5/17/2007

the malaysian nightmare

We have a reputation of having a lot of talented men in govt. And these men are well honed in negotiation skills and always get the best deal for us and make the other party looks stupid. And this reputation is going to haunt us and undermine our relations with Malaysia. They really fear us. What ever deal we propose or agree or accept will make them worry. They fear that they will get lesser benefits from the deal and we will get more. They fear that we will take them for a ride. Above all, they fear that the truth will be out for all to see, their incompetence when negotiating a deal with Singaporeans. How they have become so paranoid and frighten of Singaporeans and their own lack of ability to negotiate a deal that is favourable to themselves is quite startling. Don't they have any faith or confidence in themselves? Abdullah and Hsien Loong have just agreed on a few things to do together and you can see their immediate reactions of horrors!

3 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

The trouble with Malaysia is UMNO.

Malaysian govt officials don't "fear" S'pore for the sake of some "dislike" about S'pore.

They hate themselves — for not being up to the task. They hate meritocracy, and thus they hate themselves for not being able to compete, therefore they end up hating and fearing anyone who is "better" that them.

It all comes down to insecurity.

Sophie said...

I also think bilateral problems will remain thorny issues for some time. my humble view:

http://sophiesworld-sophiesworld.blogspot.com/2007/05/durian-diplomacy.html

cheers

redbean said...

the latest uproar is an indicator that the ghost will come back anytime unless the kampong chiefs can grow up and see the world in the light of the 21st century.

malaysia boleh or tak boleh?