KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 17, 2017: A blog post by Communication and Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak titled ‘The grass is not always greener on the other side’ has received positive reviews from youths today.
Human resource student Aiman Iskandar Khaidir, 22, agrees with Salleh’s opinion that Malaysians should be more positive when comparing their country with others.
“As someone who travels a lot and meets many foreigners, I believe what Salleh wrote is spot on. While Malaysia is not the best in everything, it is the best place to live in and many foreigners who come visiting this country have the same opinion as me,” he said.
Che Wan Amiruddin Junaidi, 22, an engineering student, agrees with Salleh’s suggestion that Malaysians should not grumble about their country’s shortcomings just for the sake of grumbling.
He however disagrees with Salleh’s point that the fuel price increase too should not be a source of complaint by the people.
“For me, people should complain when the fuel price increases because this cause an increase in the price of goods, which ultimately increases the cost of living. Rising cost of living isn’t a small matter and people have the right to complain about it,” he argued.
Finance executive Amirul Ashraff Aldrin Husni, also 22, completely agrees with Salleh.
“Our country is peaceful and blessed but of course Malaysians will always want more then what we have, which leads to constant grumblings. Some people I know love to complain but when it comes to giving suggestions on how to solve problems, they conveniently keep quiet,” he said.
English student Muhd Danial Mohd Anuar, 19, asks Malaysians to reflect on what was written by Salleh.
“Credit is due when credit is due. The government has made many improvements like the MRT which benefits me and many other youngsters I know,” he said.
Journalism student Ahirine Ahirudin, 21, agrees with Salleh’s contention that race relation in the country was not as bad as some Malaysians made it out to be.
“Even the media show us how Muslims were being discriminated in other countries. We can see that race relations were even worse in developed country where some people were being discriminated based on their skin colour.
“Our country is actually a multiracial country with people from different races and religion living peacefully. Some countries could learn a thing or two from us,” she said.