Need to address social issues openly


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  • Saturday, 05 Jul 2003

THERE is no denying that Malaysians are proud to be Malaysians because of how our country has gained much international recognition over the last two decades with the dynamic leadership of our government.  

However, we cannot deny that no matter how much the Government has brought development in the physical sense, developments in our civil, police and public services are questionable.  

Our country's overall attitude has been touted as very reactive and, most recently, even unfriendly.  

Our infamous tidak apa (lackadaisical) attitude in enforcement and in general should be seriously studied, as it is a root cause of malpractices and rising crime rate.  

The recent abduction in the Bangsar Shopping Complex is another example of our authorities being more often than not reactive than proactive in tackling crimes.  

It is becoming a Malaysian culture to resort to writing and complaining to newspapers to have our thoughts and grievances noted in public before some authorities take serious attention and action.  

Our never-ending traffic jams, dangerous driving habits, poor civil service, inefficient public transport system, overcrowded residential areas with poor public services and poor town planning are just a few of my personal thoughts on how perhaps our environment has affected our social well-being. 

Perhaps the Government could air special programmes or forums to discuss these social issues openly with the public as, after all, only together with the people can the Government realise a developed nation and society.  

 

ALAN T.  

Petaling Jaya. 

(via e-mail)  

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