Let the voice of moderation be heard

Today Star, Letter to Editor section

Thursday April 21, 2011
Let the voices of moderation be heard

ITS obvious from the results of the Sarawak election that racio-ethnic politics is more deeply entrenched, the Chinese voting in the opposition candidates in the urban centres and the Malays and other bumiputra groups voting in government-aligned candidates.

The Chinese rejection of SUPP clearly shows their anti-government stance, said to be in protest against a corrupt government.

The bumiputra voters on the other hand appreciate the governments development efforts aimed at uplifting their lot, especially those living in the interior.

The voting pattern is likely to be repeated in the coming general election as the urbanites become more critical of government policies and their implementation and the rural population remaining more accepting.

Among the major issues that invite anti-government sentiments are corruption, racially-biased development programmes, selective prosecution and flawed investigative and courtroom procedures.

Lately, the Malaysian public had been fed with the despicable deeds of the countrys role models, enforcement agencies and spokespersons engaging in immoral behaviour from adultery to bribery to lying.

Integrity has gone to the dogs in a big way among not only the perpetrators of every form of corruption but also among the ordinary Malaysians who condone or believe them.

It shows a society that is saturated with information but does not have the moral conscience or wisdom to sift through the dirt and select the gems among the people, their statements and rhetoric.

It shows a civilisation that is slowly losing its grip on sense and sensibility as it is bombarded with rumour, slander, heavy development and material pursuits. In this all the racio-ethnic groups are united.

The time has come for the more responsible voices among us to prevail and influence public thinking. They must speak out more loudly and clearly to shape the public discourse with reasoned and logical arguments.

Sense and sensibility must take over from the national culture of finger-pointing and one upmanship. Compromise and collaboration must take place through peaceful engagement and dialogue.

The key words must be voices of moderation.

HALIMAH MOHD SAID,

Kuala Lumpur.

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