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.)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A little bit on the Citizens' Declaration

An alliance of strange bedfellows indeed! 

Photo from Malaysiakini

Who could have imagined Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Ling Liong Sik coming together with Lim Kit Siang on a common platform? A few political cliches come to mind: 'there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics', 'an enemy of your enemy is your friend', and so on.

It also reminds me of a sketch on British television years ago, in Not the 9 o'clock News. Two politicians were arguing aggressively on stage and then one of them collapsed and died. Immediately, the other politician said something to the effect that he was such a good man and a great politician and that he will be sorely missed.

I like the analogies found in The Ant Daily:

'Previously, I wrote that those who signed the declaration and appeared with Mahathir did so because they saw it as the first, cautious step to remove Najib. I likened what they did to “crossing a river by groping the stones underfoot” (a Chinese proverb).

One reader emailed me to say that when she read it, she recalled this story: A scorpion asked a frog to give it a ride across a river. It promised the frog that it would not sting it. When they got to the other side, the scorpion stung the frog. The frog protested. It reminded the frog of its promise. The scorpion responded: “It’s in my nature.”

I think everyone who signed the citizens’ declaration knows they sat with a scorpion. I think they also know their objective: urgently remove Najib from office.'

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