Wake up, wake up!

I will let you read what an Aussie has to say about Malaysia since I always get this “It seems like Malaysians are good at bashing their our people and always critical of our government.” Read it and form your own opinion. You may say the writer has his agenda, and repeat the world against Malaysia shit. (who the fark care about Malaysia nowadays? We are so damn perasan lahhhhhh!)

Sure we hope what Michael Backman wrote is not true, but do you ever think that, what if some of it are true? Truth hurts, so we choose to ignore it and pretend happy. After all it has nothing to do with us right? What more important is we still can cari makan, peaceful, we still better off than Ghana, and it is not very good trying to disrupt the racial harmony talking about things like this eh?? What the fark expressing disappointment with your leaders has to do with racial unity? When lah we want to wake up from our slumber mode and start thinking, what the fark is going on?

‘Malaysia’s PM seems to be failing his people at every chance’
by Michael Backman
The Age
Otcober 24, 2007

ON OCTOBER 31, Abdullah Badawi, Malaysia’s Prime Minister, will have been in office for four years. Abdullah came to office promising to fight corruption and to be a breath of fresh air. He has failed on both counts.

But he has achieved one remarkable feat none of his predecessors could: he has united most of his country’s
elder statesmen, established businessmen and intellectuals.

They are united in their utter dismay at his performance, a point that many such individuals made to me on a recent visit to Malaysia.

The despair is compounded by the near impossibility of getting rid of Abdullah.

Before 1987, anyone who wanted to challenge the president of the ruling UMNO party (and hence prime minister), needed to get endorsements from just two divisions of UMNO. Previous prime minister Mahathir Mohamad had that changed after his finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah challenged him for the leadership and almost won.

Would-be challengers must now acquire the endorsement of 30 per cent, or 58, of 191 divisions. This means that the prime minister’s office needs to pay off fewer than 150 division heads with government contracts and licences to ensure their support.

Critics within UMNO are anaesthetised by patronage and sadly the Prime Minister probably thinks that he is doing a good job because his inner circle constantly tells him he is. He is their ticket to riches, after all.

Ramadan has just ended and once again Malaysia has been treated to the spectacle of government ministers and other officials fasting and playing the pious Muslim on the one hand and stealing from their fellow Malaysians on the other.

Abdullah has had three chances in recent times to show that times have changed in Malaysia and to clearly assert his authority when presented with examples of such theft. He has blown each one.

The first was when it emerged that his Trade Minister, Rafidah Aziz, had handed out to her relatives, government officials and former officials hundreds of lucrative licences to import cars – without any clear procedures or transparency. A good leader would have fired Rafidah immediately. She is still there.

Another opportunity arose with revelations by the auditor-general last month of fraud and corruption in government purchasing. Some of the more flagrant abuses were at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs. It had wasted millions on purchases such as paying 224 ringgit ($A75) for sets of screwdivers worth 40 ringgit, or 1146 ringgit for a 160 ringgit pen set.

More seriously, the ministry’s head, who had the authority to approve contracts worth less than 5 million ringgit, was found to have approved contracts for almost 450 million ringgit. The ministry claimed that the then minister and now Education Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had written a letter of authority for the purchases but this disappeared during auditing. Despite all this occurring under Hishammuddin’s watch, he remains in the cabinet.

The third incident relates to an ongoing scandal at the Port Klang Free Trade Zone – Port Klang is Malaysia’s main shipping port. Essentially, the port authority was forced by well-connected individuals to buy far more land than planned for the free trade zone and at highly inflated prices, even though it could have compulsorily acquired the land, literally saving billions.

This and development costs, and “professional fees”, blew out the total cost for the zone from 1.845 billion ringgit to 4.2 billion ringgit. It is a scam of outrageous proportions and is just the sort of thing that is turning foreign investors off Malaysia in their droves.

Rather than make arrests, the Government is using taxpayers’ funds to bail out the authority. The auditor-general tipped off the responsible minister (a term I use loosely) – Chan Kong Choy, the Transport Minister – about the problems, as did a foreign partner in the zone, but Chan ignored the warning. Has Abdullah fired Chan? Of course not. Has the previous minister Ling Liong Sik been questioned by the police? Of course not.

These three instances were good opportunities for Abdullah to show his ministers who is boss. Well, he certainly did that.

One might ask what on earth the Finance Minister has been doing in the face of all this waste and theft. Or, indeed, even who is the Finance Minister? Extraordinarily, it is Abdullah. In a break with tradition, he occupies that post as well as being Prime Minister. The firings should start with him.

