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Apr 17, 2017

3/4/17 SARAWAK ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CHOICES ..... dare we? (Draft)

The Quraish in the early life of Muhammad SAW were barbaric, Jahilliah. Those were the people whom had taken things freely into their personal hands and logic. Muhammad, being a man, whom loved by grand designed just be a man in the true sense, he began to question those inhumane things surrounding him. To him, I would believe, the Quraish culture there and then would lead the society to perish. Vis, killing  baby girls for fear of shame definitely would make the society shortage of women to breed, thus if prolong would make the society in real sexual psychological imbalance which then will make fighting and brutality for women would be common. To Muhammad such circumstances must never be prolonged and he made serious effort to end such diminishing culture. In the biblical sense, Muhammad indeed was the Messiah to the survival of the Quraish. In his search for best moral values to save his people, Allah then sent Gabriel, the Holly Ghost to meet and proclaimed to him in Hira cave that Allah is his God ....his guidance to all he needed on 610CE at the age of 40 years old. Despite, being given such most sort after wisdom and assurance Muhammad by virtue of his great humane characters he  never rush to thing to his mercy. With regard to Islam, for five years or so, he made his people to be Muslims on a very low profile basis. Just can't imagine, how could Muhammad dare to go slow on Islamization, despite Islam is from Allah the Most Powerful, which by right he should had no fear that Allah will always be on his side to help him as he may wish. Muhammad, as a very humane person, never taken Allah favor of him to his fancy. Only by 616 CE ie after the conversion of Umar Al Khataab to Islam that Muhammad then got the wisdom and courage to make the call to Islam on a much open basis to the Quraish and others. Indeed, in his life career, Muhammad SAW never had a rushing of the first 100 days, first year, five years, etc working style basis. Why? To me, Allah indeed had sent signal, that we must do things by having serious calculation of timing, circumstances and consequences. In life, we must never be greedy to do things to our fancies. So do, if such is our choice, failure will always be there. By rushing in many things, we indeed will never working on the best mental and spiritual judgment but a mere nafsu, greed. Greed will succumb us to failure. 

(2) At the National scene, the New Economic Policy (NEP), clouded by greed, its failed. NEP failed for it had shifted from facilitating the disadvantages to patronizing and rewarding favors. NEP had been abused to assist not the needy the right way, but rewarding the greedy to savior bilateral greed interest. Then come Vision 2020, through the greed of corporatization, privatization in the expense of serving the people rightfully and massive young greedy-corrupt turks takeover of strategic business management, thus now V2020 had to be shifted to TN50, an early recognition of its failure. Economic wise, the Malays as the prime target of NEP and V2020, come year 2020 will experience a double fatal blow. First, NEP will never be achieved even being extended another 30 years from its original timeline of 1990 through the V2020. Worst, secondly, not only the Malays, but as a Nation, Malaysia can't even achieve a Developed State status by 2020. It seem, the failure to take the Malays into the main stream of the National high economic achievement will be the greatest hurdle to take the Nation to where it shoul be. TN50 as recently proposed by Najib, definitely will extend NEP for another 30 years. Will then by 2050, NEP or in specific the Malays could sit and stand if not higher but equally with all the other Malaysians?. Even, by another 30 years from 2020, would Malaysia be a Developed State of High Income profile?

(3) Realizing the potential failure of NEP and thus V2020 through the present roadmap, Najib made a bold move to restrategize approach to strengthen and broaden the Key Income Generator for the Nation. He mooted the idea of 1MDB and FGV along the Temasek Holding or even some of the Jewish enterprises that had contributed handsomely to the creation and construction of Israel. Najib, I would believe, shifted from Looking East to Looking West as his main course of economic strategies. Looking East pushs us to build internal strengths internally as done by the Japanese and Korean, while Looking West is basically a democratic-capitalist approach ie leverage on locals at international level, which succinct into Najib slogan think local, act global and what seem to be his next favorite management outcry ie a Blue Ocean Strategy the NBOS. Nonetheless, as 1MDB and FGV were created and run under the shadowy approach, the tough paths manifested by these vehicles to earn fast high-broad based income, and who knows all those mega investments that are in the pipeline from heavy Yuan borrowing are also a sign of rush of greed that may lead to heavy long term penalty for the Nation. 1MDB and FGV is not about purely leveraging international opportunities but unfortunately those had hedges upon local key saving and or investments especially the KWAP, KWSP, TH etc. Sarawak, once was rushing for growth and yet the result was political squabbles that pulled our strength downward. For almost 10 years (2001-2010) or so, Sarawak was lagging and thus we remained as back water economies despite our resources had depleted heavily to the greed of some. In this article, I'm trying to see how could Sarawak under Abang Johari should steer our State to the best he should be moving. I'm exploring the option, not lecturing or far from giving a sermon. His early statement to emulate Singapore in the way Sarawak should move is very interesting and inviting from my thinking point of view. Is Singapore the real best model?

