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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Eh, Tun dah lupa?

Every year, during the first two or three days of fasting, I suffer from headaches. That is because my blood sugar level drops. Thank God this will go away after the 3rd day of fasting.

Low blood sugar level may cause hypoglycemia. In some cases, symptoms of hypoglycemia include impaired judgment; irritability; belligerence; confusion; belligerence, combativeness and rage. Thankfully, as far as I know, I don't have those symptoms.

When Tun DrM said yesterday that meritocracy and "meritocrats" are racists, my first reaction was one of irritation. Then I was bemused. Later I was amused. And finally today I think it must have been the fasting month and the obvious low blood sugar level which was affecting him.

Meritocracy as I understand it is the act of rewarding or awarding an individual or a body of individuals or any entity with anything based on merit. Like awarding a student who has scored 13 As in SPM a place in the university. Or awarding X Sdn Bhd a contract to maintain a submarine because X Sdn Bhd has successfully maintained 15 other submarines before this without any problem at reasonable costs as compared to any other company who were bidding for the job.

Conversely, if someone becomes Chief this or that just because he or she has good contact with the appointor, that is not meritocracy. It is also not meritocracy if a person obtains something just because he or she is of a particular race, religion or even has a particular sexual preference.

In the sporting arena, Datuk Nicole David has been a world champion for so long because she is so good at what she is doing that there is no other living creature could be as good as her. Therefore, Datuk Nicole is a champion by virtue of meritocracy. God forbid that Tun DrM thinks that the good Datuk is a racist or that the World Squash Championship people are!

The same thing with our badminton teams. We have won the Thomas Cup umpteen times just because we are the best. Are we racists or  the organisers of the Thomas Cup racists?

The Spaniard recently won the World Cup because they played the best football. Are they or  FIFA racists?

At King's College, London University, students who top their class are given a Merit award on their post-graduate degree. That is because those students qualify for the said award by being top students. They are not given a Merit just because they are of a particular race or profess a particular religion. In other words, the students get the award based on merit. Is King's College racist?

I believe Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar is the chief of Khazanah because he is really good at what he is doing. And he is appointed by the Prime Minister. The same goes with the new Petronas chief who replaced Tan Sri Hassan Marican. Recently, Dato' Bakke was appointed as the new Sime Darby chief because it is said that he is the most suitable person to be the chief of Sime Darby. He has done a great job at FELDA. Again, the PM must have had a hand in his appointment.

The PM also chooses all the members of his cabinet. I am sure the PM appoints all the cabinet members because the PM thinks those people are the most qualified persons to be in the cabinet. Thus we have people like Idris Jala and Amirsham in the cabinet. These are proven people from the corporate sector.

Tun, is the PM racist then?

Dear Tun, allow me to say this. Malaysia could  be a united nation, with a confident Malaysian society, infused by strong moral and ethical values, living in a society that is democratic, liberal and tolerant, caring, economically just and equitable, progressive and prosperous, and in full possession of an economy that is competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient.

But we cannot be so until and unless we overcome the nine central strategic challenges. They are:

  1. the challenges of establishing a united Malaysian nation with a sense of common and shared destiny. This must be a nation at peace with itself, territorially and ethnically integrated, living in harmony and full and fair partnership, made up of one 'Bangsa Malaysia'.
  2. the challenge of creating a psychologically liberated, secure, and developed Malaysian Society with faith and confidence in itself, justifiably proud of what it is, of what it has accomplished, robust enough to face all manner of adversity. This Malaysian Society must be distinguished by the pursuit of excellence, fully aware of all its potentials, psychologically subservient to none, and respected by the peoples of other nations.
  3. the challenge  of fostering and developing a mature democratic society, practising a form of mature consensual, community-oriented Malaysian democracy that can be a model for many developing countries.
  4. the challenge of establishing a fully moral and ethical society.
  5. the challenge of establishing a matured,liberal and tolerant society in which Malaysians of all colours and creeds are free to practise and profess their customs,cultures and religious beliefs and yet feeling that they belong to one nation.
  6. the challenge of establishing a scientific and progressive society, a society that is innovative and forward-looking.
  7. the challenge of establishing a fully caring society and a caring culture, a social system in which society will come before self, in which the welfare of the people will revolve not around the state or the individual but around a strong and resilient family system.
  8. the challenge of ensuring an economically just society. This is a society in which there is a fair and equitable distribution of the wealth of the nation, in which there is full partnership in economic progress. Such a society cannot be in place so long as there is the identification of race with economic function, and the identification of economic backwardness with race.
  9. the challenge of establishing a prosperous society, with an economy that is fully competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient.

Tun, with all due respect, we cannot run away from those challenges. We, as a nation and as a people, have to confront those challenges and by hook or by crook, overcome them in order to be a developed country.

What we are doing now is to forget those challenges. To assume that they are not there. To sweep them under the carpet and pretend that everything is okay when it is quite obviously not.

We are letting racism and communal interests rule the day. We are not working as one nor living as one. We are not even willing to attempt to do so. We have abandoned the ideals of this nation when this nation was at the brink of achieving independence. The ideals and aspirations of our forefathers have been betrayed, destroyed and consigned to our archives and treated as if they are not worth the paper they are written on.

Where is the nation at peace with itself, territorially and ethnically integrated, living in harmony and full and fair partnership, made up of one 'Bangsa Malaysia' stated above?

Have we even attempted to achieve a psychologically liberated, secure, and developed Malaysian Society with faith and confidence in itself? How are we to be liberated if days in and days out we keep reminding a particular race that they are weak; that they are not good enough to compete; that they always need crutches to walk; that they should unite lest they would be destroyed and various other negativism?

Have we even thought of establishing a matured,liberal and tolerant society in which Malaysians of all colours and creeds are free to practise and profess their customs,cultures and religious beliefs and yet feeling that they belong to one nation?

What liberalism are we talking about when some headmistress who outwardly is a Muslim allegedly spouted racial hatred to her students, describing non-Malays as mere passengers in a car who can be asked to leave the car anytime and anywhere? Yet some hot shot Minister dismissed that incident  as isolated and almost irrelevant? What liberalism are we talking about when cartoon books are seized just because some people are lampooned in it; when radio DJs are sacked just because he dares to speak out on sensitive issues; when candle light bearing people congregating to propagate the abolishment of a draconian Act of Parliament were met with batons and riot police? What liberalism?

What about establishing a fully caring society and a caring culture, a social system in which society will come before self? Sorry, but I am suddenly enveloped by this uncontrollable need to laugh. What caring society are we talking about when there are Ministers who suggested that baby dumpers should be sentenced to death knowing full well that those who do so are mere children who have acted irresponsibly by having unprotected sex?

What about ensuring an economically just society. This is a society in which there is a fair and equitable distribution of the wealth of the nation, in which there is full partnership in economic progress? Have we even had a plan for this? Or are we in self denial mode still?

Have we realised that such a society cannot be in place so long as there is the identification of race with economic function, and the identification of economic backwardness with race?

I don't think we have. Because all I could see now is the identification of everything under the sun with the colours of our skin.

By the way, before you dismiss those nine challenges which I had referred to above as being the unachievable ideals of an idealist, allow me to remind you dear Tun, in case you have forgotten, that those are the nine challenges that you YOURSELF have identified for all of us to overcome if we ever want to achieve the status of a developed nation by 2020 in your Vision 2020 speech.

Yes. It is you who have said all those. Not me. Not Dato' Sri Najib. Not Lim Kit Siang. Not Anwar Ibrahim. It was you who said it.

Perhaps Perkasa, MPM whatever should now lodge a police report against you. Just as they did to Dr Chua Soi Lek.

What has happened since you espoused those ideals Tun? What has happened to your plan for a Bangsa Malaysia? It's been hijacked by Harris Ibrahim, has it?

In addition, you also said the followings:

  1. Of the two prongs of the NEP no one is against the eradication of absolute poverty -regardless of race, and irrespective of geographical location. All Malaysians, whether they live in the rural or the urban areas, whether they are in the south, north, east or west, must be moved above the line of absolute poverty.
  2. This nation must be able to provide enough food on the table so that not a solitary Malaysian is subjected to the travesty of gross under-nourishment.
  3. The second prong, that of removing the identification of race with major economic function is also acceptable except that somehow it is thought possible to achieve this without any shuffling of position. If we want to build an equitable society than we must accept some affirmative action. This will mean that in all the major and important sectors of employment, there should be a good mix of the ethnic groups that make up the Malaysian nation. By legitimate means we must ensure a fair balance with regard to the professions and all the major categories of employment. Certainly we must be as interested in quality and merit. But we must ensure the healthy development of a viable and robust Bumiputera commercial and industrial community.
  4. A developed Malaysia should not have a society in which economic backwardness is identified with race.

Oh, what was it that you said about merit then? Yes, you said, "certainly we must be as interested in quality and merit."

Interesting. And yet yesterday you said meritocracy and "meritocrats" are racists.

What gives?

83 comments:

SANSIRO said...

As usual - a master piece.
Only GOD knows why is he saying things like this?

___P___ said...

methinks the technical term for the after effects of this piece is "padan muka tun!". :-)

sim said...

Clear, unequivocal, and plenty Wisdom. Very good examples on the definition of Meritocracy, Art.

A Pinch Of Salt said...

Dear Sir,
Thank you so much! You have earned my respect as always!

shar101 said...

Loony Tun doing his loony thingy, bro.

