Why are they so out of touch and arrogant?

 The post which I wrote 2 days ago, ‘one million gets you nothing nowadays’, attracted a lot of hits. The post is not about the one million, but rather about the arrogance and the out-of-touch-ness of some of the powerful people, especially those classified as VVIPs.

Why these people become so out of touch and arrogant? I will endeveour to tell you here.

Before I go further , I wish to say that most of us– honest people who take our jobs seriously and do it to the best of our ability– would not be able to save a million in our life time.

A family of 4  in Kuala Lumpur needs at least 2000+ for shelter , food, clothing and transport. These are the  so-called basic needs.

If the family income is 4000, and they save about a thousand plus, they can never hope to save the million in  their life time. This is because they need to use the savings for education, for emergency health expenses. Even if they have absolutely no entertainment and live a very frugal life, they can never expect to save a million.

In most cases, a middle class household may succeed in owning a house valued about 200,000 after a whole life time of work. And that is probably all they can leave to their children. Those earning below the status of middle class would be lucky to have a low cost house in thier name.

Contrast this with  those people whose money comes easily. A meal can often cost a few thousand dollars. A trip overseas can be as much as some people’s life time savings.

I think the some of the top powerful politicians  have been living  in a coccoon, and they are totally out of touch with reality.

 After dealing with huge sums amounting to 8 or 9 figures, it is difficult to imagine how they can understand the value of money in everyday life.  Money and power corrupt them , and it is easy to understand why these people think of themselves so highly and why they can become so arrogant.

I think some of the community leaders have to take certain blame too.

One of my friends , from a very well known family, and whom I was helping a few years ago and who rose to become MP and deputy Minister, used to have to attend at least 8 or more functions a days. So much so that he confided to me that he had hardly any time to sit down and think and plan.

When they are so short of time that they do not even have time to read papers or go to the market ( the news are all cut out and summarised by PAs), they  lose touch with the society. When true friends tell them the things that are true but not nice to listen too, they will slowly distance themselves from these true friends.  

At every function, ,  he was praised and ‘bodek’ by these so-called community leaders (I still get  goosebumps recalling  some of these praises, really) . Slowly and surely, all these praises  gave him a God-like feeling.

When these politicians  begin to  feel God-like, they will slowly reach a stage when they begin to think that nothing they do can be wrong.

So, breaking traffic rules , cutting corners, and using governemnt properties for private use is something that comes natural to them.

They think they deserve all these, since they are the  ‘goverment’, and they are the ones who ‘provide’ the rakyat with goodies . (They do not consider that this is the rakyat’s right).

Since they think they are the ‘providers’ for rakyat, it is natual that they become arrogant. They think that the laws apply only to the rakyat and not to them..

These human ‘God’s have no qualms running red lights, parking in no waiting zones, and if some policemen tried to stop them, they will immediately call the CPOs or even the IGP to report the poor policeman who is just trying to do a job.

 Slowly and surely, a culture forms, and the lower ranked police tend to just ignore these law infringements in order not to get into bad books of their own bosses.

And when these ‘God’s  lost the ministerial/DUN/MP position, they felt so lost, and  some of them ‘hopped’ to the other side, seeing that tables have been turned and that they have better chance to become MP again on the other side.  Few of them hopped because of ideology or the welfare of the rakyat. Most hopped because of self interest, and that is true!!


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ordell
    Jun 27, 2009 @ 15:38:51

    thank you for telling what most malaysians think of the politicians, but don’t say so explicit as they are scared of those out-of-touch “gods”!


  2. klm
    Jun 27, 2009 @ 19:16:33

    Well Said.

    As for THAT woman minister of tourism, not only is she out of touch with ordinary folks like us. She is also vain. My wife, bless her, she is not into politics and politicians, thought that woman minister like to mix with the rich and famous. The 1M budget for Jean Todt is actually for the expenses for her to meet the rich and famous, like the famous actors and actresses – the Jean Todt circle of friends.

    Yes, that woman is out of touch and vain.


  3. Disgusted
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 00:13:22

    I beg to differ, these people like the Touring Minister is NOT powerful. They also die like flies. The time has not arrived yet for karmic whipping.

    She is the most hopeless and vain VVIP, very very Irresponsible Pest.

    She once asked wives to check their husband pants to see if there is semen stains….curi makan outside.

    And asking housewives to put on make up to ensure their husbands don’t keep wild flowers outside their ministries of “Homes’ affairs.

    She is also caused the predicament of the Kodam villagers.

    There is no forgiveness for OTK for re-appointing this pest.