After all, it’s not as if Malaysia has a shortfall of ministers. On the contrary, Malaysia has no fewer than 72 ministers and deputy ministers at the federal level. By way of comparison, Australia has 32 ministers and assistant ministers. Is the quality of public administration in Malaysia more than twice as good as in Australia? Let the facts speak for themselves.

Malaysia is truly at a cross-roads. It has many good people with great potential but it is slipping beneath the waves of mediocrity, weighed down by officials intent on an orgy of plunder while the ship’s captain stands idly by.

The process of government needs to be dramatically and urgently overhauled. Malaysia needs a dynamic, strong visionary leader who is up to the task. Instead, it has Abdullah Badawi.


~ by bongkersz on October 28, 2007.

14 Responses to “Wake up, wake up!”

  1. truth hurts dude .. I must say, I like this guys’ post. not that I’m saying he’s right all the way but at least he gave us something to ponder upon. maybe ponder is not a very good word to put .. I don’t know but whatever it is, it triggered my mind to think. Good one bro .. I shall give you more soldiers after this. Ha ha ha

  2. i think it’s amazing how this guy is just so interested about malaysia. hey… i am not complaining… it’s certainly a good thing. but… not for those who wanna run away and take refuge in aussie… like me… hahahaha…

    so damn right… our PM has successfully united us all… united us in dismay…. hahaha… what a phrase!!

    psstt…. how come i cannot see the picture of AZAIG at the sidebar one ah?

  3. zewt : it’s fixed. haha! the most striking banner among all! you sure know how to choose a banner hehe..

  4. hey ..will u get in trouble for putting tis dude? might get unneeded attenttion like..u noe…could lead to house arrest, army bashing monk?

  5. This is what we already know that.. but what to do ? do we have choice ?

  6. “This is what we already know that.. but what to do ? do we have choice ?”

    yeap…sokong pas…umno haprak

  7. incredibly cool.. heh heh…

  8. rhoda : what trouble? 😛 for telling the truth? then it will be very sad. haha! i’m not doing anything wrong or against the law. it’s not seditious or a threat to country security. so nothing to be scared.

    keeyit : be wise when we are at ballot box and be critical. keep ourself updated with information and never take things at face value, especially when it is too good to be true. little efforts from many people combined will be an enormous force.

    hidup pas : pas buat baik baik kelantan dulu, baru boleh dapatkan sokongan rakyat 😀

    zewt : yeah.. very! haha!

  9. PAS .. he he he .. no offense, one party I would not support .. later all the army go afgan perang. no offense k!

  10. i hear slaps flying at ol Pak Lah. Whats more frustrating? A good imcompetent politician on the very top or 70 professionally corrupt politicians down below?

  11. hidup pas To me PAS is nothing la. Muahahah..Nice words of Michael Backman but yalahkan why he is so interested with Malaysia eh?

  12. i have no idea.. maybe we should ask why a foreigner more interested in Malaysia affairs compare to us Malaysians 🙂

  13. … because we are an Asian Country. Micheal Backman not only interested in Asian culture, he also a jounalist.

    Hopefully my memory haven’t failed me… Micheal Backman also had once wrote biased political analysis about Indonesia – during the Revolusi Indonesia 1998 (?)

    I had found his website. yeah i’m right, He is an avid Asian cultural+political analyst.

    this is his website ;- http://www.michaelbackman.com/

  14. I wonder that inspired him to be an avid Asian cultural+political analyst. What sort of force stands behind him?

    The Truth is.. Rafidah Aziz was my senior senior ancestor back in high school. She’s brilliant, maybe that’s why Government ‘sayang’ to let her go.

    Or..God knows if there are secret scandals going on though, that she still able to stay in Parliament this long after what had happened. Not fitnah, I said “God Knows”. Just a thought, maybe a little jugdemental, but I only said, “God Knows”..

    will u get in trouble for putting tis dude? might get unneeded attenttion like..u noe…could lead to house arrest, army bashing monk?

    Government will always find ways to keep their secret to the core even if they have to arrest worldwide bloggers. Pitty Raja Petra Kamaruddin. Well, I kinda know why though. But people like us sometimes can’t bear that Malaysian Government keeping all secret from Malaysians.

    Sadly, not all Malaysians are like us – Critical and ready to accept truth that hurts and able to prepare for the worst case :P. Malaysians are merely ‘terkenal’ with their gracefullness and politeness. Lembut hati, sampaikan Kerajaan tak sanggup nak luahkan perkara yang sebenarnya. Takut majoriti tak boleh terima dengan bijak~

    That’s why I against most of Government’s billionare projects. *sigh* too much I need to say. So much~

    Thanks for linking me! 🙂

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