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 29, 2013

The importance of choosing the right name in stage careers and even politics

Ex-PM of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammed, should know very well how a suitable name made all the difference in his political career.

Who would have guessed John Wayne was Michael Morrison?

Do the following names ring a bell? Natasha Gurdin or Danial Michaeli? (Natalie Wood and Danny DeVito respectively).

Who would have thought Camille Javal was Brigitte Bardot?

When as a kid I used to watch comedy films starring Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti) and Jerry Lewis (Joseph Levitch). I listened to Doris Day (Doris Van Kappelhoff) and Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero).

We might have come across Madonna's Louise Ciccone or Engelbert's Arnold Dorsey, but certainly not Tom Cruise's Thomas Mapother IV or Yul Brynner's Taidje Kahn.

I don't think anyone could guess 10 names of famous film stars or singers when shown only their original names, like Alexandra Zuck (Sandra Dee), Allen Konigsberg (Woody Allen), Anthony Benedetto (Tony Bennett), Cherilyn Sarkisian (Cher), Joyce Frankenburg (Jane Seymour), Issur Danielovitch (Kirk Douglas), Joan Perske (Lauren Bacall), Lucille Le Sueur (Joan Crawford), Maurice Micklewhite (Michael Caine) and Roy Scherer Jr. (Rock Hudson).

I think it is safe to say most of them became famous partly because they had used shorter and easier to remember, catchy names instead of their originals which are difficult to spell or remember.

Who would have thought Omar Sharif was not a Muslim? Certainly, not with a name like Michael Shalhouz!

Of course, closer to home, Mahathir Mohammed should know the huge difference between the right name and his original for political success in Malaysia.


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