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.)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Water water everywhere, not a drop to spare?

The ongoing spat between BN federal government (with vested interests in privatized concessionaires) and Pakatan Selangor state government (with leaders who find the lop-sided contracts hard to swallow) has lead to the forming of a cabinet committee (comprising BN federal ministers and a Selangor state leader, all perceived to be bias) to look into it.

RPK, in his usual wisdom with unusual views, is of the opinion that water should be in the hands of the federal government because it is their responsibility and it costs way too much for a state to handle. That federal is now in BN hands and Selangor is under Pakatan, any change in federal power would affect this line of thinking. But considering Selangor is the richest state, is water that costly that it has to be in federal hands, especially BN? I would personally like Selangor to be given a chance (if ever possible) to prove that it is capable of doing so without expensive lop-sided contracts forced down its throat.

RPK's view has led to criticism by Humblevoice which led to his usual rebuttal http://malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/no-holds-barred/50679-water-privatisation-my-response-to-humblevoice

I can't help being reminded and recalled what Ong (not me) described him as, 'RPK now sees himself as a person who is always right half the time and never wrong the other half of the time.' in Malaysiakini 
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/204053 .

Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, but related to Selangor, someone posted this caricatured picture in Facebook, showing Chairman of Trinity Corp Bhd (who happens to be an ex-partner of international accounting firm Arthur Andersen) giving a lecture to MCA's Chua Tee Yong (chartered accountant), Theng Bok, Ms. Tow-truck, and Yap Pian Hon!


The reason why I tend to mix up the two matters (water and Talam) was the pictures of Chua and company holding pictures of land covered with water, at the time when BN, Syabas and NST tried to create an impression of water shortage, which in turn created responses from Pakatan's leaders like Ronnie Liu and Dr Xavier Jayakumar, with pictures of them next to dams filled with water!

Update on July 21:

DUBIOUS numbers used to 'MANUFACTURE' the so-called Water Crisis?


http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=36886:are-questionable-numbers-being-used-to-manufacture-water-crisis?&Itemid=2
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