(4) Abang Johari, the present Chief Minister of Sarawak is still young. He is still healthy. He has the support of the Rakyat. I would also believe that Najib is very happy that Abang Johari is now the Chief Minister of Sarawak. Indeed I dare to say, despite of the political roughness he had to face to get to his present position, Allah made him to the destiny that many said he will not.  To me, Allah indeed had chosen Abang Johari to be the CM of Sarawak. Personally Abang Johari wants it. Definitely the majority of the Malays want it as well. Other Sarawak natives and non-natives also want it. Thus, as far as Sarawak in concern at this point in time, we had no other choice but to look upon Abang Johari as the CM. As such to my thinking and believe, Allah, the Al Rahman Al Rahim, He honored people good wish. He made Abang Johari the Chief Minister of Sarawak.  Allah objectives of choosing Abang Johari to be the Chief Minister of Sarawak is very simple. In His Al Quran, He had laid all that are needed out of His khalifah. Despite such, Allah being mysterious in His dealing, He leaves man to his choice. As per His future judgement, He had laid what He wants, but man is given all his freedom to choose where he wants to rest hereafter. Thus taking from such notions, as well as the dakwah historical backdrop of Muhammad SAW, to me Abang Johari should never rush in his popularity gain in governing Sarawak. He need not have to follow the 100 days, the one years management style of Tok Nan. Tok Nan had his own count for such ie due to his personal health, but I strongly believe not for Abang Johari. Nonetheless, with such argument, I never meant to say that Abang Johari could have his sweet time.

(5) Firstly politic. Abang Johari is looked upon for the good record of his father, the late Tun Abang Hj Openg, the first Govenor of Sarawak (16th Sept, 1963-28 March, 1969). Tun Openg, then was considered a unifying figure for Sarawakians, natives and non-natives. He had a very good relationship with all the natives and non-natives heads then. Abang Johari, succeeded Tok Nan as the fifth CM of Sarawak due to the death of the former whom took over from Taib upon his resignation after serving as the longest CM from 1981-2014.  Tok Nan, managed to regain a strong hold onto his position after he displayed a strong anti-corruption images and fighting tough with Putera Jaya for the good of Sarawak. Tok Nan in short had given high hope among Sarawakians for the swift honoring of the good governance system. Abang Johari, as far as I know, he seem to be Mr Clean and an under dog at Taib's era. He did tried his best to serve the people accordingly within his limit. As such for all those good things, I believe the people of Sarawak are giving Abang Johari the chance that he deserves. He is an acceptable CM but of very less expectant as compared to Tok Nan.

(6) To Sarawakians, Abang Johari is seen as Najib liking person. As everyone knows, Najib integrity in steering the Nation is in great questioning, and thus Abang Johari strong association with him is being observed as antidot to Tok Nan approach. Thus, the reception to Abang Johari leadership, I would say is not as hot as Tok Nan, but I hope to warm up slowly. Both at the State and National political game, Abang Johari need not have to be in the shadow of Tok Nan. Tok nan outcry for devolution for instance is impractical. What is important, for Abang Johari under the same scene is just to ensure Putera Jaya to confirm to the true spirit of Federalism. I agreed, there had lots of deferment of Federalism practices in the running of the Country, so much so, we must make it correct. Secondly, Abang Johari so far had not made any drastic move to grip on to the power. To me, such is not really necessary. Taib in his 31 years as the CM and top political leadership of Sarawak had played to such a style based on his requirement and timing. Abang Johari, as shown by Tok Nan, I would believe need not to worry about having a strong grip onto his power. As he said, though Singapore may be his Kaabah, he need not to follow the Lee Kuan Yew or Taib style of power griping. Abang Johari should abide to the style of Allah in governance. Allah set clear norms for everything to abide and He then allows everything to run to their choice without His regular intervention. In short Allah honor His creation to their freedom of purpose of existence. Even the Satan are free to drive human to their Hell-paths. Abang Johari should just set the right policy direction for the State and let everybody had the freedom to manage things based on such policies.

