Saya sedikit kecewa dan kesian kerana KRU, Norman khasnya terpaksa tunduk tersungkur pada kerahan BN supaya beliau bersuara lantang di media sosial. Namun ianya bukanlah suatu yang memeranjatkan.
Perbincangan ringkas di MIG pada tahun 2011 bersama peneraju seni (bukan penggiat, bukan pelakon) membuka informasi tentang bagaimana duit ini 50 juta yang dipumpkan kerajaan pada KRU disalahguna. Ianya juga menunjukkan bagaiman KRU secara rasminya terikat dengan kerajaan.
Ada dua hipotesis yang boleh diutarakan. 1) Norman memang ultra BN, 2) Norman terikat kaki dan tangan. Situasi ini tidak memeranjatkan kerana ianya telah berlaku di US. Pengaruh KRU tidak cukup kuat untuk bergerak di atas kaki sendiri dan penerimaan 50 juta funding dari kerajaan meletakkan mereka pada situasi kritikal.
Hipotesis yang ingin saya cadangkan ialah, kita jangan membenci Norman dahulu kerana terdapat komponen kedua yang lebih kritikal yang perlu kita pertimbangkan. Tetapi jika hipotesis pertama valid, Norman, you are out!
Industri Tidak Akan Collapse
Orang awam yang tidak ultra pada mana mana pihak yang meneliti isu ini mampu membuat hipotesis ringkas; penguasaan suatu parti tidak akan menjatuhkan suatu industri tetapi dominasi golongan berintelektual rendah di dalam industri akan menyebabkan kejatuhan.
Semasa penglibatan ringkas saya di dalam industri pada 2011, saya memasuki dengan objektif mengenali industri dengan pandangan kritikal. Pengamatan saya menunjukkan industri ini didominasi golongan yang berintelektual amat rendah. 60% segmen dikuasai golongan veteran berumur 35+ dan selebihnya golongan muda yang tidak inovatif.
Bila dilihat pada pada lensa intelektual di FINAS, anda akan terkejut akan nipisnya segmentasi golongan yang berpotensi di sana. Bercakap melalui bahasa organizational behavior - FINAS bukan sahaja tidak mampu menarik golongan berpotensi, tetap menolak golongan berpotensi.
Sama seperti zaman sebelum kemunculan hasil kerja Steven Spielberg di hollywood.
David Teo secara solo merancakkan industri tanah air tetapi dia juga diikat kaki tangan secara berperingkat bermula tahun 2010 dengan penglibatan beliau di BSN. Usaha David Teo dilihat mampu menjatuhkan dominasi golongan Melayu di dalam industri dan mekanisma ini dilaksanakan. David Teo tidak mampu bergerak sendiri kerana pengaruh beliau belum cukup besar dan beliau juga tiada geng Cina yang berkuasa yang memberikan beliau platform kukuh. Saya secara peribadi amat kecewa dengan situasi ini kerana David Teo mempunyai resources dan intelektual bagi membantu menaikkan industri. (intipati meeting koordinasi 2010 di MIG)
Economically speaking, this is why you need to be thankful to be Malaysian. I would agree that we could do so much better, and that does mean, we need to focus our magnifying lens to make the country better, not focusing on how to throw out the government (we know some of you are communists, we even had your profile well-documented). We certainly don't want to be Iraq or Iran. I would support government-shift (changing who to lead Malaysia, anyone?) but i wouldn't agree taking it with riot or any harsh mean. Do you want to be live in country with political unrest like Thailand? Now i had chance meeting 2 group of brilliant people from World Bank and IMF talking statistically about economic ecosystem in Malaysia. Know what they say? "We cant say this in press but we all agree here, Malaysia is the best in the world" (my head has a visual of Zety Akhtar), then they had their Red Wine, i had my Tomato Mountain Juice (Le Meridian Hotel, Club Lounge, 2012).
"Look at Wong's kid. They know how to run the tire business at young age. Befriend them. They are smart people", those were words uttered from my father when i was kid. Advises we received usually contradict the (local) social norm. A distinguishing one would be "befriend other races".
I never took this seriously until i reached 17, after SPM (SAT in the West). I started to give it a serious thought. I started to question the behavior and social norm of my people, the Kelantanese. Most Kelantanese, they would only befriend Kelantanese, the would avoid others (and this is disturbing). They would then claim that 'we have a strong ukhwah'... what a joke.
When i went to college, i took one step further... majority of my friends (roughly) were non-Malays. Most of them from China and Kazakhstan.
Ai and Avi from China, they are very nice people. Lee Thong was very close to me, but we'd lost contact after he went back to China. Adila is the most beautiful girl I've ever met, a mix of Chinese and Turkish and she is a Muslim too, and we'd lost contact too. Kazbek from Kazakhstan. He met me (with her beautiful girlfriend) a week before he went back to Kazakhstan (last month). When we were in college, we used to have dinner together almost every night, for the whole semester. Then there were people like Yumi, Kiki, Angel, Basam and few others who brought colors to my life. Those were all the good times.
I learned a lot from them and I'm sure those who don't embrace diversity in friendship would miss a lot.
To quote Lynnelle Ye from Stanford University which inspired this post:-
So I'm not going to be polite about this. If you couldn't find a peer group whose intellectual engagement was commensurate with yours in an institution as large, diverse, and world-class as Stanford University, it was entirely and inescapably your own fault. It boggles my mind that you would blame Stanford for your own failure to seek out the incredible opportunities that it would have handed to you on a silver platter. You should be ashamed. That is all.
I was given a mandate this morning. A mandate that 90% got me excited and 10% got me nervous. I was excited because it is a personal accomplishment to me. My reading and my willingness to apply best practices, paid off. I was nervous because it is responsibility i have to carry for the next 18 to 24 months. My confident level is high, about 90%. I have to be realistic. I have to give a little space to doubt and uncertainty. 10% would be the right number. That little space would allow me to do some errors and learn from them.
"Whenever you start working on something, never work on it 2 hours straight. Spend only 90 minutes on the task and once you reach the final minute, take a 5-10 minutes break. Get away from your task. Try not to think about your task even a second (psychologically impossible, i guess). Go talk to your friend. Probably participate in water-cooler-taylor-swift-gossip. "
People (especially from creative industry) reported that they experience spark of creativity during this break. Others (especially middle managers) also reported that they came up with new way of tackling problem they are facing.
From my own personal experience; i got more delivered to my immediate.