How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"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

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

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

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
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.)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

How long has this been going on?

I spotted this in The Sun Says:

Let’s have more suave and intrepid diplomats

TAN SRI Hasmy Agam, the executive chairman of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), has done a great service to Malaysia by exposing the country’s “state secret” – that our government officials especially diplomats are often rendered tongue-tied and speechless when they come face to face with foreigners. They probably break into cold sweat when hailed by their foreign counterparts at an investment or security seminar or even at a cocktail reception or informal dinner.

I am not at all surprised because my best man graduated from University of Malaya in 1973 or 1974 in International Relations and was hoping to be a diplomat. He was never selected to be one and he had retired from government service 5 years ago.

My daughter is a graduate of Politics and International Relations from a UK university and she chose Spanish rather than French as an extra language because there are more Spanish speaking countries. She even spent one summer in Mexico to learn the language instead of Spain which is nearer UK. Before this, she spent one year attending high school in Japan and passed Level 2 in Japanese if I remember correctly. Now, in Holland she is learning Dutch as well.

For a Malaysian, her exposure should be a good background for a diplomat, not that she is looking for a job as one. Just imagine her contacts and networking in various countries which should be invaluable to any of our embassy abroad, and especially where she had been before.

The point to note is this: in Europe, there is no shortage of people with knowledge of different languages, but can we say that of Malaysia? Having read the editorial in The Sun, I believe there were no improvement since the days of my best friend way back in the 70s!


masterwordsmith said...

Congrats on having a daughter who is savvy in languages. I studied French and German and am now learning Spanish too. Of the three, German is the toughest and Spanish the easiest. But if you were to include Dutch, ah - Dutch is definitely the MOST difficult of is even more guttural. But to be honest, I love French most of all...romantic, elegant and sounds absolutely musical :-).

Wishing you, your daughter and family every success and blessing.


KoSong Cafe said...

Thanks. Actually Dutch is difficult and I should have mentioned that she is picking up some Dutch language rather than giving the impression that she is able to communicate easily. English is being used in her present post-grad course.

Each time our guests spoke in Dutch, I told them it sounded like German and they said it should be the other way round!