Tuesday, December 6, 2011

University Students Oppose Corruption

This week, examinations have begun and I will be busy with invigilation duty ("mind-numbing") as well as marking exam papers ("mentally exhausing"). Additionally, I am also involved in teaching and marketing and other related activities that will keep me very occupied in this month of December. Who says I can relax once the SUBS semester is over? Like now, I just have time to take a couple of gulps of air before I get back to the grind.

I was at the Money & You Toastmasters meeting last evening and it was a Table Topics speech marathon – with two pairs of Table Topics Masters and Evaluators. Although the meeting agenda was somewhat disorganized, a Money & You meeting will expectedly turn out well. And this meeting was overflowing with fun and laughter – more than the normal – because guests like Moses Wong, Vinodh Menon and Rachel Leong brought with them something extra – a sensibility that was whimsical and witty without them even trying to be humorous. That created an enjoyable meeting that made the Toastmasters experience richly pleasurable. Yes, I would give this meeting a score of a seven out of a ten.

I found this report in The Star yesterday informing readers that 73.2% of Malaysian university students oppose corruption – well, at least according to a MACC survey. Now if this statistic is valid and reliable, then can I assume that 73.2% of these students are likely to vote for the opposition when the general election comes? After all, corruption is endemic now and we all know who must shoulder the blame – that’s right, the ruling BN government.

You may say I am always ranting against this government. But jokes aside, am I not speaking the truth? The government is only paying lip service. Even as far back as Mahathir Mohamed’s government, he had introduced Bersih, Cekap, Amanah (Clean, Efficient, Trustworthy) as his administration’s slogan. But Bersih just as swiftly flew out of the window. [And I don’t want to touch on Cekap and Amanah because it is also tall talk]. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the National Integrity Plan and the National Integrity Institute among the well-publicized policies to reduce corruption. They enjoyed good publicity for awhile but soon sneaked back into the shadows. Najib Razak followed suit. He did formally recognize the scourge of rent-seeking culture and institutional leakages and even went as far as ambitiously stating that in his New Economic Model and Government Transformation Plan, there will be zero tolerance for corruption, in his administration. Do not think of applauding him because today, we all know he has been wilfully lying to us. The results todate have shamed Najib. The perception created thus far is that corruption under the Najib administration is at its peak in this country. We don’t have to think hard. Najib’s use of taxpayers’ money to fund his personal agenda is enough to get my temperature boiling. And I have not yet started to talk about his wife’s lavish lifestyle and extravagant expenses.

There are those who subscribe to the idea that corruption is a fact of life. Whether it is or it is not, is not the issue here. In Malaysia, I am of the opinion that corruption has become a way of life for this government.


A Pepe Reina mistake offered Clint Dempsey a simple and close-range shot at goal (85) that gave Fulham a 1-0 victory against Liverpool in this EPL game. Sigh!

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