Change is good!

GE14 gave us a golden opportunity to make changes to ensure a better Malaysia for everyone. No doubt, it would take time to weed out corruption, introduce reforms and create policies for economic recovery in order to become a progressive and developed nation.

It is an enviable opportunity we have been given with, enviable because other nations want the same but don’t have it but we got it! However, despite this wonderful opportunity before us, I’m not sure if people are seizing it to embrace change to bring out outcomes that will be good not only to the individual but to the corporate culture of the nation as well.

Change is renewal. It allows us to develop new skills and new ways of doing things and to correct the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, people are stuck in the old way and fail to explore and discover new opportunities to grow and develop.

Take the former government ministers for example. The people have clearly put them in the opposition corner but they don’t want to function as an opposition. Instead, in the old style, they are shamelessly finding the easy way out by scheming and wheeling and dealing in making pacts to work with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government. They are posturing and manoeuvering to become part of the government either now or possibly when Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim becomes prime minister (since they had held a meeting with him recently). If in the process, others become the opposition that’s fine with them!

The former ruling party Umno wanted a unity government and now Gabungan Bersatu Sabah — a coalition of Sabah parties who are former Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties — have declared they are ready to form a new government in Sabah and work with PH. They spoke with the prime minister-in-waiting Anwar but not the prime minister in government Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Why don’t they just work hard at being the opposition and win the people’s support through an election? The current situation gives them the opportunity to work hard to get the mandate of the people but hard work they don’t want. They would rather make unholy pacts — unholy because the rakyat did not vote for it — and destabilize the political environment in the process.

Investors can see these pacts being worked out and they would rather wait than invest now. So, those who are engaging in these moves are clearly putting their own interests ahead of the nation. My feeling is that the opposition would refrain from taking initiatives to make pacts with PH parties if they know that such initiatives are not welcome.

Perhaps, that’s the problem: There are some PH coalition parties which are open to the idea of pacts, which is what is causing the current political instability. PH parties need to demonstrate their unstinting support to the PH government leadership to ensure political stability. That would prove their commitment to put the nation first. With political stability, we can expect a flow of foreign investments to usher in economic progress.

It is understandable that those who benefitted from the BN government without personal effort would be at a loss on how to cope now that the crutch is gone. That, really, is the beginning of true independence and building confidence in one’s abilities. Without the crutch, one has to learn to make it on one’s own. That is a great lesson in self-development. It begins with exploring options and seizing the opportunities that come your way and discovering the means to create new opportunities, all of which will aid in helping the individual become a self-determining person, the master of his or her own destiny.

So, the taxi drivers who suffer losses because the new government will not remove Grab from the competition need to understand this. The prospects may seem dim but they need to see in the current situation the golden opportunity to find new opportunities. The outcome can only be good. Who knows, it might be the start of a new culture in nurturing a new breed of self-made very successful businessmen.

Change facilitates development and growth. If we see this golden opportunity that we have been entrusted with as a way for a better future, we will make it work to our advantage. And, that can only mean well for the individual and the nation.

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