It pains me that Malaysians have benefited so little from our country’s wealth. The legacy of 51 years of Barisan’s rule is a litany of woes, ranging from unemployable graduates to an ever-growing national debt. But the greatest tragedy, to me, and indicative of all that went wrong, is the senior citizens living lives here far away from their children and grandchildren who have headed overseas seeking work and education.
Little headway has been made in the things that matter – effective education, job creation, raising living standards and creating a civil society. Our resources have been squandered on enriching an elite few and community has been debased by those with wealth and position flouting the law with impunity.
I see a glimmer of hope in the DAP. It has always been a party grounded on principles - human rights, equality, social and economic justice - and I am pleased to see Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng doing his best to implement integrity and good governance now that he has the opportunity to do so.
It is my privilege to share my experience and skills with the DAP as it seeks to develop Malaysia for all Malaysians. I look forward to the day when every Malaysian has the opportunity to develop to his or her fullest potential here in Malaysia, establishing a virtuous cycle where their talents then enrich Malaysia, creating opportunities for even more Malaysians and an ever-advancing nation.