Friday, May 22, 2009

3 Kinds of Bloggers & The Heart of God

Just as there are three kinds of leaders, there are three kinds of bloggers/writers:

1. The Rear Mirror Types: Using the analogy of driving, these bloggers focus on the past, history, what was done, the wounds, the glories, the disasters of the past 50 years of Msia.

2. The Present Focused Types: These bloggers will comment and anlayse the present situation and the latest policy statements. Many are witty and tend to be pro-reformasi as shown in my bloglist on the right.

3. The Future Focused/Visionary Types: These bloggers, while having a healthy dose of realism, are more than intellectual. They know that what really moves heaven and earth is a tangible vision of the future, what our deepest hopes are for the nation and for our citizens. For instance, the rainbow nation comprising various races blended into one is a vision that Msians can aspire for.

I think most local civil rights, pseudo-political blogs and Internet media are in the 1 and 2 groups. Malaysiakini has a potent blend of opinionated content but has only 10-20% focused on solutions and future visions for the nation. I hope existing and new bloggers like Dato' Zaid Ibrahim's will put their intellectual energies into building up fresh visions for Malaysia’s future.

The future is now in our hearts as soon as we cherish the vision despite the corruption, the partisanship, the comedy of our present state of politics.

This is not New Age hocus pocus but a spiritual truth: what we constantly cherish in our hearts which are aligned with the heart and promises of God will come true. It may take months or years but I am confident God will fulfill the hopes of man that are visualised and imagined faithfully according to His Word.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is easy to talk about building visions for the future, harder to know how to turn the visions into reality.

Having said that, bloggers tend to communicate in terms of the same political language and seldom allow their personal religious values to come through. That's probably why they aren't willing to see clearly into the future which their religions have many things to say about.

Malaysia needs a change that is deeply psychological and spiritual among the people so that they will be brave enough to stand for real change.

As it is, many are still either followers of BN or Pakatan while the fence sitters just care about their rice bowl and stocks.

asian.economics@gmail.com said...

How often we see commentators start talking about their beliefs and the next thing, we are having a heated online debate.

Msians will have to be more intellectually mature or else circumstances will shake their world like a tsunami.

romerz said...

Jeremiah,

Just to let you know that I've replied your latest comment in my blog.

By the way, thanks for visiting.

aston said...

The truth is Chinese inject entrepreneurial and economic progress in South East Asia. If the Chinese left Malaysia, your economy would be on the verge of collapse and will become little more than a backwater hellhole.

There are very simple reasons why Chinese do not fully assimilate into malay society. It is because the malay people are very hostile and disrespectful to the Chinese. It is well ingrained in their society, this anti-Chinese sentiment.

Also, given this hostility, why should Chinese integrate with your society? Let me tell you, it is a very simple reason. Unlike primitive tribesmen minorities in your territories, our civilization and culture is actually far superior than your malay culture.

We are the inheritors of one of the greatest civilizations in human history. Why do we want to downgrade our cultural knowledge and perception, and accept a backward and undeveloped primitive culture?

You Malaysians, Filipinos and Indonesians need to learn from the example of the Thais. They are friendly to Chinese and many Thai Chinese are very integrated and are loyal to Thailand. However, they also have links to China and bring the two countries closer.

Hence, China and Thailand enjoy very strong relations and all of this bodes well for Thailand economically and politically. It is no wonder Thailand has experienced a great deal of economic progress.

Too, I lived in Malaysia before and let me tell you that Malaysia is not rich. The government owes a lot of money to Japan and other countries. The nation is corrupted! In outside look, you think Malaysia is rich but the truth is Malaysia is very poor. A lot of projects have been cancelled such as new airport in Kuching, and etc.

Indeed right, in Malaysia the malays are like shit. They disrespect the Chinese. And you want to know why the malay government has money? It is because the tax! Chinese pay high tax to the malay government where the malay government even use quota control!

The malays given of special treatment, the government give money to the malays because without this, the malays will have nothing! We Chinese in Malaysia depend on ourselves! We earn money on ourselves!

The Chinese in Malaysia is dropping rapidly, one day and one day will come, when the malays don't like Chinese and riot, then we Chinese move away and hahaha! Malaysia will become like Indonesia!

Now look at your Indonesia, last time when Chinese there, the government can be rich. Now when Chinese gone - your country like shit! Hahaha! This is dream funny!

Hon said...

Then let me re-quote Lee Kuan Yew:

Singaporean politician Lee Kuan Yew of the PAP, who publicly questioned the need for Article 153 in parliament, and called for a "Malaysian Malaysia".

In a speech, Lee Kuan Yew bemoaned what would later be described as the Malaysian social contract:

"According to history, malays began to migrate to Malaysia in noticeable numbers only about 700 years ago. Of the 39% malays in Malaysia today, about one-third are comparatively new immigrants like the secretary-general of Umno, Dato Syed Jaafar, who came to Malaya from Indonesia just before the war at the age of more than thirty. Therefore it is wrong and illogical for a particular racial group to think that they are more justified to be called Malaysians and that the others can become Malaysians only through their favour."

Eventually, and Singapore became an independent nation in 1965, with Lee Kuan Yew as its first prime minister.

vesewe said...

That is why malay is the most arrogant, corrupted, racist and terrorist race in the world. To the world population, malay is only a minority. And yet, still keep on talking about Islam, Muslim, Syariah law. Shame on you!

Jeremiah said...

Thanks, guys, for visiting and for your views on Msia's race problems.

Malaysia is indeed like a dysfunctional family where certain children are favoured by a domineering patriach, some are adopted whilst other siblings think they are natural children and thus deserve more favours.

But times are changing and we should try not to allow the racists and politicians bring us down to their level of tribalism.

Every country has its crises and weaknesses. Thailand has a succession problem with the people's loyalty to the future king becoming a source of political and social division. LKY's Spore can't grow further without critical land mass to support an increasingly migrant skilled labour force.

Faced with becoming the economic laggard of Asia and the closest Apartheid regime in the world, Msia's leaders (whether BN or PR) has to clean up fast.

The new problem now is that if current leaders know they will lose the next GE in 2012, then they could be in a hurry to milk as much money from the system to build up a war chest.

If they lose, they will use the war chest to buy up cross overs.

I pray that the PM and his cabinet as well as the opposition will guide this country out of corruption and injustice before 2012. If things remain as bad by then, the destiny of the nation may be what Aston predicted.

Btw. It would be fairer to distinguish between all Malays and the UMNO/BN government. It is a fallacy to equate the Bush administration with Americans because most Americans later voted his party out. People do change and come to their senses when they are up against a wall.

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