It’s not just the government. It’s us.

grief All the talk about changing our government and all the excitement about Sept 16 is worthless…if we refuse to see the bigger cancer in our society.

It’s not just the government. It’s us.

We who have refused to think for ourselves, but let the government handle things.

We who never questioned the policemen taking duit kopi.

We who never bothered mixing with people outside our own race, or never bothering to understand their beliefs.

I have Chinese friends who say that Islam is the problem with our country, and that it creates hate and fear. That Islam oppresses women. But it’s not their fault they meet bad Muslims and have to read Western media that makes all Muslims look like hard-line fanatical morons.

Then there are the Malays I know who believe that all it takes is a drop of holy water and they’ll be unable to make the profession of faith. Was your faith really that weak to begin with? Does your God not love you enough to protect you from the evil powers of holy water? Holy water isn’t an all powerful conversion tool, by the way. If it did work in that manner, rest assured the Vatican would have poured it into the water supply to save our souls. Trust me. (No offence to you Catholics but do you think the Pope would have passed up a chance to SAVE everyone? Heh.)

We have all failed our country by being selfish, by not embracing what it is to be Malaysian. To be Malaysian is simply to regard your fellow citizen as a Malaysian first. A Malaysian who just happens to be of a certain race or religion.

You blame the BN, you curse them for rising prices, corruption and bad governance.

But you helped put them there, didn’t you? By not voting or being silent about injustice, about saying such moronic Polyanna things like “oh, at least we’re not as bad of as Zimbabwe, Burma, etc.”

We blame the government for creating what we are now – a bunch of spineless, opportunistic, lazy, chest-pounding individuals with nothing to show for it but the bloody Petronas Towers.

Well, guess what? They created us, but we created them too. We raised children to grow up believing they had the right to drive like morons, pay off policemen and kowtow to fat, lazy politicians.

If you really want to be a real Malaysian, then do yourself and future generations a favour. Get a spine and change yourself, and not just aspire to changing the country.

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