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Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Of Courtesy & Noble Values & Rude Manners?



On 11th Jan, our beloved PM launched the Gomen's five-year long Budi Bahasa dan Nilai Nilai Murni aka Courtesy and Noble Values campaign to makeover Malaysians, one and all ie gomen MINIsters, civil servants, joe-public into courteous people possessing noble values such as transparency, trustworthiness, integrity, fairness, honesty and accountability, and one may add others like incorruptibility, generosity, kindness, and so on. It is quite obvious, that these noble values are in short supply in all strata of Malaysian society. People always say "monkey see, monkey does". It is obvious that it is not enough for the top Malaysian leader to just have a campaign to instil these noble values in one and all, what is more important is that he, himself must not only possess these noble values but ensure that he and all his appointees in the cabinet and gomen pratise them. In no time other lesser ones will follow.
During the launch of the campaign, among other things said the PM had said the following ::
Abdullah said the expression “First Class Infrastructure, Third Class Mentality” aptly reflected the concerns many Malaysians had about today’s society.
Noting that the country's economy, infrastructure, development and use of technology had advanced, he said:
“However, our mentality and attitude have not progressed in tandem but have declined instead.”
The erosion of values, he said, had resulted in “negative syndromes” such as inconsiderate driving and disrespect for public property being accepted as norms.
“We have placed courtesy as a fundamental and a thrust in our national development policies and philosophies, from the Rukun Negara to Wawasan 2020.
“However, it is clear that our aspirations in the area of mental and spiritual development are not reflected in the present realities,” he said.
The Prime Minister said Malaysians should guard against being influenced by the coarse and aggressive behaviour portrayed in the media.

Following the launch of this campaign, the STAR, the People's Paper, conceived the contest entitled "The Rude Malaysian". In this contest there were 16 “rude” situations and participants were asked to rank which one “is the rudest.” Is it of any surprise that, on cue, the rudest habit that Malaysians have is inconsiderate driving! Didn't someone say, "monkey hears, monkey regurgitates".
It would have been much better if the STAR had a contest, maybe entitled "Noble Values Possessed by the Malaysian Gomen" and we be allowed to rank the noble values in terms of importance. Or alternatively, to evaluate each of the noble values as possessed or practised by the gomen; scoring each value with a score between 0 to 5. O representing none of the value concerned and 5 presenting 100% of the said value. Will such a contest see the light of day?


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