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Of Lee Kuan Yew and Dr Mahathir respective styles of premiership.

Despite both PMs having strong authoritarian tendencies in governing but  TDM’s  administration  basically institutionalised a system that entrenched rampant political corruption as the norm –  whilst LKY demonstrated what can be achieved by a goverment with a zero tolerance of corruption.That’s the underlying difference between the 2 PMs and their respective ideals of Governing a nation with a multi cultural identity.
For LKY it was all or nothing,and particularly  stern against money politics that drags many Goverments down.Self-less interests style of LKY ,everything was for the best interests of his nation state vs Selfish interests of TDM’s goverment, ,inverted priorities .!
And results today in SIngapore and Malaysia ,esp of the goverment machinery is a testimony to that.

If TDM had the foresight to recognize the rot of corruption and wanted to or chosed to confront and address corruption firmly and sternly when he was at the height of his powerful premiership,Malaysia may very well have been better off  ,and who knows ,perhaps even match or surpass the efficiency and success story Singapore is today.

Point being ,both PMs and their governing style is a reflection of their own mentalities/attitudes /convictions of what and how their perspectives of the immediate world around them are , and how they view their own societies and perhaps allows a sneak peek into a window of what their personal personalities may be  like -by  the paths they chose to thread in Governing their own nation and the collective society they think they understand .

Pragmatism vs Materialism in Game of Power and  Influence

LKY’s pragmatism and foresight in recognising the formula to efficient governing above all ,  is a clean goverment with no nonsense approach to corruption- whereby TDM opted to leverage corrupt practices to his advantage and hence a barely functional goverment machinery ,prioritized by greed and personal interests in accumulating wealth , as among the driving force formulas – was put into momentum, where practices  such as  “commisions ,percentages ,third party or under table etc etc”  are the standard – without which  things may not get done efficiently.

And that momentum has been sliding downhill ever since – casting aside Govermental Transparency/ Accountability .

Dubious questionable financial practices are allowed to slide because of influence or political connections ,as long as there is a “greasing of palms” , that almost every Malaysian or non Malaysian business entities or even the man on the street has acknowledged that it is the standard on how things are done – in many Malaysian business environments,particularly in dealings with Federal/National  entities.


Can “Kow Tim” perhaps in Malaysia but don’t even consider the notion in Singapore !

Just mull on what the word ” Kow Tim” means to Malaysians.Essentially in most Malaysian psyches,most will just good naturedly shrugged it off as how things “are” and always “have been” .  And nothing objectionable to the term.

Yet in SIngaporean mindsets,even a whiff of something similar can land one in hot soup and is an abhorrent thing to even suggest as an option to gain any advantage in commercial enterprises or extricate one from a bind with the authorities..
That is the stark difference in the societal mindsets of the 2 nations.

Malaysians visiting or working in Singapore will never dare to even hint at “Kow Tim” when dealing with Singaporean Authorities/Civil service/Ministries , knowing for a fact that its un-acceptable and not tolerated and definitely worsen things if they are already in trouble with the authorities.

But on the other hand , almost instinctively, “Kow Tim”  or “selesai ” or ” settle”  will be  amongst the open options , considered in the mindsets , if they are in a “situation” in Malaysia, in dealing with authority. Fact is that , the thought of perhaps  they can buy themselves out of a “tight spot” in whatever trouble they are in – does come to mind.

But in Singapore,that thought is banished and dare not be entertained as a reflex and rule. That’s the difference of the environment and societal psyches in Singapore and Malaysia.,where ,in the former ,- regardless of ethnicity /nationality or country of origin – All  in residence in the city state – acknowledge and respect and take the rule of law and clean governance very seriously .

Essence of LKY’s  non-corruptible governance

And that is the essence of LKY’s premiership that to his credit ,managed to inculcate into non-Singaporean residents ,a healthy respect for the laws of the city state  , forged a level of self-discipline into not only the average Singaporeans but also those who do public service for  their own Singaporean people – always having the collective best interests of the nation and sense of well being of the people  as the priority..

And in-place is a Govermental structure that is efficient and by and large  non-corruptible.The anchor formula or foundation pillar that supports all the policies and strategies which resulted in the Singaporean goverment’s economic success and prosperity..

The very formula that TDM chosed to ignore but instead selected govermental  patronage , by selectively enriching hand picked cronies , who through their collective accumulated wealth , can be translated into power and influence that can be leveraged to political advantage. And be used to stay the hold on power.  .

And transparency and accountability in Governance need to take a back seat in order to consolidate his power, through the purchasing of influence by keeping his stable of wealthy, powerful and hence influential circle of  supporters – well fed.

Inadvertently ,the wealth of the nation was unevenly distributed, and even those supposed to be  beneficiaries of  the Govermental affirmative action policies was invariably sidelined..

Simple equation of -Financial Clout equates to Political Power !

Perhaps Mahathir subscribed to the view that to be a powerful effective leader, first priority is to accumulate as much wealth as possible, wealth equals power – to buy influence – to have the financial  clout or resources to ward off challenges to his leadership and to fund his own political battles.

Perhaps TDM was convinced that everything/everyone  has a price..and thus,he wants to ensure He can afford it all ,whatever the price tag..


Also read : country-comparison-malaysia-versus-republic-of-singapore/


A comical Commie conspiracy comedy in Malaysia

Now, Utusan goes after Namewee for supporting The New Village film

The Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia has found a new target, or rather an old punching bag – Malaysian rapper Namewee (pic).

