People need a range of social and financial opportunities to succeed.
People need tools to develop those social action ideas they had, but hadn’t had the funds or confidence to develop.
Opportunities are the catalysts that help us climbing the Maslow (1954) hierarchy of needs pyramid which can be divided into basic (or deficiency) needs (e.g. physiological, safety, love, and esteem) and growth needs (cognitive, aesthetics and self-actualization).
One must satisfy lower level basic needs before progressing on to meet higher level growth needs.
Once these needs have been reasonably satisfied, one may be able to reach the highest level called self-actualization.
Every person is capable and has the desire to move up the hierarchy toward a level of self-actualization.
Unfortunately, progress is often disrupted by failure to meet lower level needs.
Opportunity very much relate to empowerment.
Empowerment means people and communities, having both the opportunity and the capability to participate effectively in social, economic and political spheres.
Empowering people requires increasing the quantity and the quality of their opportunities to participate in local governance and local service delivery.
To participate effectively in local governance citizens need institutionalized opportunities to influence local planning and policy processes, local decision-making systems, and accountability mechanisms linking decision-makers and citizens.
To participate effectively in service delivery people need opportunities to influence the mobilization and management of resources and the delivery of services through voice (consultative and oversight mechanisms channelling service users’ preferences to service managers and frontline service deliverers) and choice (available options to select among multiple providers) so that people and communities are not forced to accept unresponsive service delivery.
Empowerment implies a special emphasis on redressing inequities in voice, choice, and access across segments of the local population.
Opportunities may not be equally available to all.
Differences in social status may give some people less opportunity than others for voice and choice related to improving the quality of their lives.
Rules and processes are needed to increase the opportunities available to all groups, especially those frequently marginalized, to participate effectively in local affairs.
Empowered people are both better endowed with the resources that enable them to satisfy their needs and better able to participate in the arenas of governance and markets through which they can continue to improve their lives.
This is the essence of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak vision of 1 Malaysia.
We have to accept, admit and recognize the cultural and evolutionary difference of the races and this would bring the nation into a collective stage of coexistence where the people live in harmony in tolerance to the other races in the country.
The collaboration stage is the United Malaysia phase where everything is negotiated through social justice and economic equality parameters devoid of discriminatory race based policies in the administration of the country.
1 Malaysia emulates the process of nation rebuilding through the strategic orientation and rebuilding of political, economic, social, technocultural, education and religious foundations towards self governance.
1 Malaysia ensures every each one of Malaysian have the right and the say.
The government recognise our role in nation-building to further develop our community and country.
We are in one big society that will be able to help others and contribute to nation-building.
Through 1 Malaysia there are vast opportunities and every one can tap the opportunity to improve our way of life.
The government has good policies but it lies in all of us to tap the opportunity.