A silver lining to the grim impact of the ‘full’ and partial lockdowns is the emergence of new, youthful talents almost every day. This emergence of fresh voices – at a time when the entire system has been shaken to its core – gives me much hope for a more vibrant, inclusive nation.
Nicole Kylie writes in her YouTube channel:
A sad song about the sad state of our beloved country. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot about ministers/people in power who abuse their power. Getting away with going against SOPs, allegedly using the rakyat’s money to go on holiday, etc. – and then just “buat don’t know”. But we know.
These are difficult times for Malaysia, and it’s becoming more apparent that some people in high places care more about their personal agendas than the wellbeing of the country. And we know that too.
To the ministers/people in power who continue to serve the nation, thank you. To those with personal agendas: oi, you think we don’t know?
Yes, we can see more clearly now. And we know that ultimately, we cannot rely on politicians alone. We too have to do our part and make our voices heard, and join hands with our brothers and sisters around us.
Many years ago, my colleagues and I would discuss what it would take for Malaysia to change for the better. Someone suggested perhaps the people have to go through a period of suffering and despair for the scales to come off our eyes so that people can see things as they are. And not just the negativity – we could also see all that we share in common … our common humanity in this world, our common home.
For without such awareness and realisation, how do we know what to discard, what to change, and what really matters?