Post US Visit & Home Again

POST US VISIT

Three weeks of travelling across the US with a tight schedule was a challenging assignment…

I was in the midst of the excitement of the mid-term election. The change of rein in Congress was thoroughly expected. That was the result of changes being forced on a party that refused to change its ways. The antiwar sentiment was high. Some analysts opined that Americans chose Democrats not because they had a better plan but because Republican’s foreign policy and tactics had failed in Iraq and that voters wanted to send a very strong signal to President Bush. US politics had its fair share of scandal, administrative mismanagement, and corruption, but the avenues to fight them were lots more available compared to Malaysia.

Her first class mentality allows free mingling of ideas; it is refreshing to watch the open debates between candidates that gave voters to personally assess and evaluate their candidates and talk of bipartisan cooperation was even viewed positively by politicians from both parties, the President included.

HOME AGAIN

I found it interesting that the DPM used the term I used in my policy speech previously, transformational leadership, in his opening address to the Wanita, Pemuda, and Puteri delegates. His idea painted mostly what transformational leadership should achieve. The live telecast of the UMNO meet gave the public sufficient information as to the real nature of UMNO’s vision and mission in upholding the interests of the status quo in any circumstance and its disregard of changes that were happening at home and globally. There was little or no intellectual discussion as to what was just and fair for the people and minorities under a changed circumstance.

My idea of transformational leadership was to uphold VALUES, not interests, which would strengthen the mechanisms that supported the nation and country for centuries and beyond. A leadership that would take care of the welfare of all the peoples of Malaysia, NOT just only a particular group of people or members of a particular political ideology or for interests or short-term interests of a particular elite group. I believe that leaders of transformational leadership would begin by first correcting themselves relentlessly before embarking on a transformational leadership crusade.

Fuziah Salleh

6 Responses to Post US Visit & Home Again

  1. humanly says:

    I endorse your idea of transformational leadership. Be transformed to transform good to great.

    Values are timeless. NEP, while started with noble intentions, has been shortcircuited to fill the pockets of the Umno elites at the expense of the the intended audience.

    Our country is bleeding to a slow death by the reinvented NEP.

  2. humanly says:

    Puan Fuziah,

    PM ke, DPM ke and the whole cabinet may say the right thing but they have no clue to the meaninglah. The Umno GA was just tin kosong je.

    Unsheathing the kris and “bila nak pakai”.

    We cannot put a percentage to equity ownership simply because talents and aptitude are not equal. Communism tried to make equality and failed.

    We are created for competitions which bring out the best in us. Umno is trying to give the impression of protecting the Malays but the result will be stunting them.

  3. Admin says:

    Dear Humanly,
    keADILan is very clear on the issue of NEP. It needs to be replaced by the New Economic Agenda which will emphasize a fairer and more efficient delivery of wealth to the people unlike now, which sees wealth circulating among the elite and those close to them,which results in waste, lack of agenda priority. the marginilisation of certain sections of the society, corruption and others. It will also emphasise the building of a nation, more than simply building bricks and walls, to ensure the nation’s capability to face the onslought of globalisation. keADILan seeks the people’s support and vote to make such vision a reality. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his team are working on the details…

    Of course, the vision ought to include a new paradigm of looking at women and wealth/economy, too. Contributions of posssibly majority of women are not sufficiently quantified in economic policies and budgets. Apart from an acknowledgement of women’s huge contribution toward the nation’s development, quantification can also imply a better division of the economic wealth to women, esp. those not in the employment sector.

    Basically, I believe a New Economic Agenda should make life a lot easier (and comparatively a lot cheaper) for A LOT OF PEOPLE.

    Fuziah Salleh

  4. humanly says:

    Dear Puan Fuziah,

    Thanks for your elaboration which is like a breath of fresh air. I think I am not alone in feeling hopeless with the govt losing its sense of direction.

  5. Sorry, but topic starter, you are sure?
    prof.Preobrajensky.
    Good luck!

  6. Hallo, but topic starter, you are sure?
    prof.Preobrajensky.
    lonely matures

    Bye

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