(7) Sarawak, by Allah designed is a State of multi-facets. This is a tropical State. Tropicalism is about diversity. Diversity is the key beauty of this State. Keeping these beauties intact is what we should be working hard on. So much so, all those factors that nurture and revolve to sustain all these beauties are matters of management art ie politic should care most. As I had said in many of my earlier articles, Allah is funny. Vis, while He made the pigs as Haram for man to consume, yet pigs are made abundant and easy to strive. Why is Allah behaving as such? Indeed there are so much Haram elements that co-exist with all the Halal. Thus, as the Malays, whom Allah had bestowed upon us Islam, such required us to lead these diversity in the way Allah had made them to co-exist in their very natural ways. Therefore, Abang Johari, as shown by his father, he has to be the real Apai for Sarawakians. Islam demand justice as his art of management or governance.

(8) In the era of Tun Openg, the Malays were higly regarded for their high sense of responsibility and respect onto others. Due to such characters, the Malays were honored even to assist the British Brooks to run the State. The Malays, I believe, as Allah had designed them to be, are very dynamic in the characters, so much so, they were and are very adaptable or accommodating to socialize and living with any societies. So was the Malays' values, until what today democratic-capitalism and spiritual greed had drastically changed the whole world into draconian greed and identity maniac. MasyaAllah. To me, Abang Johari, coming from the family line that having the aura of unifying the Old Sarawak, indeed Allah favor of him to all other speculation of being the Apai of Sarawak is nothing but to keep Sarawak intact and thus the Sarawak Malays through the best Islamic practises will continued to be respected and to run the State to the best justice. In Shaa Allah.

(9) The presence of the Iban with many tribal scenes (Baram, Kemena, Rajang, Saribas and Sadong), the Bidayuh (of Selampit, Lundu, Bau, Penrisen, and Serian) Orang Ulu (of Kelabit, Kenyah, Kayan, Bisaya, Penan, Punan etc), the Malays (of Kuching, Laut, Kedayan, Mukah, Sibu, Rajang, Bintulu, Miri etc) and so the diversity among the Chinese, all are about Allah interest to see how do His chosen khalifah will manage his subjects to the best justice. The people of Sarawak, we are diverse, but we are also having lots of commonalities. In Allah's natural management sciences, He displays for those that celebrate their commonalities, they survived to this days. The tropical forest is beautiful and highly productive, for each and every single component of the Forest take their responsibility to their best. For those whom can't co-exist, and worst, those who submit to their greed, all perish to dust. Lalang Imperata cylindrica never tolerance the presence of others. Lalang field is totally lalang, but come bush fire, such lalang field will perish at no time. Such is how Allah set an example of the need not to be greedy, to be tolerance, if one cares to observe and think. For Sarawak, to prevail in the barakah of Allah let our politic be based on what He says what is yours is yours, and what is Mine is Mine. Abang Johari, to me is Allah chosen to be the CM of Sarawak to observe and or rejuvenate such a political management prerequisite of the State.

