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.)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Pak Lah's book is full of surprises

No, I am not referring to its contents, but the fact that it was edited by well known critics, Dr. Bridget Welsh and Dr. Wong Chin Huat ... and will be launched by Mr. Opposition's daughter, PKR MP for Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah... in Singapore! Wow! His aptly titled book, "Awakening, the Abdullah Badawi years in Malaysia" must be truly an awakening of sorts for 'sleepy' ex-PM of Malaysia, who actually suffered from sleep apnea.

I think Pak Lah must have had enough of keeping quiet for years when he was continually being attacked by Tun Dr Mahathir, who refused to let go of the nation's affairs despite having resigned 10 years ago in 2003. The choice of editors, personality to launch the book, and of all places, Singapore, are all perceived to spite Tun Dr Mahathir. Cantonese would describe Pak Lah's action as 'Fud tu yau foh' which means even a Buddha can lose his patience or temper.

OMG, WHAT WILL DR M SAY? NURUL to launch Pak Lah's book in S'pore

Possible mistake in MC? According to The Star's columnist, Joceline Tan, co-editors were Dr. Bridget Welsh and Prof. James U H Chin (not Dr. Wong Chin Huat) ...

Letter to Malaysiakini: Clarification on Pak Lah's 'Awakening' by Clive Kessler

'A brief clarification, if I may be permitted, concerning Terence Netto's column "Pah Lah's book to reignite embers of feud with Dr M" (7 August).

Not uniquely - indeed, it seems already to be a very widely held view - Terence Netto seems to be under the impression that this is a book by Pak Lah, and that the former prime minister has now suddenly chosen to break his "elegant" silence.

That is not the case.

‘Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia' is a collection of commentaries and essays by some 35 writers and observers.

It is of the same overall conception and character as the volume entitled ‘Reflections' that was produced as a composite retrospective view of the long Mahathir premiership shortly after Dr Mahathir's official retirement.

This book has been "in the works" for some considerable time.

It is not a book by Pak Lah, although it apparently includes a very significant interview with him by the book's editors.

Long in production, the book might well have been ready for release earlier this year.

But, as I have been given to understand the matter, it was the explicit preference of Pak Lah himself that the book should not be published during the "run-up" period leading to the recent national elections.

It was his fastidious and dignified preference that the book and its contents should not play any role, or become implicated in any way, in the campaign process.

So, its release has been a little delayed.

Its appearance has been held back until after the elections and until after the fasting month, when life will again return to "normal" - whatever that term may mean these days in troubled and torn Malaysia.'

CLIVE S. KESSLER is Emeritus Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Australia.


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