In 1998-99 Malaysia was hit with one of its worst economical disaster, but we prevailed albeit a bit of sacrifice here and there. Regardless of what people may think of what happened at that time, we did, as best as we could in Asia to cope up with the loss and tried to gain back as much wealth and dignity as we possibly could; and yet after so long till today why things feels like there has not been much change?
Since 2004 Malaysians had to go through a whole lot of different changes, and through all these changes we had to endeavor the scrutiny of the outside world that the incompetence we are facing would persists until we change a different Prime Minister. But what I would like to know is; would it really make any difference at all?
Lets face it, Power drives men into doing things they never thought they could do before they obtained it, before all the speeches about new manifestos, new reformations and policies. Promises that left hung in the back yard with the rest of the promises made before coming to power. It has been proven time and again that power can change a person inside out without even the slightest hint of warning. It seems that one would ‘fade’ into non-existence when gripped with so many ‘responsibilities’/’obligations’ towards the people, which is another word for Power.
A ‘clean’ government eh? We may all want to believe this,but it never existed. In the true core of every politician as I see it is: Hypocrites. Being hypocritical does not necessarily mean they(politicians) are ALL evil or unfit to lead their people or party, NO. Quite the contrary actually, being hypocritical is; for lack of a better word Essential for their survival. That is why party-hopping in Malaysia is rampant as the frogs themselves envy every politician ever existed.(with the exception of the PMs from the1957 onwards I reckon, but I wasn’t born yet then.)
Why do I say being hypocritical is important for politicians is well: politicians are also Humans. We humans as primates as we are ,are survivalists. Yet all species on this planet are; and the key word here is :Survival. Politicians need to take care of ‘their own skin’ as bad as they want to help ‘the people’ they cannot ignore this right? I mean no one can ignore this fact. So joining with the right parties at the most opportune times and at the most unexpected moment is what make these people good at what they do. So in essence we can’t ‘truly’ blame them for being/acting that way but we also cannot deny that they are being selfish and hypocritical.
In Malaysia there is a saying, sort of a hush-hush among party representatives, and its pretty common since Dr. Mahathir time, ‘Pandai-pandai cari makanlah…’ in essence and not direct translation to English(which is really weird and funny) it means ‘one should know when to take advantage(to gain wealth)’ . But in other countries there maybe same quotes as this but in different ‘half-truths’ or ‘undefinable-yet-obvious-quotes’. You could say its an age old saying, or it only picked up recently that I’m not so sure.
Not all is lost for ‘our’ politicians, or ANY politicians on this planet. If there is one thing I know they are good at is getting people to agree on issues that is critical and important for the public to be aware of and therefore do something about it. Not more on the ‘telling’ the people what should’ve be done but ‘convincing’ people what must be done for a better quality in life. Sadly this too is being abused, but I’m not going into that today. Not worth my time to think about that now.
What is worth thinking is; How do you know which politician to vote for and which one you should avoid listening to?
Worth thinking, No?