4uni2c # 13828 Don’t blame the mirror …

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Do not blame the mirror for our bad image

Mirror is an object which is normally used for viewing our own image. Practically every home has a mirror each. Some even have more. The difference between a good quality mirror and the bad one is that the former shows the image of an object exactly as it really is, while the latter shows it with some distortion. One phenomenon of a mirror is that it does not show the right side of an object as its right side. Instead, it shows the right side as its left side and the vice versa. Hence, it gives us some difficulty to read any writing reflected in a mirror. Example, we could not easily figure or read the plate number of the following vehicle behind us by viewing it through the side mirror of our car.

Despite the phenomenon as mentioned above, we could still take for granted that a mirror is a good “friend” of ours because it does help us to identify our bad showings. In other words, if we have bad showings like over applying cosmetic material on our face, the mirror will “tell” it to us exactly. It will never cheat us by flattering us or by showing our bad image as good.

Though mirror could help us to correct our physical weaknesses, it does not care about the other aspects of ourselves which are more important.  No mirror could identify our bad characters, dirty habits, bad values that we subscribed to, and etc. Hence, we have no choice except to depend on the “big mirror”.   The big mirror here I meant the fellow human beings surrounding us most of the time.  If most of them portrayed our personal image as good, then the chances are we are genuinely good individuals. So is the vice versa.

I wish to relate this analogy to the recent General Election. Most people who were concerned about the quality of an election procedure had portrayed a very bad image for the SPR. If the body had discharged its duty responsibly and with acceptable integrity, surely the image that had been portrayed by the members of the public about it in general was favourable. Hence, SPR should not blame the parties who painted its image as horror.

Similarly, facing the same dilemma is the PDRM. Due to the actions of some members of the force, the public tends to develop worsening perception against the said establishment. Most members of the general public seem to shy away from the police personnel or evading them whenever possible. In other words, not many individuals would feel happy to establish good and sincere friendship with the police personnel. Instead, they tend to have prejudices against the police, even by branding them as the most corrupted public servants. Based on this premise, how could we expect that the force would enjoy good cooperation from the general public?

Hence, I really hope that both of the so called prominent agencies of the federal government would amend their organisations entirely as much as possible. They should consider the public as the “big mirror” as I have mentioned above. They should humbly accept whatever criticisms threw at them with open heart. Denial syndrome should not be the main characteristic of any public agency. It would not help at all to amend anything but instead worsen the perception of the people against them. A Malay proverb terms it as, “menegakkan benang basah”, which means that one is trying to deny something which is so obvious.

Worse scenario is when they begin to blame the critics for making various criticisms against them. In other words they do not like to entertain any negative comment about themselves. If such attitude or policy is being practised by any agency, it will never improve. In fact it might even deteriorate through time.

The recent court’s ruling on the usage of the word “Allah” is another controversial incidence inviting numerous comments and complaints from all angles throughout the whole world. Not only non Muslims in Malaysia feel odd and confused about the ruling, even a significant number of Muslims too. All along I am proud of being a rational and tolerant Muslims in my relationship with non Muslims friends. Hence the said ruling had made me really embarrassed as it contradicts with my personal principle. I believe many of my Muslim friends too are sharing the same principle. Just could not speculate what the image of our judicial system would be, in the eyes of the non Muslims worldwide.

Hence, I wish to advise all and every public agency not to blame the general public for harbouring unfavourable perceptions against it. Their perceptions are actually the result of its own credibility, as observed by them, based on its performance in fulfilling the aspiration of the public. In short, does not blame them for its own faults.  As the saying puts it, “do not blame the mirror for our bad image

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~ by OPajar on 2013-08-28.

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