  4. clearwater
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 05:50:47

    Few people can keep their feet on their ground when they are frequently feted and praised to heaven. An MP is also human, he can be seduced by such intoxicants till he becomes dependent on it. Is that his fault solely, or does some fault also belong to the so called community and business leaders who insist on some MP/Minister gracing their function/opening to give themselves reflected glory and more press? Can a cabinet minister do good work when his time is taken up with too much of such frivolities? Blame too the culture and the crass materialism that allowed such a system to develop over time, that taints good men and corrupts the weak willed.

    I am not an apologist for MPs/VIPs. In fact, I am very egalitarian in outlook, having lived and worked in the US and other countries for many years; and where you are judged on your substance and not your form, valued for your performance and not your position. Perhaps we should look at aspects of our own ‘bodek’ infused culture to understand the monster we ourselves help to create in our MPs/VIPs.


  5. Dr Hsu
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 08:07:30


    ‘Perhaps we should look at aspects of our own ‘bodek’ infused culture to understand the monster we ourselves help to create in our MPs/VIPs.’

    Well said.


  6. baldimerah
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 10:00:45

    dr, ‘pinjam’ artikel untuk ‘paksa’ org baca.. tq


  7. klm
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 10:37:14

    Malaysia is still very much a feudal society. The ruling elite ie BN ministers expect the public to bodek them.

    The word bodek sounds so much better than the English equivalent. Maybe, the Malay culture do this better than western culture. Bodek is so ingrained into the culture.

    The only way to change is to remove the feudal mentality. We have to start by removing the idea that we can get benefits from these people. We have to treat these politicians as servants and not masters.

    Yes. We are the Boss.


  8. aca
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 12:58:48


    as an aside, when will your party returned the land meant for public amenities in Bandar Utama to the public?

    bring it up in your committe meeting and let the public whats gerakan stand now.


  9. klm
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 18:16:08

    Wow. Land grab by Gerakan? Same as MIC?

    LKY and Samy Vellu had same dirty trick?


  10. aca
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 19:02:12


    its front paged by Nades for months but you never expect the ACA to lay a hand on these politicians who set an unfortunate bad example. if the ruling political parties engage in such immoral act, what do you expect the cronies to do? stay on the sidelines? no, they will jolly join in as land grabbers. look at the unfortunate high chapparal fiasco, courtesy of Gerakan and UMNO working hand in hand to deprive the poor villagers who have been residing there for a few generations. sad isnt it?


  11. klm
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 20:05:42

    If I am a gerakan member, I will be so ashamed.
    Stealing land from the poor. Shame on you.

    I wonder whose name in in the land title?


  12. pohwatchdog
    Jun 28, 2009 @ 20:51:38

    Time to reflect how we want to serve and provide infrastructure for the people. Last March 8 political tsunami had stirred some politicians to wake up. It is time we need to supervise our price items and inflation in our country. Is it time that we need to understand the need to be proactive to enhance our productivity?

    We need to support those who can serve, work and proactive to improve our country economy, infrastructure, education opportunities, transport amenities, social care, affordable health care, qualities hawkers foods, affordable house and price control of essential items. Let move on and evaluate whether PR really do their work. Is PR doing the same in Subang land and etc?


  13. romerz
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 02:16:57

    Dr Hsu,

    It is not even about accumulating RM1m but about plain survival in present day Malaysia!


    You are right that they have lost touch with the ground. These people have no idea what it is to survive as an ordinary Malaysian.

    As for the ‘bodek’ culture, one of the biggest gripe I have with making a public speech in Malaysia is when I have to say “Tan Sri Tan Sri, Puan Sri Puan Sri, Datuk Seri Datuk Seri, Datin Seri Datin Seri, Datuk Datuk, Datin Datin, dev dev yang dihormati, tuan tuan dan puan puan sekalian”!

    (dictated to me by the protocol office)

    Why can’t we just cut the crap and get to the jist of the speech?

    A simple “tuan tuan dan puan puan” or ladies and gentlemen should suffice if the business of the day is about our country and not their individual egoistic desires!

    We are still a feudal country with feudal mindsets which will have to be changed soon!

    In Malaysia Boleh, form is more important than substance!


  14. anon
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 10:06:12

    For your alert

    Obama Depopulation Policy Exposed! Red Alert!!!!!!


  15. clearwater
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 10:19:49

    Ha ha….. romerz, I understand what you mean about having to listen to , or recite, all those pompous feudalistic titles in a public speech. Even at wedding dinners, mind you; that really takes the cake! I have friends with Dato titles and even one in the immediate family, and I am still trying to live that one down!


  16. ahoo
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 11:26:31

    If I recalled clearly, this same minister’s was proposing sex education to be taught to the youths in the ” national service ” training camp sometime ago. Isn’t is too little too late at the age of 18+ to be taught that ? Parents should have had guided their children even in the early teens and not when they are already young adults.

