By Mahathir Mohd RaisTweet
The recent tragedies that hit the peninsular of Malaysia recently caused a lot of concerns among the citizens of our country. I am sending my deepest condolences to all the lives that were lost. Additionally, applause must be given to the government and the rescue teams for both the Batang Kali landslide and the flood that severely affected Terengganu and Kelantan recently. The quick distribution of help and assistance to the families and victims are admirable. The root cause of issues like these go back to what I have been writing on these past few months, which is about the severity of climate change, and how it is affecting our country.
I believe that the government, after doing such a good job at handling the short-term issues of the tragedies, must now think ahead and tackle the big guns. Despite the risks of such dangerous events happening again, more construction sites are developed on dangerous area such as the one in Batang Kali. The long-term ideation must be quickly utilised. The lives of the people must not be jeopardised for economic growth because without the people, there is no economy to care for.
Tackling issues such as climate change will have to start with the government double checking on all new buildings that will be developed. Deforestation must be lessened to mitigate such natural disasters. Humans call it natural disaster without realising that we are usually the cause of such disasters in the first place, specifically, the governmental agencies that approve of such massive deforestations.
The recent Parliament Assembly managed to pinpoint some important issues, especially those that come from the opposition side. I believe that Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin is trying to fight for the name of our country in terms of how we are viewed internationally. His address towards our prime minister was respectful, and as he has stated, he is merely asking for the countries abroad to respect our countries traditions and beliefs.
Such gracious thoughts on protecting the name of the country, should be admired by many. The truth is, we as Malaysians, must advance in ideologies and technologies, but not our beliefs. This is why, ideologies like climate change and how it is affecting the masses must be tackled, however, the acceptance of the LGBTQ community, must be pushed far away from the narrative that our country has yet to bring to the international level.
So far, despite the differences in terms of political beliefs, I do see that Malaysia is thriving in the spirit of patriotism. The government is good giving short-term, temporary solutions, however, the team must also start developing long-term solutions in many aspects, especially climate change and the education sector. The opposition is doing a good job and bringing out the issues that are most crucial for the betterment of the country. At the end of the day, it is not about which political party that is in power, it is about the state of the country and its’ people.
About the author: Mahathir Mohd Rais (pictured above) is the Information Chief of National Alliance (Perikatan Nasional) Federal Territories. This is an opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this publication.
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