5/18/2007

One dollar for you one grand for me

It was only last weekend when Abdullah and Hsien Loong met in Langkawi and everything seemed to have taken off from a sound footing. It was all warmth and an eagerness to work together for mutual benefits. It only takes a few days and the mood changes. The fear has returned. The acrimony of the past, the mistrust of others and of self. Why should there be so much fear of the Singaporeans when negotiating for a deal to benefit both parties? Both enter the negotiation with a I want List. And before signing anything, both parties will have to satisfy themselves that their wish list is fulfilled. Then why should it be that after a few years down the road one party will complain that they have been taken for a ride, that they have been cheated? And now even the fear of losing jurisdiction over their own territories? I can understand such a fear after being colonised by big powers for so long. But such thing can never happen in a hypersensitive polity when everyone is politicised. It is just unimaginable that any country will ever sign away their rights to self determination. The only country that may do so is one that think too highly of itself and think that it can get away with it. The Malaysians are going to negotiate with the Singaporeans on an equal basis. It is unlike a small consumer accepting the top down terms from a monopolistic giant. One dollar for you and one thousand dollars for me. In an unequal relationship, the one getting the one dollar has to accept the deal compliantly. But a sovereign state would not accept such nonsense or an unequal treaty. The Malaysians must start to believe in themselves. What happens to Malaysia boleh?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

you think they re having second thoughts(which is unlikely the case especially with so much money waiting to be made for the lucky elites)about 'upgrading the people's living standard' by creatively destroying the people's tradtional livelihood( and laidback homes) so most will be forced to work for powerful rich corporation and be 'factory operators' or irritating sales staffs or service people coup in tiny offices etc and may not be able to retire for the measly pay they be getting and so on and so forth?

ahh..the pros and the cons....petals do have many folds isnt it??... ohmmmm....

Anonymous said...

With so many mercenary consultants for hire, you think they need to tax their brains to...erm...fix up a 'good deal'??

Two can play the same by paying the best to fix your competitors - mutual gain is a myth. Who suffers at the end of it all? Your overpaid extraordinay men and women or those who profess to 'do good' but are looking after their own pockets?

Anonymous said...

The reason why Malaysian are so fearful of Singaporeans is because Singaporeans do not do anything for others. They always think of themselves first and if they can would simply trample on others to satisfy the greatest Singaporean trademark and that is the Great Singaporean Greed.

Anonymous said...

interesting to watch the change of color at the tip of wealth. who knows, may attract destabilising cousins who may not want to share such alliances of blasting good times

Anonymous said...

If you are able, people can see, therefore no need for envy; but dun you motherfather insult our reputation just becos of your severe disabilities, get that?, numbskull?

Matilah_Singapura said...

Idiot from village A meets idiot from village B to talk nonsense and try to out-do each other in "deal making".

How come earthquakes and tsunamis don't strike at the venues when these thieving village idiots meet, at everyone else's expense.

Anonymous said...

Got. Got some natural & also unnatural disasters that befell sengkapolians recently:
2 SAF soldiers vaporised when Taiwanese fighter jet crashed on them in Taipei military compound..
2 aunties got crushed by crashing trees on same day, at different locations.
!

redbean said...

actually my main dig is at politicians whose only reason to exist is to politic to keep themselves in power but not to contribute anything to the progress of their nation.

they could not and have nothing to contribute except to drum up emotions feelings among the innocent and naive masses.