This is re-emergence of my blog postings, under a new look and banner – Malaysia Baru or New Malaysia.
Hope that readers and followers of my blog would enjoy the new looks (and of course new approach).
I will post issues that would relate mostly to the so-called New Malaysia (Malaysia Baru). As the tagline “Malaysia Baru” being used widely of late, it is important that defining this “Malaysia Baru” must take place in what I would call “consensus building” among Malaysians, as to what it could mean. As I observe, some would like to skew the “Malaysia Baru” meanings to their perspectives and views, which is normal under any emergence of new social changes, at the expense of consensus building, which should be the penultimate goal. I will try my best to push forward this agenda of consensus building among fellow Malaysians, using this blog as one of its main venues.
Malaysia Baru – must be targeted for the average Malaysian. First, we must define what would be the “proper and correct” description of “average” Malaysian?
An average Malaysian by statistical definition would generally be described as follows: he/she is on average about 27.7 years old (the median age of Malaysians as 2017), he/she is 68.8% Bumiputera, 23.2% Chinese, about 7% Indian & others (Malaysian ethnicity mix as 2017 census), he/she lives in peri-urban community, his/her average monthly income is less than RM3,500 per month (in the B40 income definition), his/her education level is with a diploma (about 60%), his/her properties would include: 15% of a car (which is about MyVee type or a motorbike), do not own a house yet and still renting them, own a smartphone with data plan in place (even though could be prepaid and not postpaid), he/she is just married with no kids yet and planning to have kids soon, and last but not least, he and she is combined as he and she (basic household definition of a family unit). (Source: Department of Statistics, Malaysia)
Let us further define his/her behaviors: he/she don’t watch much television, but spent about 8 hours a day on the internet, which dominated by gluing themselves to social media and online streaming, has facebook account, working as an employee, not interested in politics (general political apathy to any political ideology), not so religious (even though care about religious practices), is concerned about lifestyle and peers (which makes him/her to be concerned about costs of living), likes some type of music and movies, do search online for shopping, even though may not consummate the purchase online, do have online banking facilities and use them often, do search for information online and trust online information more than others, do not understand politics and policies save for what it affects him/her directly on his/her daily life, and so on.
If Malaysia Baru means the prominence of this “Average Malaysian” as I had described, as it’s main thrusts of consensus, then it would not be to any surprise for the Average Malaysian. It is only surprising to those (older generations) who do not see that Malaysians had shifted to these new Gen-X and Gen-Y, as it’s new polar. And if anyone could see that is the case, it would be futile to go against this grain and would risk themselves to be marginalized as well as facing the risk of being irrelevant.
For me, I would conclude that Malaysia Baru is the realization of the Average Malaysian (which is really Gen-X and Gen-Y) that they represent the polar of society, and could affect changes in society as a group. And soon, they may realize that they are the determinant factor to make these changes, and the power of doing so is in their hands.
Let us give a warm welcome to this NEW MALAYSIA (BARU).