Malaysians have now made its decision. The time for campaigns and promises is over, and now would be the time for implementation – there is still a long way to go, many obstacles to overcome, and many issues to indulge in that require sustainable solutions.
Where ever you are on the political divide, where ever you stand on issues – policies must be framed, affirmed, and unified towards the common goals of making Malaysia a competitive country; after all that is the end that we are all looking towards, and this goal transcends ethnic, social or political divide.
Malaysians has felt the heat of this election. Whether you’re a candidate or voter, this has definitely been a whole new experience, especially as policies, outcomes and ideas have been immensely discussed, defended and justified. It is a clear sign of an ever maturing democracy spreading throughout our country.
As an advocate of global competitiveness of the automotive industry, there was no escaping the different perspectives from many stakeholders that were all in solidarity towards progress, yet had differing views on its approach.
While there has been an unprecedented level in the diversity of views, I believe there is room for improvement in allowing deeper conversation on issues, and more avenues to be created so that substantiated argumentation based on facts and analysis take centre stage, and preconceived bias and sentiment to be separated before judgements are made.
The glass half full approach always leads to solutions to problems, instead of focus on problems without solution.
For me, dialogue is a healthy process. Despite the romanticisation of the “lightbulb of ideas”, the best ideas are often a product of the amalgamation of thoughts and discourse – as long as we are set on moving forward, different perspectives build on each other and evolve into something progressive, effective and inclusive for all.
As we move on to the dawn of a new term – let this discussion and dialogue continue on, and let them lead to new achievements and milestones. Policies must remain consistent in principle, especially for an industry that builds over a longer time span, decades in fact.
The nation must resume its development now. The world is moving on its continuous progress towards the future, not waiting for us to reconcile through an election process that has just completed.
This week, Malaysia proved without a shadow of a doubt that democracy prevails. The fact that our views have been expressed, debated and analysed more than ever, show that our democracy is continuously maturing.
With that said, let us move forward with the decision that Malaysia has made, and work with the government that has been mandated. Let’s move forward with acceptance of this decision, and develop frameworks that construct, and not destruct. Anything else will halt the progress that we have created – political divide is not an excuse to burn bridges that we have worked hard to create as an industry and economy.
As the nation moves towards the formation of its new government, we are sure that our leaders – old and new – will all work towards the continuous enhancement of our economy.
As we reconcile and sink into the historical moment, we hope that the tremendous milestones that we have reached – a collaboration of ideas, foresight and efforts between government bodies, research institutions, industry players and public participation – continues on over the long term.
Today, there is no mentality that can replace the passion and drive to compete, continuously innovate, and bring consumers what they demand. This applies both within and outside our borders.
I hope the automotive industry will continue its traditions of dialogue, building ideas and intellectual development of Malaysia’s talent and entrepreneurship. I also believe that as an industry that often spurs the technological penetration of many economies, it continues to move forward to elevate the country to a global level, an inspiration for the people of Malaysia.
Let’s forget what we have missed, appreciate what we have done, and look forward for what to do next.
The writer is the chief executive officer of Malaysia Automotive Institute.