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, July 30, 2015

Increasing our trust deficit

According to Dr. Alan Zimmerman, in his article on How to Overcome the Trust Deficit:

'For an organization to have staying power, it must be built on trust. For a business to be profitable, it must have the trust of its customers. And for a relationship to have any degree of quality, it must be filled with trust. As I often tell my audiences, "Trust is a must or the relationship will bust."

Unfortunately, we are suffering from a trust deficit. Indeed, we have a trust deficit in this country as big if not bigger than the federal deficit. Almost everybody is wondering who they can trust.

You see it in RELATIONSHIPS ... where cynicism has overtaken faith. Many people feel like singer Rod Stewart quipped, "Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house."

You see it in the MEDIA ... where biased advocacy has replaced unbiased reporting. As Alvin Toffler, the author of "Future Shock," wrote, "We are increasing the sophistication of deception faster than the technology of verification. The consequence of that is the end of truth. The dark side of the information technology explosion is that it will breed a population that believes nothing, and perhaps even more dangerous, a population ready to believe only one 'truth' fanatically and willing to kill for it."


In Malaysia, we have just seen how our PM aka as someone who has 'Nothing2Hide' took the trouble to suspend the press most critical to 1MDB; sacked his Deputy and another minister for questioning about it; forced an early retirement of the Attorney General (one of 4 heads of institutions tasked in unraveling the truth about the company's transactions); promoted 4 members of Parliamentary Accounts Committee to become Deputy Ministers or Minister, thereby giving an excuse to suspend further inquiry; and even replaced the Special Branch Director.

It is so obvious to everyone that the rush to change those involved in the investigations is to at least delay confirmation of the truth which is believed to be potentially harmful to the PM. The extent of the measures involved could only show how important it is to cover the truth.

Already lawyers are questioning the way the AG was 'retired' just months before his term expires. The post happens to be like that of a judge, who cannot be simply terminated. It was even more unusual when the person did not even know his retirement was due to 'health reasons'! Moreover, to add insult to injury, at age 60, he was replaced by someone 5 years older!

There are also debates on whether PAC can continue with the existing members instead of having to suspend inquiry until new members are appointed. The rules are there but the official interpretation always seems to differ... and the reason seems to favour delay in revelation of the truth.

PAC inquiry into 1MDB halted pending new members appointment, says Nur Jazlan
- See more at:

Tony Pua: What nonsense from former Chairman of the PAC.

'After the promotion of 4 members of the PAC to be Ministers, we still have 9 members, more than the minimum of 6 required under the Clause 77(2) of the parliamentary standing orders.

And if the Chairman is no longer available for whatever reason, the Vice Chairman takes over the proceedings. Clause 77(3).

And per Clause 83(3), "3 members including the Chairman shall be the quorum".

The scheduled PAC meetings on 1MDB must proceed without interruption and the former PAC Chairman has no powers to decide otherwise.'



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