Always be YOU.

Don’t let others dictate how YOU should behave and act.

In the end, it is YOU who matter the most.



Some people are good managers and a few people are good leaders.

Good leaders in any line of work still need good managers on the ground to bring about beneficial and lasting changes.

Good managers treat their people well but bad managers treat their subordinates horrendously.

Managers are not just automatons who follow the orders of their leaders without thinking. Managers are thinkers too. Managers are people who exhibit behaviour and who act independently too. Above all, managers manage their subordinates so as to achieve their organisations’ goals and objectives successfully.

There are good and bad leaders too.

Good leaders lead people in the right way to the respective destination, which is success in almost all fields.

Bad leaders just give orders, set bad examples and expect their followers to swallow whatever is thrown at them.

In a nutshell, not many people can become leaders as leaders are made of sterner stuff which ordinary people lack sorely and which sets leaders apart from followers. Therefore, leaders possess “that extra something” which their followers can never understand and will never understand.

In my opinion, there is always a fine line that separates managers and leaders and that fine line is “that extra something” which true leaders possess.

True leaders who do things differently and who leave a legacy of leadership are born, not made.


When some individuals get together and start imposing their ideas or beliefs unto others who don’t share the same ideas or beliefs, mayhem ensues.

As such, every individual is entitled to his ideas or beliefs within the boundaries of the Rule of Law.

Freedom should always come with restrictions on every individual in society.


As a growing economy, Malaysia needs an educational system that helps it to participate in a globalised world with all its accompanying challenges.

Therefore, the current government must be serious in implementing an educational system delivered in the medium of instruction called English IF it is really sincere to see Malaysia grow in all aspects.


A true leader must practise REFLECTION.

He must reflect the consequences of his actions upon himself and upon others whom he leads.

In that manner, he improves his leadership skills over a period of time.

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Something new does not mean something better.

To build something new from scratch requires a lot of courage, dedication, fair play, hardwork and perseverance on one’s part.

Something new just does not appear from nothing. Moreover, a lot of soul-searching and reflection is required by an individual in his journey to build something new. Challenges aplenty will be thrown at him while he is building something new. He embraces those challenges without fear.

A country that proclaims itself as a new nation after decades of decadence needs to start from scratch IF it is really serious in charting a new course for itself and its citizenry. To sustain the momentum of the new course, that country needs to be steered by good and capable leaders who possess real leadership qualities and skills.

Instead, there are new politicians (with an old head) who lack leadership qualities and skills to govern and lead the country to higher achievements in all fields.

True leaders are born, not made.


The very mention of competition in Malaysia can send the government and the population into a spin.

The majority of Malaysians are not competitive at all. Meritocracy is dead.

Here, the issue is more about propelling the members of one’s own race forward in the public and the private sectors of the economy even though the members of one’s own race are not suited for the work.

Mediocrity rules in Malaysia, and therefore Malaysia and its population don’t stand a chance to compete against nations that are always moving forward boldly.


People look for a saviour at some point in their lifetimes. It is a sort of reassurance for people to face the unexpected that life will throw at them. It is a human reaction.

When some people place too much trust and faith in a single entity and bestow upon that entity the status of a divine being, it is freakish. It becomes stranger when more and more people worship that entity only on blind faith. There are those who choose to remain blind in their faith towards a belief or a way of thinking even though events around them are crumbling apart viciously.

There is no harm in reassuring oneself that everything will turn out fine. Positive thinkers do that all the time. In negative times and in negative surroundings, positive thinkers infect others with a lot of positivity.

During these negative times, positive thinkers create a God who will be their saviour to save them from the coming tumultuous events. It is akin to injecting oneself with a drug overdose. And in that overdosed state, coming turbulent incidents are portrayed as serene, happy and cheerful times by the positive thinkers.

This overdosed state of worship in a single deliverer that can overcome all impending economic ills is taken to the extreme. The rescuer is capable of anything and everything under the sun. Look towards the deliverer to save your souls. Look towards the deliverer to maintain your economic livelihood. The preserver is impregnated with tremendous economic power.

Like a dragon awakened from centuries of deep slumber, the preserver can breathe its economic fire into the depraved and the economically destitute rendering them invincible to all sorts of approaching economic upheavals. The rescuer attains the status of an “ANG-KONG” in the eyes of his many followers.

When the “ANG-KONG” called China is further hit economically and financially, what then?

In the Hokkien dialect used in Penang, “ANG-KONG” means deity.


There is a lot of turmoil in the markets these days. In particular, the Emerging Markets (EMs) are submerging. Does the future economic scenario look good for the EMs?

It looks like the leaders in the EMs have their work cut out for them. It is real work in the form of fixing things very quickly in the respective economies of the EMs. The EMs will sink into the abyss of the ocean very quickly if their leaders don’t introduce the vital structural changes.

The EMs will have to contend with many sharks during their descent into the abyss of the ocean. The Great White Sharks, the Great Black Sharks, the Great Brown Sharks, the Great Yellow Sharks and the Great Tawny Sharks will definitely bite these EMs. The EMs will be torn to pieces by the time they hit the abyss of the ocean.

The world is about to witness how fundamentally, structurally and truly strong these economies really are in the EMs.



The atmosphere is very hot and tense. I am not referring to the weather but to the sentiment prevalent among most ordinary Malaysians today.

Everyone is agitated. The agitation is more violent among politicians from the various parties that make up the present coalition tasked to steer the country out of its current malady. Is the current crop of politicians different from the previous crop of politicians? Nothing has changed.

Instead of looking into pertinent issues affecting the layman and his livelihood, the current politicians are more interested in fulfilling selfish motives that will benefit them and their diehard supporters. It is as though the politicians and their diehard supporters will rule forever.

In the run-up to the 14th General Election, the mayhem and the mud-slinging were perfectly understood. But the mayhem and the mud-slinging are continuing until today. As a result, the citizen is deprived of peace which he sorely needs to improve his economic lot.

Instead of concentrating on the dire and immediate needs of the citizens concerning their livelihoods, the current politicians are embroiled in petty issues pertaining to race, religion and language. What are they ACTUALLY DOING?

The term “rule of law” has become a byword. It is just a saying on the lips of self-serving politicians. Although an election candidate stood and lost in the 14th General Election, he is made a deputy minister in one of the ministries. That infraction is a slap on the face of the Malaysian voter. Malaysians have a very weird understanding and interpretation of the “rule of law”.

Nothing has changed. It is the same old bloody wine in a new bottle. It is the same old stale menu. Malaysians are not in the New Malaysia yet. Malaysians are in A TRANSITION PERIOD TO THE NEW MALAYSIA.

Let’s watch what really happens in the Transition Period as a lot of things must be fixed if Malaysia truly wants to progress in all fields.