Monday, 22 October 2012

From an outcast to a respectable member of Society

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948)

Once upon a time, there was a rich Malaysian, the mention of whose name evokes memories and images of a cheat, a heartless manipulator of innocent Malaysians whose only crimes were to trust him and his Companies to keep their promises to deliver the houses they had purchased.
These innocent Malaysians invested their life savings and their hard earned wages into buying houses to be built by this man and his Companies.
Alas, after having taken the money of thousands of unsuspecting Malaysians, this man and his Companies then abandoned their many housing projects that dotted the landscapes throughout Malaysia and at the same time abandoned the thousands of Malaysians who put their trusts in him and his Companies to their fates.
One day this man asked himself “what should I do now? I have hundreds of millions of ringgit, thanks to the thousands of suckers who believed in me. I have all that I wanted except respectability. Everywhere I go, I am treated with derision and contempt like an outcast of Society.”

Gaining respect

After agonising for weeks, he found a perfect solution in the Christian Church. So week after week, this man dutifully went to Church. When it was time for the ‘offertory’, he would stuff wads of RM50.00 and RM100.00 notes into the bag. Gradually, his generosity was noticed and he was invited to attend home cell and prayer meetings, and even lunch with the Pastor.
One Sunday, an out-of-town evangelist came and preached a message of repentance and salvation. When the alter call was given, this man was the first to respond. He went forward, said the Sinner’s Prayer and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.
Soon after the Church Service was over, the buzz was all over town. In the airwaves, cyberspace, newspapers, magazines and cafes, there was a fierce ‘war’ raging. The protagonists are the trusting Christians who praised God for the ‘miracle’ on the one side with the victims of housing projects abandoned by this man and his Companies, on the opposite side. This ‘war’ will never end. It will go on until the end of time.
In the heat of this ‘fierce war’, there are serious and fundamental issues that Malaysian Society had overlooked and failed to address. The issues are:
·     Can a man, having cheated and stolen from thousands of innocent Malaysians and having left them to face their fates, and having still with him in his bank accounts the millions of ringgit he had stolen, so easily gain acceptance and respectability by going to the Christian Church and simply saying the Sinner’s Prayer?
·     Can this man be so easily whitewashed? One moment, he was treated with derision and contempt like an outcast of Society, and the next moment, after having said the Sinner’s Prayer and standing beside the Church Pastor, he has become a respected member of the Church and Society.
·     Now that this man is a respected member of the Church and Society, what about the thousands of victims of his Companies’ abandoned housing projects?
·     Is he going to make restitution to his thousands of victims who trusted him with their money?
·     What is the role of the Pastor and the Church? Have we forgotten the story of Zacchaeus in the Bible, who when after he was saved by Jesus, said “Look Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor, and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold”?
·     When they knew full well what this man had done, did the Pastor and the Church teach this man to make restitution to his thousands of victims who trusted him with their money?
·     Can this man be at peace with himself and with his conscience even though he had been ‘whitewashed’ outside?
·     Can this man sleep at night knowing that his thousands of victims who trusted him with their money are still languishing and still having to pay the banks for the loans paid out by the banks to this man’s Companies for the houses that were never built nor delivered?
Property Gandhi will not answer these questions and invite Malaysians to contribute your thoughts and comments.

If you suspect you know who this man is and you are a victim, without naming this man or his Company, tell us your story and the pains and sufferings this man caused you and your family. Let your pains and suffering prick the conscience of the Authorities who could have done something to save you and your family, but did not.

When you contribute your thoughts and comments, Property Gandhi request you to observe the following rules:

i)   Do not name this man or his Companies even if you suspect you know who they are.

ii) When commenting, keep to the issues at hand and not make scathing personal attacks on the
     character of this man and his Companies.

iii) Avoid using slanderous and libellous language or vulgar words when commenting.

iv) All comments that break the above rules will be removed by Property Gandhi.

Please remember what Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948) said: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.

In the footsteps of Mahatma Ghandi

On 12 March 1930, Mahatma Gandhi began the defiant Salt March – a 241-mile walk in 23 days – to protest the British monopoly on salt. The British had placed high taxes on India’s salt, which was a necessary part of life, and placed a strict law forbidding the Indians to buy or make salt in their homeland. Malaysians, are you ready to follow in Gandhi’s footsteps and march against the tyranny of the property industry in Malaysia?

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”
Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948)

Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948) was a pioneer of Satyagraha or resistance through mass non-violent civil disobedience. He became one of the major political and spiritual leaders of his time. Satyagraha remains one of the most potent philosophies in freedom struggles throughout the world today.
His commitment to non-violence and his belief in simple living and his use of fasts for self-purification as well as a means of protest has been a beacon of hope for oppressed and marginalised people throughout the world.
Property Ghandi aspires to follow in the footsteps of Mahatma Ghandi to awaken Malaysians who are at risk of being the Homeless Generation. Emulating Mahatma Gandhi’s commitment to non-violence and his belief in simple living, Property Ghandi aims to motivate Malaysians to take control over the forces of supply and demand that in recent years have been hijacked and manipulated by the Property Industry in Malaysia to propel property prices to their current unaffordable and unsustainable levels.
Property Ghandi aims to empower Malaysians through the dissemination of knowledge and understanding of the Malaysian Property Market and Property Industry with the objective that Malaysians will no longer be subjected to manipulation through enticements and fear that will propel property prices to even more unaffordable and unsustainable levels.
Last but not least, Property Ghandi encourages Malaysians to participate in discussions and dialogues for the sharing and distribution of information that will break the monopoly of the Property Industry in Malaysia over the control of information on the Property Market in Malaysia.
With information on the Malaysian property market freely available, the Property Industry’s ability to control and manipulate the supply of properties, and thus their ability to manipulate demand and property prices through enticements and fear, will have been severely curtailed if not broken.