Haji Zainol Abideen @ Mahaguru58

1. What do you think will be the most important issue that the new government must address?

Rising costs of basic living needs. The new government must ensure that fuel prices remain affordable and all other food prices be maintained or lowered if possible.

The safety and security of our nation must be enhanced to avoid any similar intrusions like what has taken place at Sabah. The law enforcement agencies must be further upgraded with the latest necessary equipments, arms and technological capabilities.

Those who wilfully break our laws must not be spared from facing the full brunt of what our gazetted laws provide and there must be no exclusions for anyone or any party to escape the consequences. The Justice System must be further strengthened with firm and just judges.

Greater multi-ethnic intake must be carried out by both the Royal Malaysian Police Force and Malaysian Armed Forces to foster a more patriotic security force that will be able to protect and preserve our Malaysian national unity.

Malaysians must be groomed to put national interests first and to progress together as a developed country whilst maintaining our own unique social and cultural heritage. The 1Malaysia concept must not only be made into our national unity slogan but an actual way of life for all Malaysians in all 13 states.

2. What do you think is Barisan Nasional’s greatest strength?

For now, its ability to deliver as it has promised the people in terms of progress in various fields and opening up equal opportunities for the country’s multi ethnic, multi faithed populace.

3. What do you think is Barisan Nasional’s greatest weakness?

The government’s failure to nip political unrest and instigations caused by certain politicians irresponsible statements that fringe on libel, slander and offensive insinuations against certain faiths, ethnicity and social status of our citizens.

Failure to stop illegal immigrants and foreigners from slipping in to our country causing social criminal and economic disruptions amongst the Malaysian populace. Irregular enforcements by uncoordinated law enforcement agencies, Immigration, Customs, to stop, trace and deport such dangerous illegals back to where they came from?

4. What do you think is Pakatan Rakyat’s greatest strength?

Their ability to create problems when there are none or to add salt to the open or festering wounds caused by weak or indecisive decisions by the current PM and his cousin brother, the flip flopping Home Minister.

5. What do you think is Pakatan Rakyat’s greatest weakness?

Their apparent penchant for anti-national pursuits and tendencies to create mayhem for Malaysia disregarding their own interests and futures going down the drain as well as a result of their blatant failures to deliver whatever they had promised the people in terms of progress in all areas of living.

Their proven failure to safeguard the people’s interests as in the case of Kg. Buah Pala, Penang and many other places which have seen all the promises which the Pakatan leaders made disappear into thin air overnight.

6. What is your hope for Malaysia?

To see my country turn into a developed nation with equal opportunities for all Malaysians especially in education, civil service job opportunities, business and industrial sectors.

Malaysians must be taught to respect each other, observe our country’s social and cultural do’s and don’ts. Greater understanding of each other’s faith and learning not to intrude into another’s spiritual domain. Transgressors must be swiftly punished regardless of his or her social and political status or position.

Take care of our country’s resources and preserve our nation’s precious environment. Not to destroy the fragile ecological balance and to see to it that those who breach our laws be made to pay and restore whatever it is that they have destroyed.

Replanting of our depleted forests and cleanup of our polluted riverine and natural sources of potable water. A general upliftment of the moral and spiritual status of each and every Malaysian citizen.

Haji Zainol Abideen, President, Muslim Bloggers Alliance. I am a Malaysian Muslim Blogger who stands for the betterment of each and every Malaysian regardless of his or her political affiliation, ethnicity, faith or social standing. I am supportive of the Barisan Nasional coalition government.

New Mandala is asking Malaysians and Malaysianists worldwide their views on the two coalitions vying for power at the 13th general election in Malaysia. Their responses are published unedited.