Director’s Sound Bite: What we need

In the end Malaysia’s future is our future. There is a set of values that makes us Malaysians, the challenges that we meet together as a nation. Not only as an individual. But individualism has been made as a compass for development resulting cluttered actions and objectives.

We need a working consensus tackling big problems and not get distracted by the petty and trivial.

Faith functions as a place for peace, understanding and comfort and yet some exploits them and drives us apart.

Responsible pledges must be made. Transparency must be ushered while nation’s security to well protected. A duty must be well executed. Accountability to be checked.

We need to accommodate from intention to action. We want people able to contribute to this nation. We want to create the tools to do so. Volunteering itself is good. Having fun is great. But again with the scarcity of the sources that we have, we want the biggest impact with the minimum amount of sources used. How do we do so? Only by working together impossible becomes probable.

We cannot afford to waste any action anymore.

Akmal Saufi MK
January 2015

12 March 2014 – A response to Bloom Businessweek’s article

Press Statement
A response to Bloomberg Businessweek’s article dated 12 March 2014
12 March 2014


As Malaysians, we must express our disappointment by the appalling article of Mr Joshua Kurlantzick published in Bloomberg Businessweek dated 12 March 2014 entitled “Why Malaysia Will Say Almost Nothing About The Missing Plane”.

As if having a personal vendetta towards the Malaysian Government and Malaysia Airlines, he accused that the Malaysia has been harbouring terrorists in the nation without stating prove in his article. He further accused that the Malaysian Government is keeping mum of the whole scenario. Mr Kurlantzick also seems to portray that having a relation with Muslim majority country is a problem.

At a time where around the world everyone continue to hope, giving support and providing encouraging words to Malaysia, this one particular writer seems to not have a single empathy to the affected family members of flight MH370 as well as to those who are involved in the Search and Rescue(SAR) mission of flight MH370.

We Malaysians believe that it would be Mr Kurlantzick rights to state whatever he wants to say in line with his much cherished rights to freedom of speech.

However, in being so well versed and knowledgeable Mr. Kurlantzick should have at least have the decency to respect a nation that has just been struck with a calamity. At least some of the  other western media have the decency to do so.

Sooner or later the story would unfold with further details that can enlighten the family and the public. But this is not a game of who can release information faster. It is more than that. This is a situation that every single information received or theory conjured should be verified so as to not cause further distress to the affected ones. We Malaysians do not want an abundance of information that god knows where it came from. Unlike Mr. Kurlantzick, it is the Malaysian Government and Malaysian Airlines that will be together with the families. It would be the Malaysian Government and Malaysian Airlines that will receive legal repercussions if the information are not verified and disclosed.

We are of the view that rather than causing further sadness, discomfort and confusion to the family members of flight MH370, Mr Kurlantzick with all due respect we Malaysians love our country and we would not just let anyone attack us in such a manner. Especially in a situation of such gravity. So back off.

 

Akmal Saufi MK
Director
Barisan Nasional Youth Volunteers

 

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Director’s Sound Bite: A paradigm shift

BNYV has played an important role during the previous general elections. A certain parliament has benefitted tremendously because of our on ground campaign and in consequence delivering a win. BNYV was established in 2012 contemplating the coming elections. We sweat and toil delivering innovative programmes for the youth and bringing a new hope into the whole game.It was also established as a platform for urban youths to engage, learn and assist the election machinery.

 

But that is just it. If the movement is solely for the purpose of elections then it would not be sustainable. Those who joins us will not be able to further develop their understanding in politics and issues that will later benefit the nation’s pool of youth leadership – an agenda that is always in our radar since our inception. Any organisation, movement or activist needs a cause that they can strive for. Although we are volunteering movement we none the less need a context to strive for. Avoiding to be jack of trades, master of none.

 

Thus after my appointment as the new BNYV Director, the BNYV core members and me have initiated a soul search. Assessing our strenght and current status. Engaging our sincere volunteers who are committed to us, various stakeholders, guidance from several volunteering figures in the nation and leaders from different niche areas.

 

As result, we have come out with several objectives, the BNYV new framework and finally the projects that will impact and support our new direction. We believe this is the way to go.

Tune in.

 

Akmal Saufi MK
February 2014