Anonymous said...

saya rasa tuan lawyer tak faham apa tun nak cakap.

meritocracy ikut definasi para rasis seperti tuan dan lim kit siang, bermaksud, bagi benefits pada hanya yang terbaik.

Maksud yang saya faham ye, dengar sini baik baik iya.. contoh kita ambil biasiswa...

kalau student nak belajar medicine luar negara...

mereka perlu qualify markah 85 ke atas (contoh ye).

dalam seratus org student, ada 50 yang dapat markah 85 ke atas.

Biasiswa pula cuma ada 20 tempat (kos tinggi utk bagi 50 biasiswa).

Tapi yang dapat markah 96 ke atas ada 25 orang... kesemuanya bangsa cina (mungkin sbb dia ada duit nak pergi tusyen, beli buku.. ada internet nak buat rujukan).

pelajar melayu yang dapat 85 ke atas ada 7 orang (tapi semuanya bawah 95 markah). Mereka ini tetap qualify utk belajar medicine (sbb markah 95 ke atas).

Oleh itu, meritocracy tidak adil. Ini bukan fairness. Meritocracy begini sebenarnya racist kerana yang dapa semuanya cina(perkauman).

Dalam kajian pun, yang dapat markah tertinggi selalunya cina. Dengan kos yang terhad dalam biasiswa, dengan adanya sistem meritocracy untuk berlaku adil kepada cina, berlaku pula ketidak adilan kepada Melayu).

Ini yg dimaksudkan... yang pergi melalut sampai cerita pasal bangsa malaysia ni pulak apahal tuan lawyer?????

Meritocracy is racist if done in this way. That is why the NEP was created untuk memberi peluang kepada pelajar melayu yang qualify, utk melanjutkan pelajaran.

macam sedara mara you jugak dulu.

Bukan sahaja dalam pelajaran. Cuba tengok dalam bidang perniagaan. Kalau kontraktor diberi berdasarkan merit... sampai sekarang lah melayu mcm ko tak boleh cari makan.

Kenapa? Sebab cina guna konsep meritocracy (racism veiled under the cloak of "best of the best" concept).

Macam ni, keturunan ko nanti, memang jadi cacing kepanasan. Kais pagi makan pagi nanti. Kalau bukan anak ko, cucu ko plak.

Ini lah dia Melayu tak sedar diri. Minum banyak sangat beer kot.


Salam....

Anonymous said...

Hallo tuan lawyer??? KENAPA TAK APPROVE KOMEN SAYA????

saya rasa tuan lawyer tak faham apa Tun nak cakap.

meritocracy ikut definasi para rasis seperti tuan dan lim kit siang, bermaksud, bagi benefits pada hanya yang terbaik.

Maksud yang saya faham ye, dengar sini baik baik iya.. contoh kita ambil biasiswa...

kalau student nak belajar medicine luar negara...

mereka perlu qualify markah 85 ke atas (contoh ye).

dalam seratus org student, ada 50 yang dapat markah 85 ke atas.

Biasiswa pula cuma ada 20 tempat (kos tinggi utk bagi 50 biasiswa).

Tapi yang dapat markah 96 ke atas ada 25 orang... kesemuanya bangsa cina (mungkin sbb dia ada duit nak pergi tusyen, beli buku.. ada internet nak buat rujukan).

pelajar melayu yang dapat 85 ke atas ada 7 orang (tapi semuanya bawah 95 markah). Mereka ini tetap qualify utk belajar medicine (sbb markah 95 ke atas).

Oleh itu, meritocracy tidak adil. Ini bukan fairness. Meritocracy begini sebenarnya racist kerana yang dapa semuanya cina(perkauman).

Dalam kajian pun, yang dapat markah tertinggi selalunya cina. Dengan kos yang terhad dalam biasiswa, dengan adanya sistem meritocracy untuk berlaku adil kepada cina, berlaku pula ketidak adilan kepada Melayu).

Ini yg dimaksudkan... yang pergi melalut sampai cerita pasal bangsa malaysia ni pulak apahal tuan lawyer?????

Meritocracy is racist if done in this way. That is why the NEP was created untuk memberi peluang kepada pelajar melayu yang qualify, utk melanjutkan pelajaran.

macam sedara mara you jugak dulu.

Bukan sahaja dalam pelajaran. Cuba tengok dalam bidang perniagaan. Kalau kontraktor diberi berdasarkan merit... sampai sekarang lah melayu mcm ko tak boleh cari makan.

Kenapa? Sebab cina guna konsep meritocracy (racism veiled under the cloak of "best of the best" concept).

Macam ni, keturunan ko nanti, memang jadi cacing kepanasan. Kais pagi makan pagi nanti. Kalau bukan anak ko, cucu ko plak.

Ini lah dia Melayu tak sedar diri. Minum banyak sangat beer kot.


Salam....

Anonymous said...

Art,

The old senile Tun mudah lupa so he has totally forgotten what he said previously. When a person become senile, he often could not tell the difference between meritocracy and mediocrity. You have left out the tenth challenge for a united malaysia which is to see him drop dead soonest to spare us his nonsensical comments.

aku pun melayu said...

knp melayu masih nak duk bawah ketiak? nape malas nak usaha sendiri? nape masih ngaku melayu lemah?

Anonymous said...

Dear Art,

Tun had 22 years to help the malays. He could not. Infact he made the malays more dependent on the government. He is a sad and broken man. He is frustrated now. This explains his current behavior. To add salt to the wound nobody is listening to him now. There are nobodies who dare to tell him he is wrong. This is a big dent on his very big ego. He would be better off if he keeps quite and enjoy the bonus that God has given him.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous@ 25 August 2010 15:03,

Hey kawan, thousand apology for answering u in England. Sebab, Bahasa saya tak lagu. Kena distinction tapi kalau bagai dekat sini, nandi orang cakap rasis juga – jika ikut explanasi kau!

1st – when did u become the think tank of mamak? R u sure what u’ve wriiten is what he meant? What happened when his explanation comes out differs from yrs. Maru sahja?

Never mind, that’s between u & the mamak. Let talk what u've spell.

Scholarship.

What’s the definition of scholarship? According to u, it’s look very much like yr father’s heirloom. Scholarship by definition should go to the top achievers, PERIOD. If there is no Malay top scholar, so be it. After all there r many other schemes that the deserving malays r getting help. Heard of Mara?

Why the Chinese M’sians consistently come up ace academically? Mostly it’s bcoz the family invest WHOLE_HEARTEDLY into the education of the children, despite the poor economic standing. Can the same be said about the Malay M’sians?

And PLEASE don’t give the crap of poor social environment for bad academic result from the Malays. Poor social environment is NOT the EXCLUSIVE RIGHT of the Malays. There r Others face the same too. If they can do well under the same set of environmental settings, r u telling me that the Malays r genetically programmed to be second best? Go & tell that to all the Perkasa gang clearly & directly. Oh, better still go & tell ART in his face & get yr face redecorated instantly for free!

‘Dalam kajian pun, yang dapat markah tertinggi selalunya cina. Dengan kos yang terhad dalam biasiswa, dengan adanya sistem meritocracy untuk berlaku adil kepada cina, berlaku pula ketidak adilan kepada Melayu).’

So u r telling the Malay M’sians that they r NO good enough for the top grade & only the Chinese M’sians have the sole monopoly for those top grades. What a put down via negativism. Pariah!

Hey I’ve VERY strong suspision that u r that apocrylist. I smell apocrylist here! This must be another deminegara choirboy setup.

Anonymous said...

"Tapi yang dapat markah 96 ke atas ada 25 orang... kesemuanya bangsa cina (mungkin sbb dia ada duit nak pergi tusyen, beli buku.. ada internet nak buat rujukan).

pelajar melayu yang dapat 85 ke atas ada 7 orang (tapi semuanya bawah 95 markah). Mereka ini tetap qualify utk belajar medicine (sbb markah 95 ke atas)."

Why can't you be the best? To be the best is the state of mind, not books or tuition or Internet. Thomas Edition has 2 years of formal education, Henry Ford has little education, Uncle Lim of Genting has no education, all can achieve height and success in their life, not because they are rich, but because of "can do" attitude. Most Chinese is not from rich family. "Can Do" attitude is the only valuable things given to them. Have trust in yourself and Allah will grant your strength to excel.

Anonymous said...

Dear Art

I think orang tua ni bukannye lupa, tapi NYANYUK! Elokle tu... nampaknye tak lama lagi kojolle tu...

Hoi! Anon 15.03

Dari komen yg lu bagi, nampak sgt bengap tu. Bak kata RPK, "Bodoh sombong". Kenapa tak tanya diri sendiri kenapa bangsa Cina yang selalu dapat markah tertinggi?? Tak guna kalau jadi "jaguh kampung" saja, itu semua menipu diri sendiri. Nanti kata bodoh lagi, bengang pulak. Hmm.....mmg sah bodoh sombong!!


Mei

Anonymous said...

Art, thanks for this well written piece, you give much hope to many
Msians stuck in this country.
If only......but then, UMNO has always been allergic to good people like you as they keep drawing scums into their lair.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous@ 25 August 2010 15:03,

Think about this if you could: Did the top 25 get the scholarships because their marks were the highest and they HAPPENED to be Chinese? Or did they get the scholarships BECAUSE they were Chinese?

The first scenario's meritocracy and the second one's racism in case you can't figure it out.

