Sunday, August 31, 2008
Facts and Fancies
Today it was reported that our Prime Minister said...
...he hoped that every Malaysian could give importance to solidarity. "No one citizen is recognised as being of a higher position than another in this nation. This nation belongs to all of us. Whether we rise or fall depends on all of us."
But...but...but...we do what. At least we all ordinary members of the rakyat la. You mean you flers up there didn't meh? Oh now only you realise issit?
But...but...but...I thought you and all your ma-cai's (cronies) said that we are always this, that and the other race one. And that we should be careful that those flers don't take advantage of us and all. Now, the nation belongs to all of us ah? Eh! True or not one?
2. The Auditor-General's report is out and making the rounds in the mainstream media. Doesn't it make you just want to kill someone? I mean year in and year out they publish these reports telling us of all sorts of wrongdoings. How money was mis-used. Like paying thousands of Ringgit for a set of screwdrivers and so on. But have you ever remembered anything being done about these reports? I don't. It's as though they do this just to piss us off.
3. And I spotted these 2 full-page, full-colour advertisements in The New Sunday Times page 23 and page 25.
The one on page 23 said Tahniah MALAYSIA 51 Tahun Kemerdekaan. Nothing wrong with that. Except that it also carried the photograph of the Menteri Besar and informed that the congratulatory advertisement was from the menteri besar! and, in smaller point size, the rakyat of Negeri Kedah Darul Aman.
Page 25 read Syabas Malaysia. In conjunction with the 51st Merdeka Celebration. Who's this message from? It says...from Y.A.B. Dato' Seri Utama Hj. Mohamad Bin Hj. Hasan, Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus and, in smaller font size the people of Negeri Sembilan.
Now, I think a full-page, full-color advertisement in that newspaper costs RMXX,000. My question is why did state governments spend tax-payers money (or did they?) on advertisements which serve no purpose except to raise the visibility of an appointed administrator?
4. And this I overheard in a bar in Penang last week. It seems the minister of Tourism while launching something or other in Penang made a speech in which she defended those ZOOM posters. People had asked why promotional material for tourism carried photographs of her, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister which took up more than half the poster space. Apparently, her reply was that visitors to Malaysia all would or should like to know who the prime minister, deputy prime minister and tourism minister are wor. And that surely must win some award in the Tourism Ministry's annual awards night.