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.)

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Nades: Missing the bigger picture


'The prime minister's 11 measures to slash public service expenditure which was announced last week have hardly raised expectations of the people who anticipate some form of action to the spiralling cost of living. A reduction in entertainment allowance; allowances for toll and the freeze in renovation of government offices are just tiny drops in a mighty ocean.

Datuk Paul Low, the minister in the Prime Minister's Department and long-time advocate of good governance would agree that the bigger challenges in keeping down prices and plugging the leaks would be to have a good system in the areas of procurement and disposal of assets and more importantly, doing away with extravagance which bring no benefit to the people.

A cursory glance of the auditor-general's numerous reports tell the startling truth – the government procurement structure is non-existent with everyone setting his or her own rules and regulations with scant regard for procedures. The result is that the government has been paying and is continuing to pay exorbitant prices (running into millions) for goods and services.'

'How many contractors have "absconded" with government money is a closely-guarded secret which no one wants to disclose. Could anyone put a figure on the amount that has gone down the drain? Has anyone gone after the miscreants with a view to recovering what rightfully belongs to the government?'
'At least seven huge parcels of land belonging to the federal government in the Klang Valley (with development value running into billions) have changed hands without the public knowing anything about the transactions.

Did the government get the right price? How were the "recipients" chosen? Does he or she have the resources to pay for the land or was it a gift to some crony, repaying a political favour? In the absence of an open system, it gives Joe Public no other choice but to believe that backhanders were given and more importantly, taken.'


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