If indeed the Malays did so well and they were just slightly behind in terms of marks (as in your scenario) then perhaps it's very unfortunate bordering on unfair.

But here's the TRUTH- while there are brilliant Malay students who deserved their scholarships, many don't. How do I know this? Well when I was in College 4 years ago, there were Malay JPA scholars in my class- who got only 5As, 2B, 3Cs and still qualified to do MEDICINE!! Try explaining to me how this is not racism when the gulf in grades is so great between such "scholars" and those who failed to get the scholarships.


And you said
"Tapi yang dapat markah 96 ke atas ada 25 orang... kesemuanya bangsa cina (mungkin sbb dia ada duit nak pergi tusyen, beli buku.. ada internet nak buat rujukan)."

Have you heard of POOR CHINESE? Who's the racist here? I'll tell you a true story. My good friend in school lived in a village, his father's a poor farmer. Every day he takes ONE HOUR to get to school, and it's a Sekolah Kebangsaan. Does is sound like a typical "poor Malay" you were insinuating? Sorry, he's a CHINESE!

Just as there are poor Malays and rich Chinese, equally there are poor Chinese and rich Malays!

Your logical fallacies and general ignorance amaze me.

Anonymous said...

Anon @15.03 and 15.04,

Your comments have provided proof that malays cannot compete and will always require crutches. I can understand the concept of requiring special crutches in the business field but you also want crutches in the education field? From your rationale, if there are no malays qualified to study medicine, you will still give the scholarships to malays to study medicine just because malays deserved to have the scholarship by virtue of their race? Not that you think I am a racist but I would not trust my life to any "doctor" (be it malay, chinese or indian) who got his/her medical degree through a special "crutches" scholarship program designed on race basis.

I suggest you get your head checked by one of these "doctors" who got their degree through the "crutches" scholarship before you choke us with your nonsense.

Anonymous said...

So Anonymous has chosen to re-define meritocracy to fit into his scenario.Isn't that the same thought process about Ketuanan Malayu, Ketuanan Islam and the Federal Constitution that has so disrupted the peace and harmony of this country.

mykantree

Anonymous said...

oleh itu, untuk masuk universiti pelu sekurang kurangnya markah 85 ke atas.

jadi kalau ada Melayu yang dapat markah 86, dia boleh masuk universiti tapi tak dapat kerana tak diberi biasiswa. Nak bayar universiti mahal pulak.

Yang dapat masuk ialah cina yang markah 95 ke atas sebab guna konsep meritokrasi.

Realitinya, memang susah nak compete dengan cina sebab dari mula lagi bukan level playing field. Bapak student melayu ni nak niaga pun tak boleh sebab supply chain di kontrol oleh cina.

Oleh kerana cina yang dapat biasiswa, dia berpeluang lebih untuk menaiktarafkan diri dia. Melayu yang qualified, tapi markah kurang sikit, tak dpt biasiswa sebab ramai lagi cina atas dia yang nak biasiswa tu.

And the cycle continues.

Makin lama, the gap makin besar.. student yang tak berpeluang masuk universiti tu, meneruskan hidup dengan tidak menjadi doktor.

Anak dia pun makin bodoh sebab tak dapat didikan yang sempurna.

Meritokrasi perpetuates survival of the fittest. IF the ones that survive are only chinese, then meritocracy IS racism.

Buka minda please.

Long time ago, Fascism was the toast of the western world. When Mussolini became corrupt, fascism was degraded into a pariah concept.

Tak semestinya konsep yang diperkenalkan itu 100% bagus. Kalau ianya tak memberi keadilan kepada semua orang, ianya merupakan sesuatu yang amat malang sekali.

Wisdom comes from having multiple level of views and the ability to stop and think about other people's opinions. To completely dismiss and lambast another person's view just to champion your misplaced and erroneous cause makes you a despot.

Akhir sekali, malang sungguh tiada siapa yang boleh berbahasa Malaysia di sini. Untuk berbahasa Malaysia pun dikatakan perkauman juga? Aneh sekali.

Berbangga la sikit dengan bahasa negara ini.

Anonymous said...

Who gave all of you the authority to define what meritocracy is?

The commentator above gave the side effects of meritocracy. He did not define it.

Abdul Rahman Chan said...

Tun Dr. Ismail was initially against the NEP when the idea was mooted until a time frame of 20 years was agreed to. He simply do not want the malays to posses the "crutches" mentality but to strive on their own merit, like he and scores of other respectable malays does during his time. unfortunately, his fear has become a reality yet there still malays who fail to see the quicksand which they are trapped in but sees the handicap as their birth right.

Anonymous said...

This is for you, Art....

"We LUV you"

Please send this article to Ibrahim Ali, Tun, PM, DPM and Rais Yatim, plus translate it to Bahasa Malaysia to cast the net wider.

I know Marina Mahathir visits your blog.

How to disseminate this article to the kampung2? Need other readers' help here.

Siebel

Anonymous said...

I study hard and burned through my hair/braincell and got 95.

You study sambil lewa and got 75.

You enter uni becos of "unracist" policy and I am left out to cut uni grass.

"That is adil and saksama?"

The course is critical one. Medicine. If we dont choose the best. We choose complacency. What will become of medical field?

Deaths on the operating table.

Then Singapore/Japan come offer me a scholarship, not just a place. I jump at it and stayed there. (Even my son will be more valued here in this foreign country)

Later, Someone from Kelantan need a medical treatment. They rather choose Singapore/japan.

why?

Then we ask why we trapped in middle income? Then we ask why new stadium collapse? Then we ask why we lose the island off johor coast to singapore?

Anonymous said...

TDM,just wanna instill the "takut" syndrome to the malays in order to make them highly dependent on the "crutches" manufactured by UMNO and to ensure they stay in power and his ill gotten wealth are protected.Come on,malays are equally good as other races....otherwise there would be no excellent malay cardiologists,gynecologists, dentists,engineers,scientists,etc who filled up IJN and private hospitals ,etc.Yes,they were scholars but they proved they deserved....that's meritocracy.But there is also truth that there were undeserving students during TDM's tenure as PM who got their scholarships even though they have rich papas.TDM's two sons were living proof.The JPA's families are also those who enjoy the benefits even though there are others who deserved.
Believe me there is nothing to be scared .....just to work harder in order to be competitive and isn't this what the almighty command us to do. I think TDM doubts that our livelihood comes from God not from a particular person,party or policy,period.TDM should just retire and do some spiritual soul searching.....amen.

Anonymous said...

Kepada Anonymous @ 25 August 2010 15:04

Sedarkah apa yang anda komen? Mentaliti macam inilah isu perkauman takkan selesai sampai hari kiamat.

Pelajar cina, pelajar melayu, pelajar india. Bukankah semuanya anak Malaysia?

*dengan adanya sistem meritocracy untuk berlaku adil kepada cina, berlaku pula ketidak adilan kepada Melayu*

Bukankah semuanya anak Malaysia?

Apa salahnya kalau biasiswa diberi untuk anak Malaysia yg best of the best? Kalau yg best of the best tu kaum india, bagilah. Kalau yg best of the best tu kaum cina, bagilah. Kalau kaum melayu, bagilah.

Bukankah semuanya anak Malaysia?

Kalau biasiswa dibagi jugak kepada mereka yg tak layak, tak nak belajar, tak nak memajukan diri manakala mereka yg layak, yg gigih belajar, yg penuh semangat memajukan diri tak diberi peluang, disebabkan kulit. Dalam konteks ini bukankah ianya diskriminasi?

Tolong jangan salah faham. Ada banyak melayu yg gigih belajar dan memajukan diri. Cina juga banyak. Begitu juga India, Kadazan, Penan, Murut, Dayak, Melanau dsb.

Semuanya anak Malaysia tetapi kenapa kaum Melayu saja yang kena dijaga? Sedarkah anda fikiran seperti andalah yang menjahanamkan negara?

Semuanya anak Malaysia, kalau diberi peluang yang adil, kian hari kalau dia maju pun sumbangannya balik kepada negara, bukannya kepada China atau India.

Tapi kalau tiap2 hari mereka dipanggil balik India, balik China, mereka hanya penumpang di Malaysia, apakah mereka ni akan ada semangat cinta negara Malaysia?

Fikirlah sejenak.

Kenapa biasiswa cuma ada 20 tempat? Kenapa tak boleh 50 tempat, ataupun 100, ataupun biasiswa tanpa had kepada sesiapa jua yang layak?

Pikirlah sejenak.

Mereka yg mentadbir negara kata terlalu mahal untuk biasiswa tetapi secara persendirian boleh bina istana, banglo mewah, kereta ferrari. Lihatlah berlambak2 kereta mewah kat Legend Hotel masa perhimpunan UMNO.

Apakah gaji mereka sebagai menteri begitu lumayan sampai boleh tinggal di istana mewah & memandu kereta bernilai ratusan ribu?

Dimanakah harta Petronas yg ratusan bilion tu hilang? Biasiswa seorang pelajar tak sampai RM500k seorang. Kalau nak kira RM500k pun 1 bilion dah boleh membiayai 2 RIBU biasiswa!

Fikirlah sebelum menuduh perkauman.

Dalam bidang perniagaan kenalah faham iyanya tiada belas kasihan. Survival of the fittest. Its all about profit, not charity. Tolong jangan diperdaya oleh kelas BTN yang kononnya peniaga cina hanya sokong peniaga cina dan bersubahat tidak memberi peluang untuk peniaga melayu maju.

