It is easy to be negative. It is easy to criticise.
The difficult task is to be constructive.
To be constructive, one has to be sincere. And, one has to think harder.
Now, more so than ever, Malaysia needs leadership.
We need political leaders who can challenge us to be better.
Racial polemics in the wake of the 2008 General Elections and the 2011 Sarawak Elections are destructive to Malaysia.
It is frustrating to experience the erosion of support. But creating Chinese Malaysian bogeymen will not help our country.
In the 1999 General Elections the Malay vote was split right in the middle. Objective political analysis of the 1999 General Elections showed that it was the Chinese Malaysians who stuck with BN.
Bogeymen would not have done that.
So, what was the reason for Chinese Malaysian support for the BN in the 1999 General Elections?
My own view is that the reason was Dr M and the clarity and certainty of his leadership and vision.
In the preceding years leading to the 1999 General Elections, Dr M had challenged all Malaysians to be better.
He told us that we could be world-beaters if we tried hard enough. This is the type of leadership and challenge that Chinese Malaysians crave for. And, not just Chinese Malaysians, I'm sure.
It is this manner and substance of leadership that Malaysia is missing at the moment.
We need a leader who will challenge us to be better Malaysians, not leaders who make us feel lousy about ourselves.
We need a leader who dares to rise above the partisanship and irrationality of racial politics, not leaders who can only tell us that the colour of our skin is different.