28 Februari, 2009

That Open Letter


A full-page open letter published in The Star on Thursday caught my eye and compelled me to respond via this quick and short blog. I applaud the determination of one Anas Zubedy for making public his sentiments on the recent developments in Malaysian politics. His letter was not only fair, but clear in pointing out the real issues that we as a nation must focus on to move the country forward.

The intensity of the situation this past month has been widely covered in traditional and alternative media. Indeed, while politics is a necessary ingredient in building Malaysians a more ideal democratic country, I cannot say enough how truly disappointed I am in the unpleasant exchange that occurred in Parliament on Thursday. This latest incident only serves to highlight how important it is for policymakers to understand the underlying fundamental needs of the Rakyat, particularly in these economically challenging times. Our growth of 0.1% in the fourth quarter clearly has sent a signal of what is to come.

To Anas Zubedy and fellow Malaysians: I acknowledge your call for a united and effective front among Malaysians. Together, we will strive to make Malaysia a better, stronger country that we can all be proud of.