The Star today made me rather suspicious. Okay, okay it is probably just me la. What? Okay, the headline read RULING CAST ASIDE. Then the box inset has a quote "With immediate effect, the importers can use the insulated containers on a voluntary basis. So, the issue over the containers is now considered closed"...Mustapa Mohamed, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister. And there was a photograph of people selling and buying fish at a market.
Normally, I would have ignored the story completely as the sight of dead fish isn't what I like to start my morning with. But it was those words that piqued my curiousity and suspicion.
"....the issue....is now considered closed"???
And a minister said that only days after the 'issue' began?
Hmmmm.....smacks of something not quite right here. Why the haste in 'closing' the issue?
Since it involved the ministry forcing fish importers to use only 1 type of containers which can be bought from only ONE supplier??? Suspicious, right? I mean if these containers would improve things for everybody then the government must press ahead in implementing its carefully thought through decision, right? (Ok la so I had a tough time trying to type that last bit with a straight face la.) If not then why come out with the ruling in the first place and why must buy from ONLY one supplier???
I love the minister's statement......"So, the issue over the containers is now considered closed." Ha! I wish some other stuff would be resolved with as much speed and efficiency.