Malaysia is a beautiful country. With beautiful beaches, islands and tourist attractions aplenty. It is even a nice place to settle down if you’re planning to move to Malaysia anytime soon. For a better overview of the areas in Malaysia, you could get the help of Edgeprop and simply look for the places you wish to stay. However, over the years, the Malaysian government has been on a roller coaster of issues.
It’s a roller coaster because there are some good things that happened and there are a lot of bad things that occurred. The thing is those bad things sort of outweigh the good and that is what the people see. For instance, with the current pandemic, Malaysia was doing fine at first. With a lockdown commencing after a few months of the pandemic, which by the way was a wrong move already, yet the number of cases went down within around 4 months.
However, all that effort went to waste when the government decided to go through with campaigns for the, at the time, upcoming votings for the next prime minister. They travelled for their campaigns and did not quarantine themselves as per SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) in Malaysia and they caused a few outbreaks in a few areas which spiked the number of cases. But of course, they get no blame. No shade whatsoever, but it’s just the harsh reality of being a civilian watch the politicians mess up your home country.
We all know that politicians make quite questionable decisions when it comes to deciding for the country. And this is not saying all politicians are bad, they’re just good people who make poor decisions. To be frank, some might have even been influenced by the power they possess. At the end of the day, only civilians see the wrong in their doings and they don’t. So here are a few reasons why the Malaysian government is a little worrying:
Prioritizing The Wrong Things At The Wrong Time
As everyone knows, we are all in a pandemic. However, the Malaysian government apparently thinks that the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning) community is a bigger issue at the moment. At the beginning of 2021 when cases were at an all-time high, they released a statement that they would increase criminal penalties against the LGBTQ community. First of all, is it not smarter to be spending their time trying to decrease cases that they spiked in the first place before thinking about a whole other situation that shouldn’t even be a problem. Which, by the way, is very selfish of them to go campaigning despite the current situation of Covid-19 cases. Anyway, the LGBTQ community should be viewed as people that are the same as anyone because they are just that.
It is known that Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country but they have to understand that they are a multicultural country with many different races and religions. Similar to how the US has white privilege, Malaysia has Malay privilege. Most of the politicians are Malay too and they prioritize Malay culture and the Muslim religion. Here’s the thing though, it is very clear that Malay Muslims have it all wrong. A few Muslims from around the world have pointed out that Malay Muslims have a lot of misinformation and practice their religion in a different path than what was meant. Nonetheless, the LGBTQ community anywhere in the world mean no harm and should not be criminalized in the first place. Moreover, we have bigger issues to think of rather than focusing on a community that does not bother anyone.
Looking Down On Younger Politicians
As mentioned before, most politicians in Malaysia are Malay. The other thing is that most of them are boomers. Ranging from age forty to eighty. As the stereotypes say, old people are hard to get through. They are big-headed, egoistic, selfish and very prideful in all the wrong ways. Quite recently, Syed Saddiq, the youngest cabinet minister in Asia currently aged 28, spoke up about a few issues that are being brought up by the younger generation living in Malaysia. However, as he was speaking at the parliament, he was rudely interrupted by Abdul Azeez, a 54-year-old member of the parliament who tried to shut him up. Mocking him for being a young politician speaking among “adults”. Abdul Azeez was also under heavy criticism when he made a sexist and racist remark towards a 41-year-old member of the parliament, Kasthuriraani Patto.
It’s as if they are brainwashed with the power they hold as elder politicians. People have to get it through their heads that age does not determine maturity and respect has to be earned. I find it a bit messed up that a lot of Asian communities have to respect anyone older than them no matter what they do.
At the end of the day, I personally think that the Malaysian government won’t improve anytime soon unless they stop being so prideful and selfish. Or at least listen to the younger politicians that are actually coming up with good arguments.
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