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Thursday, August 19, 2004


More ScapeGoating

::Less than 10 months ago, a 'great' leader left the scene over which he had 'ruled' for more than two decades. At the time of his leaving there were praises galore which placed him on the highest of pedestals. He was even said to be an irreplaceable Malaysian and world leader. He was certainly glorified just short of being deitified some said.

But not many months after his leaving, the all glowing accounts and highest of praises for him appear to have been misguided. For it now appears that he left, leaving behind him messes galore. Corruption during his tenure became apparent soon after his leaving, almost like overnight; the polis force which was thought by many to be unprofessional, trigger-happy and heavy-handed among other things, was reported to have been found by the Special Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police [SCEOM-RMP] to be corrupt at all level; the financial position of the nation appeared to be in dire-straits, the MINIstry of Health finances were reported to be drying up; a civil service which unfortunately is rather 'uncivil'; more recently a flyover built at the end of his 'reign' was found cracking. And now of all person to have just noted it, a younger generation of Malaysians who has been found wanting, a generation he has just found to have become morally decadent. Was he not aware of this state of affairs during his 'reign'. This generation of Malaysians has during their growing-up years only known one leader of Malaysians.

The 'great' leader has these shocking words to say when giving his talk entitled "World-Class Schools", he is reported by Bernama saying ::
"I'm very upset with the declining moral and cultural values plaguing our younger set."

"More saddening is the growing violent crimes like murders and robberies involving students as published in the mass media."

"Recently, a group of students from a secondary religious school can even assault a fellow student to death with no pity for him, without feeling guilty."

"I'm shocked by the incident. Murder is a heinous crime and it is happening in our society, in the midst of our youths and students."


He is reported to be sadden by the state of affairs. There is no mention made whether he became teary-eyed this time around. By saying these words, is the 'great' leader of more than two decades admitting responsibility for the sad state of affairs? Is he ready to bear the cross? Far from that, he attributed the rising crimes and moral decadence to the perpetrators being unable to control their emotions and not having good values and qualities. He added, saying :: "They're also indisciplined and allowed the lust to control them." And for good measures and to continue with his western bashing of old, he advised the younger generation, especially students, not to ape the western lifestyle culture which did not suit the lifestyle of the eastern society.

The Bernama article concluded with this gem of his ::
"We are easterners, not westerners. Easterners have their own way of life. Easterners still have rich values and qualities. We should not copy the undesirable misdemeanours of the west," he said.


When is he going to stop pointing fingers at the West, does he not realise that when he starts pointing a finger at the West, his three other fingers are pointing at himself. Of course we should not allow this old man who will be pushing 80 to bear the cross all by himself nor should we blame the younger generation entirely. All of us, Malaysians, must also share some of the blame for the present sad state of affairs; the younger members of our society, the parents among us, the teachers among us and the gomen collegues of his. Least he forgets, more than some two decades ago there was a Malaysian PM who among his many slogans was this one :: Kepimpinan Melalui Teladan. Could it be that during his prolonged 'reign' a good deal has rubbed off onto a generation who has only known one leader and has decided to take that particular slogan to heart.



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