“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
Abraham Lincoln illustrated my thoughts precisely. Malaysia is “Negaraku” (my country), and I am proud to say so. I am sure many Malaysians do too, but there is a huge problem. This problem, of course, may or may not have sprouted without intention, but it stayed as one, which makes it poisonous to the growth of the country. What I’m talking about here is, bluntly speaking, the cowardice of the citizens of Malaysia.
Frankly speaking, I am repulsed by those who complain about the general state of their country, and at the same time, are doing nothing to help improve them! We grumble, we criticise, we point out problems, and we ultimately decide to dismiss them, pack our bags and leave the problems to the rest of the country who have no choice but to stay.
“Son, when you get the chance, migrate to another country. There is no future here.”
I have heard this line of speech so much that I have come to a conclusion that this is the mindset of the majority of adults in this land. And that is precisely the reason I am so strongly against this line of thought. Imagine that the entire nation is rid of an entire generation of young people, just because this poisonous mindset has been ingrained into their minds by the older generation. Imagine if everyone left, because of the problems that we are facing, and the people left are just as incapable, if not more, to deal with them. Will Malaysia survive?
Instead of dusting our feet and saying goodbye, why not stay, and make a difference? Are you afraid of the challenges that come ahead? Are you saying that this notion is far too idealistic and not in the least realistic? It just depends on how you approach the problem! Do you want to improve the education system? Become a teacher, and nurture the young ones to grow up to be strong, capable leaders one day, who may the power to influence, or even lead the education ministry! The problem will not go away by leaving it. The problem may only go away if we come to terms with it and learn to deal with it, not by ourselves, but as a nation. If we each do our part, there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome.
Out of my love for my country Malaysia, I wish to reiterate my thoughts. Malaysia is our country, and if we wish to see change, we need to be the change. Stop running away, and face our demons.
Because inilah tanah tumpahnya darahku (this is the land where my blood will be poured).