Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Searching For The Future PM of Malaysia

No, we are NOT talking about Anwar, Ku Li or Najib here.

There are 26 million souls in Malaysia and growing by day. Amongst these living souls, we may have geniuses, idiots, average, below/above average citizens who are essential ingredients to build a great nation. Everyone has his or her own roles irrespective of level of IQ, education or capabilities or political inclinations. We need each other to strenghten the team.

Unfortunately after 50 years of merdeka, we have a below average PM currently still sleeping at the helm, even after tsunami wrecked his wet dreams. Do not blame him for his lucky star to be there sleeping and getting paid, as he is the chosen one of our former PM, who now regrets to his last breath. We have to live with this curse for some time until somebody else comes to kick his ass out from the seat.

The problem with our leadership (national, state, party, association, corporate or kampung) is not taking seriously on succession plan. After 22 years on the top, Dr. M had 4 deputies and only one survived to become his cursed successor. Dr. M's great achievements or even mistakes are eclipsed by his last decision to appoint a 'clean' guy and the whole country is suffering and bleeding even with this elegant silence guy.

Looking at those current government leaders, from Najib down to members of elite group called Majlis Tertinggi and even to Pemuda/Puteri EXCOs, we have nothing but yes-men/women. Forget them as they will not be able to rise to the occasson with the baggage they carry.

Like Michael Jackson sings in his song, "I am not a fighter, I am a lover!"

There are some bright young leaders among the Pakatan Rakyat new MPs and ADUNs. Even the new Perak MB looks better than all the BN's MBs/CMs put together.

It is not a secret that the current PM's beloved son-in-law is planning for PMship before his 40th birthday. This Oxford graduate's dream nowadays looks like slipping away by the tsunami effects and post-tsunami dramas. But some politicians never die, a few now become bloggers!

Here in Dubai, my own boss is currently away in Harvard to attend 'Future Leaders of Dubai' program. A program to nurture and groom a pool of capable and excellent young Emirati executives to fill up leadership roles in public, corporate sectors, and even social/charity works.

This one year program will involve hands-on training in several countries, like USA, UK and SINGAPORE. I guess I know why Malaysia is not one of the chosen countries with the current force majeure.

Dubai has collaborated with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy as well as Kennedy School of Harvard and has set up similar institution, Dubai School of Government. Again, our INTAN is out of sight. I have no idea on INTAN but I guess INTAN is a fine institution and has been churning a lot of good government high-ranking officials.

HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum says, "the leaders of tomorrow are our focus and the foundation of our future".

With the growing number of university students, what we need is to repel and abolish all those draconian acts like university and college act that stifles the students freedom of speech/expressions and activities. These students will be our future leaders and asset, let them free to grow with ideas and missions.

They can be rebels, very vocal, anti-establishment within democratic space. They can be aspired and inspired to strive for social justice. Well, there are thousands unemployed graduates out there who are now againts the government for their predicaments.

There is one good satirical write-up by one if its dissidents on Singapore obessions about leadership sucession. Never mind Lee Kuan Yew (and son) is building a dynasty by grooming his grand children for future PM. It is another story.

Singapore is also facing massive brain drains among the bright young men and women. But looking at a positive perspective, it is something that we have to start planning to get a pool of talented and capable young leaders to manage our nation.

In Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew has now in search for future Prime Minister (his son)

Read Here

Will BN Federal Government Stop Supplying Books As Well?

Tourism Ministry has started the ball rolling by withdrawing all previous MOUs with states now under Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

The BN federal government cabinet had previously shown its childish vindictiveness to deny funding to the states under opposition and we can expect to see more discriminations soon. These buggers in corridors of power are still ignorant on democratic process and constitutional rights of the rakyat who had voted them out decisively in 5 states, plus Wilayah.

The federal funds are from tax payers' money and not from mak bapak or their own pockets.

A well-known book publisher, Ainon Muhammad in her blog has raised book industry's concerns on whether the BN federal government will take a similar vindictive measure like Tourism Ministry had arrogantly done.

1. Will BN federal government stop funding book purchasing in these 5 states?
2. Will National Library (NL) be allowed to continue distributing books to these 5 states?
3. Will NL be allowed to open new libarries in these 5 states?
4. Will Education Ministry be allowed to continue funding to the schools' libraries?

I hope the BN federal government will not victimise, punish and discriminate our children by stopping all fundings to purchase and distribute books to all libraries in these 5 states.

Otherwise, we have to make big noises in Parliament and in the streets!

Ainon's piece is below:-

Apabila PR Memerintah Negeri, Apa Nasib Kontraktor dan Penerbit Buku
Kemenangan Pakatan Rakyat (PR) di Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, dan Kelantan menyebabkan hati para pemain dalam industri buku berdebar-debar.
Ada persoalan yang terus bermain-main dalam kepala para kontraktor buku dan penerbit buku.
Ada kebimbangan yang mengecutkan perut mereka.
Pengalaman bagaimana sumber kewangan persekutuan tidak disalurkan kepada kerajaan PAS di Kelantan dan Terengganu menyebabkan di kedua-dua negeri itu, bisnes buku dengan perpustakaan amat dingin.
Selepas Terengganu diperintah semula oleh Barisan Nasional (BN), perpustakaan awam negeri itu kembali membeli buku.
Mujurlah, PNM kemudian mengambil tanggungjawab membekalkan buku kepada semua perpustakaan awam di seluruh negara.
Kini ada 5 negeri di bawah kerajaan PR. Berikut adalah persoalan yang bermain dalam kepala kontraktor dan penerbit buku:
1. Apakah kerajaan persekutuan akan memberhentikan penyaluran wang kepada kerajaan negeri Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak dan Selangor pula? Tanpa wang dari kerajaan pusat, maka kerajaan negeri-negeri PR terpaksa berjimat cermat. Buku adalah item yang dianggap tidak kritikal, justeru tidak akan dibeli.
2. Apakah Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (PNM) akan terus dibenarkan membekalkan buku-buku ke semua perpustakaan awam di negeri-negeri kerajaan PR ataupun tidak?
3. Apakah PNM akan terus dibenarkan membuka perpustakaan awam baru di negeri-negeri PR ataupun tidak?
4. Apakah Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM) akan terus dibenarkan menyalurkan wang kepada sekolah-sekolah negeri PR bagi membeli buku untuk perpustakaan ataupun tidak?
Inilah persoalan yang secara langsung mempunyai kaitan dengan nasib para kontraktor buku dan penerbit buku.