How should we judge a government?
"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X
In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!
"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan
Was he referring to Malaysia? Seems so apt...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The facts are summarised graphically by Refsa:
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Unless he lives in town where there are 24/7 24-hour convenience shops like 7-11, KFC and so on, he might find his local Malay shop closed on Friday afternoon; or during puasa month, he might find some shops closed for the month!
Thanks to Petronas, Malay owned or operated petrol stations are all over the place. But if he thinks the Chinese-operated Esso/Mobil stations should be boycotted, think again, they are slowly being renovated to show Petron, the name of the new owners, San Miguel, owned by Tun Dr Mahathir's son Mirzan. Similarly, Chinese-operated BHP stations are actually owned by Boustead which is controlled by LTAT.
In case he had a tyre puncture, chances are the nearest tyre shops which are likely to be open are run by Chinese. Of course, his car if under warranty might include a towing service provided by an authorised list of car service centres. He might have to inform the call-centre, that only a Malay serviceman is welcome to attend to him, definitely not a Chinese.
In case he is feeling ill, he has to go to the local government clinic or hospital. Again, with his deep-seated 'boycott Chinese' instilled in him, he might ask to be attend to by a Malay doctor. After treatment, he should insist on drugs manufactured by Malay pharmaceutical companies or more expensive imported drugs from the West.
In case he needs blood transfusion, he must insist on non-Chinese blood, with proper verification that this is so. Need anti-biotics? I am afraid those drugs are likely to be invented and/or manufactured by Jews, another group of people seriously boycotted by Malays.
The moral of my story which came to mind this Sunday afternoon is that life is already stressful, why make it more difficult? If we are more open, chances are much better in getting goods and services conveniently, and in certain critical situations, even lives could be saved by timely treatment.
At a shop, sometimes, we don't have a choice...
If Obama's tax returns can be viewed even by us, why can't our Malaysian politicians declare their assets?
Dr Azly Rahman:
"DECLARE YOUR ASSETS, Malaysian politicians! Here's why ...please share widely
WHY MALAYSIAN ELECTED OFFICIALS MUST DECLARE ASSETS ...
because Barack Obama and Joe Biden did for all Americans to view.
Please share this with all Malaysians: http://www.barackobama.com/tax-returns "
Security was mentioned as to why BN government refused to reveal Malaysian ministers' assets to the public, especially relating to family members. I am sure the real problem is that this would reveal all their ill-gotten gains from corruption, or at least under-declarations of past incomes based on those assets.
We used to have investigations of ministers and other public officials who live beyond their means, but Dr Mahathir put a stop to that during his time. Since then no other PM had the guts to undo this, so what can we expect from Paul Low within the PM's department? If not for show, then what?
From The New Straight Times Malaysia:
What a start for Paul Low, allowing himself to be compromised in this illegal appointment, can we expect him to eradicate corruption from within?
Saturday, May 18, 2013
This picture puts it best, the effects of the new GST (Goods and Services Tax), when compared with the old GST (Government Service Tax).
When we were being educated on GST, the rate used in examples was 4%. Even before introduction, it has been increased to 7% (to test the reaction of the people?), a whopping 75% increase in rate. Even when it was mentioned at 4%, many people like myself, had warned about the possible change in rate at will by the government, once it has been introduced. Well, BN can now claim they have the mandate to introduce GST, long delayed because of their worry over its effects on GE13, and increase the rate if and when necessary (to reduce high deficits).