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, August 29, 2016

Citizen Nades - It’s not know-how but know-who

Because it had been mentioned over the years, the phrase has become a cliche. And also because Umno-led coalition had been in power since 1957, the corruption modus operandi continued and has become even more blatant. There is no fear of display of ostentatious wealth (not commensurate with official incomes) among political leaders and their key supporters. They seem immune to possible investigation by MACC. Recent arrests of top civil servants by the new head of the agency attracted comments like 'for show only, after the court case, they will be set free'; 'why no mention of names? If it involved opposition leaders, there would be maximum publicity in the mainstream media'; and of course, 'why is MO1 still untouchable?'

Anyway, excerpt from Nades' article in The Sun:

'IF the government wants to buy a baggage handling system to replace the current one at KLIA, it will have to go to manufacturers like Beumer, Zafire, Daifuku or Siemens, just to name a few.
Perhaps, a tender notice in the International Herald Tribune or the Financial Times inviting qualified manufacturers.
On a much smaller scale, if it wants to buy stethoscopes or plaster, it invites medical supplies manufacturers.
In the absence of manufacturers, the invitation to tender ought to go to their appointed local representative.
Why is it necessary to call Mr A to get the supplies.
He would then go to the supplier, place his order and then inflate the price and sell it to the government.
This is the Malaysian malaise where political cronies have thrived and lined their pocket much to the loss to the nation.
In almost all developed countries, the open tender system is the foundation of their good governance – Malaysia being the exception.
For several years, it is no secret that the key in winning government contracts is not the know-how but it is the "know-who".'
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