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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.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Najib's extraordinary wealth certainly needs more disclosure than inheritance and Bung's lame explanation

'Party insiders have also said that grassroots members were worried over media reports on Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s wealth, which were turning supporters away from the party.

The issue was highlighted by American daily The New York Times and one story was also translated into Bahasa Malaysia and spread in social media and in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) media.

"There is no issue with his wealth," said Bung Mokhtar.

"His siblings are all in business so the wealth comes from these businesses."

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Bung Mokhtar's explanation that 'his (Najib's) siblings are all in business so the wealth comes from these businesses' is so lame that I wonder how many take him seriously on that, even though it is a known fact that many people already consider him a joker rather than a politician.

How many of us can claim that having very rich siblings, we can spend like they do, as though their wealth belong to us? In fact, often, we find siblings are at loggerheads with each other instead and more likely, they are likely to help only when one is in dire straits, and not providing unlimited allowance for him to spend as he likes as of right.

By claiming that the wealth comes from his siblings' businesses, is he saying that Najib has a share in each of their businesses? If so, isn't it corruption if a serving PM is known to have a share in his siblings' businesses where his official decisions could directly or indirectly help those businesses?

It is no secret that Najib's siblings, especially Nazir (helming CIMB, through mergers and acquisitions), have increased their wealth tremendously during the past few years. But to think that Najib and Rosmah could have depended on them for their extravagance (we are talking about tens of millions or even hundreds of millions) does not make sense at all.

Most people have accepted the notion that our second PM, Tun Abdul Razak, had been a frugal man in words and actions, and therefore did not leave fantastic inheritance to his widow and children.

It is also unlikely that Najib has sufficient interests in his brothers' businesses to have supported the kind of lavish spending highlighted in both foreign and local presses.

The conclusion seems to point to Najib having gathered much wealth during his years as a political leader, in positions like CM of Pahang; minister in various important ministries like Defence; as DPM; and currently as PM.

Unless and until there are transparency and accountability in disclosures, we can only guess where the real sources of wealth came from.

Is it surprising or not that we have come to accept ministers enriching themselves during their years in positions of power, and that Najib is only now being questioned about his extraordinary wealth?

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