12 Jan 2008

Just thinking

Its almost two weeks now into the new year and already so many things have happened. Another little girl has been kidnapped, a five year old Malay girl from Kg Medan in PJ. It seems she was taken screaming in front of her older sister. And yet nobody saw? Nobody helped? I wonder...

I just hope that she will be found and it does not end up like the two other girls before her. What kind of society do we live in that little girls are not safe, even in their own backyards? I remember Shasha saying that in Tokyo, a large city with millions of people, she could walk home from the underground safely, even at night. In Singapore too it's safer than here in KL. Every year we hear of young girls being raped and murdered, or like little Nurin Jazlin last year murdered horrendously and trashed in a bag.
Is Malaysia sick? The things that occur here reminds me of that line from Hamlet -"something is rotten in the state of Denmark". We have one of the highest accident rates in the world, little girls get kidnapped almost regularly then murdered, little girls raped and murdered just meters from their home, children committing suicide because they cannot face failure...babies being killed by adults who may either be their own parents or relatives... what else can happen?
What kind of year do we expect? On the political front we will be facing the polls soon but I think the government will not change. It would take a real miracle for us to get a change of government, not an election. It's not that I have lost hope in this present one - I never had much hope in the beginning. I think Dr Mahathir got it correct the first time when he said (albeit too late to effect any change) that he wanted Najib for PM. But the trouble is will that have any effect? I doubt it. In fact it might have made things worse. The problems are too entrenched for Najib to make much of a mark. The corruption that is endless - either under the table or blatantly...and so many other things.
Talking of Bangsa Malaysia - can we ever have a bangsa Malaysia? I doubt it. The disunity is too deep, the unity too farcical. Of course it would be very nice if qwe could really think one nation, one race. But the Malays love their political power, the Chinese their economical power and the Indians? Dunno lah what they want. I want to believe that one day we can have one nation and one race but the distrust of the other races I think is not easy to overcome. We have to be fair - not just seen to be fair, not only in education and the economy but also in politics. Are we ready to do that?

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