Dr. Mahathir on the “fence that eat the rice”

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was in Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Tronoh, this morning. He was invited to speak on “Wawasan Kemerdekaan Negara“. He spoke at length about how our freedom is now filled with the rampant corruption practices today that lurk in the walks of life of Malaysians.

He stressed that too many people with authority, including those who were elected by the people, betrayed their trust and sucked into corrupt practices. He also referred a lot on former longtime Inspector General of Police Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar’s column yesterday, “Fence that eat the rice” in the Sunday Star, in the context of ACA and police senior personnel involved too in these unscrupulous activities. Public faith on agencies that supposed to protect their interests in the eyes of the law have deteriorated and have now become ‘enemies of the people’.

Again, he reminded that the people deserve the Government they elect. Its a very bitter reminder from a well respected statesman. On the other hand, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi talked about the terrible bus accident near Taiping this morning, at the national facilities management conference. He was convinced that the highways were well managed and quick to blame on human errors, in the context of reckless driving for the accident.

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  2. Hi Bro
    would you mind (if you have it with you) sharing the whole speech by Tun M with us?
    btw
    would you mind (if you have it with you) to burn the speech made by Pak Lah on the “whatever”?

  3. Malaysia is already under economic siege. From one end, it is being squeezed out by low-cost mainland Chinese manufacturing that is getting better everyday. From the other hand – countries that used to be peers like South Korea and Taiwan are climbing so far up the value-added ladder in electronics that we now have little hope of catching up.

    The picture for Malaysia slow decline in manufacturing is Penang. This is why I blame the NEP. Some economists have called university education a ‘signaling’ tool to employers.

    In other words, an employer doesn’t give a hoot about what a graduate has really learnt at university. The degree is seen as a ‘signal’ that the graduate is a person of higher quality than a person without a degree.

    When the government, in its aspiration to make the malays more competitive in the job market, forces universities to ‘manufacture’ a targeted number of graduates from a certain race, the whole ‘signaling’ mechanism breaks down.

    Employers now cannot tell if a malay university graduate is really of quality or if they were just the lucky by product of a quota system.

    So, no wonder there are accusations that certain employers are ‘racist’ – they hire non-malay grads more than malay grads. But of course – those non-malay grads are the only high-quality people that an employer can be sure of.

    In the end, the education quota policy hurts the malays more than the non-malays. Malays who would have gone on to university even if there were no quota system are now ‘tainted’ with the impression that they never deserved it in the first place.

    Malays who would not have gone had there not been the quota system still can’t find a job after they graduate. In the meantime, these people have spent so much time and money only to be told they should work as overpaid maids or construction workers.

    If we really want to let market forces run, then let meritocracy decide who should get places in our local universities. Everyone and his grandmother has an opinion for or against meritocracy, but here is an example of how non-meritocracy has actually hurt the people it was supposed to help.

    The biggest economic threat to Malaysia in the next 10 years is not the rise of China and India. It is the NEP.

    Let us see how Badawi positions himself in this case – that is if he is going to take a stand at all. Otherwise he may go down as the prime minister who started with the most popular vote and ended up as the most unpopular prime minister.

  4. […] General of Police Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar’s regular column in the most recent Sunday Star, “Fence eat the rice”. Published […]

  5. […] sting against the Prime Minister Abdullah’s management of this country. On top of the that, former IGP earlier published his own opinion on the deterioration state of Police. Few days previously, a mainstream daily published a story […]


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