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  • Writer's pictureKerk Chee Yee

How to make Malaysia better 101

Today Malaysian Ringgit is at its record low. It is certainly a worrying issue for Malaysia's economy. However what we all should not neglect is that Malaysia’s political morale is also at its lowest, not merely because of what the politicians are doing, but what we are becoming.

In recent months, our news feed on all social media are at last not flooded with pictures of food, cute kittens and funny memes, but netizens’ displeasure of our national leaders. Many dramatic plots are unfolding daily, and I'm sure many foreigners have had a good laugh.

As a continuum to my earlier post on 13 April, I would love to share a short (thank god) conversation I overheard in the lift earlier today.

"Malaysia is really the worst country to be in. Look at the .....(you know what they are) I wish I wasn't born here. I will definitely advise my kids to migrate to overseas when they have the chance and never come back to this country."

I'm not at all surprised to hear such talk. In fact I have been hearing the same thing almost everywhere I go to. However what the person just did was not any better than worsening the problem we face.

As comparison to the hypocrisy of nation leaders that we have been criticising, people who come out with similar statement are ironically sharing the same trait.

The reality is, many of the people who complain, have consciously or unconsciously, become part of Malaysia’s problem. Some give bribe, instill racial tension and make irresponsible remarks in social media , practise discrimination etc.

Constructive criticism , if not ideas, is essential to nation building. More and more people at this testing time have stepped forward to bring Malaysia a new hope. Sometimes, a message or gesture is all it takes to resolve what others couldn't. We enjoy the success of other countries, and we love our home.

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