Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 : The Day The Earth Stood Still - Malaysiakini

The last day of 2008, I read Faidhi's piece 2009 with pride esp. on, The most obvious change is the global crisis which the whole world is trying to solve. Money is and has always been a huge factor in the world, no matter what other people say.
Commentary by Thomas Soon also spots on year 2008: If there is any lesson to be learnt at all and to keep things on an even keel, Malaysian politicians must mature first and foremost.
I do not have any resolutions, just keep moving with open mind and open heart. Lower expectations, higher workrate, more creative works. Continue living within my own means, constraints, limitations and be grateful for whatever possessions that I own as well as those things I want but can never own in my lifetime. Life is too short and live the life to the fullest.

2008 is gone forever, 2009 is here, europe beckons and then move to Canada a year after......hopefully.



By all accounts, the latest Keanu Reeves blockbuster, The Day The Earth Stood Still, is as apt a movie as any to signal the close of this tumultuous year, a grim but timely reminder of humanity’s destructive nature.
2008 was indeed a year the world turned upside down — all of humankind’s doing — when old battles were renewed and intensified. Coming to the fore were the titanic struggles between socialism and capitalism, race and nationhood, sustainable and extreme exploitations of resources, government and private enterprises.
This was a year of financial meltdown, bailouts, food shortage, record oil prices, civil and political strife, tumbling equity markets, continuing wars and millions more falling into poverty. A year where investments found no safe haven and when cash was literally “king”. Yup, it was certainly a year to forget.
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In Malaysia, 2008 may be cast in history as the year of political awakening. By any measure, the March 8 general election would long be talked about as a watershed event that foretold impending changes in the domestic political landscape.
The loss of its two-thirds majority in parliament prompted Barisan Nasional component parties to deeply reassess their well-tested alliance. It also forced incumbent Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to barely hang on to power and to salvage whatever legacy he could make of it towards the end of the year.
In no small measure, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was a potent force of that change. But he faces fresh allegations of sodomy — one that he alleges are trumped up to politically neutralise his rise to power.
The changing landscape also revealed Malaysians’ ugly sides — that have been simmering beneath the surface — in some at least, of racism, narrow communal politics and political expediencies.
For Malaysia to face the challenges head on, the rule of law and separation of powers among the three branches of government have to be restored — for people’s and investors’ confidence to be restored.
If there is any lesson to be learnt at all and to keep things on an even keel, Malaysian politicians must mature first and foremost. This is a prerequisite for the return of confidence amongst Malaysian consumers, towards spending again and keeping the economy afloat.
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