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CITIZEN CONCERNS

The Prime Minister’s call for civil society organisations (CSO) to become frontliners in a race to find solutions for the community and to provide feedback on civil society matters is not only timely but profoundly relevant.

At a time when politicians are busy politicking and the corporate and business community are focused on profit making, there must be people out there who are driven by more altruistic considerations, in particular the reawakening of the sound values that are at the very heart of a civilisation.

At a time when much of the rhetoric and public discourse whirls madly around the sordid side of sex, unsolved crimes, failed justice, educational flip-flops, socio–cultural and religious supremacy, the people need to be engaged at a more caring, sharing level if, at all, the growing societal chasms are to be bridged.

At a time when the concepts of “integrity”, “corruption” and “abuse” are being thrown around by every Ali, Ah Chuan and Apoo without their complex, multifarious meanings being properly explained, the people must be taken through the baby steps of rebuilding their minds and hearts through the language and meanings they understand.

Where parents have not fulfilled their responsibility of raising fine children with fine values and the void has been exacerbated by a national education system manned by officers, head teachers and teachers who do not know better, civil society organisations can contribute their skills and expertise through  public forums, community activities and programmes.

In order to achieve a high level of synergy between the official and unofficial sectors, the community must first of all welcome the good intentions and efforts of the CSOs. There is no point seeking government support or corporate donations if minds remain warped and suspicious on both sides. For real collaboration to work there must be openness and trust over and above sincerity and honesty – all ingredients of integrity. There must be the genuine desire to seek a better Malaysia and to build it with one’s own tears, sweat and blood. Pointing fingers and apportioning blame must stop.

The focus of the government and the political parties should be less on garnering votes in the next general election than on addressing the real fears and concerns of Malaysians that our beloved country is going to the dogs, and the unity and integration we hold dear are in disarray.

What is one extra vote or one extra seat in the State EXCO or the Federal Parliament when in reality, the ADUNs and MPs are fighting losing battles on both sides of the political divide? If our democracy is heading towards a two-party system, let’s ensure that it is led by people with a genuine concern for peace, and motivated by a clean conscience and sound reason.

We’ve had enough of leaders with shady backgrounds and shoddy behaviour, both verbal and non-verbal!

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