Monday, April 14, 2008

Sports Minister's Skewed Understanding Of Patriotism

From today's The Star
Govt study: Youngsters just ain’t patriotic

A recent Government study has revealed that patriotism levels among youth in the country have declined significantly and if left unchecked, could lead to serious consequences for nation building.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the revelation has forced the ministry to re-look its policy on how to engage youth.

The Government has admitted it has lost the support of youths and has been unable to reach out to the technology-savvy generation, he said.

“We need to adapt to changing needs and lifestyles. For starters, we need to re-instil patriotism in youths regardless of their ethnicity or religious backgrounds,'' he said during his inaugural working visit to the east coast state.

Earlier, he held dialogues with youth department officers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at the youth skills institute here.

Ismail said the ministry would now be “result-orientated” with a specific goal of restoring confidence among the young in the Government.

This would include the ministry setting up its own blog as well as channelling funds directly to all youth associations, including youth-based NGOs in the country.

“We have decided to reduce bureaucracy. From now on, all funding for youth NGOs and associations will come directly from the ministry. We would ensure the grassroots have funds to conduct activities for youths,” he said.

Character-building programmes that instil patriotism are also needed to shore up support among youths, Ismail said.

***** Since when was patriotism defined as having 'confidence in and supporting' the kerajaan? Governments come and go and patriotism has nothing to do with supporting or condemning it. The country is NOT synonymous with the government, it never was and even if Umno disagrees and wishes to believe its silly definition, no one else will buy that sort of self-deluding crap anymore.

The real patriots are those who had confronted the corruption and misdeeds of the Umno-led government, bravely voiced their protests and dissatisfaction despite the brutal attempts to stifle their objections and had voted for a change to genuine democracy.

A large number of youth today are smarter and better informed than the government gives them credit for and if the kerajaan thinks that it can brainwash them through ineffectual programmes like Rakan Muda and all the other Rakan bullshit, they'll be very disappointed.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous LC said...

"“We have decided to reduce bureaucracy. From now on, all funding for youth NGOs and associations will come directly from the ministry. We would ensure the grassroots have funds to conduct activities for youths,” he said."

...Sounds to me like giving them the money directly, which means 'bribe them' lah!!!

4:14 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

That's right! The BN has always & will always use whatever means (by hook or by crook) to get what they want.
So now they will try to bribe the Youth!
Petriotism for them is "being loyal to the BN" no matter how corrupted they are!
The only way we can get rid of them is by totally voting them out forever.

4:29 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Purple Haze said...

Hear, hear.

Correct, correct, correct.

Loyalty to the government of the day is not to be equated to loyalty to the country. This concept should be part of the school curriculum (part of moral studies ?)

If that is made clear, I think the Ministry will get a better reading of the "patriotic" feelings of the youth of today.

9:45 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Cencaluk.Com said...

They need t go back to primary school and learn English and BM again.. plus pendidikan moral!

9:52 PM GMT+8  

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