Thursday, 31 October 2013

"How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?"

''Malaysia is the best country in the world. You can eat many delicious food, live peacefully and get an education. You should be grateful that you were born in Malaysia instead of poverty-stricken countries like Bangladesh, Somalia, Palestine or Iraq. If you're not happy with the government, why don't you move out of malaysia?''

I've heard the above statement countless times before and I think today is the right time for me to respond to this idiotic statement. First of all, Malaysia (or the Government) is not the best in the world. There are many other better countries than Malaysia. If we make a comparison based on inflation index then certainly Malaysia is not the best - our inflation index as of September 2013 is 2.60. Inflation index for countries like Portugal, France and Taiwan are much lower - 0.10, 0.90 and 0.83 respectively. Poor malaysians like me sometimes cry at night because we do not have money to buy food and you're saying malaysia is the best country in the world?

Now let's compare our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with Japan. Japan is a country that has no natural resources whatsoever and hills and mountains cover 70% of the land. However, Japan's nominal GDP on 2012 was US$5.984 trillion (ranked 3rd behind China and United States). Malaysia, a country that is blessed with many natural resources exempli gratia gold, copper, iron ore, bauxite and petroleum on the other hand recorded a nominal GDP of only US$307.178 billion.
And why you think we're the best country in the world when our 2012 nominal GDP was much lower than a country that literally has nothing?

Second of all, hak mengkritik hak kami. Article 10 (1) (a) of the Federal Constitution is my licence to say whatever I want. Personally, I believe that criticising our own country and government is the responsibility of all malaysians. In the words of Bill Maher, ''I do think the patriotic thing to do is to critique my country.How else do you make a country better but by pointing out its flaws?''.  I believe some improvements need to be made. That is why continuous criticism is necessary.  If you're not happy with me and any other malaysians exercising our constitutional rights then you're the one who need to move out of Malaysia.

Malaysia is a beautiful and unique country. Let's us work together to make Malaysia a better nation.

Fazrin Jamal

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