Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dogs are Man's Best Friend - So Who's Our Government's BFF?

Man is a dog's idea of what God should be
~ Holbrook Jackson

While Gandhi says, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”, perhaps it is morally correct for me to say, “The obscurity of a nation and its progress can be judged by the way its less privileged beings are treated”.

After going through the AG’s reports on dismal performance of our public offices and the closure of “Correct, Correct, Correct” case with NFA, announced these few days, I wonder if those people, who are paid to their works, have been sleeping all these while. I, too, ponder if I am expecting too much from them, majority malay muslims – after all, they are lowly paid.

Yes, this nonsense happens in Malaysia, whose leaders used to be the chairman of OIC, preached for “Islam Hadhari” and continue to claim that they are protecting the interest of malays in the country that has Islam as its ‘agama rasmi’. Shame on them.

Yes, this nonsense happens, year in, year out, in Malaysia, whose learning institutions are aggressively promoting their courses to the foreigners, whose graduates need retraining to be hired, whose secret of success ‘climbing up the ladder or ladle’ relies heavily on your ‘fibre optic connection’, whose state of its brain drain is alarming. Shame on them.

Yes, we only realise the severity of this nonsense when we open our mind to knowledge, open our heart to conscience and compassion, open our mouth to aspirations, hopes and dilemma, open our eyes to things we failed to see all these while.

Shame on us – what have we been doing since we gained our independence from the Queen?

Bite us once, shame on the dog; bite us repeatedly, shame on us for allowing it
~ Benjamin Franklin

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