Thursday, 26 February 2009

A concerned citizen’s plea to Malaysian politicians...

Blogger Anas Zubedy took a full page advertisement in The Star today with an appeal to Malaysian polticians to “stop the power chase, call for a truce and focus on the economy."

“Pls forward, email, blogpost, facebook this message if you share the same sentiments, thanx, anas zubedy, " he wrote in his blog .

I am reproducing his plea below because I believe he speaks for many of us.


Dear Malaysian Politicians,

Please stop the power chase, call for a truce and focus on the economy.

I do not claim to speak on behalf of all Malaysians, but I have strong convictions that many share my sentiments.

Our concern today is not who rules the country or heads the state governments but the looming bad economy.

Whether Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat leads, it is meaningless if Malaysians have no job to go to, no money to pay rent and no means to put food on the table.

I am a business owner, like other business owners and managers of corporations I have a responsibility to ensure people under my care and payroll continue to have jobs and a decent income to take home. We work hard and willing to go the extra mile to make sure our nation not only survive this crisis but come out stronger and wiser. We need your help.

Let me explain. I am in the business of Training, Development and Consultancy and have 20 people in my team.

Saedah is 42. She keeps the office clean and helps organise the training rooms. She has four children and her husband is unemployed. She was first hired on a part time basis, because she is very hard working and has a great attitude, we offered her a full time job to help provide a stable income for her family. Even then, when her third child started school this year, it was a struggle for her to buy new school uniforms and other necessities. Saedah lives on a ‘kais bulan, makan bulan’ basis, so, if she is jobless, her tap runs dry.

Samsuri is 27 years old. He lives with his sister and her family in a low cost government flat in Sunway. He does our despatch, helps with various clerical works and occasionally acts as a driver. During the first week at zubedy, we learned that he not only did not have money to buy new clothes and shoes for work, he had no money for lunch. Like Saedah, if he has no job, his tap runs dry too.

Alicia in Client Servicing turns 26 this year. She lives with her dad who is 71 years old and retired. Her mom passed away when she was little. Alicia is a hard-working team member, has a gentle caring outlook and fun to be with. (We like to poke fun at her as she blushes easily). Last May her dad went through a major operation, thank God he has recovered well. Alicia needs a job, both for herself and her dad.

Sudesh, 38, is one of our facilitators. When his father passed away last year, he moved back and lives with his mother in Seremban. He shuttles between Kuala Lumpur and Seremban daily, leaving home sometimes as early as 4 in the morning and returning late at night. He is no stranger to hard work and sacrifice, he knows what he needs to do to survive and to care for his mother, but he too needs a job.

Like fellow Malaysians, every one of us in zubedy needs employment, those that live from hand to mouth like Saedah and Samsuri and others like Alicia and Sudesh with family to care for. We Malaysians need the Malaysian economy to be strong. We need you, our leaders, to work hard and to work together to make our economy viable.

So this is my plea.

Pakatan Rakyat, please stop your attempts to take over the federal government and persuade BN’s lawmakers to join you. Stop all legal proceedings, no more 916 and let go, just let go. The nation can wait till the next general elections if they want change. By doing so, Malaysians will see your party as caring, unselfish and gracious and give you their support in the next elections.

Barisan Nasional, please stop any attempts to take over PR states and win over PR’s lawmakers. You have proven your point with Perak. The nation can wait for the next general elections if they want your party. Focus all your talent, energy and hard work in steering the country out of an economic downturn. By doing so, Malaysians will see your party as caring, unselfish and smart and give you their support in the next elections.

BN and PR! Call for a truce. Get together and compromise. Someone has to give in. Or has hate consumed your heart till it blinds you? You can do it. You have enough intelligent people between you. I am sure you can find solutions. Take the nation to heart. That is why you are in politics in the first place.

Focus on the people.

Focus on the economy.

Anas Zubedy
Managing Director
Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd


Dhahran Sea said...

Salam Kak Maria,
I salute people like Zubedy! He definitely speaks for a lot of Malaysians who are SICK & TIRED of our HEARTLESS & BRAINLESS politicians from both BN&PR! I just hope they now have the EARS & WHATEVER LEFT OF THEIR BRAINS to affect change & to do it immediately before Malaysia got sucked into the economic quagmire!

puteri said...

Tok mommy,

I share the sentiments of commentator Dhahran Sea and salute blogger Anas for his inspiring message.

I hope the politicians take heart after reading the adv Anas put up in the Star.

Time to put aside their personal interest and focus on the economy.

Thank you Anas Way to go!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anas,

Thank you for saying exactly what we Malaysians feel and think.

seri said...

Exactly my sentiments.

Yes, I believe Anas is speaking for a lot of us who are getting damn tired ans sick over the antics of our politicians and their never-ending drama.

Terima kasih Anas and thank you tok mom for posting his message in yr blog.

matt said...

Thank you, thank you for speaking up.

Agree with Anas wholeheartedly!

rakyat biasa said...

Saya sokong 100% apa yang dikatakan oleh Sdr Anas.

You hit the nail on the head. Syabas!

a mother said...

Anas’s message is very timely, a good reminder to all politicians that there are bigger issues at hand affecting the common people.

With rising cost of living, many are trying to make ends meet. I know of friends who have to moonlight to earn that extra cash to feed their family. And I have friends who have been laid off. How to hidup like this? Like you say many are living like “kais pagi makan pagi.”

And what have we been hearing? Politicians fighting & squabbling among themselves - asyik berpoliticking aje with little concern for the rakyat jelata. Defamation suit di sana sini.

And what's the latest we've heard? The ruckus at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday caused by these clowns.

Haiyaa! Just so sicklah!