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Never forget to share and to care
BY: CHA HUI YEE
Perhaps because of the furor created by the rising cost of living there are once again growing calls by a slew of individuals and organizations for the nation to become a caring society as it looks now as if it’s every man for himself.
In the process the weak and vulnerable, the marginalized and disadvantaged groups and those who are less fortunate are cast aside to become outcasts of society being left to fend for themselves in a way that is disappointing to many of us care-givers.
Whatever has happened to the image of the caring, generous Malaysian? With the hike in the prices of goods and services in the country it looks now as if there is no more care or concern for those that are in the lower segment of society.
The pace of life in this country in keeping with the globalized environment has changed and it has become fiercely competitive and this is why the gap between the rich and the poor is becoming wider in this country.
If Malaysia is no longer a caring place for people that are weak and unable to compete, it is simply because the wealth derived from economic growth has not been equitably distributed and the government needs to create mechanisms to address this problem.
This is why if anyone cares enough to go about the length and breadth of the country to hear the problems, complaints and grievances of the people, there is that feeling that the government-of-the -day needs to do more to care for the welfare and well being of the population.
Life has become an arduous, daily grind to eke a living and the vision of the nation’s leaders of the nation becoming developed and of a high income are now being still viewed by the lower and poorer segment of society as a pipe dream for them and a far-fetched aspiration.
Malaysians of all walks of life must wake up from their stupor and get going once again to ensure that they have their conscience not hardened but aware that they have a moral obligation to ensure that all segments of society have access to creating wealth for themselves.
There must be in place fair play, justice and meritocracy so that those who are in the down-and-out sector of society are able through the formation of various mechanisms by the government-of-the -day to be able to bring the poor out of poverty and shame and hardship and suffering.
It is really imperative that the government-of-the-day take the initiative to redress the imbalance of the issue of those that are down and out and ensure once again that the nation is on track to becoming a caring nation and not where apathy and indifference to the poor abound.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE
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