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The grass is not always greener on the other side

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak

Written by TheMole

By Salleh Said Keruak

Nov 17, 2016

Some Malaysians say ‘the grass always looks greener on the other side’ when they travel overseas and compare other countries to Malaysia. But it is not necessarily true. Take note of problems of racism and intolerance being higher in countries considered more liberal and advanced than Malaysia. Muslim women wearing hijabs in European countries like England, France and Netherlands have to deal with the fear being discriminated, assaulted or attacked.

Some Malaysians complain so much about their country but foreigners who come to Malaysia tend to agree that our country is paradise. Either these well-travelled foreigners are lying or they see something that we apparently cannot.

Some Malaysians look to one single aspect just to condemn our country till the cows go home. For example, the rise in the price of petrol. But do some Malaysians say the same thing when the price of petrol goes down?  Do we have millions of homeless people sleeping on the streets like in developed countries? We need to look at Malaysia as a whole and not pick one item every day to grumble.

Some Malaysians are falling into the trap of constant grumbling about the country, even when the Government actually does something good. Please be aware that this is the classic anti-establishment strategy of creating dissatisfaction. We need to be rational and this means credit should be given when its due.

Some Malaysians should not sit around and grumble for the sake of grumbling. It is time to move forward to help build a better nation.

(Datuk Seri Md Salleh Md Said (born 10 July 1957) was a former Chief Minister of Sabah from 1994 to 1996. He was Speaker of the Sabah legislative assembly from 2010 to 2015 and currently the Minister of Information and Communications since 29 July 2015. He blogs at



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