What I believe

I believe in a world where justice and peace rules, where all human beings (and not just a privileged few) will be treated with the dignity that is theirs as the children of the one God.

I believe in a world where the economy serves the people and not the other way around.

I believe that it has become even more urgent for us now to become stewards of the environment and to hold corporations and political leaders accountable for their wrongdoings.

I believe in the love, justice, compassion, simplicity and deep peace that Jesus (and many great women and men down the ages) taught us – not the materialism, consumerism, avarice, hatred, violence and war that the power structures of the day promote.

I believe in people-centred globalisation – a globalisation of solidarity – not corporate-led globalisation that promotes a world ruled by corporations aided by greedy politicians, bureaucrats and tycoons acting in cahoots with one another.

I believe that real journalism serves the interests of ordinary people and holds to account the powers-that-be and their associated vested political, business and corporate interests.

47 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Anil, I agree with your comments on the USA housing bubble and it could happen anywhere where the Govt is all about itself and not about the People and Country as a whole.
    I’m trying to get a blog going but am having problems understanding how it works?
    John W

  2. Its like asking you to give your wife away to some rich man because she attracts more attention and therefore perhaps is capable of a greater economic contribution to your welfare. The analogy may be crude but it reflects the mindset.

    Penang was never made prosperous by its Chinese inhabitants who began as opium traders. It was a thriving entreport for centuries. The Chinese dominated it. If you put a million Malaysia or Indians there it would still be prosperous. Its position like that of Singapores is critical to commerce. It is also the hub of foreign investment activity created and fostered by the Mahathir government. It became attractive to the electronics industries of Japan and the west and the rest as they say is history.

    However Penang also has a tremendous attraction to foreigners and Malaysian’s alike for its serenity and picturesque beauty. It will always be a popular tourist destination.

    As for the Penang government’s attempts to gradually sinofy Penang, well it will not work. They have no magic that any of the other races themselves do not possess.

    As for your analysis with China you are way off the mark. China has more than de facto control of either Macau or Hong Kong. They are well entrenched in every respect in each of these places. Each of these two places have certain advantages which they allow to continue to prosper. But they control them in every respect.

    Penang always Malaysia.

  3. I believe in this situation when the country is facing financial burden. We must follow bold steps like China has taken. Even though HongKong and Macau belongs to China, but it receives revenue without controlling them. This is why the Chinese make money. If Penang given autonomy like S.A.R.C Hong Kong, the Penangites can bring the economy of Penang Island skyrocketing. Penang must become Special Administrative Region of Malaysia(S.A.R.M) – PENANG. The Federal Government can collect yearly income. Area Penang that needed to be separated is the Island only. Prai area should remain as the state of Prai and not Pulau Pinang. Special Administration powers will allow them to create their own monetary fund and denomination. Own set of liberal law. Build its own port at Balik Pulau deep sea area.

  4. Dotcal what do you mean by this overused term “a true Malaysian”? What is a “true Malaysian?” is it any different to being a Malaysian? or is there a qualification there too? A racial thing? It is the Chinese and the opposition who support them including Anil Netto and his blog that make everything into a racial issue.

    What they lack is the courage to openly vilify the Malays. Instead they attack UMNO and by doing that they attack the Malays. In so doing it is hoped that such yellow livered attack of the sort poorly disguised as a political attack will be somehow accepted by rational beings as being a political and therefore non racial . Nice try. Doesn’t work. The same with this claim to environmental concerns as expressed by Netto and his mates.

    As for the invitations to go to Calcutta and Mumbai the response is this. Since when did the morals, the lessons and the examples of development and politics come from the Indians that it requires an analogy or comparison to be drawn by a visit?

    In truth to answer this otherwise rhetorical question is this. It did a long time ago and endures to this day but you are unaware of it. Malaysia’s legal system derived from the British provides a plethora of common law cases to guide its legal system. Its very foundations in politics and law were derived from and developed under the Indian example as administered by the British.

    But getting back to your point you are clearly calling a bluff that decimates your arguments. Mumbai is a thriving metropolis which now resembles the Manhattan skyline in many parts (Rome wasn’t built in a day). Its developments on the cards will place it amongst the top 3 cities and metropolisis within the next decade. It has few beggars on the streets, its streets may be old but they are far cleaner than what you describe it to be. There is more employment there in numerical terms alone than there is in New York or Los Angeles or Detroit once the showcase of US economic prosperity. All this out of their own efforts.

    As for the deforestation of most of Malaysia and places as Papua New Guinea, South America, Gabon and other places in this world, the Chinese have singular responsibility for their clanishness and desire to dominate the business.

    They the Chinese must accept responsibility for their degradation of the environment. It should matter not whether I am a Chinese Eskimo or European posing as an Indian or whether I am Indian. Its a very typical of the “Malaysian opposition thing” to force identification or raise race issues in arguments as you have done.

    Netto conveniently in his quest for more democracy in Malaysia like the Chinese censors those parts of my postings that identify the Chinese culprits in this regard. Thats his and the oppositions idea of truth , free speech and democracy.

  5. Hello Kumar,

    Please do not make this a racial thing. Penang is not the only city that has the development versus environment problems. Since you sound like an Indian, you should visit Bombay, Calcutta and other Indian cities. The conditions there are deplorable! If you are a true Malaysian, go visit other cities in Malaysia e.g. Johor Bahru and the over developments are common sights. Please do not generalize and blame any particular race. Thank you!

  6. Its always good to be idealistic with any initiative and to be driven and motivated. But what do you term sustainability? how do you define it? Penang has a Chinese population that dominates the island. It has for sometime. They have turned it into what it is and that’s a very ugly sight if you consider sustainability and the environment. They are avaracious and have a voracious appetite for anything that makes a quick buck. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing if one is purely driven by an economic profit.

    Getting back to the point you have raised Eric what model of sustainability to you advance in your proposition? If we are to be precious about the truths we face in this exercise then it will not succeed. There is always the quick reaction to call statements as mine “racist”. Nothing could be further from the truth than what I have written.

    Till we get to the core of our problems with the environment (deforestation) and identify the culprits, we are engaging in cosmetic programmes for change and sustainability.

  7. In light of the Francis 1’s comment on the “redeemed”, would you revise your statement as his comments takes Christianity in to the 21st century in its love generated inclusiveness.

  8. If you don’t dream grkumar , you are a dead person, probably a zombie, every good thing comes from a dream . Go outdoor and see the world, it began with a dream!

  9. Further William and I don’t mean to be hurtful, you ought to learn to write in a manner that conveys what you wish to say. As it is your thoughts alone are on a subject that is contentious and of a subject that is of doubtful substance. To address such complex issues you need to at least get some assistance in putting together an argument that is understood by your adversary or your readers.

    But to your credit, you are not obscene or insulting.

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