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.)

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Anon teacher's COW AND THE ICE CREAM analogy


We are worried about 'the cow' when it is all about the 'Ice Cream'.

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching year 3 students.
The last Parliamentary election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest.
I decided we would have an election for a class captain. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Mat and Salleh were picked to run for the top spot.
The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids.
I thought Mat might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support.
I had never seen Salleh's parents.
The day arrived when they were to make their speeches.
Mat went first.
He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place.
He ended by promising to do his very best.
Everyone applauded and he sat down.
Now it was Salleh's turn to speak.
His speech was concise. He said, "If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream." He sat down.
The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream."
He surely would say more. He did not have to.
A discussion followed. How did he plan to pay for the ice cream? He wasn't sure. But no one pursued that question. They took him at his word.
Would his parents buy it or would the class pay for it...He didn't know.
The class really didn't care. All they were thinking about was ice cream...
Mat was forgotten. Salleh won by a landslide.

Every time Najib and later Mooheedin opened their mouth they offered ice cream and many Malaysian voters reacted like nine year olds.
They wanted ice cream.
The rest of the voters knew they were going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess."
This is the ice cream Najib and BN promised us!

Welcome to Bolehland... with election fever catching on some of us might get the Mad Cow disease.

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