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 appears 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.)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Josh Hong on Intellectuals or national jokes


"...To me, he now looks more like an Umno hitman than an intellectual giant that he perhaps still regards himself to be.

From east to west, intellectuals - like anyone else - are yearning for recognition and some form of political influence, however aloof, transcendental or even angelic they perceive themselves to be. 

Anthony Giddens was initially merely a prominent sociologist, but began to assume global fame when he agreed to be a political guru to Tony Blair with his Third Way theory. 

And I need not mention those who jump instantly on the bandwagon at the sound of war.
But it is worth remembering that true intellectuals are - more often than not - found outside of the establishment.

As the late Edward Said once wrote: the real or true intellectual is always an outsider, living in self-imposed exile and on the margins of society. 

Judging from this, those like Rais Yatim, Khoo Kay Kim and Chandra Muzaffar have not only betrayed their own ‘scholarship’, but also made themselves a national joke."


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http://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/200345
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