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 appears 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, March 23, 2013

What do you make of grading?

Mention the number of 'A's and most people would think of our school examinations like SPRM. SPM or STPM. Parents and students alike would spare no effort nor expense in trying for the most number of 'A's and be the top student of the year in the country. The frenzy to obtain the most number of distinctions led to a crazy record of 17! But the euphoria was short-lived when such top students did not do well in their further studies in universities.

Discerning people would ask about the threshold mark above which a student is awarded an 'A'. To fine-tune this, there are now three sub-classifications: A+, A and A-, if I am not mistaken. Again, we need to know what is the relevant threshold mark for each sub-classification. For comparison purposes, we must be able to compare like with like, and in this case, actual marks are certainly better for this purpose than grades. Despite its limitations, grades serve as a useful benchmark for admissions into colleges and universities. But those institutions with higher standards and higher demand for places, would require further tests of their own to separate the wheat from the chaff.

This morning, we had a good laugh when having breakfast in a so-called 'dirty coffeeshop' (nicknamed by us) in Pusing. A couple who were late phoned us to ask where we were, and my friend had to be specific and referred to it as 'the dirty coffeeshop'! We were not worried that the stall operators and staff could hear him because they are Chinese educated with minimal knowledge of English. But another friend in a later discussion actually mentioned it in Cantonese, 'lah chah' stall and we were worried then!

I was sitting facing a wall, and I could see the notices on it. There was the usual certificate of business registration; a food preparation certificate; a Chinese newspaper write-up; colourful pictures of different dishes on offer; and a 'B' grade in cleaniness certificate issued by Majlis Daerah Kinta Barat! The issuing authority's name tells us that it was issued years ago because it is now known as Majlis Daerah Batu Gajah. We were tickled by the grade given because to us it is still known as the dirty stall.
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