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, October 21, 2014

Book on Translation from English to Bahasa Malaysia: who was the editor? Or was there even one?

What I have just received from an old friend living in Sydney, Australia, is proof that news of this poorly translated book had really gone viral.

'Should I explain more? Dear English educators, if you happen to know anyone in the MOE office please share this. Someone should investigate how this book could get its way to bookstores. A friend of mine Issl Iressa bought this book for extra reading thinking it could be useful not until she read the proverbs part. By the way, the preface was written by Milon Nandy? I don't think he knows about this.'

Edited 16/10:

'Since this post has become viral and spreading, let us look on the bright side of this issue. This is a lesson worth learning for all of us especially writers, editors, translators, publishers, book stores and consumers.
Thank God she noticed the errors because we don't know how many innocent non-English speaking parents have bought this book in hopes of helping their kids.
Yes, knowing how in love I was with English, my dad bought me Milon Nandy books when I was in Primary school (that was more than 20 years ago).
Thank God he didn't end up buying me books like this because if he did, none of us would know that they're wrongly written.
Well, in this case, I believe Milon Nandy is innocent. God bless everyone!'


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