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.)

Monday, March 07, 2011

Misguided loyalty

Recently, our Defence Minister was quoted as having said he is prepared to die in protecting our Prime Minister. In the context of PM's earlier statement about defending to death BN's rule, I think it is alarming that our two senior ministers seem to have confused their loyalty to their party with that of the country.

To a reasonable person, what they meant was they will not give up without physical fight. Now where is the threat coming from? Externally? Not that we have heard of. Internally, there were reports of oppositionists comparing Malaysia with Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and so on. Those were warnings that if we are not careful, our citizens might do the same. But as we all know for sure, the oppositionists are all geared to do 'battle' as in standing for elections in the next General Elections which are expected to be some time this year. We have witnessed how incidents which could spark a revolt in another country did not happen here, thanks to the maturity of the people. High-handed actions by the police might seem to have controlled the separate incidents but most people thought otherwise, that they were provocative and could have started unplanned riots.

Coming back to loyalty. PM's role is to serve the country when he has the mandate, and to hand over peacefully when another party or coalition won the general elections instead. Similarly, Defence Minister is responsible for the defence of the country against external threat, and not to defend the PM with his life! Where this is concerned, we should look at Gadafi's female bodyguards. These are professionals who are willing to die for him, not a minister whose position depends on the people's mandate. Is he under the impression that a defence minister should also be a personal bodyguard of the PM?

From an unknown source, received via email:

The Amazonian Guards - Gaddafi's lipsticked virgins Bodyguards

Gaddafi's choice of bodyguards has been the subject of much media attention. His 40-member bodyguard contingent, known as the Amazonian Guard, is entirely female. All women who qualify for duty supposedly must be virgins, and are hand-picked by Gaddafi himself. They are trained in the use of firearms and martial arts at a special academy before entering service.

Gaddafi is already having his own version of heaven on earth by having an entourage of female supposedly virgin body guards that live and will die for him. What is up with that?

His female body guards known as The Amazonian Guard are killing machines. They are trained to protect him and die for him. They also take a vow of chastity and apparently many young women are dying to take on this role. As a matter of fact one got killed saving his life when his convoy was attacked by assasins by throwing herself in the line of fire.


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