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5 Hairdryer Lessons for Malaysian Politics

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For most Malaysians, 8 May 2013 will forever be remembered as a day when throngs of thousands braved the late evening showers and gathered…. UNITED in heart and spirit, not as Malays, Chinese, Indians or Bumiputeras, but as Malaysians…. UNITED in ONE Suara Rakyat.

However, for all Mancunians, 8 May 2013 will also forever be remembered as the day Sir Alex Ferguson (SAF) made his official announcement to retire as manager of Manchester United. After 26 years of building up a Red Empire that conquered England for a period spanning at least 2 decades, SAF tearfully decided to call it quits. :-(

For someone widely regarded as the most successful football manger EVER, there is arguably SO MANY things we can learn and follow. So, in the light of the recently concluded General Elections in Malaysia, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on some of the lessons or character of SAF that would be most exemplary to all politicians and ministers of both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat…

1. Be a Champion Loser – It is a well-known fact that SAF is someone that truly respects his opponents on and off the field. It has been recorded that one of his best known gestures of football management is to share a bottle of wine to congratulate his opponent in a big match or at the end of the season if he was the loser. He shared it with Wenger during those battling seasons with Arsenal and also with Mourinho in Porto’s dressing room after the Portugese sides shock upset over Man Utd in the UCL. Wouldn’t it be cool if our politicians have that same level of fierce confrontations on field but sincere respect and friendship off the field? Hmmmmm.

2. Dare to Cut Names – During his tenure at United, SAF is also well known to drill his philosophy that “no player is more important than the club!” If there were players who had crossed the line for disciplinary problems or non-performance, SAF would have no hesitation to drop them from the squad or (worse) sell them off! I remembered there was a time when Rooney had a fantastic stretch of games going but suddenly he got involved in some drunk driving and partying. Although the games that lie ahead were crucial, SAF benched Rooney for 3 matches (if I remember correctly)! Have our political parties reached that maturity to drop or cut off their members who are plain liabilities and do not have the heart to serve the rakyat?

3. Never Give Up! – I have seriously lost count of the number of times Manchester United have fought back or scored in crunch time (aka final 15 minutes of the game + err..Fergis time, of course..:-P). The club wouln’t have been able to amass so many trophies if it weren’t for this indescribable desire to fight on till the final whistle. Who could forget the “Football…Bloody Hell!” moment at the Nou Camp in 1999 with two goals at the death won SAF his first Champion’s League trophy? Likewise, for politicians or parties that have lost the votes or seat, my advise is to continue to serve the rakyat and Never Give Up!

4. Have a Personal Touch – One of the things I admired most about SAF was his willingness to be personally involved in any player deals – especially the high profiled ones. 😛 In his biography, stories are shared about how SAF would personally visit the players the club would buy next, to the level of visiting them in their homes! How nice if our politicians emphasised more on serving the rakyat at the grassroots, giving a personal touch in the areas or constituency they are serving?

5. Focus on Youth and Build a Legacy – One of the key football management elements of SAF is his penchant to build up a youth system to unearth and develop talent for the future of the club. Of course, there are times he would simply just BUY the talent but YOUTH remains a priority. The endless crop of players like Beckham, the Neville brothers, Butt, Scholes, Giggs to the current batch of Welbeck, Cleverly, Buttner, Young, Hernandez is testament to SAF’s solid youth-development policy. Eventually, this would lead to the formation of a very strong squad to leave behind to his successor when he leaves. SAF is genius in this way that he doesn’t want to abandon a ship that is in tatters but one that is still strong and powerful. An extract from his retirement speech:

“It was important to me to leave an organization in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so,” Ferguson said. “The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth setup will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one.”

Has our political parties thought of succession planning and developing youth in their agenda? If not, they should quickly learn from SAF. :-)

THANK YOU SIR ALEX FERGUSON! 😀

A Lesson in Colour Blindness

 

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. (Luke 10:21)

I believe that all adults, regardless if they are parents, grandparents, doctors, lawyers, engineers, captain of a nuclear aircraft carrier or even the president of a country…can ALWAYS learn from little children. :-)

Last night, after picking up the kids from the babysitter’s house, I proceeded to look for a place to buy dinner home. The following conversation took place inside the car between my five year old boy and I…

Collin: Papa…are we going to tar-pau dinner tonight?

