Friday, October 06, 2006

PUBLIC SCRUTINY IN MALAYSIAN AFFAIRS

'Scrutiny' to the Malaysian government is something like sunlight to Count Dracula...

* Am I getting overly influenced by movies or what? *

From 10 a.m. this morning, I have been listening to the live parliamentary broadcast on Japanese national radio...

Makiko Tanaka, daughter of the (in)famous former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, was dueling with the newly minted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his dream to make Japan a 'beautiful' country (utsukushii Nippon)...

Fallen 'Prince' Katsuya Okada followed the assault, scrutinizing Abe on words he spoke years ago on social security at some campaign...

And there's Abe, responding immediately for all to hear and judge...

Back home in Malaysia, I wonder when is the soon-to-be-advanced government going to broadcast the parliamentary debates...

Presently, we have the Prime Minister accusing the ASLI findings as being baseless...

And what argument does he offer to back up his accusation?

Jeeeloh...

Boy... the credibility of this government (and even the previous ones for that matter) has gone to the dogs...

Assume that I choose to refute someone's claim that the moon is roundish...

Man, I better come up with some reasonable arguments to show that the moon is in fact squarish...

Otherwise, what image of myself am I projecting to the other party?

A bloody pain in the butt, and an idiot who cannot talk sense, no less...

As in this refutation by the Prime Minister on ASLI's findings...

There is a very interesting debate in Malaysiakini at the moment...

If ASLI's findings are indeed true, Khoo Kay Peng proposes that 'the government may be facing a difficult time in trying to explain to the truly marginalised segment of the society, which consists of largely the bumiputera community, why the 45% of wealth ownership did not help to alleviate their living conditions.'

There! Think about it...

As I mumbled somewhere before, 'you can run but you can't hide'...

The day the Malaysian government can stand up to PUBLIC SCRUTINY... and there are mountains of urgent issues waiting to be scrutinized... that will be the day when Malaysians can truly rejoice...

Till then my friends, I shall continue to enjoy scuba diving in my backyard here at Aji town...