(10) In the area of economic management, we should realize again the fitrah or the natural science of human creation. Allah made man in Heaven. He made man in the world of absolute luxurious. There is nothing that He did not provided man ie Adam while he was in Heaven. Allah proved that anything that man wish in Heaven will be honored. Such, when Adam request for the creation of his companion, Allah made Eve for him. Yet Adam and Eve, didn't stay forever in Heaven, for their destiny was to be the khalifah on earth. The earth as we know is not as pleasant as what the Books (zabur, Taurah, Injil and Koran) had described to us as compared to the Heaven. The earth even not as worst as the Hell. The earth, the Books says is a mere path for us to take either to Heaven or Hell. Now, let ponder, why in the first place did Allah had to create His earth to be khalifah in Heaven not down here on earth? I merely can guess. In today paradigm, the best Malaysian economist, either should be trained in Harvard, MIT or Oxford, not from Universiti MARA Arau, Perlis. But my better guess, Allah is the smartest. He gave Adam the pleasure to be in Heaven. He created both Heaven and Hell. But He had made it clear, Heaven is His gift hereafter for those who are rightful. Heaven is true. Hell is also true. Adam and Eve had stayed in Heaven. In person, they had tasted the Heaven living pleasure.  Thus, in Adam's mind, that now over time had evolved into a gene that human inherited as as factor that trigger human interest to good pleasant living. Muhammad SAW through his Mikraj strengthen the notion of the existence of Heaven and Hell. I can say, theologically, spiritually, Allah had implant the taste and desire for man to live to the best living standard. Allah indeed had bestowed man with such right.

(11) SubhanaAllah, Allah creation of our father and mother in Heaven and they were given time to enjoy the Heavenly lives, indeed was a manifestation on how we should celebrate our lives on this earth for a better Hereafter, Jannah. To me, the taste of Heaven enjoyed by Adam and Eve and later as displayed to Muhammad SAW in his Mikraj which now is written in the Zabur, Taurah, Injil and Koran indeed is Allah ways of educating us with what our economic and social management should be achieving here on earth for thereafter. From the philosophical point of view, I would say, Heaven is about Allah reward to our on earth right-doing. If we do so much wrong, we wil landed in Hell ie we turn to nothing but dust. On the other hand, if we do all good, Heaven is our forever resort place. To be able to achieve to such level, definitely, the first thing first is to recognize Allah as the God that we must only submit to. It must be well understood then, the term submit is not literally meaning that we should recognize Him as our only God, but most important is to abide by His rules and regulations ie His Islamic Adeen. Thus the meaning of submission to Him is not bounded to spiritual matters only, but the whole of our thinking, feeling, values, characters and actions. Islam is about peace. Peace is about how we should live together. Thus if we care to live together within the diversities that Allah had created, based on His Islamic Adeen, definitely heaven will be here on earth and hereafter. Well then, my above statement, has it caveat. Allah has His absolute right to make one a Muslim or not. Nonetheless, being a Muslim, whom takes the sit as khalifah, he then if he really wants a real good on earth and Hereafter lives, my philosophical understanding of Heaven should applies. On this earth, a Muslim leader, must ensure that his subjects are to enjoy equitable good living. Doesn't matter, be his subjects are Muslims or not. Muslims are not to hinges into Allah authority over ones faith. Let faith be Allah matter, but a Muslim should just be concern about to be just. To do justice is demanded out of the Muslim leaders.

(12) In economic, in humankind management, people should be able to conceive that good living is a right for everybody so long they are behaving rightfully. Good living is a right that Allah had guaranteed every rightful man to enjoy, and thus for those who said their Syahadah to Allah, particularly among those whom Allah had chosen to be the khalifah such must also be their obligation. Every rightful citizen must be honored to the justice of living in a good living standard. Based on such notion, this is where I would say, lives in New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavian countries are far better than Singapore or the US or even Abu Dhabi, UAE etc.

(13) In the eyes of Allah, as portrayed by Muhammad SAW (and even among his best sahabah), leaders (khalifah) should be the last to enjoy the luxuries of lives. Leaders should just abide to the humble lives shown by all of the prophets. Najib is absolutely right to declared People First, Success be the Priority though in practical, now things in this Country seem to be in chaotic for such spirit is a mere political rhetoric rather a leadership values be adhered. In the historical past, Allah had many times shown, for leaders whom He gave luxurious lives, all indeed perish to no mercy. The pharaohs, were the most obvious. Except for the pyramids and luxor, the Pharaohs are now mere mummies in Egypt and Western museums. Accordingly, He had bestowed upon both King David and Solomon the wealth and luxuries for their people to enjoy, yet all those gone to no mark to this days. The Latins, Romans, Chinese, Indians, Arabs, the Persian, the Mogul-India etc all once were flushed with so much luxuries, due to no justice, all had gone to dust.

