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!

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan


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If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Marina Mahathir: Simple guide to success in Malaysia

'SINCE everyone in this country is an expert in giving advice to everyone else, I thought I would join in and generously give my totally unsolicited counsel to all those aspiring to join cupboards or closets of any kind. Any likeness to anything familiar around us is naturally a complete coincidence.

First of all, please get it out of your head that you are wanted or needed because you have expertise of any kind. Who cares if you have a double degree in How to Make Anything Good and How to Make Anything Better? What you need is a PhD in How To Make Your Boss Feel Good, with a minor in How To Make Your Boss Look Really Good. It would also help if you have expertise in How To Clean Up Messes, especially if it involves getting rid of Messy People.

Secondly, you have to audition for the job. Don’t ever expect to be picked out of obscurity like some Cinderella. Let’s not forget that Cinders didn’t really get an invitation to the Ball – her ugly stepsisters did. And they worked hard for it by making sure they got noticed.

So find a way to get attention. Never mind if it means making a spectacle of yourself. Who cares if you look and sound like a fool as long as your potential Boss likes it? The path to position and lucre is strewn with puffery and pomp! Pledge loyalty, even if nobody asked you to. That counts as double points.

Thirdly, always be humble and say you had not expected this at all but it must have been Divine Intervention. Who in their right mind would question what the Almighty wants? And He must have spoken through his vessel, your soon-to-be Boss. George W. Bush said God made him President to do His will on earth. Surely if an American can claim that, we can too.'

More:
http://www.thestar.com.my/Opinion/Columnists/Musings/Profile/Articles/2015/07/30/Simple-guide-to-success-in-Malaysia/
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Boo Su-Lyn: The never-ending fight for the facts

'When I applied for a job as a journalist, my boss told me that journalism was about reporting the “facts”, not the “truth.”

I didn’t really understand him then. Wasn’t it the same?

But I’ve come to realise that “truth” has its own shade of meaning, a play on passion and emotions, while “facts” are unemotional, leaning neither right nor left. You, the reader, are free to make your own judgment. But with the “truth”, it sometimes comes with the writer’s own judgments.'

'When the government suspended the printing permits of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily, it wasn't just an attack on one media organisation, or even on the media industry as a whole ― it was an attack on the people.

It was an attack on Malaysians' right to obtain information about the government they elected.

It was an attack on people's ability to make informed decisions about public policies concerning their hard-earned tax ringgit.

What infuriates me more than anything else is the government's audacious act in suppressing information that Malaysians need in order to decide what kind of governance they want.

How dare they presume to do that, when it is the people who put them in power and entrusted them with the huge responsibility of using our tax monies efficiently to run the country?'

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/opinion/boo-su-lyn/article/the-never-ending-fight-for-the-facts#sthash.hMbFoC0L.dpuf
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Friday, July 31, 2015

Missing MH370: finally coming to closure?

From the first report on the part of an airplane known as flaperon and a badly damaged luggage bag, found on a French island called La Reunion, subsequent reports seem to suggest that the part is almost certainly from a Boeing 777, which happened to be that of missing MH 370. MH370 was the only one out of five which is believed to have crashed into the ocean.

Relatives of the 239 passengers on board the ill-fated MAS plane have waited more than 16 months without any clue where the plane crashed. News of the latest findings, if confirmed to be that of MH370, would bring closure to those waiting for conclusive evidence of the air crash, and to give up all hope of ever finding any passenger alive.

According to Daily Mail:

'A code stamped in the metal, sweeping ocean currents and the history of Boeing 777 disasters: The evidence that is making it increasingly certain the plane debris belongs to MH370
Wing flap found 3,500 miles from last-known location of missing aircraft
Manufacturer's code reportedly found on the debris matches a Boeing 777
Ocean experts say vast currents could easily have swept it towards Africa
Malaysia Airlines jet is the only Boeing 777 to have vanished over the sea
Even the barnacles could pinpoint where the debris originated in the water'

By SIMON TOMLINSON FOR MAILONLINE

'Eerily, a chart created by oceanographers one year ago predicted debris could end up on the island of La Reunion.

UWA oceanographer Charitha Pattiaratchi was part of the team that examined surface currants in the region around the search zone to track the dispersal pattern of any possible debris.

'Our model results that we did last year predicted that within 18-24 months after the crash, it was a possibility that it would have ended up within that region,' said Pattiaratchi, Professor of Coastal Oceanography at the University of Western Australia.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3179844/How-evidence-making-increasingly-certain-debris-belongs-missing-Malaysian-Airlines-flight-MH370.html#ixzz3hVWnog6C 

'How a humble beach cleaner searching for a stone to crush chillies may have solved the mystery of MH370 by Googling 'plane disasters' after stumbling across 'a weird thing on the shore'

Johnny Begue discovered 6ft wing flap which experts believe comes from a Boeing 777 like Malaysian Airlines plane

He also found a battered suitcase on the same beach as the debris, saying: 'It's really weird, it gives me the shivers'

Debris was found on island of La Reunion, east of Madagascar, some 3,500 miles from last-known location of MH370

If confirmed, a massive air, land and sea search operation is expected to get under way in the area for other debris'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3179584/Malaysia-certain-MH370-Investigators-despatched-Indian-Ocean-island-prove-six-foot-wing-flap-belongs-Boeing-777.html#ixzz3hVXGE018 



DID MH370 ACTUALLY FLY OVER THE MALDIVES? DEBRIS BACKS WITNESSES WHO 'SAW LOW-FLYING AIRCRAFT'

The discovery of debris wing flap has now focused attention on where in the Indian Ocean the plane - 'most likely' MH370 - might have crashed.

