My intuition told me that the unveiling of the New Economic Model (NEM) yesterday wouldn’t be the subject for one to be eagerly waiting for as there was no excitement of waiting.
There have been not much public discussions on the subject and over all not many were watching and listening to the speech yesterday.
Yesterday I was with different groups of acquaintances at 3 different locations and not all knew that PM was unveiling the plans of the NEM.
“Were you listening and watching the NEM speech by PM today?” I asked a friend and he wittily answered, “Oh no! I don’t have the privilege to waste time on it bro. I went to the Lake Club to do some exercise. I think it is wiser thing to do. We have been overly fed with speeches of that kind since 2 decades ago but the happening is from bad to worst. Keep fit by not listening to political rhetoric with gorgeous jargons.”
“You do not want to know what is planned by PM.” I asked him seriously.
“What for bro. listening to the speech may make me ill. It is all ‘wayang bro.’ It is certainly an act of showmanship rather than to divulge the real content and substance, and I am too sure about it. It is not going to happen as said in the speech. No lah don’t let me know anything about it. It blunts my appetite” He said uprightly.
"I have enough of Najib's promises and big speeches with loading promises. All promises evaporate in the air just like that." he continued.
Another friend asked him, “So you choose to apathetic about what’s going on around you? And you think that is right stance? We should take some pain to understand what is all about Din!”
He answered back in Bahasa Melayu, “Eh, aku dah jemu. Nanti aku tanya kau balek setahun dari sekarang; jika ada apa-apa organic differences. Aku jamin tak ada apa-apa! Kita jaga tubuh badan kita baik-baik, kita bukannya muda lagi Aku dah tak baca paper lagi. Berita TV aku tengok section sukan saja. First 15 minutes berita TV aku tak tengok dah 1 tahun. Kau nak menyibuk itu urusan kau. Bila dengan aku kau orang cerita benda lain yang berfaedah. Lebih baik kita belasah roti jala ni”
We can do nothing to anybody like this and I am sure he must be too disillusioned with the happenings of recent time. AND that was not an isolated feeling. It is rampant.
I have not read what the contents of the speech till to this hour, but I do hope that the New Economic Model would heal feelings of many like Pak Din. The apathetic attitude of the public can cause serious political contempt in the long run especially for the Malays.
Economics is the subject that I know too little, and I have a lot of apprehensions to discuss about it. I don't have the economic knowledge like PERKASA President, Datuk Paduka Ibrahim Ali, Ali Rustam, shafie Apdal, Azeez Rahim, Noh Omar and Khir Toyo have.
BUT what matters to me now is how to get back and enlighten the spirit of huge number of people like Pak Din.
We are suffering from crisis of confidence. Not many pay attention to whatever leadership says.
Everyone is free to think otherwise.