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

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright - until you hear them speak.

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?

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.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

MP or ADUN?

The unprecedented success of Pakatan at the last general election in 2008 provided its leaders a pleasant surprise in the form of additional states under their control. It also created problems largely due to the clamour for Exco positions among the state assemblymen in Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor.

Senior party leaders in DAP who stood only in parliamentary constituencies, found to their unpleasant surprise, some junior leaders being appointed Exco members with all the trappings that come with their positions. The most outstanding positions are that of Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Ministers of Penang, and Menteri Besar of Kedah, Perak (for a short period), Selangor and Kelantan. I wonder if some actually regretted not having stood for state constituencies as well, or whether they wanted to but not given the chance.

Anyway, the famous case of Hee who was sidelined in Perak and thus not given an official Camry, which led to the infamous opportunistic power grab by Najib is enough fodder for the next general election. Najib amply rewarded her with Deputy Speaker post and money she could only have dreamed of before. This case illustrated the high worth of opposition representatives to BN leaders who have the means to offer tempting and unethical proposals.

I am sure the reason why some Pakatan candidates stood for both parliamentary and state constituencies was because of the lack of suitable candidates. To have well known DAP leaders like Lim Guan Eng, Prof. Ramasamy, Ngeh Koo Ham, Nga Kor Ming and Teresa Kok, for example, was meant to improve the chances of winning, which they did. According to the latest statement by DAP chairman, Karpal Singh, with the exception of LGE, all other candidates will be offered one candidacy only, either parliamentary or state.

If given a choice, it can be quite a difficult one for any candidate who is ambitious. The past elections had shown the better chance of winning a state and therefore, a chance to be an Exco member. However, depending on whether one is optimistic or not, the next GE could see Pakatan winning, and end BN rule for the first time ever. Being a Pakatan MP is looking to be attractive because he or she stands a chance to be a Minister in the federal cabinet!
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