Sometimes I wish Malaysia could be a little more like Singapore

Sometimes I wish Malaysia could be a little more like Singapore,

the overachieving sibling that we always hated to acknowledge,

but secretly admired.

So I’m not going to sit down and do nothing about it.

You can moan about, complain about, and criticise the country all you want

about how we fare poorly against our younger brother

although endowed with so much more since the very beginning.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show

where we watch our homeland implode

as a result of its own stubbornness,

its own complacency,

its own intolerance,

and most importantly,

of its own people.

Get your overpriced popcorn

because you’ll be in for a treat

as you spectate the fighters fight for things

of substance,

of strategy,

of patience,

and of progress

while you stand by the sidelines to watch

and do nothing about it.

But if you’re going to do things of substance,

of strategy,

of patience,

and of progress,

take note.

Because there are people out there

who think that to create change, they need

a well-earned degree from the most prestigious university,

a position that sounds 10x better than it really is in the next ‘best’ (kononnya) student organisation,

or a seemingly important job, forever stuck in the 9 to 5 (actually 6.30pm) monotony that they hate so much

but would easily justify any day with two words that are

job security,

or stable income.

Social media feature these people so often,

whether through recognition from others

or more ridiculously and frequently

from themselves

when they forget that so often

that the people who do the things that actually matter

don’t get the spotlight they deserve.

Truth is, they’re not busy indulging in their false sense of pride

fuelled by the number of likes,

loves,

shares,

whatever the fuck it is nowadays.

Truth is, they’re not too busy wondering whether people are looking,

as though they need someone to confirm their artificial generosity.

Truth is, they’re not busy thinking about sharing, tweeting, or posting evidence

of whatever samaritan-like feat they accomplished.

Because truth is, they don’t even need the spotlight

to create change of substance

and of real progress

as a result of strategy

and patience.

They know that what matters more,

is that they’re fighting for it

regardless of where the spotlight is shining.

They know that what matters more,

is that they’re trying so hard

driven by the prospect of real change.

They know that what matters more,

is that they fucking do it.

So I will do whatever I can

to create change of substance

and of real progress

as a result of strategy

and patience

Because sometimes I wish Malaysia could be a little more like Singapore,

the overachieving sibling that we always hated to acknowledge,

but secretly admired.

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