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.)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Listen... to Diam, Diam, Daim in a rare interview with NST reporters

It is amazing how we can remember certain things which happened many years ago, yet unable to recall after passing through a door what we had intended to do just moments earlier.

I remember Ku Li as Minister of Finance for having introduced a new road tax policy which effectively made a company owning a Mercedes 300D having to pay Rm36,000 in road tax for the car which costed Rm65,000 when new!

As for Daim, I remember him for having introduced an amnesty for tax evaders, which effectively enabled those who had millions in overseas accounts to bring into Malaysia with no questions asked! But many wondered about questions in your later years' tax returns, which effectively stopped some from doing so. Many people wondered if it was also a chance for Daim to bring his own money back from overseas legally. Oh, how we wish we know someone who handled his tax returns or in charge of his returns at IRD or LHDN.

I also remember Daim as one person who was wearing different hats for a certain period: as Finance Minister, as Umno Treasurer, as crony of PM Dr Mahathir, and as businessman with different nominees fronting him. I can imagine government officials who had to deal with matters in which he seemed to have an interest, to be cowed by his positions and wondered under which hat he was wearing then. We all know about civil servants being more likely to follow orders from above.

'Daim, who had precipitated a near-crash of the stock market in 1994 with his "sell" advice and later named "chief conspirator" by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, has since sparked a media frenzy for a new reason.
It is political punditry, having correctly predicted the outcome of the March 2008 general election; so the NST prodded him for new predictions. We probed his political allegiance and provoked him even as the sessions shifted focus from one hot topic to another.
By the time we were done, newer perspectives and insights had been gleaned from the political events of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, the future of Umno, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Anwar, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Lee Kuan Yew, to the rise of China and the Arab Spring (which he jokingly referred to as "the Arab Fall").
The resultant Qs and As will run in two parts. This instalment deals mostly with the immediate political questions.
"If you ask me, between the two, Najib or Anwar, I would choose Najib." ...'


Don't waste time on Anwar, says Daim

But as Ariff Sabri commented in his post:

'Now even Tun Daim is fearful about UMNO’s impending loss. He has been critical of Najib, UMNO and BN but only to the extent that he was sure UMNO and BN will not lose. So in theory, he like the others felt free to criticise UMNO. But once theory will become reality, even Tun Daim is circumspect...'

It is difficult not to believe Daim is just one of a few perceived to be involved in capital flight from Malaysia years ago, which effectively sabotaged NEP, and gave the impression that the Malays are still behind in equity holdings... more a case of a few beneficiaries at the expense of many who were entitled.


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