Hornbill Unleashed

January 10, 2017

The curse of the three generations

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

The Chinese believe that family wealth will not last for three generations. The first generation makes the money, the second spends it, the third see nothing of the wealth. It is a ‘rags to riches, and back to rags’ story.

Many Malaysian families with ‘old-wealth’ (not the nouveau riche) acquired their fortunes because of one man. He would have worked like a dog to acquire the knowledge, the skills and the contacts. He would have shunned designer clothes and shoes, and instead would wear the same faded singlet and trousers.

Many of these original wealth makers ate their meals in the same coffee shop every day, and led thrifty lives. Their documents would be carried in a paper bag, and never a showy leather briefcase. They travelled economy and drove their own cars.

They did not have airs and graces. Their scruffy appearance hid the fact that they had several million ringgits deposited in a bank, and owned properties and businesses throughout the country.

The men who started these business empires would have been driven by their family’s circumstances. They vowed that they would get an education and grab every opportunity to lift their families out of poverty.

Many started their businesses in a small way, perhaps by repairing bicycles. Then with the money saved, they would start their own bicycle shop and would leap-frog from there, to acquire more shops or venture into other businesses.

The sons of these hard-working men mostly failed to measure up to their fathers.

Many of them wrongly assumed that they possessed greater business acumen than their fathers. They used their father’s name to open doors, to get preferential treatment, or to borrow money. A son might have gambled his inheritance away. Not knowing the value of hard work, another son may have spent his father’s hard-earned money on women and cars.

Instead of doing what their old man used to do, which is to invest wisely, open a trust fund for their children, and set aside some money for their old age, the second generation simply frittered away the good work of their father.

By the time the third generation came along, there was very little of the original wealth left. Infighting, bickering, selfishness and greed also consumed the second generation. For the love of money is the root of all evil.

Also true for the nation

Whilst the three generations phenomenon is certainly true of families, it is also true for the nation.

Our grandfathers inherited Malaya/Malaysia from the British. The major races were united in their desire to be liberated from colonial rule. Today, we fight one another, for what end?

The education system we have now is a shadow of its former self. Our schools and university were once the pride of Asia, but we cannot say the same today.

Malay soldiers once fought alongside non-Malays. Today, some people think that having non-Malays in the armed forces is allegedly going to pose a problem. It is not true that non-Malays do not wish to join the armed forces. Many non-Malays become demotivated when they are passed over for promotion, not because of ability, but because of race.

Today, we hear about foreigners owning vast tracts of prime land, even allegedly, Malay reserve land.

Native customary land rights are ignored. The British conveniently forgot about restoring the rights of the Orang Asli (OA), but instead of fighting on their behalf, we increase the suffering of the OA.

Institutions like the police, the civil service and the judiciary, were largely independent. Today, they are allegedly beholden to Putrajaya.

Many old-timers claim that around the time of Merdeka, they could leave their houses unlocked. Today, people walk up to your car, break a window with a parang and rob you as you sit trapped in your vehicle at a traffic light. Worse still, our leaders allegedly rob us blind and plunder the nation, and don’t care that we know.

Policemen were both respected and feared. Today, a policeman would allegedly help you settle your brush with the law, with a “Macam mana mau settle?” (How shall we settle this?)

The Malays were noted for their humility and manners. Today, people like the leader of the red-shirts, Jamal Md Yunos, and the army veterans, have little regard for manners or dignity. They shame the whole Malay community.

Three generations ago we looked up to our leaders, just like the children and grandchildren would look up to their patriarch, whom they were proud to emulate.

When the patriarch died, his children failed to continue his good work. Greed and egotism consumed their souls. Today, we suffer, just as the grandchildren of the patriarch, suffer.

The three generations curse is upon us, but there is good news. GE14 is approaching and only you can help restore order and renew the faith, in ourselves.


MARIAM MOKHTAR


 

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  1. Doris Jones vows to free Sabah, Sarawak
    John Joseph | March 9, 2015
    “We are not being allowed to practice freedom of speech and freedom of association. If you do, you end up in prison. There can be torture until you can die.”
    Doris JonesKOTA KINABALU: UK-based Borneo rights activist Doris Jones, 46, who heads the Sabah Sarawak Union UK, told BBC News Radio Northampton on Friday that she doesn’t understand why Malaysia doesn’t want to allow Sabah and Sarawak to go from the list of states in the Federation, so that they can stand on their own two feet. “It’s a big question.”
    BBC claimed that Jones was leading the campaign in the UK for independence back home on behalf of “some people in Sabah and Sarawak”. The station did not elaborate.
    “If they don’t let us go, then we have the right to go independent,” said Jones who manages the Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM) Page on Facebook. “We are countries which can be on our own like Singapore and Brunei. We are entitled to stand on our own two feet.”
    She was being interviewed, on repression of human rights and free speech in Borneo, on the eve of a peaceful protest outside the Malaysian High Commission in London. She explained the difficulties of running a campaign at home from the other side of the world.
    “We are not being allowed to practice freedom of speech and freedom of association. If you do, you end up in prison. There can be torture until you can die.”
    The rights activist also stressed that Interpol is not after her as made out by the Malaysian Government in the local media but conceded that she may be arrested under the Sedition Act if she returns home. Her family has not been in contact with her since their mobile phones have allegedly been taken away.

    “I am not stopping the campaign because of their intimidation. It’s their way of doing things. It’s not that I don’t love my family.”
    SSKM have between 200 and 300 volunteers in Sabah. About 14 of them have since been hauled up but released and may face unspecified charges. “Five of them were arrested at a petrol station. They had nothing on them. The first group had only pen and paper with them for people to sign a Petition,” said Jones. “The goal of this campaign is for us to stand on our own feet.”
    Jones, who has been abroad the last two decades and led a campaign for the past five years for independence, told the radio station that she was about ten years old when she realised that something was not right about Sabah and Sarawak being in a Federation with the peninsula. “We were not allowed to say anything,” she said. “Racism, discrimination. There’s no democracy.”
    BBC said that Interpol, in a statement, told the radio station that they have never been contacted by the Malaysian Government on Doris Jones.
    The Foreign Office, in a similar statement, said that they will stand up for the human rights of anyone and this includes the right to free speech and freedom of association. “Anyone in the UK who’s being harassed or threatened by anyone should report to the police. We support the right of anyone to express themselves in free speech without any threat or intimidation.”
    “We, along with our EU partners, continue to urge the Malaysian Government to pursue laws and practices that foster tolerance and mutual respect.”
    The Malaysian High Commission declined comment.

    Comment by Pete — January 10, 2017 @ 8:41 AM | Reply


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