Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Nurul Izzah Anwar

The Malaysian Insider featured a series of well-written articles (both English and Malay) in conjunction with Merdeka yesterday. One of the authors is Nurul Izzah Anwar who inscribed that “The Malays and as a matter-of-fact, all Malaysians need to change as well if we want to remain relevant in this world. We need to step away from our obsession with all things racial and realize that the project of nation-building is not a zero-sum game. Malaysia can never succeed until and unless its entire people feel like they are truly a part of it”.

And she prompted: “…calling for our nascent nationhood to be allowed to achieve its full potential than for us to remain stuck in our ethnic and mental ghettos. …The wave of reactionary politics that is engulfing us can only be turned back if progressive Malaysians stand firm against their threats and untruths”.

And she concluded: “The Malaysia of tomorrow cannot be one in which we are blinded by fear and negativity. The first step in imagining and defining a better future for all of us is to open our eyes and speak out…” (Webpage
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/36435-malays-speaking-without-fear-, accessed August 31, 2009).

An excellent piece of writing from the MP of Lembah Pantai, reminding us of the challenges we face today. What she is saying is very correct, very pertinent, and very relevant.

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