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The Top 5 peoples in the Western world with the best social attitude and social behaviour are the Danes, Norwegians, Swedes, Finns and Canadians.
Their countries – Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland (collectively known as Scandinavia) followed by Canada – have the highest levels of social cohesion.
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Live together, work together
“Social cohesion is defined as the special quality how members of a community live and work together,” said the Bertelsmann Foundation.
- Greater prosperity + less poverty = better social cohesion
- More social cohesion = more satisfaction with life + more happiness
Ikea Group CEO Mikael Ohlsson once said in 2011 that he wanted his “co-workers” to be happy and honest.
Ikea’s worldwide business is good and Ingvar Kamprad, founder of the Swedish company, was previously among the world’s Top 5 richest billionaires although he has since dropped down the Forbes list.
3 most important socio-economic factors
- National wealth (GDP)
- Income gap (Gini coefficient)
- Knowledge index
According to the Social Cohesion Radar by Bertelsmann Foundation and Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, social cohesion can be measured – among other criteria – through the resilience of social relationships in the national community.
Sweden is usually among the top countries in international ranking lists for quality of life and economic clout.
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Flags of (from left) Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway & Finland
Blondes have more fun?
The Bertelsmann-Jacobs report found three important socio-economic factors associated with social cohesion.
(1) Well-to-do and cohesive
“First, greater national wealth has a correlation to greater social cohesion.”
(2) Equal and cohesive
“Second, a country’s income gap has a moderately strong and inverse correlation to social cohesion, indicating that less equal societies tend to be less cohesive.”
(3) Smart and cohesive
“Third, a country’s level of development towards a modern information society has a more profound effect on social cohesion than national wealth. The higher a country’s ranking on the Knowledge Index, which measures the diffusion of modern communication technology, the more likely that country is to show high social cohesion.”
Respect the social rules, boleh tak?
According to the results of the study by Bertelsmann-Jacobs, “A cohesive society is characterized by resilient social relationships, a positive emotional connectedness between its members and the community, and a pronounced focus on the common good”.
A cohesive community knows how to respect social rules of coexistence.
See Venn graph above.
(1) Social relations – Trust in people
(2) Connectedness – Trust in institutions
(3) Focus on the common good – Civic participation
Let’s check out where the Dapster-evangelistas stand in this three areas.
(1) Do they trust their fellow Malaysians?
Hannah Yeoh does not trust Utusan Malaysia. She accuses the Malay paper of selling lies daily – see her tweet above.
DAP supporters dubbed 3.5 million Umno members and their families as “Umnoputras”. Dapster-evangelistas also call the Malay party “Scumno”, i.e. comprising of scums. A scum is a dishonest and unkind person.
Red Bean Army cyber warfare has destroyed trust and goodwill in our society with hate propaganda, black ops psywar and conspiracy theories like the 40,000 Bangladeshi phantom voters (but they love the Rohingya and Bangladeshi boat people nonetheless).
(2) Do they trust the institutions of state?
Hannah Yeoh was “very worried that BN will send phantom voters out” – see her tweet above. She has little faith in our electoral system and its fair conduct.
Dapster-evangelistas call the police “anjing Umno”.
They do not have confidence in the capability of the Malaysian armed forces and uniformed services. For example, DAP Segambut MP, the evangelista Lim Lip Eng had said that if opposition leaders were in charge of the Search & Rescue for MH370, the missing plane would have been found in a jiffy.
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Yuki Tan is wife to DAP Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik who is former political secretary to Lim Guan Eng.
Responding to the MH17 plane crash, Yuki wrote in her Facebook, “What kind of rotten country is this place!” See her Facebook comment in Chinese, reported by Malaysiakini – screenshot below.
Following a public outcry, Yuki apologized (see screenshot above) and said, “Sorry! Let’s pray for MH17!”
Evangelistas pray a lot in public. Public prayer is the badge they wear.
BELOW: Hannah Yeoh speaking on her party’s ‘Ubah Sekarang, Bersihkan Malaysia’ podium
Do the Dapster-evangelistas trust the institutions of state?
They think the Election Commission is dirty and that’s why they had to have all those Bersih mega rallies.
They are convinced that judiciary is bought whenever judgment on a public interest case goes against the outcome they desire
They believe the anti-corruption agency will not arrest any Umno big fish. They believe the entire bureaucracy is tainted too.
They do not trust the national education system and are just short of saying teachers in Sekolah Kebangasaan are stupid.
(3) Do they participate in civic activities?
Which community is the most dead set against National Service training?
During the Malaysia Day 2013 celebration in Kuantan, a little Malay girl had to dress up in the traditional samfu costume because no Chinese child deigned to take part – see photo above.
No Chinese community leader with the exception of a handful from the Chamber of Commerce participated in Pahang’s state-level celebration of Malaysia Day on 16 Sept 2013 either.
But it’s hilarious how their media mouthpiece can and will spin, such as the sleight of hand parleyed by the J-Star‘s coverage of the pro-Palestinian gathering at Dataran Merdeka last August.
The MCA paper, reporting on the event, had titled their article, ‘Malaysians of all faiths and races gather to condemn Israel’s actions’. Which is far from the truth. It was the Malays and the Muslims mostly who bothered to turn up to stand with Gaza – see my previous article where I’ve compiled dozens of photos of the crowd.
The EvangeliSTAR sneakily misrepresented in the very first paragraph of its report by insisting “Malaysians of various faiths and races braved the sweltering heat at Dataran Merdeka” to support the Palestinians.
BELOW: You can see for yourself if the sea of faces comprised almost all whom belonged to only one faith and only one race
Evangelista’s role in social cohesion
Going by the social cohesion yardstick, what do you think is the contribution of the evangelistas and their evangelical churches to our national identity and solidarity? What is their outlook on Islam as the Religion of the Federation?
Are they connected or alienated from the larger Muslim community? What is their level of civic participation and are they focused on attaining a common good for the country?
On the Rohingya issue, are the evangelistas trying to pit Muslims against Buddhists by exploiting the social rift in Burma and carrying over the religious ill-will from there?
Their loud condemnations of the Burman majority in the name of Human Rights is beginning to foment a distrust and hatred of Buddhists in Malaysia.