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Friday, November 17, 2017

The grass is not always greener on the other side


Salleh Said Keruak

Some Malaysians say ‘the grass always looks greener on the other side’ when they travel overseas and compare other countries to Malaysia. But it is not necessarily true. Take note of problems of racism and intolerance being higher in countries considered more liberal and advanced than Malaysia. Muslim women wearing hijabs in European countries like England, France and Netherlands have to deal with the fear being discriminated, assaulted or attacked.

Some Malaysians complain so much about their country but foreigners who come to Malaysia tend to agree that our country is paradise. Either these well-travelled foreigners are lying or they see something that we apparently cannot.

Some Malaysians look to one single aspect just to condemn our country till the cows go home. For example, the rise in the price of petrol. But do some Malaysians say the same thing when the price of petrol goes down?  Do we have millions of homeless people sleeping on the streets like in developed countries? We need to look at Malaysia as a whole and not pick one item every day to grumble.

Some Malaysians are falling into the trap of constant grumbling about the country, even when the Government actually does something good. Please be aware that this is the classic anti-establishment strategy of creating dissatisfaction. We need to be rational and this means credit should be given when its due.

Some Malaysians should not sit around and grumble for the sake of grumbling. It is time to move forward to help build a better nation.

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