11/05/2007

Malays not stupid: Abdullah Badawi

Abdullah has said it loud and clear and is urging the Malays to drop the crutch mentality. No one can dispute what he had said. Many Malays have done well in Malaysia and especially in Singapore. The latter without any crutch. The problems in Malaysia are the affirmative policies, designed to help and give them a head start but ended up as the most damaging tool to hold them back. There is no necessity and motivation to want to push harder. Just ask or demand and it will be given. After more than 30 years of affirmative policies and there is no progress or confidence to go it alone, something is definitely wrong. Malaysia boleh?

8 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

Why drop the crutch mentality, if there are BENEFITS to maintaining the crutch mentality? What a moron this Pat Lah character is.

I've always considered Badawi to be a fucking idiot, compared to Dr M, who in my mind was the world's BEST politician.

redbean said...

like it or not, abdullah is restrained by the affirmative policies and has very little room to manouvre.

yes, who would want to give up all the goodies and exchange for uncertainties and hardwork?

Anonymous said...

abdullah's full of rhetoric. don't know how true this is, but he's perceived as the most corrupt prime minster malaysia has ever had.

redbean said...

why are there such rumours about abdullah? anwar was also accused of corruption. and at one time mahathir was accused of being the most corrupt of all pms. now they are passing rumours that the honour should now go to abdullah.

how true are these rumours? or are they just character assassinations?

Matilah_Singapura said...

Aiyah, corruption and politics go hand in hand lah.

Name me ONE govt that has ever existed in history where corruption doesn't exist? And don't say "S'pore govt", because there have been cases (and likely to be more) of corruption—HDB scandal, for e.g.

At the end of the day, you will find people are willing to "tolerate" the corruption, as long as they, the people are getting richer too.

There can never be a totally "uncorruptible" govt, because it is the nature of The State (any State) to be corrupt, being the territorial monopolist on ultimate decision making. i.e. when the State decides something, you have no recourse but to comply, under the threat of violence from the "official authority".

Anonymous said...

Singaporeans - even your ministers - are inept at understanding Malaysian politics, and that goes the same for the subtleties and the subtext of M'sian government propagated media and political speeches.

Example: the busting of Ramli Yussoff (police officer). The narrative which you gave is totally false - it wasn't even an attempt to curb corruption, but it was him who held a media conference and announced he was under investigation. Strictly speaking, it wasn't a confession either (a point which has been underlined in the M'sian papers).

There's much more to this, but none of it would be made public except in the form of underground rumours - which are usually taken as literal truth half the time in Malaysia.

Sure, a lot of the rumours are baseless, but with Khairy running wild Abdullah should take some personal responsibility for it.

Anonymous said...

i felt i am looking at a great anti-climax of personalities here similar to our WP's party, so exciting and passionate pre-elections, and then lukewarm and quiet afterwards you can hear a pin drop

redbean said...

agree that malaysian politics are colourful and very fascinating. singapore is too stale, other than suing, threats, 4 men public protest, there is nothing else that is exciting.

and all the speeches and reports in msm are predictable and fit to a certain mould.

in malaysia, anything also boleh. truth can become untruth the next day or vice versa.