Me: Yes, we are going to Restaurant XXX to buy dinner.

Collin: Which one is Restaurant XXX?

Me: There…the Chinese restaurant… 

Collin: Papa…what is a Chinese restaurant?..

Me: Err….well you know, where we sometimes buy Caitlynn’s char siew pau and your lin-yoong pau? (approaches Restaurant XXX which happened to be closed that night) aiya….looks like Restaurant XXX is closed.

Collin: Then how wor?

Me: I think we may have to go and buy dinner at the Indi– erm…at the Roti Canai restaurant then..

Collin: Yayyy! Can we have roti canai then?

Me: Of course!

Collin & Caitlynn: Yayyyy! :-)

Sometimes we forget that our children grow up with ‘colour-blindness’ up to a certain age, at least. They do not understand nor comprehend the differences of Malay, Chinese, Indian or other races. To them, they couldn’t care less to even differentiate what type of restaurants we eat in or the what food from which race is being served. Through their eyes, everyone is the same…one colour, one race.

Sadly, it is not easy to remember that WE were ALL like that once too…:-p

Somewhere along the way, our vision gets tainted more and more with the things we read, people we interact with, things we see, personal experiences, etc. until our early childhood’s colour-blindness no longer exists.

It got worse when all these racism slurs gets trending in our country, especially right after the recently concluded General Elections. Some unintelligible mainstream media putting up racial remarks on their headlines, politicians spicing up their election victory speeches with racial connotations, etc. For a country that is projecting itself as moving forward towards becoming a developed nation, these recent incidents is definitely MORE than just a minor roadblock! In fact, it can be argued that we are actually moving BACKWARDS instead! Sadly, it became a WHOLE LOT worse when our country’s leaders seemingly do not oppose or stand up to prevent these remarks from possibly exploding into something unimaginable..

Jadi, apa lagi Cina ini mahu?

For ALL Malaysians to rediscover their childhood colour-blindness…

For ALL Malaysians to look at each other beyond skin colour and races…

For ALL Malaysians to reject all forms of racist remarks and actions…

For ALL Malaysians to build together a country free of racism for our next generation…

For ALL Malaysians to reject racial politics…

For ALL Malaysians to have access to non-politically biased media and press…

For ALL Malaysians to eat in Malaysian restaurants eating Malaysian foods..:-P

 

Rediscover your color-blindness….

Say NO to RACISM!

10 Things to do for GE14

Sigh. After seeing all the varied types of business that have flourished during all the months of election campaignings, these is a list of my Top 10 things I need to do when GE14 comes along…

1. Start an advertising agency

2. Start a banner/poster/bunting printing company

3. Start a company offering SMS blasting services

4. Start planting bamboo..

5. Start a catering business

6. Start writing (and selling) songs..

7. Start T-Shirt designing company

8. Start motorcycle workshop

9. Start umbrella business

10. Start travel agency to manage flights and logistics.

Yup. However, since it is obviously too LATE to do all that NOW, all I can only do for GE13 is to…

VOTE WISELY!

General Election Tip: Know Your X

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The letter X can be a pretty complex and confusing letter, especially during the elections…

If all of you have been brought up and educated in the proper manner, you would recognise the letter X to represent..

– NO!

– Negative!

– Dislike!

– Dowan!

– Die!

– Out!

HOWEVER….in the case of elections, the letter X represents the exact opposite! A mark of X on your ballot paper means a VOTE of YES for the party next to it! Yes, I kid you not!

So if  you are a first time voter, please mentally prepare a mini mind-shift and know that an X actually stands for a YES. :-)

And if you are a long-time, experienced voter…after reading this it suddenly dawned on you that you have been voting WRONGLY all this while, well…so now you know what to do! :-)

In short, in elections, mark an X for the party you WANT TO VOTE for!