    Well, to those ministers what is one million ? It can be ” kau tim ” with just some land deals or even some cooked-up projects that are usually mark-up to spend many millions. Life is such that it is not what you know BUT certainly who you know that will lead you to your riches and for that we must think of Bolihland only. Afterall, the mantra that is often chanted is ” bolih ” as the likely journey for a wayward but connected politician is to ensure that wealth flows into their pockets before any meaningful project benefitting the rakyats can take place. Worst still many projects will have cost overrun like the PKTZ and with no accountability at sight.

    Let us do our small part by insisting that all politicians in the ruling regime live by the maxim of integrity and accountability and nothing short of that is acceptable. We will continue to talk, blog, write, complain etc. and bring up issues until we see changes taking place. The plundering and wastages must be stop at its track if we intend to see a brighter future for our young ones.

    Many of us will say, what can we contribute or do as the rots are just too deeply rooted ? Well, just make a stand against what is corrupt, wrong and unjust. Each of us to do a small part to ensure that sanity returns to our beloved nation. Let not the ruling regime cowed and mould us into their whim and fancy as if it is unjust and wrong, it is not acceptable, just that.


  17. klm
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 11:55:31

    romerz. This is what Malaysian society has become. A nation of snobs. The rich and powerful want titles to differentiate themselves from the others. The titles gave them the reasons to look down on us.

    That is why that woman minister said thing the way she did. She is a bloody snob. She forgot her roots.

    That is why they want to be addressed first before the rest.


  18. Nick
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 12:04:59

    There are many politicians out there who have little achievements in their own right and in their own families. These people suffer from either ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), or afflictions such as insecurity or just been paranoid over nothing. To me, such people are easily manipulated by their underlings. One need to “play to their weaknesses”. For example, if the guy needs to be praised, you need to praise him loudly during functions. It works wonders to your careers! RM 1 Mn in Malaysia amongst the politicians is definitely nothing. These people have a high maintenance lives, botox and spas, constant angpows to give for any events, many gf and bf. That’s how TDM and Rotten fishead’s sons became filthy millionaires after their fathers retired from active politics. All their ill-gotten gains have been crystallised.


  19. klm
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 12:24:03

    Ah Nick. The difference is that Rotten Fishhead’s sons dont have title. He must be very pissed.


  20. jack
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 12:36:13

    dr hsu,
    i have been reading a lot lately about huan cheng guan and his unhappiness with the party suspension.

    One thing which I am curious is that he said Lim Keng Yaik is behind all the things and planning to put his son to be the next president of gerakan. Personally, i seldom hear any contribution of his son to the party (and i don’t even know his name).

    As a gerakan member and national committee, do you think it is possible for keng yaik’s son to be the next president of gerakan and does he has such quality?


  21. Justin Choo
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 14:20:10


    You have committed a serious crime!!!!

    ““Tan Sri Tan Sri, Puan Sri Puan Sri, Datuk Seri Datuk Seri, Datin Seri Datin Seri, Datuk Datuk, Datin Datin, dev dev yang dihormati, tuan tuan dan puan puan sekalian”!

    Hey, you have forgotten TUN!!!

    For this criminal omission, I strongly suggest that you have be sent to Kamunting for further protocal lessons!!


  22. Nick
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 15:52:57

    Go to Malaysiakini and watch the video of TDM speaking at an UMNO event at Janda Baik. Unbelievable garbage. I am not sure whether this old man still thinks of himself as above board in all his past dealings. I am shaking my head… tch tch


  23. Dr Hsu
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 15:56:36

    ANyone can be the president of a party if he gets enough votes.

    SO whether LKY’s son can be president or not, depends on how the party memebrs view him. He has to earn the votes definitely.


  24. gerakan member
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 17:36:47

    Justin and Romerz,

    we got 2 party adviser with Tun…..Lim Keng Yaik and Lim Chong Eu.

    Dr Hsu,
    any chance that we may get suspension if not calling them Tun?

    BTW lately is all about Tun LKY’s family empire in gerakan.
    How come LCE got no family empire in gerakan? don’t seem to hear any of his family member in gerakan.


  25. Disgusted
    Jun 29, 2009 @ 21:39:23

    Kim, which fishhead’s son? “G” or “M”?

    Yes, one of fish-head’s son from “M” got a tandukship.


  26. 2nd class
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 14:48:34

    Dr Hsu,

    I don’t really agree with your analysis. The issue is not about the 1 million, it is about the return of investment. If the return is not justified, than this is something wrong. Otherwise, please don’t expect that you spend penny and expect to get million in return.


  27. fed up
    Jun 30, 2009 @ 16:01:00

    Tun Lim Chong Eu is a well respected leader in this country. He is not like Lim Keng Yaik who would simply ignore the views of the people and try to create a legacy for his prince.


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