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.)

Monday, July 06, 2015

Late Bernard Khoo's posts just as relevant now as before

I revisited Zorro-zorro unmasked blogsite to look for a particular drawing which fits our present political situation in my own words, 'Too much dirt... we need better tools... to sweep under the carpet.'

On separation of power...

IN 1975, back when Justice Raja Azlan Shah (as his royal Highness then was, said this of the Federal Constitution:

The constitution is not a mere collection of pious platitudes. It is the supreme law of the land embodying three basic concepts:

One of them is that the individual has certain fundamental rights upon which not even the power of the State may encroach.

The second is the distribution of soverign power between the States and the Federation’

The third is that no single man or body shall exercise complete sovereign power, but that it shall be distributed among the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government, compendiously expressed in modern terms that we are a government of laws, not of men.

This third concept alluded to by His Highness is better known as the SEPARATION OF POWERS.

His Highness’ wise words of yore must surely strike any right-thinking member of society as being correct.

Fast forward to 2007, when Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad, sitting in the august Palace of Justice said:

What is this doctrine of separation of powers?.....It is a political doctrine under which the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government are kept distinct, to prevent abuse of power…..To what extent the doctrine applies depends on the provisions of the Constitution……The doctrine (of separation of power) is not a provision of the Malaysian Constitution even though, no doubt, it had influenced the framers of the Malaysian Constitution, just like democracy.

 Maha Balakrishnan, co-chair of the ConstiLC, in Off the Edge, ask:

"So what is this thing called the separation of powers? And what happened between 1975 and 2007 to make the upper echelon of our judiciary think  that it was no longer a part of our Constitution?"

 On frauds...


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