Malaysians regardless of race, religion, region or politics must unite to save our country from the fate of a failed state!
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Iskandar Puteri, Lim Kit Siang has urged for the setting up of a ‘Malaysia Reset’ roundtable conference in order to save our beloved nation from becoming a failed nation. Furthermore, Kit Siang suggested for the conference to be spearheaded by the political and civil societies on the occasion of the anniversaries of the 64th National Day and the 58th Malaysia Day on 31 August and 16 September respectively.
The DAP veteran made the suggestion in a statement last Sunday following a scathing commentary on Malaysia‘s downward spiral into a failed state by a Bloomberg columnist. The international media organisation published an article titled ‘Malaysia is staggering down the road to failed statehood’ which documents the failures of the PN government and its adverse effect on the welfare of the rakyat.
In reply to the article, Kit Siang stressed,
“Malaysia is not yet a failed state, but it is on the trajectory of a failed state, and Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or politics must unite to save Malaysia from the fate of a failed state.”
The Iskandar Puteri further elaborated that our country has failed to live up to the promises of Merdeka in 1957 as well as during the formation of Malaysia in 1963. Our beloved tanah air was meant to be an example and showcase to the troubled world as to how diverse races, languages, religions, cultures and civilisations could successfully co-exist and integrate to build a united, harmonious, purposive, democratic, just, progressive and prosperous nation.
Instead, more than 50 years later, our country has become one of the worst-performing nations in the world in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. Just today, Malaysia recorded the highest daily Covid-19 cases with a staggering 11,079 new infections.
If the present rate of infection continues, we will be ranked among the 30 worst countries in the world in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. It is projected that Malaysia will have more than 1,000,000 cases and over 10,000 casualties by the time we celebrate our 64th Hari Merdeka.
The Covid-19 strategy by the Perikatan Nasional government has clearly failed. With the rakyat’s livelihoods also at the brink of collapse, it is more imperative than ever to ‘reset’ and steer Malaysia away from becoming a failed state.
Therefore, Kit Siang suggested for his proposed ‘Malaysia Reset’ roundtable conference to pursue the following objectives:
- Reaffirm Malaysia as a constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy.
- Uphold the five nation-building principles of Rukun Negara.
- Make Malaysia a normal democratic country.
- Restore Parliament as the highest legislative and political chamber in the land, in accordance with the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers among the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.
- Uphold the independence, impartiality and professionalism of the Judiciary.
- Ensure an independent, non-partisan, professional and efficient Election Commission.
- War against corruption, cronyism and abuses of power.
- Malaysia should become a country where the talents and expertise of all Malaysians can find fulfilment so that the nation realise the full potential in its development in all spheres of human endeavour.
- The fulfilment of aspirations of the people of Sabah and Sarawak for an equal place under the Malaysian sun, as spelt out in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement.
- An national unity mission and goal to unite all Malaysians e.g. a united and progressive Malaysian nation in 2050.
Only when all Malaysians regardless of background unite together can we save our country from being a failed state. – The Rocket.