Saturday, 7 April 2018

Credit For All

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While I was conducting a course on problem-solving, I asked my participants why Malaysia became a big player in oil & gas and the expected humorous answer came, "Mahathir!"

I agreed and smiled. I also took the opportunity to spread the credit a little more. Here is what I said to them, as taught to me by my silat teachers:

For every complex effort there are four phases of people involved: Pencetus (the Inspiration), Penyokong (the Supporters), Pendokong (the Executors) and Penyambung (the Sustainers).

Yes, due credit is given to the person who first mooted the idea. But if that's all an idea needed, then all ideas would survive. It needed a Supporter to agree that the idea was worth carrying out and convince Executors to want to make the idea a reality.

After all the concepts, roles, systems and objects had been created, it was now the responsibility of the Sustainers to continue the good work of their forebears.

For everything that succeeds, there were those who made it happen, whether in the beginning or otherwise.

They all deserve credit. Give it fairly.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Voters United

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When we were children, we were friends. Good friends. We were one in the oneness of the universe.

We knew not ideas imposed upon us by others. But we gradually grew apart.

Grew apart in race, in religion, in politics, in behaviour, in opinion.

We knew each other before we knew the leaders and teachers we idolised. We were like brothers, like sisters, yet we allowed people we've barely met to rule our lives and separate us.

We heed their call and call each others' leaders names and get offended on their behalf. And we argue, shout and divorce while they sip coffee together after purporting to represent us.

They leave us divided, broken and in pain and we still say it was your leader's fault, not mine.

They will leave soon, maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe in five years. But their hopes and dreams aren't our hopes and dreams.

Because my hope and dream is to be your friend, not their slave.

Live well, and prosper. I love you.

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This article is part of a series written in the run-up to the 14th Malaysian General Election on 9 May 2018. The series intends to foster critical thinking, positivity, understanding and fair-mindedness among voters to create a mature space of political discourse.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Be The Hero

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The biggest lie politicians have sold us is that we are victims, and they are heroes coming to save us.

We participate in the lie by believing them. So don't blame only them. If we really cared about this country, let's do something every single day to change it, to change us.

I look up to my friends and colleagues who use social media to spread education, positivity and power. You know who you are.

I remind myself and others, complaining puts us into the victim hole, giving up responsibility for our salvation to someone else.

No Najib, No Hadi, No Mahathir, no one human being can change Malaysia, except us.

Let's vote, and tell them what we want them to do, every day, every week, every month. Not just every few years.

And.

Let's help them do it. We aren't victims. We are the heroes.

Because if we aren't either of these, we become the villains.

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This article is part of a series written in the run-up to the 14th Malaysian General Election on 9 May 2018. The series intends to foster critical thinking, positivity, understanding and fair-mindedness among voters to create a mature space of political discourse.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Complain & Act

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A government that wants to keep control, allows their citizens to complain, allows many avenues for complaints.

Complaining keeps the people negative thinking and reduces action, putting burden on action on other people, or the government

It also serves as a release on the pressure cooker. After they complain, they feel better.

Then pressure builds up again, and they are allowed to release it, and the people calm down again.

No more complaints. Only action.

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This article is part of a series written in the run-up to the 14th Malaysian General Election on 9 May 2018. The series intends to foster critical thinking, positivity, understanding and fair-mindedness among voters to create a mature space of political discourse.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Choose

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Different people vote differently.

Some vote based on past performance.
Some vote based on future promises.

Some vote by facts.
Some vote by feel.

Some vote because of charisma.
Some vote because of potential.

Some vote due to similarities.
Some vote despite differences.

Some vote the person.
Some vote the party.

Irrespective of how you choose to vote, it's your right, even if someone else thinks you voted for the wrong reasons. Who's to say their reasons are the right ones?

If someone insists you follow how they vote, it means you have the right to insist they follow how you vote too.

Vote for someone who shares your values.
Vote for someone who shares your race.
Vote for someone who shares your religion.

Vote for someone who you've never met
Vote for someone who is your friend.
Vote for someone who is your enemy.

Vote for someone good looking.
Vote for someone good speaking.
Vote for someone good moving.

Vote for someone you think is stupid so you can control them.
Vote for someone you think is smart so you don't have to teach them.

Vote for someone who will bring change.
Vote for someone who will keep things the same.

Vote. Don't vote. It's your right.

If you do, your voice will be heard. If you don't, your voice is muted.

It's your choice. Choose.

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This article is part of a series written in the run-up to the 14th Malaysian General Election on 9 May 2018. The series intends to foster critical thinking, positivity, understanding and fair-mindedness among voters to create a mature space of political discourse.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Independence While Dependent

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When someone becomes Wakil Rakyat, your representative, they listen to your voice.

How is it then, that they also listen to their President, their party and their component parties?

In an ideal world, every Wakil Rakyat is independent from influences other than their constituents. But we don't live there. We live here.

The fact is, as long as they belong to a party, there is a group agenda, whether published or hidden, and there are power plays happening within.

There is the Wakil Rakyat who bravely stands up to their own colleagues and leaders to deliver your hopes and dreams and there is the Wakil Rakyat who only walks the party line.

Keep that in mind when you vote.

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This article is part of a series written in the run-up to the 14th Malaysian General Election on 9 May 2018. The series intends to foster critical thinking, positivity, understanding and fair-mindedness among voters to create a mature space of political discourse.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Play Fair By Playing Smart

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Nothing's fair in politics. Someone will always have an unfair advantage. No two parties are the same, which means their target markets will also be different, even though they overlap.

One party tracks better with a particular religion, another with a particular position, while others just love following the lead.

Even in martial arts, we're taught that someone who is ill, or just off their game a little bit, can cause them to lose the fight or even their life.

There is no absolute way to predict an outcome. Even where movies are concerned.

I didn't enjoy Black Panther, but the money keeps rolling in. People say to earn big, you have to spend big. Tell that to the producers of Blair Witch Project, Get Out and A Quiet Place.

Conversely, also tell that to the Badang producers.

So, just because one party has more money to spend on more expensive campaigns doesn't mean they will win. Prior elections have proven this.

Have hope.

However, that being said, put in the work, leverage off of free services, tools and efforts, and you can technically make up for all of the money that anyone can throw around.

It is better to be smart than rich.

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This article is part of a series written in the run-up to the 14th Malaysian General Election on 9 May 2018. The series intends to foster critical thinking, positivity, understanding and fair-mindedness among voters to create a mature space of political discourse.