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.)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Bill which even Bill Gates cannot qualify

"If passed, this Bill will be the first in the world that compels computing professionals to be registered, appraised and confirmed by a board of professionals in order to be allowed to conduct their trade in IT projects that are considered Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII)."

"People like Mark Zuckenberg and Bill Gates would not be able to conduct their development work for any IT project in Malaysia, because they do not have a degree to show for it. Smart or silly - let the citizens decide!"

Indirect way to regulate the alternative e-media?

"There is also speculation that the CPA11 is a cover for the BN to clamp down on the online and opposition media, using the far-ranging and awesomely discretionary scope of the law to get at the alternative e-press. At the rate the BN is going, soon even bloggers may have to reigister and seek approval before they can put up a page in cyberspace."

Source: Malaysia Chronicle

I also see it as government's way of enabling local graduates to be recognized for government and other local projects, much like how established professional bodies in accounting, architecture, engineering, law, medicine, surveying, and so on, were sidelined in favour of newly established and government sanctioned bodies. No matter how well known a professional is in his own field, he has to comply with such requirements before he can practise here.

We have seen how America's relatively greater freedom in expression in an environment which favours innovation and inventions has produced such greats as Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Larry Page (Google) and Mark Zuckenberg (Facebook). The Bill is likely to stifle and discourage potentially innovative minds in favour of mindless copycats.



CLY said...

Its ok for Bill Gates and co where the market forces decide. But when the Government want to call for consultancy on computerisation or even setting up Facebook accounts, they get nonsense. Ever wonder why the public websites are so terrible or even Facebook need to be managed by CONsultants. A registration could help to weed out those IT conmen and indirectly safeguard public funds.

KoSong Cafe said...

On the contrary,CLY. Your example of FB managed by CONsultants presumes the ministry was conned, but more likely, a case of overcharge by consultants friendly to the decision makers, as is typical of BN style. Registration is supposed to control but in effect, it will drive away creative people who are individualistic and dislike any form of bureaucracy. What is worrying is the implication of such registration on personal blogsites, for eg., which the government is trying hard to control. We have become cynical because of past sinister motives by our present leaders.