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, January 11, 2013

Syed Mokhtar - Saint or Mercenary?

Our country's 7th richest man has been getting a lot of flak in the cyber world. For instance, the following graphic from Facebook, showing the extent of his business empire:

Below is just a small selection of many articles written about him:

Dec 30, 2012 Malaysia Chronicle
Is this the Malaysian way? Umno's most disgusting lapdog - Syed Mokhtar
by Victor Lim

Jan 11, 2013 Malaysia-Finance Blogspot
Privatisation – Cry Wolf

But he has been getting rave reviews too...

Nov 25, 2012 The New Straits Times
Book review by Ahmad A Talib
Get to know the man through his book

Dec 14, 2012 The Malay Mail
Book review by Habhajan Singh
The rise and rise of Syed Mokhtar Albukhary

Jan 5, 2013 The Star
Book review by Wong Chun Wai
The caring side of Syed Mokhtar

Somehow, I think being a Malay, he is being groomed by Umno to be the richest man in Malaysia. But he is also heavily in debt and seems to be taking steps to reduce his gearing through selective privatisations of public companies and selling of valuable assets to pay off loans. No matter how rich a man, what he owns should be able to generate enough incomes to pay interest on loans. Some critics are questioning whether certain banks are flouting rules on exposure of loans to him. Owing tens of billions, banks cannot bully him like ordinary debtors. If he goes down, they will be in big trouble too.


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