cakap cakap…ADA PROJECT?
For me, there are some universal truths that I accept which will bring me into conflict with others. Common sense tells me that there are good people who are not Muslims. They do good as much as, if not more good than some Muslims do. Some of these good people read the Bible. Some do not. Some of these good people are atheists. Some are God-fearing. These good people who are not Muslims, because of the good that they do, deserve to go to heaven when they die. If there is a heaven. So if you tell me that these good people will not go to heaven because they are not Muslim, I will not agree with you. This puts me into conflict with others. And I do not like conflict.
I also abhor the thought that any individual who is different from me deserves less or more than me for no other reason than the color of their skin or by the accident of privileged birth. This again puts me in conflict with others. And so I live in Melbourne where skin color and privilege is of no consequence to who you are and what you can or cannot do.
Now, what other universal truths do I believe in? I believe that we must try to do good. That those who are our leaders must lead responsibly with grace and accountability. That those in government must serve the people and that we are all our brother’s keeper. These are fundamental that is the core of what any human being deserves and expects of life.
You cannot find them in Malaysia. You do not have them in Malaysia. That is reason enough for me to continue to live in Melbourne.
One other matter I want no part of is the pursuit of the almighty Ringgit. This takes precedence over everything else in Malaysia. And therein lies the elephant in the room!
Our politicians live beyond their means. There are some Army Generals, retired and current, living beyond their means. Many in PDRM, from the mata mata up, live beyond their means. Government servants live beyond their means. And how is this “living beyond their means” possible? One word answer? P R O J E C T S. Every other guy you know has a “project” somewhere. Relatives, friends, associates, workmates know people who can give you, or cut you in, on a project, even though you do wonder why do they not keep these projects for themselves! And if you somehow do not want a project or do not want to get involved in a project, you know of someone (usually a politician, normally the Menteri Besar or a Menteri) who have become wealthy because of a project.
Very rarely do they talk about anyone who has been arrested because of a project. So the only question left for you to ponder is simply this…if you are one of those individuals who is projectless (someone who does not have his/her own project, or have not ever taken part in a project)……you have to ask yourself “What the hell is wrong with me!
If it is any consolation to any of you, I have been projectless for the last decade since my move to Melbourne. In fact, if truth be told, that is the reason I live in Melbourne. Melbourne is P R O J E C T L E S S.