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.)

Saturday, August 04, 2012

What good is BAFIA under 'MAFIA'?

Last night on TV news, Chairman of the Association of Banks, Wahid Omar quoted S. 49 which was displayed on the screen for all to read, and emphasized that confidentiality or secrecy in banking matters cannot be compromised. But to the ordinary man in the street, what good is upholding something which could hide massive corruption, frauds or even cheating? If BAFIA helps in covering up serious crimes in financial matters, then it is time the Act should be revised and changed to provide for whistleblowers who had the information and wish to publicise it.

It is all well and good for PM Najib to say that the person should report to MACC http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/205422, but we all know how selective it could be.

Bank statements, for eg., could be found in rubbish dumps, thrown as rubbish by bank customers who did not realize the significance of its secrecy. It means nothing to those who know nothing about the owners.

So far, action against Rafizi under BAFIA brought him fame beyond his wildest dreams, with accolade from all quarters, except those connected with BN. What does that tell us? Only PM seems oblivious to the need for more transparency and accountability. To add to the increasing number of self-praises, he has added one which considered Malaysia as the best in economic planning or something to that effect. It is crazy beyond belief that we have such different and even opposing opinions among politicians. Our country's national debt is now over Rm450 billions and still increasing, and one man owed over Rm34 billions because of his seeming monopoly on privatization. Best in economics? We can't even compete with the red dot in the south which has no natural resources other than human.
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