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Leadership beyond Vision 2020

AS a nation, Malaysia has its Achilles heel. The elements which always had the potential to turn Malaysia into a failed state have always been race, religion, language, culture and national integration of the states of the federation.

Paradoxically, when well and wisely handled, these are the same elements that become the formula for exemplary initiatives in building a united multiracial nation.

For over five decades, Malaysia has been the model of a successful state among developing countries. The imagination of the society was inspired and united by its Constitution, the rule of law, respect for its diverse multicultural, multireligious, multilingual development and, was further inspired by Vision 2020.

However, in the era of scientific and technological advancement, particularly the digital era, the state faces new challenges.

Globalisation, internationalisation and liberalisation in the context of the advent of social media create pseudo thought-leaders and rabble-rousers.

Social and alternative media challenge official information and knowledge, and provide much incoherent and distorted information. Unenlightened people, who have partial understanding and knowledge of all kinds of issues, come into the fray of discourse and reduce the level of serious discussions to street-level altercations.

Reasonable people in society know that serious and positive discourse has been hijacked by individuals and groups with their own political, religious and cultural agenda.

The notion of leadership itself loses meaning and credibility because self- and group-appointed leaders are rarely considered trustworthy or credible.

Vision 2020, with all its consensus of inspiring ideas, plans and programmes supported by the national transformation plans, is not likely to be achieved in the next five years.

Nation-builders have to think beyond the symbolic time frame of 2020 and further inspire the people to be united as they have been the last 50 years.

To this end, society has to search its conscience and identify its deep structure strengths. Among its strengths are good, sincere leaders in all sectors and the silent majority of the people.

These authentic nation-builders have the interest of all groups, the future generation and the continuing success of an undivided federal state, which provides opportunities for all.

These thought-leaders contribute towards revitalising and refining the nation-building vision, closing gaps, focusing on rectification of omissions and addressing neglect.

The elders nurture the next generation of leaders to hone competencies and talents, and become champions and advocates of positive change at all levels.

They have the challenge of ensuring that people with competencies and talents are not indoctrinated by myopic views of agitators, and hence, lose the idealism of a united vision and adopt distorted views themselves on society, the nation and humanity.

Beyond the focus on the economics of tangible development, this new generation of leaders and influencers are inspired to develop an enlightened, wise and virtuous, accountable and participative government, which gives importance to human governance.

They champion fundamental human rights, respect the rights of all, understand that no groups or individuals are above the law, and are not led astray by fanatics, extremists, chauvinists, bigots and arrogant leaders in business, politics, religions, bureaucracy, academia, non-governmental organisations and all manner of merchants of hate.

They champion a culture of grace, courtesy and beauty in society, and are against uncouth political and social media gangsterism and street-fighting culture.

Their preference is for diplomatic discourse and protocols in solving national, regional and global problems. They work to contribute towards the continuing development of an achieving society, a creative society, a lifelong and life-wide learning and enlightened society.

Such a society, which celebrates the culture of wisdom and respect for the common good, also has a collective consciousness of the oneness of Mankind’s destinies.

There is understanding of the essence of time, the use of spaces, social relationships, renewable energy, sustainability of development of resources of water, air, land, human competencies and talents.

The future generation of leaders must be scientifically and technologically literate as well as having mastery in worldly affairs, the social sciences and liberal arts, with deep understanding of the possibilities of contributions towards humanity beyond myopic mission of locality, ethnicity and religion.

They see the universal folly of belief that the Creator created everything, but then the Creator is owned only by a chosen people!

The hope for the continuing success of the nation rests on the new generation of leaders, more so from Sarawak and Sabah, as well as Peninsular Malaysia.

Malaysian society, as a whole, can learn from the rich multiracial experiences of harmonious living in Sabah and Sarawak.

Datuk Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid NST Opinion - 25 SEPTEMBER 2015 @ 11:00 AM
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