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.)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dr Goh Chee Leong, when asked by his students on how he will vote

One of my FB friends shares this...

'3 Questions I will ask myself when deciding who to vote for in GE 13
By Dr Goh Chee Leong

I was asked by my students as to how I was going to vote. I didn’t answer their question directly, but rather gave them 3 questions that would guide my decision.

1. Which party is more likely to fight corruption

In my opinion corruption is the number enemy in Malaysia. Corruption is the main reason why we’re not in the same economic league as Taiwan, Korea or Singapore. Trillions have been lost because of corruption and if we are to be competitive in the world we need a government that is serious about fighting corruption.

Currently it is just too difficult to run a business, to be a honest entrepreneur in this country. The corrupt system discourages true visionaries and innovators from entering the fray.

I dream of a Malaysia, where an honest person can be successful not because of the VVIPS they know, but because of the greatness of their ideas and their willingness to work hard.

As a voter ask yourself, which party is more serious about fighting corruption? Which party has a better track record when it comes to producing leaders that are clean rather than leaders that use their connections to make themselves and their families rich?

2. Which party is more likely to improve relations between races

It is clear that Malaysia has become more and more polarized and divided over these last 10 years. Leaders who are supposed to lead by example have instead used racial sentiments to make us afraid of one another.

Real unity comes from understanding and genuine compassion and kindness. It is not about empty slogans, campaigns and superficial events.

I dream of a Malaysia where my children can live hand in hand with other children of every race and nationality without having to feel inferior, or second class, or like unwelcome guest in their own country.

As a voter ask yourself; which party is really serious about encouraging unity among the races? When you attend rallies and campaign events; which events really embody the spirit of multiculturalism? On the other hand, which party purposely drives a wedge between the races because it serves their own political purpose? Which party bases membership on race and therefore perpetuates the divide between races? Which party uses slogans about unity but at the same time openly supports racist organizations that champion the superiority of one race over others?

I am sick and tired of slogans. I want to elect leaders that are willing to genuinely work across communities even though it may mean losing their political power base.

3. Which party is more likely to practice servant leadership
Many of our leaders have forgotten who’s the boss. They have forgotten that the rakyat are the boss. It is time that we remind them.

Too many of our leaders want power because it means having the power to operate above the law, making themselves rich and not having to experience all of the problems normal people experience everyday.

I want to elect leaders who fly economy class, rather than first class; who get stuck in traffic jams like the rest of us, rather than having special police convoys wherever they go.

As a voter ask yourself: which party is more likely to produce leaders who are genuine about serving the rakyat, and which party is more likely to produce leaders that are only interested in making themselves rich?'

Dr Goh Chee Leong is a well known Psychology lecturer at HELP University College.


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