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

Never argue with an idiot, otherwise people won't know which one of you is the idiot.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright - until you hear them speak.

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?

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.)

Friday, January 24, 2014

A bit on being misquoted and/or mistakes made by reporters

Most of us know our sixth PM Najib is the eldest son of our second PM Tun Razak, simply because we are Malaysians living in Malaysia. Of course, there are Malaysians here who do not follow any news and probably would not know who is our PM, and there are those living abroad who are well informed of news in Malaysia.

Many foreigners do not know Malay names do not have a family name or surname. Najib Razak is likely to be presumed as first name 'Najib' and surname 'Razak', and very often, a foreigner will address him as Mr Razak instead of Mr. Najib.

Recent news about Najib's stepson (Rosmah's son from a previous marriage), Riza Aziz, had him described as Najib's son in certain news reports. But nothing is more serious than CNN describing Riza Aziz as a son of Tun Razak! Besides, as noted earlier, he was mentioned as Mr. Aziz instead of Mr. Riza...


In the case of being misquoted as is often claimed by politicians, I can understand it can happen so easily. Unless you are a VVIP where draft statements are vetted before publication, you have no idea what is going to be published, especially after the reporter's story (which can be inaccurate) had been edited by the editors.

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