Engage in battle of the minds

  • Letters
  • Saturday, 05 May 2012

I HAVE viewed and read Bersih 3.0 from different perspectives. It does not present a good overall picture.

The police had tried to project a good image some time back as being people friendly, but with Bersih 3.0 all their efforts seem to be wasted with the social media abuzz with police brutality.

Then there is the flip side of the coin where policemen were beaten up, injured and a police patrol car vandalised.

Such sensational news may benefit some quarters, but if we were to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, it was a loss-loss situation for Malaysia.

Those of us who are older should have the wisdom to know that the young ones tend to be more gung-ho and will take the bull by the horns.

They should be in their schools or universities studying rather than spending their time in police stations.

This is the time for our politicians from both sides of the divide to show care and compassion for the people.

It would be good if the politicians engage in a battle of the minds and not of fists, and address issues like clean, free, fair elections; economic/business matters, education, healthcare, corruption, and etc in a civil and professional manner.

Set the venue in a well air-conditioned place as tempers may flare. Select unbiased moderators. This will be good leadership by example.

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, with all due respect to your high IQ, outstanding achievements and that you do not aspire to be a politician, Bersih sequels should not be led by you.

Please do let the politicians who aspire for power and control to engage the battle of minds. If you strongly believe in what you believe in, then go in as an advisor.

As a parent, I want to see a better future for my children and that there is continuous improvement and progress over the generations.

Anger and hate will only lead to chaos and destruction. Let us pray for peace.


Shah Alam.

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