We jailed our best citizens, the ones with the heart to stand up against injustice without any regards to their basic rights. They spoke ill of the current problems; They had their points. Instead of listening to them, our leader shut them up.
He is being followed closely. Most recently, MCA's president would not even listen to our plea, not to go ahead with the acquisition of two print publications. MIC doesn't fare any better either. We all saw how its president acted during their last general assembly.
Possibly out of fear or apathy, Malaysians tend to be very forgiving, thinking that those leaders are humans; They make mistakes along the way. But, since they keep repeating the mistakes, I can only agree to this: "To err is human, to repeat is character." Sadly, our forgiveness is being taken as dumbness by the top guys.
Our 'servants' have been secretly funneling our money to others with dubious schemes. Money, which could have been used to help the poor in more meaningful ways, is being wasted to profit a few guys.
And when we protested, we were branded with all sorts of names. Even the now defunct party of Chin Peng is being brought out of retirement in the rhetoric.
For decades we are being governed by divide and conquer tactics. Until today, I am still classified as Chinese, and my friends are Malays and Indians. No matter how much we tried to stave off the stereotypes, our leaders always make sure they represent "our" rights.
We live in a make believe society where one race is more deserving than the others. They throw crumbs at one group, ignoring the other two because the skin colors are either too dark or too light.
There is only one winner here, the cronies, who get huge chunks of the pie at the expense of the rest.
Chinese and Indians are disillusioned because they are being sidelined. All of us are losers, regardless of our skin colors. We are arguing over crumbs. We are being pelted against each other, to make sure that we lose the sight of the big picture.
When in trouble, our man always stays away from taking the heat. He seems to be forgetting one thing: Leadership comes with taking responsibilities. A good leader is one who can stand up and say, "I screwed up, please forgive me."
No general should blame the soldiers or others for the blunders of the troop. Instead we saw one by one, outsiders and insiders being paraded and burned alive. Soros, Anwar, Daim and the list goes on.
We are all part owners of "Restoran Malaysia". The waiters are rude; never try to question the quality of food served for you'll get beaten and locked up in the toilet. We always get lousy service because most waiters are busy attending to the few VIPs.
Worse still, some of us may never even get tables. One more thing, when the kitchen is on fire, the chef will beat up his helper who stirred the soup.
It's time for them to stop tainting the true meaning of the word 'service'. Let's not forget we are still owners of this place. Let's change the management and get rid of the lousy chef.