Tidak sama sekali!

Semuanya pasal keuntungan, bukan pasal perkauman! Contoh yg paling senang:

Ah Huat membuka bengkel kereta. Dia nak membeli spare part kereta. Ah Chong menjual spare part tu dengan harga RM100, manakala Muthu menjual spare part yang sama dengan harga RM95.

Dalam konteks 'perniagaan untuk keuntungan' siapakah Ah Huat akan membeli spare part tu daripada?

NEP sepatutnya memberi peluang untuk semua rakyat Malaysia yang miskin, tapi sedih sekali ianya telah dijadikan sebagai alat perkauman. Hallo brader, bukan semua melayu yg miskin la. Juga bukan semua cina & india tokeh balak la. Banyak juga kaum cina & india yg 'merana dibumi bertuah ini', kais pagi makan pagi, kais petang makan petang...

Masuk akal ke kalau melayu dah kaya raya nak beli rumah mewah harga melebihi RM500k pun kena bagi diskaun tetapi mamat india yg merana di estet nak beli rumah flat pun takde diskaun?

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@Anonymous 25 August 2010 17:46

Adakah kalau tidak menggunakan bahasa Melayu maka pandangan mereka tidak penting? Bukankah inti pandangan mereka yang patut diambil kira dan bukannya bahasa yang digunakan? Sekiranya pandangan yang diberi wajar dan boleh difahami, apa salahnya dua bahasa digunakan? Janganlah terkeluar topik- isu yang dibincangkan adalah meritokrasi and perkauman, bukan bahasa kebangsaan.

Bagaimanapun, biarlah saya melayan anda dan menjawab dalam bahasa Melayu ya?

Anda mengambil jalan mudah dan membuat anggapan bahawa orang Cina semuanya lebih kaya daripada orang Melayu Mungkin ini agak benar kira-kira 40 tahun lalu semasa DEB dilancarkan, tetapi hari ini ramai orang Melayu tidak miskin lagi. Ramai juga pelajar Melayu yang menghadiri tuisyen dan membeli buku-buku rujukan. Jika tak percaya, lawatlah sendiri pusat-pusat tuisyen tak kira di bandar besar atau pekan kecil. Ingin saya tanya saudara/saudari, bagaimana dengan sekolah berasrama penuh, sekolah menengah sains, institut MARA, yang semuanya samaada 100% Melayu atau majoriti Melayu? Kemudahan-kemudahan untuk pembelajaran di institusi-institusi di atas sememangnya jauh lebih baik berbanding sekolah-sekolah biasa. Bahkan saya berpendapat pelajar-pelajar Melayu di situ mempunyai kelebihan dalam pelajaran berbanding pelajar-pelajar Cina di sekolah kebangsaan atau sekolah Cina. Jika ada kelebihan begini, takkan masih ketinggalan?

Pada masa yang sama juga ada ramai orang Cina yang miskin atau sekurang-kurangnya langsung tidak kaya. Bagaimana dengan mereka? Sekiranya mereka tidak mendapat biasiswa manakala pelajar Melayu yang kaya (umpamanya anak orang korporat) mendapat biasiswa, adakah anda menganggap ini perkauman atau meritokrasi?

Seterusnya, anda membuat andaian bahawa semua pelajar yang mendapat markah tertinggi adalah pelajar Cina. Mengapa tidak ada pelajar Melayu yang lebih cemerlang berbanding pelajar Cina dalam senario anda? Pada pandangan saya tanggapan ini amatlah salah dan sememangnya menyinggung pelajar-pelajar Melayu yang berkebolehan, bahkan saya kenal pelajar Melayu yang lebih berkebolehan berbanding pelajar Cina.

Andaian ketiga yang silap berkaitan dengan pelajar Melayu tidak dapat biasiswa maka tidak boleh bersaing dalam generasi-generasi berikutnya. Di mana ada kemahuan di situ ada jalan. Sekiranya pelajar itu sememangnya cemerlang, masakan beliau akan hidup papa kedana semata-mata kerana tidak mendapat biasiswa untuk perubatan? Kita masih ada universiti-universiti tempatan. Banyak juga universiti luar negara yang memberi biasiswa tanpa mengira warna kulit (mengikut definasi anda, universiti-universiti begini juga bersifat perkauman ya?)

Akhir sekali, anda berkata
"To completely dismiss and lambast another person's view just to champion your misplaced and erroneous cause makes you a despot."

Bukankah anda sendiri sedang berbuat demikian? Anda juga menentang pandangan Art dan pihak-pihak lain yang memberi pandangan di sini. Siapa makan cili, dialah terasa pedas. Renung-renungkan lah.


** Saya anak Malaysia keturunan Cina tetapi saya belajar di Sekolah Kebangsaan dan langsung tidak fasih dalam bahasa Cina.**

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bennyloh said...

THE BARKING BIRD

Anonymous said...

Strange... blogger reported error file too big on my earlier comments but it all appears here.

Dear admin, pls delete the extra comments off. Thanks ya

Daniel

bennyloh said...

FULLY DEVELOPED BY 2020

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Anonymous said...

Comments from 25 August 2010 21:11 until 25 August 2010 21:20

This is so sad. Malaysians fighting against Malaysians. Racism can be 2 pronged as shown by these racist postings against fellow Malaysians who are malay/muslim.

If I may say, please be aware and show some respect to the owner of this blog. If we Malaysians cant be civilised with each other, who else? The Germans?

Daniel

KS Cheah said...

Bravo!!!

wanti said...

Just because this anonymous fellow is a moron and has resigned to mediocrity, it is not necessary that all other Malays feel and think like him. He obviously is a slob who loathes hard work and sacrifice, but instead, expects all that he yearns for to be delivered to him gift wrapped, without having to sweat and toil for it.

Do you know the struggle most parents go through just to ensure that their children have a chance in life. And, what worse tyranny can there be, when the likes of you keep screaming about your rights and your misplaced contention that the Chinese - surprisingly, there was no mention of Indians and other non-Muslim citizens - are endowed with somewhat superior genes compared to yours, and use this damning excuse to deny others a chance to a decent future. Shame on you! Are you suggesting that, like UMNO, God himself plays favorites.

Let's be real about this. And, stop your childish pranks and slants against those other God-fearing Malays who refuse to be associated with your form of racism. If only your types could reflect upon your conduct and attitudes, and see then errors of your ways, this land that we call home, will be a far better and less stressful place to live in.

Do you realize how difficult life has become for the non-Muslims in this country, on account of the constant barrage of racist remarks and threats that are issued by mindless idiots such as you. I know that you would probably say : “if you don’t like it here, leave”. As offensive and distasteful as remarks of this sort are, do you realize that the very fact that you are tempted to make them in itself shows the damage UMNO has inflicted upon our society through their caustic racist propaganda and scare-mongering.

I am not going to say, as annoyed as I am, that you are a sad excuse for a human being. I have always held firmly the belief that all of us are after all God’s creation and, what ever form or inclination you may have towards your fellow men and towards life as a whole, is a matter of individual choice, influenced to a significant extent by the environment in which we are raised. Your attitudes are obviously shaped by the disgraceful and almost criminal exploitation of the race issue by UMNO to frighten the Malays into believing that they are the only party who could deliver you from the ever-present threats posed by the Chinese. I, therefore, cannot credit you with any measure of independence of thought or the courage and audacity to be different. You are, in my reckoning, a common phenomena, conceived and nurtured by the constant brain-warping racist rhetoric of UMNO.

And, what takes the icing off the cake, is your insistence that your comments are posted by Art. Did you ever consider the possibility that Art may have discarded your posting for fear that, being as void of maturity and substance, he was, perhaps, too embarrassed to expose how Malays of your type think. I say your type, since I am sure that you are not alone in your pitiful understanding of the human condition and concepts of decency, dignity, pride and honor. Or, maybe, appearing that your command of the language, as you yourself admitted, is inadequate, you could approach MM, the DPM and your friends in Perkasa, MPM and Utusan, among others, to explain them to you.

Get real and teach your children well lest they become spineless leaches like you - someone who feels no shame whatsoever in linking his own personal inadequacies to the supposed inferiority of his race.

Anonymous said...

"Get real and teach your children well lest they become spineless leaches like you - someone who feels no shame whatsoever in linking his own personal inadequacies to the supposed inferiority of his race."

25 August 2010 22:42
Awesomely said!
Ayu Melayu

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

Satu lagi perspektif - Meskipun semua scholarship dibagi kepada pelajar cina, biarkanlah. Bukankah kebanyakan tax payer money dibayar oleh mereka.

aravind said...

I dont usually comment but today I must....bcos yours is a masterpiece. I am happy and proud that there are those like you who dont operate along racial lines. I am now really sick and tired of all the crap that I read in the papers day in day out.....and its always about race. I am beginning to wonder whether our politicians are saying such things because they want to score points or is it because they are naturally stupid!

flyer168 said...

Art,

Another beautiful "Master Piece" to remind Madey...Bravo to you Art.

Dato' Zaid has presented the true picture of the "NEEDS" of the New Breed of Malays vs Madey's Ketuanan UMNO "Mediocracy Syndrome"...

He has forgotten that he was the 4th PeeM of 22 years reign, who initiated the "Ketuanan Mediocracy Syndrome" in the first place!

UMNO, in "Championing its Malay population should have "TAUGHT" its members & the Malay Population How to "Make their own Fishing Rod & how to Fish" so as to be "Self Reliant" and be at "Par" with the Chinese, Indians, etc within the "Given Time-Frame" as "Intended" in the Constitution.

