My very friend, Audie, has asked me to write on this very controversial topic of Politics.
He remarked, “Politics is beautiful.” commenting on the Perak political saga between BN and PR power struggle there. Both sides of course win their sides of the argument as one other friend of mine remarked that the only winner in this game will be all the lawyers who will be handling the cases in court irrespective of whoever wins in the end. It will be a costly political game paid for by all the Taxpayers, eventually. The loser will be Malaysians as there will no work achieved as both sides will continue on politicking on others expenses.
I however told him that politics is not beautiful but it is an essence to life. It can be turned to ugly with the dirt flying around by politicians who want to reap the harvest at the peoples’ expenses, especially where dirty is the name of the game. Nations will only develop to the level of the dirt around. Singapore is economically but though politically sterile better than Malaysia because their politicians are paid well and told not to be involved in Business. In other countries where politicians are required to fend for themselves are worse off economically than Malaysia.
Politics is the lifeline of any nation. Communist Russia fell because of the political system which eventually choked Communist Russia to death economically. When I was there with Tun Mahathir in 1987, I knew then that system will bring down Russia. We, as guest of honor, were well taken care off – good food etc but when I roamed around the Departmental stores around the Kremlin area in our off hours there were not much stock on the shelves – Bau shop houses had more. When we were brought officially to their Tourist stores, their workers were more interested in chatting amongst themselves than trying to sell their products. In fact one African- like customer was given a good dressing down by one of the Sales person. Understandably that even if they were to work hard they would get the same allowances or housing, so why worked hard?
China without Mr Deng Zhou Peng would still have the third world economy and not the present economic growth. USA with eight years of Bush and conservative approaches is presently in a very bad depression, with two wars to fight and two nuclear to be nations on the horizon. Even Britain is having trouble as well.
Looking closely around the world, politics matters in the well-being of every nation on earth. Switzerland who quietly mind their own business has the wealth from all over the world entrusted to their banks. Possibly every third World political leaders may have accounts there. The Swiss Francs is the only currency which appreciates in value. Worse is Zimbabwe which have to print notes in the million of Z dollars where as a Zimbabwean Billionaire you may find it difficult to live well.
My pictures say it all even to this river and its surrounding areas.
Politics is indeed an essence for life. Look after it well, the citizens will benefit. Leave it to the dirty politicians and characters who even have to take pictures of “Eli in the nude” under dubious circumstances, it may look “beautiful” to my friend, Malaysia will lose in the end.
In Malaysia, according to many of my well meaning friends, who have been telling me that “one has to be dirty to get up”, playing with dirt will serve one’s purpose to serve oneself, but will be all right for our young nation in the long run? Can a father continue to rob his sons in impunity and expect his sons to do well in future? No, I am too old to steal from my children.
Malaysia is only peaceful to the present level for three and three reasons ONLY;
(1) small population with vast resources including Oil and gas,
(2) ISA and
BN is in power still with the above three plus a weak and divided Opposition who are at loggerhead over the “HUDUD” law issue.