We need some willpower

Ye Choh Wah

Modified 19 May 2017, 4:29 am

I try to stay away from local news portals nowadays. In my opinion there is no news that’s worth reading anyway. The topics constantly revolve around the same small issues.

In the end nothing gets solved.

Everyone knows this country is in trouble. An astronomical amount of 1MDB funds have gone missing and the company is debt-ridden (eventually our citizens will bear the loss). Escalating inflation that burdens our citizens. Currency trading at an all time low. The governing party has no leadership and directions. Opposition parties have no unity.

The list goes on. There is no end in sight.

I imagine most politicians have no idea on what they are doing now, or how to right the sinking ship.

We always say we must learn from history, be it ours or others.

Looking back at history (not ours, our history is too short), most countries also went through similar types of lows that this country is currently facing now.

However, we are not starting from scratch. The British left a wonderful system for us when they pulled out from our country. There is really no reason for our country to be in such a bad shape after almost sixty years of independence.

I believe there are many smart peoples in politics (too smart maybe). I also believe many politicians do not give a damn about this country.

All they care about is their own power, fame, and wealth that comes with their territory.

We have had the New Economic Policy (NEP) for years, extended even, aimed at helping bumiputra to get out of poverty mainly. We also have Vision 2020 led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad from a bygone era. Now comes Transformasi Nasional 50 (TN50), brainchild of our current prime minister. There had also been many transformation plans on our failing education system before.

All grand schemes that unfortunately have failed, or will fail unceremoniously without a doubt.

The reason is simple, we just don’t have the willpower to do it.

Our ‘tidak apa’ attitude is killing this country.

I know many people who joined Bersih, singing the anti-corruption tune, yet paying off traffic officers the moment they were stopped for speeding or other traffic violations.

Many also gave ‘kopi-o’ money when it comes to trying to pass their driving tests.

These are small ants compare to some business dealings and favoritism in getting permits approved, or having officials ‘close one eye’ on what ever needs to be done.

Succumbing to easy gains

In other words, these people want things to be better for this country, but when comes to the easy or simple way out, or there is money to be made, they just don’t have the willpower to stick to their belief, succumb to the easy gains they can obtain by committing the crimes themselves.

Same thing applies to freedom of speech issues, religion issues, racial harmony, education system, etc. We talk about the change all the time but we have no willpower to do it.

Many times we are impressed with politicians giving grand speeches, stirring up our emotion, making us believe our future will be brighter. Unfortunately, talk remain talk until things are carrying out.

We are easily fooled.

I believe action speaks louder than words. Until something is done with our will power, we shouldn’t be so quick to believe what our politicians promised.

Most of us are weak, just talk the talk but never walk the talk. We have all the rules and regulations set up in this country, but do not have the willpower to see it through.

There is a very good old saying: There is a will, there is a way.

Until we realise that and make a change with our will power, I believe this country will continue to struggle for many years to come.


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