by platonicaristotledupopulous, donplaypuks® intrepid sentinel for guardians’ affairs
The first reason for this debacle is the indiscriminate implementation of the New Economic Policy (NEP), especially after 1980. Doctrinaire politics!
This has resulted in the lowering of educational standards to such a degree that many who once may have been hard pushed to secure jobs at general administration levels, and there is no monopoly on race here, today sit in the higher echelons of the civil service, judiciary, police, schools, universities and medical boards. Others enjoy plum, cushy sinecure posts as Chairmen and Corporate Captains with absolutely no insecurity as regards tenure of office or having to measure up to internationally acceptable performance standards.
We foreswore MERITOCRACY to spite our own faces! And this has encouraged legions of mediocrity resulting from a home-grown breed of Rent Seekers and Mr. 10%’s, curiously touted as Glocal (Global + Local) Towering Entrepreneurs, who risked not a single cent that could be defined as their own! From here, to acceptance of corruption as a way of life, was inevitable, a logical step.
The second reason for our failure? We did not realise who guards the Guardians.
IT IS US! WE SHALL GUARD THE GUARDIANS!
Yes, I, You, We and Us. THE PEOPLE. WE SHALL GUARD THE GUARDIANS!
We did not read the American Declaration of Independence carefully. We did not realise that Kings and Prime Ministers derive their just powers to govern from the legitimacy granted by THE PEOPLE. US !! Why else do we have Constitutionally guaranteed mandatory General Elections? They absolutely need our swoosh on the ballot papers to give them the LEGAL AND MORAL RIGHT to govern us. We almost forgot about that, until the General Elections of 8th March 2008, which after 31st August 1957 (Independence Day), 16th September 1963 (Malaysia Inauguration Day) and 13th May 1969 (Race Riots?), must rank as the most defining date in our post-Independence political history.
From the inner recesses of the deep reserves that God has blessed each and everyone of us with, we dredged up the courage to vote according to our convictions.
We now know that Prime Ministers and Governments, if they do not do their jobs well, can and must be booted out by the seat of their pants. You would not tolerate such gross incompetency if it were your own Company, would you, if the losses amounted to billions of $, and there was no end in sight of it?
They shall rule only by our consent, the Cornerstone of which shall be MERITOCRACY, which by definition includes affirmative action programmes to assist, not provide a permanent crutch, to ALL the have nots.
We have yet another General Election to look forward, to do battle. And we must make sure that the Demagogues, the self-appointed and Benevolent Dictators, the Doctrinaire Politicians, the Wolfish Race Supremacists in Liberal Sheep’s Clothing, the Looters, the Rent Seekers and the Mr. 10%’s shall never endure.
donplaypuks with my rights, guardians!