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.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tunku Aziz being patriotic or just spiteful?

The more Tunku Aziz speaks against DAP, the more he appears small-minded and spiteful. There were many people's representatives (MPs and ADUNs) who left a political party and criticised it, only to become unpopular as politicians. But Tunku Aziz never really became a politician, though he held a high position, as Vice President of DAP soon after joining it. However, since he left the party in a huff, his vitriol seems unbecoming of someone who used to be admired for his fair statements against corruption and  for greater transparency and good governance.

Tunku Aziz was most well known for his many years of involvement in Transparency International Malaysia, and almost synonymous with it, and people admired him for his balanced opinions on corruption in the country. It was most surprising to many when he decided to join DAP (most unlikely of a Malay and especially with his credentials), amid much fanfare, and was a coup of sorts for the party leaders. What a catch it turned out to be!

For reasons which ranged from not having been selected to stand for election and being insulted for having been offered a post in a think tank junior to a young man like Sharil Khir Johari, he left DAP and went on a series of attack on the party and its leaders. What a dramatic U-turn in loyalty! Encouraged by the widespread exposure in the mainstream newspapers and national television channels, Tunku Aziz continued his attacks unabated, sometimes for no good reasons.

I find his latest most amusing (as reported in Malaysia Chronicle):

'In a statement today, Karpal said he was "taken aback" by the Tunku Abdul Aziz's declaration that he is duty-bound to reveal DAP secrets if they threaten national security.
"He (Tunku Abdul Aziz) is alluding to an e-mail dated April 26, 2012, to all DAP CEC members from the party headquarters asking DAP leaders whether they would be attending the Bersih 3.0 Dataran Merdeka sit-in on April 28, 2012.
"Dr Chen Man Hin, DAP life adviser, had responded at that time that he would be delighted to participate in the sit-in as it may be a beginning of a Malaysia(n) spring.
"Tunku Aziz is certainly off the mark to compare Dr Chen's reference to the 'Malaysian spring' to an 'Arab spring' – as in the form of a revolutionary wave of violent demonstrations – like in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen," Karpal said.'

I am also surprised that he defended wholeheartedly our institutions like Judiciary, Police and the Election Commission, ignoring all the recent mass protests of unfair elections; and past complaints about the judiciary and the police, as if those were figments of people's imagination. Surely, when he joined DAP, there must have been some agreement with the party's ideals and activities, unless it was all a ploy to get into the inner circles of DAP leaders (as a trojan horse), for the purpose of discrediting them later, like what he had been doing recently.

I am sure he is also feeling bitter that he is not as lucky as the outgoing President of TIM, Paul Low, who had just been appointed a minister in the PM's department.

Update from Facebook:

Similarly, the police, under the new Home Minister, will be charging Adam Adli tomorrow to showcase his new tough stance against dissidents. I am sure most people would prefer the police to focus more on public security instead of wasting time harassing opposition politicians and youths who voiced out their frustration.

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