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.)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tun Dr Mahathir's rule in terms of foreign exchange value of the Ringgit

Normally, people compare a country's performance in terms of Per Capita Income of the population. Let's take a look at Tun's performance (July 16 1981 to October 31, 2003) using Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) against USD, as compared with Singapore's SGD against USD. I am using the information from the following website,

Currency converter in the past

On July 16 1981, 1 USD = 2.155 SGD; 1 USD = MYR 2.346
On Oct 31, 2003, 1 USD = 1.739 SGD; 1 USD = MYR 3.80 (presumably still pegged)
On Sep 27, 2012, 1 USD = 1.228 SGD; 1 USD = MYR 3.076  (latest to date)

On Aug 9, 1965,  when Singapore was ejected from Malaysia, 1 USD = 3.061 SGD! It was uncanny that the exchange rate was almost the same as that of MYR against USD now, while SGD's performance improved 2.5 times.

Based on the number of years under his watch, Tun Dr Mahathir was in control 40% of the time since Independence (22 years out of 55 years) todate; 47% of the time since Singapore was ejected.

That Singapore had virtually no natural resources other than human, as compared with Malaysia which had and still has natural resources in abundance, shows Malaya, then Malaysia, under Alliance, then Barisan Nasional had obviously failed. Do we still want the devil that we know to continue? To quote Tengku Razaleigh (ex-DPM, and still an Umno MP) something to this effect : 'If the doctor has been giving you wrong medicine, there must be something wrong with the doctor; there must be something more seriously wrong for the patient to go back to the same doctor.'

Update on Sept 29: Haris Ibrahim quoted LKY's initial shock at being expelled by Tunku in 1965, but as it turned out, was a blessing in disguise...


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