Responding to Comments – Walkabouts & Empowering the Minds of the Malay

By Wednesday May 5th, 2010 No Comments

Alhamdulillah, I was able to spend some time recently to record my response to a few more blog comments which you have posted on my website. Below are my video responses to two of them. I welcome your questions and thoughts in the comments section of my blog and hope to continue engaging with you, whether through videos, blogs or in person.

Sender : Sritharan Palanisamy
Blog : Walkabout
Comment :
It is good to see that you value meeting people with walks of life, and you also communicate with Malaysians using whatever means available. If I am not wrong, you’re meeting the people more than any other Prime Ministers. I presume it won’t stop to just meeting them, I’m sure it would mean getting the views of the rakyat, and if acceptable do the necessary.

Thank you Sritharan for asking me this question. In fact my walkabouts have been well received by the people, because I have a sense that I am able to connect with people, not only because I meet them and see for myself the actual conditions. I do plan my walkabouts in a sense that I’m hoping when I go down, not only meet them but resolve local problems and issues. You can rest assured that the moment I get back to my office, these issues are addressed. In fact, quite often I announce some significant approval in terms of financial allocation so that those problems will be attended to.

I hope that this walkabout will not only continue but the process of being connected with the public will also be done through my blog, through my Facebook and Twitter. So I hope my tea with some of my Facebook friends (the first one was successful), and I hope that there’ll be more opportunity for me to invite more of my Facebook friends to attend future gatherings.

Author : Denai Hati
Blog : The International Agenda
Comment :
I truly hope that you champion the agenda to empower the minds of the Malay community to become spiritual yet modern people. An agenda that will erase negative aspects that reign in the minds of Malays, thus hindering their own progress. This is the best time to initiate a transformation among the Malay community.

That is a very apt viewpoint, because in the context of developing the Malays so that they are capable of competing alongside other communities on the international stage, it means that we must strengthen the ability and competitiveness of the Malays through a shift in mindset and attitude in order for them to be more confident to match up against others internationally.

That is why although we continue the policy of affirmative action, we will transform the approach to help and incentivise the Malays who have the potential to move forward. In other words, they have proven themselves, and the government helps them to achieve more. For example, if their company has become successful, we want to transform their success regionally – as a regional champion – and subsequently as a global champion.

This approach also means competition amongst the Bumiputera; we will select them based on merit. Hence, by using this criterium, focusing more on ability and merit, I believe we will be able to put forth successful Bumiputeras, as we have selected those who have demonstrated their ability to compete even on a global scale. This is why we will continue with affirmative action, but using a market-friendly approach, based more on merit, and favourable to those who are truly capable or need the assistance.

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