Sunday, March 19, 2017

Clash of nationalisms between Johari Abdul Ghani and Tony Pua

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Nationalism as an ideology is inevitable, even necessary, in a world that began to be organised into nation-states a little over three centuries ago. It is a primary adhesive sentiment in an age in which nations have become the dominant global vehicle of group identity.
there seem to be two distinct nationalisms: inclusionary and exclusionary. One symbolises loyalty to a nation that is tolerant, accommodative and open to evolving cultures and mores. The other advocates a nation which must resist diversity and construct an exclusive ethno-religious identity that must be defended against any dilution the Other might bring into society.
 Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua has taken aim at Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani for claiming that Malaysia cannot press charges over 1MDB without a full picture, pointing out that there were no efforts by the government to do so.Wrong Perception
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 the message that Finance Minister II Johari Abdul Ghani  offers for 2017 is clear: those who turned corruption into a doctrine will pay a heavy price.
If you want to challenge corruption root and branch you cannot merely trim the branches periodically to appease public opinion. You have to attack the curse at the roots.
"Of course, we need the complete story in order to charge any person for a crime. However, the question is there must be a concerted effort to investigate the crime.Corruption is the mechanism through which a section of our elite has poisoned the credibility of our nation’s political and economic edifice. Governments have been either complicit or helpless as high end individuals, buoyed by the arrogance of unaccounted wealth, began to believe that they were above the law or beyond the reach of coercive instruments. 
"From what we can see happening in Malaysia at this point of time, there is no attempt at all to investigate the crimes everyone can see which have taken place in Malaysia," he said in a statement...
It may not be the Cold War redux. But a war of world views is in full swing. It isn’t communism versus capitalism; it isn’t old-style fascism versus liberalism. It is an escalating global war between rising forces of nationalist populism and the idea of liberal democracy.The Brexit vote last year approving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union was an initial shot fired by an inward looking, England-first majority of voters. Then came the shocker of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. Open-minded, tolerant people gasped, wondering whether the liberal democratic world order would soon disintegrate.

Tell us, Mr Tony Pua The Bengaluru mass molestation incident is a different sort of massacre, but a massacre nevertheless. A massacre of dignity. While the Istanbul killings were universally condemned,The Bengaluru molestation was shamelessly justified, rationalised and condoned by people in positions of influence and power. Sickeningly, the narrative in India remains unchanged when it comes to women under attack. This is how it reads: They asked for it!  which law was broken ? Which crime committed? On the other hand, look at those brutes, look at the expression in their eyes as they drunkenly pounce on panic-stricken women screaming for help. If you can still justify what took place in beautiful city, you should quit your job. Trust me, Sir, had any female relative of yours been amongst the young girls being pawed that night, your sanguine, indifferent attitude would have taken a 360-degree turn. You would have moved swiftly to identify and round up the culprits. Your police would have thrashed them to pulp in custody. Charges would have been filed at record speed. But when molested/ raped/ knifed/ brutalised/abused women remain faceless, they are treated like fair game.
Prime Minister Najib Razak has reminded the people regarding crucial matters which could destroy the country including being the country's covert enemies or conspiring with the country's enemies.

The prime minister said they were the people who did not love the country and only wanted to see its destruction.

"As prime minister, the interest of the people is my primary concern. I will ensure Malaysia continues to succeed and remained peaceful while the people continue to have the opportunity to find a living in this country.

"To achieve this objective, it is important for me to remind everyone about matters which could destroy our own nation," he said in the latest entry in his blog last night.

Reminding the nation of the Lahad Datu incident, he said the country lost many patriots following the irresponsible actions of some quarters.

"We can still remember the incident in Lahad Datu where security forces personnel were sacrified because there were covert enemies. At that time, the intruders had obtained prior information on the movements of our security forces and ambushed our soldiers in a house," he said.

Recently, he said the people almost became victims due to the irresponsible actions of some acting to frustrate the country and nearly caused the loss of an investment by Saudi Arabia following the spread of slanders on the country's economy which was apparently going to go bankrupt and that it could not afford to pay the salaries of civil servants.

"This is completely not true. Thank God, after showing the actual performance of the country's economy, Saudi Arabia agreed to invest RM31 billion in Malaysia through the petroleum company Aramco," he said.

He said Malaysians would suffer losses if these irresponsible parties succeeded in their slanders.

Following the slander, Najib said the people would definitely be denied the employment opportunities of high income as well as opportunities from the supporting sectors from the Saudi Arabia investment.

At the same time, he was perplexed by a former national leader who was running down the country with news that were not true at all.

Corruption claims ‘a lie’

"According to him, Malaysia is among the 10 most corrupt countries in the world. This is certainly not true. We are actually at the 55th spot out of 176 countries in the 2016 Corruption Perception Index and there is room for improvement.

"But to lie, spread slanders and undermine one's own country, I ask where is the love of this national leader for the country?" Najib questioned.

As a leader, he considered such matters as challenges and reminders to build the nation.

"Nonetheless, we as the citizens of Malaysia should continue to find the way forward. In facing the challenges, we also witnessed the real potential of Malaysia when the people are united," he said.

"We are patriots if we conscientiously carry out duties as civil servants," he added.

He said teachers are patriots if they teach the children with dedication, parents are patriots if they ensure their children grow up as useful human beings while the people should continue to show their love for the country.

To build a nation, he said the people should stay united and the love for the nation should be continuously fostered with patriotism throughout the year and not just in the month of August.

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