana have been announced and the Agriculture Ministry parliamentary secretary has told Parliament that Malaysia's first astronaut will be playing batu seremban and spinning tops and making teh tarik while in space. There are countless scientists around the world who would give anything for the opportunity to go to space and do real experiments. For the Malaysian government to send an astronaut into space to play Malay children's games serves only to re-emphasise my point about waste. Not only that, it makes Malaysia look infantile in the eyes of the rest of the world, which is a great pity when Malaysia has made so many real achievements. The world is getting more clever, more competitive and more dynamic every day. There are too many in Malaysia who don't seem to understand this.