Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Malaysia boleh

Politics is getting a bit exciting up north. Singaporeans must welcome recent steps by UMNO's senior leaders such as Najib Tun Razak to welcome Singapore investments in Malaysia (and I trust that includes the SJER, if and when it materializes) and UMNO's rebuke of some of its members for making racially inflamatory remarks during its recently concluded UMNO annual pow-wow. From what I heard, not everyone is in agreement on this. There remains a strong underlying current of disquiet and it will take all the skills of politicking and leadership from PM AB and DPM NTR to rein in the disenchanted in order to move Malaysia's national agenda forward.

Actual results count for everything.

A peaceful Malaysia is good for Singapore. A properous Malaysia is also good for Singapore. A Malaysia that wants to play football, and I mean real football, with Singapore is a plus plus. This will be taking two steps forward.

I truly wish Malaysia well. As I have mentioned before, I love to visit Malaysia. It just has to rein in the snatch thieves and robbers and most importantly, keep the police clean. Visitors expect the police to provide protection and help in times of need. It is no good if visitors to the country suspect that senior police officers can blow people up. If the head honchos do it, what more the subordinates?