Malaysiakini Letter

'1Malaysia' can never replace the original 'Malaysia'

Richard Loh  |  Published:  |  Modified:

In order for Malaysia to become fully ai independent and developed country, all Malaysians must work together towards that goal. We got our independence from the British but instead of being truly independent and allowing the citizens to govern this country, we were just handed over by the British to another tyrannical master in the form and shape of Umno.

After over 52 years of the tyrannical Umno rule, we are getting from bad to worse. You may disagree and claim that we have progressed and yes, we have progress. No doubt that what we see as in the roads and highways, super tall buildings, air shows, Formula 1 etc is progress. But this type of progress can be achieved by anyone as long as there is money and money is what we have for now.

We, however, have not progressed as a nation in terms of the people’s welfare, harmony among all the races, meritocracy and equality. We are so divided among the different races. There are miles separating the rich and the poor. Billions have been lost through corruption. There is suppression of truth and a total breakdown of the rule of law.

The frequently used terms of racism, Ketuanan Melayu and religion are destroying and tearing this country apart. How many times and how much longer are all of you going to be deceived by Umno/BN in that they are still the best and most capable to run this country. On face value, they look capable but in reality, what do we see of their performance?

The newest prime minister, groomed in the ways and styles of Umno's expired methodology of governing, has came out with another slogan of ‘1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now’ and now after nine months it is more talks and no action. We still see racism rearing its ugly head through Utusan Malaysia, Biro Tata Negara and Umno'.

The people are the last ones in mind when the prices of consumer goods keep rising while pay checks remain stagnant. What kind of ‘Performance now’ do we anticipate from his slogan? It does not indicate very much and we still see the police, MACC and judiciary doing the bidding of their master Umno.

Previously, a few goodies thrown out by the prime ministers was good enough to satisfy the rakyat and they were happy to return back to Umno/BN. But then after winning back the voters and triumphing in election after election, they always went back to their racist, arrogant and corrupt ways of governing.

Now after the March 8, 2008 tsunami, Umno knows that a few goodies alone are not enough to satisfy the voters.

Malaysia must remain Malaysia and whatever we do to help Malaysians, we must always maintain the country's name called ‘Malaysia’. If you sincerely want to unite all Malaysians and treat all as equal, you still can use the original ‘Malaysia’ to get it done - why do you want to bring another unwarranted name called ‘1Malaysia’?

Fellow Malaysians, we have had enough of Umno/BN rule for over 50 years. We need to have a change, for better or for worse and we have to give it a try. There is nothing to be afraid of - do we fear a new government with no experience will destroy the country?

Let me take you back to 52 years ago. If the British were to think like what you are thinking, would the British have given up their rule and handed over the country to Umno which at that time did not have any experience whatsoever in governing?

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