Its Mingguan Malaysia weekly’s columnist Awang Selamat today called Namewee racist, childish and a person who did not know his history – saying he was being an extremist for voicing out against the decision to halt the screening of the film “The New Village”, which some said had glorified communism.

Awang said even non-governmental organisations and the Umno Youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin, had questioned the movie and this was a clear sign that the government needed to be firm in avoiding history from being re-written.

“Although there were objections and provocation especially from extreme groups, let them be. Don’t budge. Among those who had rudely voiced their objections was Namewee or Wee Meng Chee,” wrote Awang, a pseudonym used by Utusan’s editors in the weekly edition.

“He (Namewee) had several times caused a controversy including insulting the ‘Negara Ku’. Not long ago, Namewee, (after apologising for his rudeness), had support from political leaders including Mohamed Nazri Aziz, but not this time.”

Awang said Nazri, who is now the Tourism and Culture Minister, too reacted against Namewee.

“I understand why Nazri would be so angry and no longer sympathises with him. This was because Namewee is racist, had gone overboard and took lightly the government’s decisions,” he wrote.

“Apa lagi dia mahu? (What else does he want?)

“Every Malaysian must be patriotic. National aspirations should be the utmost. If he does not understand that, then what does it mean to him to be a Malaysian?” he added.

Awang also took a swipe at the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), saying he was disgusted with the association’s objection on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2015.

“This is Malaysia, not Taiwan. Any effort to promote our native language by ignoring our national education system and national language is a betrayal to our country,” the columnist said.

“Dong Zong should look in the mirror and understand the country’s constitution. I think the registration of Dong Zong be reconsidered as it constantly provokes and goes against the constitution.”

He said until now, Dong Zong had continuously fought for vernacular schools to be on par with national schools.

He added that the association must be rational and accept the truth that national interest was more important than racial agenda. – August 4, 2013.

My anguished indignant say:

Senator James Mc Carthy is the reference to the term McCarthyism in the USA post WW2 era . It is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence.  It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism .During the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies.

Now back in Malaysia. McCarthy, the famous US communist hunter  must have written a guideline booklet , on how to go on a witch hunt for the Red menace. that our Malaysian political rats got a hold off .

What next?  Summon “suspected” conspirators for an inquest to flush out the closet commies…like how it was done in the US few decades ago….wonder if they know just how irrationally silly they seem not only domestically but internationally, creating the impression that we have paranoid clowns in governance seeing conspiracy in everything. We need to  beseech this  unresponsive-brained clowns, to respect the intelligence of Malaysians and not just pander their statements  to the ignorant , those that they themselves created in their quest for social dominance. The rest of us Malaysians have brains to think for ourselves and decipher what is offensive and a slight to our country.This ” New Village” movie.. And even if the movie does have bits where it seems to glorify communism, Malaysians who watch it are not going to pick up arms and start a revolution.

And as for Namewee

Nazri , my dear tourism minister. don’t you realise that Nameweee can be a ticket to the huge east Asia market esp China,Taiwan and Hong Kong. He speaks the language , understands the mindsets and is easier for him to know and network the industry over there .  He can make Malaysian movies indirectly promoting Malaysia and draw the tourist , he is already making small inroads in that region , with some well known HK actors and Taiwanese in his KaraKing movie, Don’t be so myopic.

Wana promote our country, use talented people as assets wisely. Or allow them more leeway.

Just how many Malaysian movies in BM that have been produced  can potentially appeal to that segment.?

Now here is NameWee , a Malaysian talent /director/ producer who has already made a marginally successful local movie ” Nasi Lemak” that out performed many of the other local productions with a very Malaysian cast and flavour.

Imagine what he has the potential to achieve with a little boost from the Goverment or Tourism ministry to introduce Malaysia to the East Asian world via entertainment / movies and also help nurture local talents to have a more international exposure. He can make a locally produced Malaysian movie featuring an international cast of well known Asian actors together with the local talents featured that can help boost Tourism to the country.

An example is the  HK movie , Summer Holiday made in 2000 practically exploded the tourism from that region to Redang Island and put Malaysia on the map for well heeled Chinese , Taiwanese and HongKees to come visit. Plus a few more HK movies with a star studded cast – Jacky Chan , Andy Lau , Aaron Kwok , Patrick Tse, Jay Cho to name a few , movies partly made in Malaysian locations  that brought recognition to the country.

Stop the race bickering pettiness and see the large picture..let the  Perkasa morons and sanctimonious religious bigots do what they are spitefully good at.

Stay out of the fiasco and concentrate on making our country reknown as a international destination. Thats your job !

So what if  NameWee happens to be a Malaysian Chinese who makes mandarin speaking movies besides movies with a Malaysian flavour , use this as a plus , instead of accusing him of being a racist , help him to elevate the profile of Malaysia among the international Chinese  community that can translate into millions of wang ringgit..

Wishful thinking or not , won’t it be great to have  NameWee and Michelle Yeoh in a well financed ,well written/produced /directed  local Malaysian production , shot exclusively here that can appeal to the not only the domestic market but the international East Asian market as well.

Also read Namewee-taken-to-tasks-for-sedition/  and “Free Thought in Malaysia”, Greatest crime of all?

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