Sadly after 53 years since Independence and after the Betrayal of Tengku in 1969, "UMNO & its Political Leaders have "Failed" to "Honour its Pledge" for the Malays, the other Races & the nation...

Inspite of the other races having "Graciously conceded" to continue to extend "That so called Priviledge" well BEYOND the Time-frame!

UMNO Leaders are now using their "Provocating Tactics of "Ketuanan, Kedaulatan & its Religious Intimidations, excuses, etc, etc, etc" Jaguh Kampung Charades in 2010...

The Ingredients of "Stoking the Fire" towards "Chaos" which every citizen knows by now, just what the "Political Agenda/Trap" is...

Another Police State of Bankrupt Gutter Politics & The Law of the Jungle!

Harapkan Pagar...Pagar Makan Padi!

Pemimpin Melayu UMNO tak tau MALU ke...

Sudah "Menyamun Hak Negara & Hak Rayaat" selama 53 tahun, MASIH lagi nak "Ngendeng Hak Orang Lain"

They are an "Insult" to Islam, the other Malays, Chinese, Indians, etc & the Nation...Pariah Beggars!

When in the first place, they should have been the "Role Model" of Honour, Distinction & Integrity!

Madey & his UMNO aligned Malay Bumi Elites, the Super Bumis, etc, etc, etc...with their never ending plundering to Bankrtupt the Nation at our expense!

Madey badly needs that Perkosa Power Base to be heard & to be able to execute his End Game Plan to equal his Mentor Peem Razak's children...

So he needs to continually put his twenty cents worth to get his share of Limelight...sensible or otherwise!

You be the judge.

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Just to jump in to clarify this somewhat muddy, albeit interesting, debate (and to act as self-appointed moderator):
1. Tun’s article, or at least my understanding of it, basically talks about the arguments against the NEP, commonly branded as meritocracy.
2. He implies that as the NEP seeks to rectify racial imbalances, detractors or “meritocracists“ seek to maintain the status quo where a particular ethnic group is in a better economic position than the others.
3. He then poses the question if these are not just two sides of the same coin.
Based on the above interpretation, Art Harun’s comments on Nicol David, Spain’s World Cup win etc is somewhat off the mark.
Anonymous 15:03 supports the NEP because he argues that without interventionist policies, the economic gap between the races will widen.
Responses to Anonymous seem to contend that
1. The NEP has required too much sacrifices from others, for example most Chinese have to pay for their higher education while many Malays do not.
2. Interventionist policies such as the NEP are not required or should not be implemented, because:
a. the gap will close on its own without intervention, or
b. the gap does not matter and is not a problem, or
c. the gap will never close no matter what is done, or
d. the gap does not exist, there are poor people of all races, or
e. the gap does not matter since everyone is Malaysian, or
f. by assisting the poor of all races, the gap will also disappear, or
g. intervention is unfair, the gap has been fairly earned, or
h. interventionist policies will never work and will only enrich a select few.
For perspective, the NEP was formulated to address the following economic gap:
1. Post independence, Malay share of the country’s wealth circa 1960 was less than 1 %, and the Chinese share was (if I recall correctly around 30%);
2. If the NEP target of 30% (or approximately 1/3rd) was achieved, then the average wealth of the Malays who make up 2/3rd’s of the population, would be 1/4 of the average wealth of the remaining 1/3rd of the population.
3. Actual achievement today has been put at 19% (or approximately 1/5tj) for the Malays. This means that the Malay 2/3rd’s have an average wealth at 1/8th of the average of the remaining population.
In this light, please do continue the debate. Hopefully everyone refrains from personal attacks. They are neither productive nor relevant to the discussion. I am curious to know if most Malaysians are aware of or believe that a significant economic gap exists, and whether they view it as a problem, and if so, what they think should be done about it. Also, if a similar gap exists between Indians and the others, would the other races support corrective interventionist measures for the Indians?

Anonymous said...

Just to jump in to clarify this somewhat muddy, albeit interesting, debate (and to act as self-appointed moderator):
1. Tun’s article, or at least my understanding of it, basically talks about the arguments against the NEP, commonly branded as meritocracy.
2. He implies that as the NEP seeks to rectify racial imbalances, detractors or “meritocracists“ seek to maintain the status quo where a particular ethnic group is in a better economic position than the others.
3. He then poses the question if these are not just two sides of the same coin.
Based on the above interpretation, Art Harun’s comments on Nicol David, Spain’s World Cup win etc is somewhat off the mark.
Anonymous 15:03 supports the NEP because he argues that without interventionist policies, the economic gap between the races will widen.
Responses to Anonymous seem to contend that
1. The NEP has required too much sacrifices from others, for example most Chinese have to pay for their higher education while many Malays do not.
2. Interventionist policies such as the NEP are not required or should not be implemented, because the gap will close on its own without intervention, or the gap does not matter and is not a problem, or the gap will never close no matter what is done, etc.

For perspective, the NEP was formulated to address the following economic gap:
1. Post independence, Malay share of the country’s wealth circa 1960 was less than 1 %, and the Chinese share was (if I recall correctly around 30%);
2. If the NEP target of 30% (or approximately 1/3rd) was achieved, then the average wealth of the Malays who make up 2/3rd’s of the population, would be 1/4 of the average wealth of the remaining 1/3rd of the population.
3. Actual achievement today has been put at 19% (or approximately 1/5tj) for the Malays. This means that the Malay 2/3rd’s have an average wealth at 1/8th of the average of the remaining population.
In this light, please do continue the debate. Hopefully everyone refrains from personal attacks. They are neither productive nor relevant to the discussion. I am curious to know if most Malaysians are aware of or believe that a significant economic gap exists, and whether they view it as a problem, and if so, what they think should be done about it. Also, if a similar gap exists between Indians and the others, would the other races support corrective interventionist measures for the Indians?

Anonymous said...

My grandfather came to Malaysia more than 50 years ago as a pedagang. My father left India and followed my grandpa to tanah melayu, he never left since.
Till today, everytime we have a family gathering, he never fails to remind us how thankful and grateful he is for able to live in malaysia. think from the malays perspective he says. they have been generous with their land and the opportunities here. never take what belongs to them and always give back to this land. i try to live by that principle.

Whn it comes to education, i agree it has to be equal. that is basic human rights.
though honestly i didnt had any problem securing myself a scholarship or getting into a boarding school even though im indian through and through.and no, i wasnt the best student either. and i believe theres a handful of indians and chinese multi millionaire in this country, perhaps more than the malays themselves.thy too i believe do not qualify as bumiputra. still..
my point is, perhaps instead of total meritocracy in all aspects,just focus on certain areas. dont touch land issue though,(houses more than 500k REALLY shouldn be given bumi quota), education opportunity needs to be based on merit. Economic opportunity as well.thts the only way to get the malays back on their feet. with all these 'special previleges',the government is actually crippling the malays.
we are all malaysians. support the 1malaysia concept.and be a bit grateful to our malay bumiputra for sharing this rich and blessed land with us. give back to this country.a true nationalist doesnt leave the country and confess the delight in tht.if tht so, then perhaps you are not suppose to be born here even.
just be grateful i suppose.

Anonymous said...

Just to jump in to clarify this somewhat muddy, albeit interesting, debate (and to act as self-appointed moderator):
1. Tun’s article, or at least my understanding of it, basically talks about the arguments against the NEP, commonly branded as meritocracy.
2. He implies that as the NEP seeks to rectify racial imbalances, detractors or “meritocracists“ seek to maintain the status quo where a particular ethnic group is in a better economic position than the others.
3. He then poses the question if these are not just two sides of the same coin.
Based on the above interpretation, Art Harun’s comments on Nicol David, Spain’s World Cup win etc is somewhat off the mark.
Anonymous 15:03 supports the NEP because he argues that without interventionist policies, the economic gap between the races will widen.
Responses to Anonymous seem to contend that the NEP has required too much sacrifices from others, for example most Chinese have to pay for their higher education while many Malays do not, and the gap will close on its own without intervention, or the gap does not matter and is not a problem, or the gap will never close no matter what is done, etc.
For perspective, the NEP was formulated to address the gap where Malay share of the country’s wealth circa 1960 was less than 1 %, and the Chinese share was around 30%. And as for food for thought, if the NEP target of 30% (or approximately 1/3rd) was achieved, then the average wealth of the Malays who make up 2/3rd’s of the population, would be 1/4 of the average wealth of the remaining 1/3rd of the population. Today Bumiputera share is at 19% (or approximately 1/5) for the Malays. This means that the Malay 2/3rd’s have an average wealth at 1/8th of the average of the remaining population.
In this light, please do continue the debate. Hopefully everyone refrains from personal attacks. They are neither productive nor relevant to the discussion. I am curious to know if most Malaysians are aware of or believe that a significant economic gap exists, and whether they view it as a problem, and if so, what they think should be done about it. Also, if a similar gap exists between Indians and the others, would the other races support corrective interventionist measures for the Indians?

art harun said...

Anonymous of 26 August 2010 09:24,

Thank you for taking the trouble to analyse all the comments and to post it here. I am most obliged.

IMHO, Tun wasn't talking about the NEP at all. He just attacks those who propose meritocracy - the meritocrats, as he call them - as racist.

My remark on Datuk Nicole David et al was made in that context.

