Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mahathir Losing his Marbles

Human Resources Minister Dr S. Subramaniam delivered an address at the 5th Apec Human Resource Development Ministerial Meeting in Beijing boasting that Malaysia is to create an additional 3.3 million jobs, of which over 60% will be in medium or high-income salary brackets to help turn it into a high-income nation by 2020. Then he made another claim that 600,000 people will move out of the lowest salary bracket and the number of people working in middle and high-income salary brackets will increase from 5.1 million to 9.2 million” (Star, September 17, 2010, p N26). It’s all very nice to hear but I say these are empty boasts because there are no details of how this ambitious plan is going to pan out. What type of jobs? Which industry? What time-frame? And when he referred to “more robust measures will be taken to transform our education system” – what are the specifics?

It must also be said that even now there are jobs but many Malaysian graduates are unemployable because they have the wrong skills set. And worse, they lack communication skills, and their English is at best, weak and at worst, incoherent. It has been stated that the average manager spends 80% of their time communicating in different ways (30% speaking, 25% listening, 15% reading and 10% writing) and if you cannot properly communicate, then who will employ you in the first place?

I think it’s fantastic that Pakatan Rakyat’s fresh set of leaders dared to speak out, that they found the courage to tell off Mahathir Mohamad that his racial politics are outdated (Webpage, posted September 16, 2010). Keadilan’s Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and Nurul Izzah Anwar, DAP’s Liew Chin Tong and PAS’s Dzulkefly Ahmad have all observed that Mahathir’s arguments are growing increasingly stale among the younger generation of voters who are more concerned with how Putrajaya handles bread-and-butter issues in an increasingly competitive global landscape.

In fact, Dzulkefly said Mahathir is the nation’s biggest obstacle to racial harmony and pegged him the “Father of All Racists”, paraphrasing minister Nazri Aziz’s criticism against the ex-premier in a rare show of support across the political lines.

“He himself is admitting there is a serious racial divide in no uncertain terms. His only denial is that he is the catalyst for that,” Dzulkefly said. He contends the 85-year-old’s patronage of hawkish Malay rights group Perkasa had further fanned racial conflicts here. I agree. Mahathir may have completely lost his marbles.


armouris said...

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Glam said...

Thank you. I will certainly check it out!