Sunday, March 28, 2010

TEDx Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Needs You

I attended TEDx Kuala Lumpur today (it's yesterday now), and the theme is about What Malaysia Needs?

Peter Nicoll tells us there are quite a number of homeless people on the street (just like what we see on TV about US homeless); Yvonne Fong talks briefly about Neurofibromatosis (she might not talk much due to her condition, but I still have to admire her dedication to make a better life for herself); Surech Kuppusamy about her journey in conquering various death zone (above 8000m) mountaineering experience; Afzal Abdul Rahim (ex-CEO of AIMS, current CEO of TimeDotCom) talks about cheap and fast Internet is not possible in Malaysia (without subsidy) because we miss the opportunity to liberalized and be the regional hub, and we surf too much (90%) foreign content (time for local developers to do something).

Aloha Lavina give us some perspective (pure awareness, concentration, timing) about photography; Urmilah Dass talks about stress (long term stress is bad); Raj Ridvan Singh talk about the need for scientific foundation education (teach us values, love, friendship, etc) as times had changed (what come naturally last time doesn’t work now).

I particularly like the topic by Steve McCoy, where he talks about the need to change our economic model from exploitation of (natural resources, human resources, etc) to restoration (there are many smarter and better ways to solve this problem). In seems to be difficult for the world to change; but we do need to dream of change (Martin Luther King said I have a dream; not I have a problem or solution). What catches my attention most is the following quote, “You should be pessimistic if you understand the data (about global warming, economic crisis, humanity crisis, etc); but it’s human nature to be optimistic”. Time is running short; but we do need to have hope to solve our problem.

Talking about hope, Pete Teo (musician who started 15Malaysia) steals the limelight in the most true to the heart manner. Pete Teo is very sincere, charismatic, talk slowly, slightly quiet and introvert, perhaps inspiring but definitely brave. He touches slightly on Malaysia’s problems such as corruption, abuse of power, education, censorship (his joke on foreigner assumes Malaysia doesn’t fuck based on our film and gay people always repent at the end; and rais yatim is "funny"). Suddenly all hope is lost as he mentioned about Teo Beng Hock death (like it or not, this news does strike fear and lost of hope among citizen of Malaysia – what are the chances of a future father and a man who is going to get married the next day to commit suicide?). At that point in time, it seems like all hope is lost. 1% of Malaysian population had migrated in the last 18 months alone; this is a serious sign of despair. As Malaysian, we can choose to flee or try to make a change. Pete Teo urge everyone to do the least each Malaysian can do for Malaysia. For those who have not register as a voter, please do so immediately; for those who have, please tell your friend and family to do so. We could all cast our vote for a reform, doing our part for a better Malaysia.

I do feel the despair for Malaysia, with too many negative energy, too many problems with too little hope in sight. For example, I think the people believe in Ong Tee Keat and his determination to fight corruption. If he didn’t win the MCA election (which he probably won’t based on fraction support), all hope is lost for MCA as it no longer represent the people’s will (our elected representative put their own short term gain above the people). If we did not achieve true MACC and Judiciary independence; the Government still put their own interest above the people. When the people are fearful of the government, there is something definitely wrong. Government should fear the people. It doest not take a genius or perfectionist to run a government; you just have to make less mistake and have less corruption than the fool next door. PR is not perfect, but it seems to be the lesser of 2 evil (with some leaders of good character still alive; I hope they live longer for the well being and future of Malaysia). And it seems like Badminton is a sports which could unite all walks of life in Malaysia. It's in time of turbulence, which make you feel more patriotic and to care for your country.

Hopefully I won’t be forced to leave the country one day; long live Malaysia :)

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