Many misunderstands my articles. Not this one only but all the others too.

They think I am anti Malay and some even suggested that I am a paid DAP writer. Some belittle me for being a Chinese apologist.

But they fail to understand my articles. I don't think they even read my articles.

I am not anti affirmative action. Nor am I anti NEP. Affirmative action is necessary to equalise the various imbalances in our society. We have to be unequal to be equal, as a British MP said in the UK Parliament when our independence Act was being debated.

And frankly, i have not come across any opposition MP who is against affirmative action. No non-Malays have questioned the need for affirmative action too.

All this saying about non-malays challenging "rights" of Malays and questioning them and proposing absolute meritocracy - like what Tun says - are just made up by the likes of Tun and Ibrahim Ali. I have yet to hear or read those kind of thing from the opposition.

Ok. So one thing is established. I am not anti affirmative action or NEP. So what is my complaint exactly?

My complaint is the implementation. It is also about meritocracy within the NEP regime. Tun himself in his vision 2020 speech proposed a fair and equitable distribution and partnership.

The implementation must be reasonable. In fact article 153 also uses the word "reasonable" ie the quota must be given to the malays and natives of sabah and sarawak as the YDP Agong shall deem reasonable.

Now, go to uitm. Is it reasonable? How many Malay students there drive cars? How about Mara College which starts in form one. The Fed Consti only allows quota from after MCE. How? Is that reasonable?

And is there a study to show how the NEP has benefited the Malays in general? Has it managed to elevate the Malays or has it only managed to created 3 Malay billionaires while other Malays are still kais pagi makan pagi? Is the spread even?

And what about the poor Chinese and Indians and others? Not all Chinese are rich. Same with the Indians and others. By the same token, not all Malays are poor.

Now. When was NEP introduced? 1970. How come it failed? The government must study this. Where is the failure? Wht causes the failure? What are the solutions so that we do not make the same mistake again? Where are all these?

When I question, I am branded this and that. But do we all know what we are dealing with in the first place?

I don't deal with all these in this articles. This articles is just to take issue with ONE aspect of Tun's statement, namely, meritocracy and those whom he calls meritocrats are racist.

That was warped.

Again. Thanks for taking the trouble.

I have deleted at least 3 comments from the non-Malays in this articles as they are offensive. Racism is a disease on both side of the fence I must say.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous@26 August 2010 09:21,

I know what’s yr true intention – using twisted arguments based on facts!

BTW, why didnt u used yr usual nom de plum of that sleepyhead? Afraid that people will know that u r a choirboy (girl) of deminegara?

‘1. Post independence, Malay share of the country’s wealth circa 1960 was less than 1 %, and the Chinese share was (if I recall correctly around 30%);
2. If the NEP target of 30% (or approximately 1/3rd) was achieved, then the average wealth of the Malays who make up 2/3rd’s of the population, would be 1/4 of the average wealth of the remaining 1/3rd of the population.
3. Actual achievement today has been put at 19% (or approximately 1/5tj) for the Malays. This means that the Malay 2/3rd’s have an average wealth at 1/8th of the average of the remaining population.’

Let me just put u back into the proper context.

What happened to the RM52B that went missing after the implementation of NEP.

Why couldnt the NEP achieve its aim after 40+ yrs of on-going & explosive pushes?

Many said that it’s the mis-management of the policy! I say it’s the people, PERIOD.

Policy is man-made & human managed. It’s WORDS that wouldnt move by itself. Its all HUMAN-CENTRIC & REQUIRE human power to move.

Wake-up from yr continuing slumber?

That senile Mamak used to say that as a doctor, the 1st order of action to treat a bad wound is to remove the death tissues. So has he done anything to what he preached? Instead, the death tissues turned into gangrene as of now.

How to bridge that economic gap exists?

Continue a policy that’s known to be none effective or should a new one be crafted?

I say don’t flog a death horse, & get into a new car (not proton BTW) & set for a new direction!

The first step is to change the current govt of the day, PERIOD. Iff then we can see something new (goods?) coming out of M’sia!

Its time to face the unknown angel than dealing with a known satan.

Leithaisor said...

Saudara Art,

Whatever the legions of Mahathir-haters may hurl at him, perhaps the statement I heard at one discussion between a few fellas a while back sums it up Mathair's mental capability best:

"Dr M is not nyanyuk. Far from it. Even though
he is over 80, he is still smarter and sharper than
the two of us combined."

So in the context of your posting, I would venture to say that even allowing for any effects of hypoglycemia, Dr M is still smarter and sharper than me and another typical fellow commentor combined.

He has always been by far one of the Malaysian leaders who had a better intellectual capacity and leadership qualities than the vast majority of the rest of Malaysians. Even today, at 85 he still far outstrips anyone in government in my opinion. Nay, far outstrips TWO of those in government combined.

I would even hazard a statement that despite the "Melayu mudah lupa" malady which sometimes afflicts even Mahathir himself (in court no less!), his memory is still much better than those far younger than him.

So he is fully cognizant of anything he says now. Every statement is as thought-out and calculated as before.

So why his apparent abandonment of the core points of his Vision 2020 speech?

Why does he seem to be working against an innovative and forward-looking nation at peace with itself, one harmonious and caring 'Bangsa Malaysia', an economically just and psychologically liberated society?

I don't know.

But there is a lot of truth in the saying that one judges a tree by the fruits it bears.

So perhaps the Bintang Pribumi Perkasa No.1 is testifying to us just what he truly is by his fruits.

Anonymous said...

The old fox is worry that after next GE , the next government will dig out all the skeletons from his closet.
He is trying his best to fan racial sentiment to prevent being prosecuted for his many misdeeds during his reign.

I bet that if there is a change of government , he will immediately fled to Kerala India to seek asylum.
He will plea to the Indian government that his father was an Indian thus he is an Indian and being persecuted by the Malay in Malaysia !

Tiger said...

I think Mahathir should stop smoking the crack!
It's a stupid comment like when he said,"If Americans can do a movie like Avatar, they must have faked September 11".
Geez, what is he smoking man?

psc said...

art,
well written.
dr.m muda lupa.

Anonymous said...

making Datuk Nicol David as an example and comparing it with politics. Absolute rubbish.

Bangsa Malaysia? Dude, read the papers, watch the Tv and read other blogs as well. Reading your own blog would make you a syok sendiri peep. Judging the way MCA and DAP making statements about 'fairness' to the Chinese community, it is clear that these political parties are competing with each other in giving a perception towards the chinese people of how much more money they can rake in for their people.


This one nation concept would never work, just look at Indonesia. So obsessed with their one nation thing, and what happened to the muslim community there? Muslims and Christians marry without any question about the religion. In UK, US...are they really practice this kind of thing? The african-american and african-british are still being racially abused until today. dont just judge from the papers to seek the truth dude, live there and you would know what I am talkin about

I know you like raja petra very much, but believe me, for all his talk cock about getting all races to unite in every single thing; if his maniac concept of 'free for all' fails, he will be the first person to run away from the country. I've never seen a so called hero run away from the country, so maybe he's trying to live up to the Malaysia Boleh thingy.

Anonymous said...

Well said anon 22:44!
Couldn't agree more.
Disgusting to see people that voice out so much about equality claiming they pay more tax but in truth all they care abt is gaining more access to wealth and dont give a care abt national unity nor helping the country if they dont get anything in return.

Art and his likes have good intention. To see a better Malaysia where all races live in harmony and struggle together for their own betterment without any special privileges overcoming honest work.
But Art Sir, with all due respect, please take a look around you. Theres always two side of coins.

I witnessed so much of anger and hate towards Malays and Malaysia as a whole that im scared to think what will happen if one day the gov decides to make everything equal. And this happens in school sir. I saw how the teachers of a sek. persendirian mark a big X on 1Malaysia banner. The school kids are not allowed to speak in Malay on Hari Bahasa day. They bring in speakers to plant and ignite racism towards Malays in this country, saying they are being oppressed. Are they? I saw all that, and as adult it struck fear in my heart.
Its good to be open about things and pave a better road, but there is always other ways to satisfy our multi-races community. I believe we are changing, albeit slowly.
In defense of Tun, (he is still one politician that many truly admire), one cant be blamed for an idea which was thought to be perfect, yet along the way it went wrong because implementation and the people implementing it wasnt right.
Mamak or not, he forgo his root just to push the Malays.

~a proud malaysian-indian~

Anonymous said...

Yup.

Tun "is still one politician that many truly admire".

Keyword here is Politician.
And admire? propaganda.

Kim jung il is admired bordering semi-divine. Ask semarak composer.

We know N. korea media is under tight rein. The last i checked, Malaysian media is either owned by BN component party or party closely related. And you need to renew licence every year.

Just take a look at our chance and wealth wasted la. All the wealth wasted the last 22 years cukup to send all deserving students even to Phd level.

Bakun alone already outstrip demand by baffling number and they still contructing NEW!
The project under Tun's watch is all bleeding money: bakun, perwaja, proton, pkfz, AP kings, cyberjaya, klia, putrajaya, you name it (it's too long).

Under his watch, we get to learn the word "white elephants".

Tell me a single undertaking that help the nation and its people to generate wealth and well-being!

Salary/earning level from 1990 to 2010 doesnt moved much, but expenses skyrocketed.

And now he's using racist /meritocracy/perkasa to divert attention.

What a magician. ahem... I mean politician.

Anonymous said...

