on Tuesday, May 29

In our media intensive culture it is not difficult to find differing opinions. Thousands of social media and dozens of radio and television talk shows resound with differing points of view. The difficulty lies in deciding which opinion to agree with experts seem the most credible. The more inundated we become with differing onions and claims, the more essential it is hone critical reading and thinking skills to evaluate the ideas.

The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever required his wisdom in any mode but this (John Stuart Mill).

Take a look at how the political map of the world has changed in every century since the collapse of the Roman Empire, that should be proof enough that nation building has been for quite a while. Casting a glance at the 19th and 20th centuries will reveal that the types of nation building with the most lasting impact on the modern world are nationalism, colonialism and post-world war II reconstruction.

Nationalism gave rise to most European countries that exist today. The theory was that each nation, embodying a shared community of culture and blood, was entitles to its own state.

In Malaysia, the nations built not by war. Some countries have been created not by their own efforts but by decisions made by the international community. Look at the Balkan and southeast region of Europe.

Lastly, today war is not an acceptable means of state building. Instead, nation building must be a consensual, democratic process. But such a process is not effective. 

The conclusions, many of the leaders only rebuilding a post office, but not delivering the mail. That's a dilemma in the country.

Correction: While the leaders are preoccupied with rebuilding the post office, they forgot that the mails have yet to be delivered.


on Saturday, May 19

Allow me to give an opinion on the statements by SUARAM urging National Civics Bureau or Biro Tatanegara (BTN) to be closed here http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/18/no-place-for-biro-tata-negara-in-new-malaysia-says-suaram/. I understand it is based on the experiences of some individuals in BTN courses. 

Many years back, I used to be posted to BTN Hq. I was not even a trainer or facilitator then when I was involved with BTN camp. However, I am aware of the need to foster patriotism among Malaysia to their country. That was the main purpose BTN was set up and for which its trainings were aimed at.

My brief experience with the United States of America, facilitated by my presence there for over a year alluded me to the fact this was part of training and process in nation building.  This was what drew the attention of scholars such the likes of Francis Fukuyama, Noam Chomsky, Allan Bloom and Samuel Huntington on why and how this process is important in creating or moulding a sense of togetherness and belonging among people within a nation-state. These scholars spoke of a love for one’s country, sense of togetherness and a respect for each other’s human right, religion and culture and a high sense of discipline. This sense of “Americanness” regardless of racial, ethnic and national origin brings togetherness and leads to the identification of them as “we the American people”. That process in the United States brought out that sense of togetherness.

We must remember that BTN has access to huge pool of resources, expertise and experienced trainers and facilitators drawn from various spectrum of the society. It would be a huge loss if due to sentiment and whim of the moment we are to close BTN. BTN may have veered away from its original purpose and that was to unite and create that sense of togetherness and a sense of belonging to a nation-state called Malaysia. If that is what bothered many, then the problem is not that BTN is not needed, but what need to be done to set it on its right course is on the need to refine its operation, restructure abit and put in the right people whose aspirations are similar to that whom lead the government of the day.

It is clear that BTN may need revamp from various angles such as: structure, purpose, and staffing. It must meet the need and aspiration of the people who wanted change that was promised through the new government lead by the Alliance of Hope. There is hope, and BTN or the new and revitalized BTN can continue to play this important role under the leadership of the Alliance of Hope government.

Lastly, I strongly believe that the function of BTN is needed and even more now with the new political environment. The Alliance of Hope government and leadership would be less than honest with itself to think otherwise. The process on nation-building continue to unfold and there is a need for an agency such as BTN to take up this role as Malaysia tread into the future path toward a greater and more united Malaysia.


on Sunday, May 13

Many peoples asking me when and how DS Anwar Ibrahim will be a Prime Minister.

Normally, a request for a royal pardon is presented before a royal pardon board, depending on where a person has been found guilty, and this can happen upon the recommendation of authorities concerned. 

This request has to be agreed upon by His Royal Highness concerned. When that is done, the person is then released a free man immediately to allow what the Prime Minister says, some one has to vacate his parliamentary seat to pave way for a by-election so that he can stand in that by-election and assumes that he wins. He can be recommended by the coalition to be appointed Prime Minister upon the resignation of the siting Prime Minister who says will give way. 

Anyway, we should focus to the rakyat. We also must give a time to the Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir to save the nation and also take us to greater height. He has all the qualities to do it. The time is now, lets forget about the past.

I think that's the scenario. Maybe i'm wrong.


on Friday, May 11

In academic, we say that the government remains, people running the government change. Malaysia government is HM the King, all the nine Malay Sultans and all 4 Yang Dipertua Negeri. The people running the federal and state governments change but the civil servant and civil services are neutral. They support the government of the day.That's the principle of democracy. They implement policies decided by the ruling party for the benefits of the people.

In Malaysia, people may find it hard to believe and accept because this is the first time alliance and national front parties do not rule. They have ruled since 1955. In other countries, it a normal process and part of governing.


on Wednesday, May 9

was very shocked with a new video clip that has emerged attributed to YABhg. Tun Sakaran Dandai, former Sabah Chief Minister and minister in the federal government. He said that Sabahans must remember what had happened to the state before Barisan Nasional took over the reign of the state government from PBS in 1985 and ruled till 1994. He said that during that period, there were only one or two schools in Pulau Bum Bum compared to with what the place has today. Tun Sakaran asked that voters from Semporna to vote for Ramli Marhaban and not for Shafie Afdal. Most people know that there was a close relationship between Tun Sakaran and Dato Seri Shafie Apdal.

Thus, Sabahans must not be confused about whom to choose as the best candidate to represent between two candidates that are Shafie and Ramli Marhaban who are soliciting for their votes. The voters should be looking at a bigger picture of Sabah and their future such as the need for a Pan Borneo Highway, more hospitals, free educations, and stability in the South China Sea as well as in the Sulu Sea.

Every day, thousands foreign tourists comes to visit Sabah especially the wonderful places such as Ligitan, Sipadan, Mabul and many more. But without stability and peace, they won’t come and this will be a huge loss to the people here because they will lose these tourist incomes that generate jobs and give them and their family livelihood.

Today is polling day. Think carefully and make a wise decision of whom you want to fulfil your aspiration. Don’t gamble away your future and that of your children and their children’s children. 

I still remembered when the state was run by the opposition party, it was tough for Sabahans to get scholarship. Many Sabahan students were frustrated because they cannot go overseas for further studies. Now, they have University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), UITM, Open University Malaysia (OUM), Teachers Training Institute (IPG), polytechnics KPM, and many more.

Last but not least, let's come together to build our state in a better way. We have many choices, and to maintain existing way is better and assured than venturing into unknown. Patriotism to the state means love for and of the state and a love for a better government. 'Undionoh' Tatap Sabah

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