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Trust among Malaysians can make the country a better place



Trust among Malaysians can make the country a better place
By Zan Azlee

If people could trust each other more, then society can be much happier. It wasn’t just trust amongst neighbours and friends, but also trust towards police, government and other institutions.

Apparently, if 10 per cent more people felt they could count on others, then a more positive life satisfaction would be achieved, compared to giving everyone a 50 per cent pay raise.

This was a study conducted by economics Professor John Helliwel from the University of British Columbia, as told by author, Charles Montgomery, in his book Happy City.

This is interesting because it shows that at the end of the day, if you wanted to have a contented and matured society, money really doesn’t play much of an important role.

Now this isn’t exactly a new concept. Helliwell is actually just continuing the thought processes of many different thinkers and intellectuals over the centuries.

Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle always related happiness to the development of society, which eventually led to the Greek concept of eudaimonia.

Eudaumonia, which came about during the glory days of the city of Athens, promoted the idea that personal and societal growth was dependant on public and civic-mindedness.

In the city of Athens, everyone (those who were full citizens and not slaves!) had a voice with which they could express their thoughts on state policies. Everyone participated.

There were large open air theatres where society could gather to have discourse, debate and even heated arguments with one another on how best to improve their lives. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

No one defended Ridhuan Tee, boohoo!

Dear Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah. What the hell are you talking about?


No one defended Ridhuan Tee, boohoo!
By Zan Azlee

It has been a very stress free few months for me. The reason is because I have intentionally ignored everything said and written by the nation’s number one nemesis, Ridhuan Tee.

I have ignored his weekly columns and I have ignored all the things that were written about him. Whenever I see his name crop up on my computer screen, I just click away. It’s nice!

That is, right up until a couple of days ago when a friend of mine tagged me in a post on Facebook which had a link to an article about Ridhuan Tee. Ahh… it was good while it lasted!

It was about Ridhuan Tee, in one of his columns, wondering why no one had come to his defence when he was investigated for sedition once before regarding an article he wrote.

It seemed like he was so jealous and envious of the fact that so many Malaysians had come forward in support of Assoc. Prof. Azmi Shahrom when he was charged for sedition recently. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]



Give a man handouts and he gets cash for a day…



Give a man handouts and he gets cash for a day…
By Zan Azlee

It’s that time of the year again when the nation is gearing up for the tabling of the 2015 national Budget  by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

This is when issues about the economy and finances start cropping up taking centre stage in the people’s minds. And of course the number one topic has to be cost of living.

And why wouldn’t it be, right? The rising cost of living in Malaysia affects every person in the country who is, well, living.

Without a doubt, every year, things get more expensive and we have to continue to spend more just to maintain a certain standard or quality of living that is considered decent.

It’s different for different people. Some are happy just being able to survive and put food on the table for themselves and their family while others want a little bit more of an enhanced lifestyle.

How ever you define your standard of living, one thing is constant – as the years go by, you need more and more financially to be able to maintain it, what more to improve.

It is only natural for human beings to expect that to improve your financial situation, you will most probably have to put in more effort.

We are taught that if we put in effort, be it more thought or even more physical work, we will reap the benefits. And for the most parts, this is true.

If we work harder at our jobs, we expect to be recognised and rewarded for it. If we work hard and pursue and education, we also expect there to be a reward for it.

So, I cannot fathom the reasoning of elected leaders who go on and on about how we need to appreciate the fact that the government of the day is so generous in giving handouts.

They go on and on about how cash handouts like the ever increasing BR1M money giveaway and subsidies for petrol, cooking oil, flour, etc, improves people’s lives.

For example, the deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan recently said that with all the handouts given, it should cover the living expenses of Malaysians for three months. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

Is race-based politics still relevant?



Is race-based politics still relevant?
By Zan Azlee

I do not agree with race-based politics. There are many examples that actually show how detrimental it is to national harmony in Malaysia.

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a sit-down interview Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Youth and Sports, and he shared with me some of his views.

As we know, he is also the Youth Chief of Umno, a political party that serves to protect the interests of the Malay community in the country.

Khairy says that there is nothing wrong fo r a community to want to protect their interest as long as it doesn’t override the interest of national harmony.

“Politics based on ethnicity that pits one race against another, or the politics of hate and fear, is something that is not on,” he says.

He adds that it is totally fine for groups to protect the rights of different religious communities such as the Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and whatnot.

Khairy is also against extremist voices and hate-speech. He believes that there should be clearer legislation to eliminate this from continuing

In theory, I do agree with what he says. However, my point of contention is that there has been too many incidents that just shows the negative side of race-based politics.

I have the opinion that it is through decades of race-based politics that we see how segregated Malaysia is at the current moment. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

You did well Najib. Now on to the next stage.



You did well Najib. Now on to the next stage.
By Zan Azlee

I admit to the fact that when Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down, and when fingers were pointed towards Russia and President Putin, I wanted our government to be aggressive too.

When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made his statement early on July 18, I was utterly disappointed that it turned out quite tame. He made a mere mention of Russia, the separatists in Donetsk and nothing more.

Other world leaders had been vocal and intimidating. In that immediate hour, Malaysia was in shock and in anger. Our country, which had no direct enemies anywhere in the world, had suffered an attack.

The attack happened in a region that is going through a violent conflict that we are not even remotely involved in. The situation was extremely complicated and geopolitics became the word of the day.

Ukraine, a country that has seen decades of turmoil ever since its separation from the former Soviet Union is facing a separatist crisis. Russia, which is the superpower of Europe’s Eastern Block has vested interests in all the countries surrounding its borders.

I guess the bitterness of the fall of their empire is still evident.

Ukraine, on the other hand, has the backing of the Western Europe and the EU saw Russia encroaching as an inescapable threat. And what of the all-mighty United States of America?

Let’s just say that their foreign policies are at times viewed to be one-sided. And just like its rival arch, Russia, the Cold War probably hasn’t ended in their eyes.

So, allow me to reiterate that geopolitics is the order of the day. It’s so complicated that I don’t even have the strength and endurance to digest it all. It just gets worse especially when Malaysia gets violently sucked into it without any warning. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]