One possibility, which is gaining credibility, is that it came down after passing over the popular British holiday destination of the Maldives, lying off the southern tip of India.

Islanders on a remote Maldives atoll have been insisting for months that they saw a large jet with the red stripe of Malaysia Airlines jets, flying low overhead on the morning MH370 lost contact - a phenomenon they had not witnessed before.

But their reports were dismissed by their own government as attention turned to a search area some 2,000 miles south west of Australia.

The recovery of a wing flap bearing a maintenance code number that matches Boeing 777 aircraft has led to increasing excitement that the first clue has been found indicating that the missing jet had crashed into the Indian Ocean and not in the Gulf of Thailand or the Bay of Bengal.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3179584/Malaysia-certain-MH370-Investigators-despatched-Indian-Ocean-island-prove-six-foot-wing-flap-belongs-Boeing-777.html#ixzz3hVY0p2om 




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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Increasing our trust deficit

According to Dr. Alan Zimmerman, in his article on How to Overcome the Trust Deficit:

'For an organization to have staying power, it must be built on trust. For a business to be profitable, it must have the trust of its customers. And for a relationship to have any degree of quality, it must be filled with trust. As I often tell my audiences, "Trust is a must or the relationship will bust."

Unfortunately, we are suffering from a trust deficit. Indeed, we have a trust deficit in this country as big if not bigger than the federal deficit. Almost everybody is wondering who they can trust.

You see it in RELATIONSHIPS ... where cynicism has overtaken faith. Many people feel like singer Rod Stewart quipped, "Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house."

You see it in the MEDIA ... where biased advocacy has replaced unbiased reporting. As Alvin Toffler, the author of "Future Shock," wrote, "We are increasing the sophistication of deception faster than the technology of verification. The consequence of that is the end of truth. The dark side of the information technology explosion is that it will breed a population that believes nothing, and perhaps even more dangerous, a population ready to believe only one 'truth' fanatically and willing to kill for it."

More:
http://www.trans4mind.com/counterpoint/index-communication-relationships/zimmerman36.shtml

In Malaysia, we have just seen how our PM aka as someone who has 'Nothing2Hide' took the trouble to suspend the press most critical to 1MDB; sacked his Deputy and another minister for questioning about it; forced an early retirement of the Attorney General (one of 4 heads of institutions tasked in unraveling the truth about the company's transactions); promoted 4 members of Parliamentary Accounts Committee to become Deputy Ministers or Minister, thereby giving an excuse to suspend further inquiry; and even replaced the Special Branch Director.

It is so obvious to everyone that the rush to change those involved in the investigations is to at least delay confirmation of the truth which is believed to be potentially harmful to the PM. The extent of the measures involved could only show how important it is to cover the truth.

Already lawyers are questioning the way the AG was 'retired' just months before his term expires. The post happens to be like that of a judge, who cannot be simply terminated. It was even more unusual when the person did not even know his retirement was due to 'health reasons'! Moreover, to add insult to injury, at age 60, he was replaced by someone 5 years older!

There are also debates on whether PAC can continue with the existing members instead of having to suspend inquiry until new members are appointed. The rules are there but the official interpretation always seems to differ... and the reason seems to favour delay in revelation of the truth.

PAC inquiry into 1MDB halted pending new members appointment, says Nur Jazlan
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/pac-inquiry-into-1mdb-halted-pending-new-members-appointment-says-nur-jazla#sthash.vdZhBCZ6.dpuf

Tony Pua: What nonsense from former Chairman of the PAC.

'After the promotion of 4 members of the PAC to be Ministers, we still have 9 members, more than the minimum of 6 required under the Clause 77(2) of the parliamentary standing orders.

And if the Chairman is no longer available for whatever reason, the Vice Chairman takes over the proceedings. Clause 77(3).

And per Clause 83(3), "3 members including the Chairman shall be the quorum".

The scheduled PAC meetings on 1MDB must proceed without interruption and the former PAC Chairman has no powers to decide otherwise.'

More:
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/…/pac-inquiry-into-1mdb-

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Debunking some myths about Anwar in jail


If we were to believe every accusation against Anwar Ibrahim, he must be a superman! Especially when he is already in the slammer, yet he is being blamed for what is happening outside his cell. So it is interesting to read cilisos's attempt at unraveling some myths about him in jail...


cilisos: WAIT. HOW THE HECK DID ANWAR PLAN A NEW OPPOSITION… FROM JAIL??!

'On Wednesday, we read an article from The Malaysian Insider reporting that jailed PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim announced plans for a new Opposition coalition which will involve progressive groups such as Bersih and new political party Gerakan Harapan Baru.

Our first thought when we read the news was:

“How the heck did Anwar manage to form a new political alliance from prison??”

'Before you ask, there aren’t many pictures of Anwar’s cell or any related pictures for that matter since cameras aren’t allowed. In fact, even the lawyers are required to surrender everything except for their legal paperwork – with pens and pencils are provided by the prison guards. We managed to find a picture from Malaysian Review that’s supposedly of his cell recorded by RTM (Took us forever to find it though):


Image from Malaysian Review

'Latheefa confirms that Anwar does not have access to the internet nor a phone. He’s also in solitary confinement for security reasons, where

“They have to go through three levels of metal doors before reaching him. His movement is watched very carefully, with a spotcheck every 15 minutes. It’s almost like a maximum security prison!” – Latheefa Koya'

More where that came from:

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