(14) Sarawak indeed is rich. We are very resourceful. We have the long sea front. We indeed has plenty or marine resources. We have the diverse tropical resources. We have the land masses. We have lots more unearthed resources. We have enough rain. We have very good quality sunshine. We are free of major natural disasters. Foremost, we are having less population, but we are surrounded by big populated nations. Yet we remain the top five people with the poorest living standard in the Counrty. By right we could turne Sarawak into Heavenly Living yet we remain poor. Why? In the past and some to this days, our khalifah had acted very contrary to Muhammad SAW living values. Though they admitted Muhammad SAW is their most respected person, but such is a mere lips saying rather values that they should emulated. The adopted value had always being Me First, Them Why Bother and the People First, Let Succeed indeed lost in the thin air. Thus, comparatively to Singapore, if Singapore is our Economic Management Model, I would say, we are not going to celebrate our strengths to our most advantage. We may be building Sarawak for others. Sarawak will never be for Sarawak, if such is our path choice. Malaya indeed is moving fast that way. Emulating Singapore to me will take us to a very hot soup paths. Singapore is all about authocrative single handed management. Singapore, warrant such management nature. Singapore once was forced to be as such for it was in isolation in nature. Singapore yesterday was exactly Israel of today and yesterday. But I won't discount that there are things about Singapore that are of great consideration. Singapore Model is not the best for Sarawak. The best to me is for us to emulate New Zealand and those alike including Scotland, Ireland, and Scandinavian. I had never been to such Countries, but I read a lots about them.

(15) Sarawak people is all about plurality. Tropicalism I would say it. Read the Injil and Koran, how is Heaven being describes?  I would say, since we are in the tropic, thus tropic is the best mirror of Heaven that Allah had assigned to us. Thus keeping Sarawak to its plurality and tropicalism would take us to the best living environment suited us. Please seriously noted, when I said keep Sarawak to its plurality and tropicalism, I'm not at all believing in conserving Sarawak to the literal meaning. Sarawak must grow. But, once I had questioned how much should Sarawak has to grow? To me such statistic is no more a  critical issue. Now I would rather be questioning, how should Sarawak grow? Reason to grow is obvious, as I had said earlier. We must move from bad to good, from good to the best. Our heaven gene urge us to be better all the time. Such is Allah smartness in lifting our status to be far excellent from all His other creations. Always wanting to be better, is a trait that Allah had implanted into us to make us a good great caliph.

(16) Let focus on how, rather than on how much Sarawak economy should grow. The issue of how much will never end us to whatever satisfaction level. Such approach will led us to the much satanic values greed. The how, I would say is actually what the Al Quran is more emphasizing. The Al Quran rarely emphasizes on how much except on certain definitive matters, the rest are all very subjective in nature. The reason for such is simple both Heaven and Hell existed in Layers. To which layer a person will be guided to, will be very much subjected to all his good and or bad doing. Such acts are all subjective based on one's social position. Indeed Allah loves diversity for reason to His wish. His wish is very clear, the best is always for the best. The best rewards are only for the excellent servants.

(17) Singapore in the 1960s was really chaotic. First it was in a dire need to exert its importance within the Greater Malaya and Malaysia which was unacceptable. Secondly, it was facing serious Communism threat. Singapore in 1960s was facing serious issue of identity. Thus once expelled out of Malaysia, then its realized it was in the very unstable neighborhood. Therefore in the 1970s, Lee Kuan Yew need to chart Singapore development the way he saw Singapore fit within its own strengths and weaknesses. Thus Le Kuan Yew governed Singapore to a very determined self survival status just as the Prime Ministers of Israel did to this day. Definitely today, Singapore is the most developed Nation within ASEAN, but I can bet, the people of Singapore are the most stressful people in this part of the world. Singapore indeed never being out of their insecure box since being expelled out of Malaysia. Singaporean enjoy modern living, but the quality of their humanity are not there. Indeed, Singapore achieved to where they are today was through though planned human resource development. Korean, Japan, Jerman and definitely Israel are Singapore-league. Indeed they took the stand of ignoring plurality and diversity. They head on to monogamous-unity men development approach. I would believe, such is not the right choice for Sarawak.

(18) ..... to be continue, In Shaa Allah
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