Sorry. i forgot to mention our most critical and important aspect of wellbeing and nation building has deteriorated in unprecedented level.

Education, Judiciary, Police, social justice, sports, the spirit of togetherness(i still remember the muhibah spirit pre 80s)

All these "software" is now lost. And its not something money can buy like KLCC.
Pay 2 billion, zoomed... its up.

And who make those disappear?

The magician tun...

again and again.

Anonymous said...

Mahathir could have been the greatest and most respected PM/ex-PM in Malaysian history but he chose to be the most despicable and corrupted PM/ex-PM !

What a pity !

art harun said...

Dear Anonymous at 26 August 2010 22:44,

Thank you for reading and commenting on an article which you think is an “absolute rubbish.”

First, when have I compared Datuk Nicole David or her position with politics? Do you understand my article or not, dude? I quoted her name as an example of meritocracy. She achieves her world champion status because she is quite simply the best on the world and that to me is what meritocracy means. Then I asked, does that mean that she and the world squash championship people are racists (using Tun’s argument that meritocracy is racist). I did not at any time compare her position with politics. Are we talking about the same article here or are you hypoglycaemic?

Bangsa Malaysia. Hhahahaha...Dude, I do read a lot. Send me a stamped SAE and I can give you my reading list.

Why are you lecturing me on Bangsa Malaysia. It wasn’t me who started this thing. It was Tun himself. It is there in my article. It was in his Vision 2020 speech. Dude, read properly lah. So, if you are not happy with it, go and criticise Tun lah. Not me.

Anyway, your argument against Bangsa Malaysia is almost cliché. So it doesn’t work in Indonesia huh? And there is racism too in the US and UK yea? So because of that we in Malaysia cannot and should not try to have Bangsa Malaysia yah? Is that your argument?

Ok. The US and UK do not complain about Israel’s atrocities in Palestine too. So, I suppose we should stop protesting against Israel lah, true?

Your argument is symptomatic of a defeatist attitude. This is nothing new. Some of my detractors on my ISA articles also say that since the US has Guantanamo Bay, so why shouldn’t we have Kamunting. Like 2 wrongs can make one right. If we want to follow what the US does, why don’t we legalise gay marriages also yah? Or allow freedom of speech like they do too. And while we are at it, why don’t we allow right to assemble peacefully to ya?

Oh, you know “I like Raja Petra very much”. Hahhaha...how the hell do you know? Do you even know me? Have we met? How many years have you known me? Or are you assuming a fact? And by the way, what has Raja Petra and him “running away” got to do with this article?

Raja Petra is my client in the habeas corpus application. I was just doing my part for human rights. Who I like and how much I like a person is none of your business.

I and what I like is not the issue here. It is what the Tun said which is the issue.

Anonymous at 27 August 2010 09:01,

True, I admit. Racism exists on both side of the fence. Just look at the number of comments which I have deleted here. All are racially provocative and they are from the non-Malays. But that doesn’t mean that one side should be racist just because the other side is. No? Again, two wrongs do not make one right, no?

If I indulge in racism just because you indulge in racism against me, when will this end? We have to start fighting it with the man in the mirror. Don’t you think so?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous@ 27 August 2010 09:01,

‘~a proud malaysian-indian~’

Pls-lah, if u r of true Indian M’sian origin, then mamak is not a contittutionalised Malay!

Lately, there r a lot of bigots from the choirgroup of deminegara, masquerade as Indian M’sians to vent their supports for mamak & argue against the Chinese M’sians’ vocal objections to the current ketuanan propaganda.

There r only two possibilities.

1)The mamak kind of the umnoputras r now taking a review of their origin & used it

2)The true bigots of umnoputras r playing divide-&-rule game, by pitching the Chinese M’sian via the Indian M’sian label

On either counts, their intention is to create a pseudo-Indian support of Malay hegemony against the Chinese outrages of the country’s various mis-management!

Beware!

the Razzler said...

Dear Art ..

I guess everyone needs a gentle reminder once a while! :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Art,

This article was well articulated.

Judging from the response you can sum up why somebody can get 95 points and some 51 points and even 15 points in an exam especially history.

The results could be by truth or purposely portrayed but then life is a theater.

Past is only for study and reflection. Whats more important is how are we going to shape the future for us as a nation.

I wishfully expecting majority will be getting above 51 points correct when come to future results.

That itself already do us good. Better still if the majority points is higher.

Thank you.

Cawan Lama

IsOn said...

I'm a Kadazandusun. I came, I tell you, from a very very very poor family background. Almost have no money to go to school. Dependent mostly on textbooks.

Despite all those deficiencies I manage to compete with other well to do students from other races and religious background. In fact I was the only science student who got grade 1 SPM in my school back then.

I manage to enter science matriculation because of merit and manage to put myself among the excellent students. And because of merit I manage to be selected to further study in medicine and became a doctor.

Now, am I suppose to be considered as a product of a racism based on the merit I got?

Why should we talk about racism in the first place? Are we not all Malaysians?

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blink said...

To Anon, Aug 25 15:03, There are a few fallacies in your argument. Based on what you said:

"Biasiswa pula cuma ada 20 tempat (kos tinggi utk bagi 50 biasiswa).

Tapi yang dapat markah 96 ke atas ada 25 orang... kesemuanya bangsa cina (mungkin sbb dia ada duit nak pergi tusyen, beli buku.. ada internet nak buat rujukan).

pelajar melayu yang dapat 85 ke atas ada 7 orang (tapi semuanya bawah 95 markah). Mereka ini tetap qualify utk belajar medicine (sbb markah 95 ke atas)."

Do be reminded that scholarships are also otherwise known as 'Financial Aid'. By definition, it only goes to 'poor' students. So, if what you claim is true, that the Chinese students have better financial backing and were able to afford better books, tuition,etc.), then those scholarships would not be awarded to them and will trickle down to the Malay students from poor background who qualifies.

2) On the other hand, if all who qualifies are the Chinese students, then so what? Are we not supposed to be 1Malaysia? When you go see a doctor, do you choose a doctor by race, or do you simply ask for the best?
Take a leaf from Tun M. When he needed medical treatment, he went to London to be treated by medical professionals who got there through this system of meritocracy Tun M now denounces! Yes, sir! No back door doctors for him! Isn't he then being racist, by his own definition? You tell me.

Anonymous said...

Meritocracy is a great process but it needs an equal start.

If you’re on a running track, it is the same base and the same whistle that will start you off. Only after that, everyone has equal opportunity to win.

This was not the case when British implemented divide and rule policy before merdeka. Read historylah everyone.

And now, the one race that benefit
from that policy are barking for meritoracy? This was the question that Mahathir imposed for us to think about.

And you Art, taking this out from the context, are trying to say that you're complaining about the implementation? If that's the case, you should be bashing the UMNOputra or ex-UMNOputra who had abused it. Give cases, give examples and don't forget to give solution.

As far as I'm concern, Anwar Ibrahim was once the abuser too. So as Mahathir.

But one thing for sure, I will not give face to that one race to talk about meritocracy when 8 out of 10 richie comes from them. After getting so much benefit from Divide and Rule policy, now it's the second step to manipulate the good intention of meritocracy.

Hey Art, this one race have been the victim under British for years. Now, as much as you hate UMNO, you want them to suffer another?

Wake up, my friend. I know you can do better than this.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous@28 August 2010 09:54,

‘I will not give face to that one race to talk about meritocracy when 8 out of 10 richie comes from them. After getting so much benefit from Divide and Rule policy, now it's the second step to manipulate the good intention of meritocracy.’

Who needs u to give face? Who do u think u r? The Almighty? Then use yr ‘power’ to hopefully evolve away yr kind from jellyfish, as of the trend NOW!

U think that Others got rich, like u guys?

So obviously u don’t know about what hard work is. Never mind about blood, sweat & tear toiling.

BTW, pls seriously consider reading some REAL history, apart from those that generated by BTN & ketuanan bigots. U got it WRONG when u said that the one race that benefit from that policy are barking for meritocracy?

Do remember those from that race, never actually benefit from the British divide-&-rule policies. They were uneducated & just wanted to make something out of life through their own efforts. They just happened to be able to take the ‘vacuum’ that the Malays then were not willing to work for. & they toiled that opportunities with blood, sweat & tear to achieve what it is today. Nothing like durian runtuh as u guys r keep expecting nowadays!

BTW, did u know that the REAL beneficiaries of the British divide-&-rule policies r yr sultans & their elites classes?

Pariah!

Anonymous said...

For those that agrees with Tun's article, do you admit that you are the weaker race and need additional help to catch up? That by being a certain race, genetically you are weaker and will not be able to catch up if it is a level playing field?
Imagine a 100m run. We have runners from the developed country with all their tehnologies and experties. They train hard and are well built and well prepared, and will most lkely win the race. And we have a runner from a poor country that did not train hard and is not well prepared. What do we do? Do we give the runner a headstart?

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous 10:43,

Divide and Rule policy is about segregating the community based on race so that the British will gain control. That IS NOT created by BTN. You can see the results from Malaysian constitution and also the historical figures.

And by the way, hard work doesn't relate from your race background. If not, everyone from your race should've been millionaire by now.

I was also flattered when you said your ancestors were merely 'filling the vacuum' that my ancestors left. What you don't understand was that they were meant to be sidelined by that policy. Most of them (except the royals)were denied to even operate their business, for god's sake!

