Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Just a thought....
"In a crisis, it's to 'calm nerves, boost confidence and rally communities"
The above quote is from Lee Boon Yang, Singapore's Minister of Information, Communication and the Arts (Mica). He was actually criticising the Singaporean media for a lack of responsibility when reporting events. Okay, so that doesn't matter in what I am going to write although I'll daresay that our mainstream media suffer from that failing too. Sometimes.
The headline says something which I think is advice that our government, local and federal should heed. In times of crisis it is their duty to calm nerves, boost confidence and rally communities. Something which I feel they didn't do in the recent Bukit Antarabangsa landslide tragedy. Or any other crisis in recent memory.
Calm nerves? What we got was the Prime Minister 'scolding' us for wanting to buy homes with a view.
Boost confidence? The Deputy Prime Minister merely offered to ask and hope that local councils and developers will not lobby and pressure the government for more hillside developement permits.
Rally communities? There were many stories of heroism and selfless sacrifice at Bukit Antarabangsa over the last few days. Unfortunately, none or little of this came from the authorities. Don't you just love the way the police fler, Khalid replied to allegations of looting? "Got meh? If got then make police report la. No report means just rumours what." So I paraphrase badly la. But you get the message.
And in the Malaysian newspapers today there was more salt added to wounds when it was reported...
The Government should not be held solely responsible for the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide disaster on Saturday. “It is unfair to say the Government did not act. We cannot put the blame on just one authority. After all, you need two to tango, but this time there are three – the Government, developers and buyers,” he said.
Rallying communities? Hardly.
p/s Eh? Sorry ah. This was supposed to be a short post. I go for dinner now. Thank you.