Furthermore, don't try to fool us that only your blood, sweat and tears that makes you reach the top. Literally, I even see more of my ancestors died in the battlefield to fight for independence. Your ancestors on the other hand were busy filling their pocket from their so called 'blood, sweat and tear' that now you're bragging about.

That's why you need to understand that when we're imposing quota, it's just to protect us from your greed. If we were as greed as you, we should have asked 55% (As according to the population) or even 100%!

Geez, that's why you should learn malaysian history, not other country's history.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 11:16,

Mahathir doesn't oppose meritocracy, so am I. That's why he was asking 'is meritocracy racist?'

Apart from Najib's 1Malaysia 'Performance Now' we need to accept the fact that we have to allocate some resources to those who can't catch up. Unfortunately the majority will come from one ethnic group due to the population's nature.

However the intention is clear.

If we narrow the gap, we will minimize the capitalistic effect. We know how Zimbabwe is.

Yes, one major problem is the implementation. This time, we should not let BN abuse the quota for their own greed. But, one thing for sure is we will not be any better if we abolish quota and go for total merit.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous@ 28 August 2010 12:02,

U REALLY read history or create yr own version? My god!

1st – the British gained control of the Malaya via feudalistic manipulation of yr belonged sultans’ court. The divide-&-rule policies only happened much later, for administrative controls, again this is to placate yr Malay elites.

About the Others filling the vacuum that the Malays would not willing to take up, there r many peer-reviewed articles on that.

Don’t u know that even those choirboys from deminegara’s site dare not dispute this fact. So why don’t u try to learn some history from them?

Oh yah, did u get confused or indeed u read trash history?

How many of u people died in the battlefield to fight for independence? Our independence was supposed to be bloodless & via negotiation.

The only people who died fighting for independence was the members of the Malayan Communist Party, headed by Chen Peng. In fact, some credit should be given to him for forcing the hand of the British to finally give independence to Malaya. Instead, the current govt treats him worst than the Indo illegal immigrants!

Oh, can I suggest u go & watch sepuluh tahun sebelum Merdeka to get to know some true heroes of our Malaya Independence. This is available on youtube, do google for it, to upgrade yr Malaya history lessons.

Geez, that's why you should learn malaysian history, not other country's history.

Pariah2x!

Anonymous said...

Kepala hotak, semua nya ni.

Bendanya simple sahaja. Mengapa buat payah.

Hendak hidup di Malaysia, pertama kena lalui ialah, aristokrat kerajaan Melayu.

Kemudian,kena lalui rintangan aristokrat "kerajaan" Cina.

Kedua kerajaan ini saling kuat melekat antara satu sama lain.

Apa, selain dari jaga anda pada masa anda sakit gigi, atau sakit demam panas, apa benda lagi dua kerajaan ini menolong anda?

Tiada apa apa.

art harun said...

Ok guys, while debates are most welcome, I would appreciate if the debate is a healthy one.

And do it with civility and decorum.

Thanks.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Baharudin said...

Dear Arty,
Yes, halfway through Ramadhan I still feel topsy-turvy, especially after reading your highly intelligent posting... and yes, it has lots of merit too, I must say! Well, put it this way when it comes to "meritocracy" in Malaysia: the way I see it as they say, from the point of view of the (Malay) man in the street (just any street, other than ones in Bukit Tunku, or Bangsar, or one of those posh areas in town, ok). Everytime I go to KL, I get to see all those buildings, apart from Petronas Twin Towers, Tabung Haji, PWTC, MARA, Bank Rakyat, etc. as belonging to one particular race; everytime I go to Loy Yatt or Bukit Bintang, I get to see almost 99.99% of the businesses belonging/run by one particular race; everytime I go for raya shopping in 1 Utama, Mid-Valley, KLCC or anywhere in KL for that matter, almost 99.99% of the stores/businesses are run by one particular race... and the list goes on and on for the last umpteen years and for all I know it will continue so for the next umpteen years... how nice to talk about meritocracy... meritocracy as*h***! Lu gua sudah lupa ka how far the so-called "un-meritocracatic" system of the NEP for the last 30 years has benefited one particular race in Malaya? So now you want meritocracy? Meritocracy your as*h***, I say. 1Malaysia? Hay ya, bukak mata la bro. and take a walk on the streets of KL and feel the "fruits" of the un-meritocratic policies of the past 30 years... where 98% of haratanah in KL belongs to one particular race... wake up from your slumber la... atau buat2 lupa?

Anonymous said...

Bro.,

The old man message is loud and clear - don't hide under the disguise of meritocracy. Deep inside it is racism. Deep inside this people knows, by meritocracy the economic and education major piece will be eaten by only one race. When this happen the other races will be unsatisfied and one thing will lead to another. Be rational - this things need to be manage and all this while has been manage to the extend that there is peace and stability in this country.Thus it is not about crutches nor favouritism, this is about managing stability. Be carefull.

- cooldeep

Mathematicians are smarter than lawyers said...

I see no data to support your argument. No wonder you're fit to be a lawyer - only a lawyer.

Anonymous said...

"The only people who died fighting for independence was the members of the Malayan Communist Party, headed by Chen Peng. In fact, some credit should be given to him for forcing the hand of the British to finally give independence to Malaya. Instead, the current govt treats him worst than the Indo illegal immigrants!"

Comment:
Oh no! At first I really thought i don't study 'malaysian history' from youtube enough. But if you think Chin Peng was the hero by slaughtering everyone even your ancestors, now I know how twisted your version of 'history' can be.

I rest my case.

art harun said...

To the Mathematicians, thank you very much for the compliment. LOL!!

As for Baharudin, the topsy-turvy may be the result of hypoglycemia you know. Thanks for saying my post is highly intelligent.

Hahaha...

I am just amazed at the number of highly intelligent people who read my this article and do not understand what it is all about.

Am I all for absolute meritocracy? Am I against affirmative action?

Jeez...read properly what I write la wey. And do read ALL my previous articles also lah before jumping to conclusion on what I stand for.

Anonymous said...

Dear Art,

Nice writing,

I like your way of you picking a small insect bite on Tun's foot , tearing it into a big gangrene of pain, until he had his cybertrooper running amok on your blog, accusing you of drinking beer ..(and did not how to write in english too)
I like to say, not all beer drinking Muslims are bad, in particular we have A&W RootBeer.

woody

Arman said...

...It's interesting all the colours of thoughts ... and how that should enrich the content of intellectual discussions, when we interpret and paint an event/item/value all so differently, all according to our very own value system ... BUT it becomes a different plane of discussion should we erroneously believe and seek to impose our thoughts as THE gospel truth... when we should feel so self righteous !! We should be able to swollow the bitterest critique with a smile and savor the sweetest of compliments with much indulgence . ACTUALLY no one is absolutely right nor nobody is all wrong either ! But the way in the history of mankind is one of perpetual conflict, and that shall remain till doomsday, manifest only in the degree of its extent and intensity ! ...Isn't that promised in all the different theological scriptures that mould and color our thinking ...God in HIS wisdom created differences... colors, creed, religions, good and evil, heaven and hell.. etcs..all sources of conflict... and the realities of these manifest and color the world ... and in our case, our little confused world! The only failure in life is ourselves, when we are overcomed by greed, not just in the material sense, and the greater sin of hypocrisy! The greatest champion of 'meritocracy' of today will succumb to his blurred values when he assumes and execises the power is his hands. There is never perfect state of affair in anything,... we live in an imperfect world filled by imperfect creatures and situations, where the tyranny of the strong over the weak triumphs each day ! It would be niave to think that meritocracy is the perfect solution in statecraft and nation building. We will need to harken to the realities of imperfections and temper with the need of social and economic reengineering to seek a more eqiutable and just society. We need to not just address the physical but also the metaphysical. We can only try our best to better the perpetually imperfect state of affairs of mankind !!

Anonymous said...

Our former PM has been well known for being a double headed crawling thing!!!

Anonymous said...

This ex-PM is a "small" guy in every aspect. He managed to rule for so long and is all because of the Ketuanan Melayu policy and that is why meritocracy is bad for him. In his eyes and with similar bigots such as Ibrahim ali meritocray tends to alienate the Malays from the non-Malays and hence they perceive it as racism. You can't blame these simpletons from looking at things from their own perspective. Nothing is good or bad only thinking make is so. They are right in their own way but just let them be.You can't change them.
The future of this country now lies in the hands of people such as Art and those that can think straight and are moderate. My respect goes to them and they are my real Tuan's. Keep it up and thank you Sir.

Shila said...

Sorry this is a week behind and the debates gone cold but I was just told about your blogs 2 days ago! after I expressed disgust at reading the race baiting,personal attacking style of several other socio political bloggers. OMG I am just blown away by your passion for our country to be the nation we can be. I left this country for 27 years returning 3 years ago still apologising for our backwardness to the expat community around me. But since reading Karim Raslan and now you, I am full of remorse at how I just consigned malaysia to the bin. In my view your arguments are unshakeable, legally sound and like Karim Raslan (but with a lot more fiery passion) you bring down all issues to the bare bones of what is right for us all if we are going to live together. I love the way you have answered your critics without resorting to the personal baits that they use. Thank you Mr. Art Harun..you have given me back pride and hope for malaysia.

ajoyly said...

When you believe you can,you can. Achieving is a matter of believing. That's why Henry Ford and Genting founder, Lim became successful and wealthy.

Don't forget to pray. And if you do, God Almighty will show you the right way........even when you have nothing. To God, everything is possible