Tips of the icebergs

Met a VIP Tan Sri ( non politician) who has the ear of the PM. He asked my opinion on the present state of the country.

These are the points I told him and asked him to convey to the PM.

1. Corruption. There is a lack of political will to tackle corruption. MACC is perceived to be non-independent. A truly independent MACC is needed with power of prosecution and arrest.

2. Judiciary. When people think that justice cannot be sought any more through the normal judicial process, they lose their last hope. Judiciary is the last hope for many people to get justice.

3. No prudence in spending. WHile the cuts in Subsidies will help save 750 million, billions are being spent on acquiring arms that are unnecessary. We are not in an arm race. We are in a zone of peace, the so called Zopfan– zone of peace, freedom and neutrality. We don’t need tanks, submarines, advanced fighter planes with state of art avionics. We need small patrol crafts , speed boat to protect our shores, yes, but not submarines that have problems in submerging.  We also do not need white elephant projects. Save the money for the poor, otherwise, any cuts in subsidies will create even more negative feelings among the people.

4. Education. All those whom I have talked to opposed the abolition of standardised examinations like UPSR and PMR. These examinations need to be reviewed as does the whole education system and syllabus, but in the Malaysian context, we cannot do away with standardised examination because the risk of manipulations is high for individual assessment to be effective. There must be true meritocracy for us to gain back excellence in education.

5. Civil service. Open the civil service to all races. Now only a few percentage are from minority ethnic groups. There is too great of a discrepancy. Working together is the best method to ensure cross cultural understandings, and muhibbah.

6. Economy. Needs to adopt a more flexible approach and ensure that the best run businesses are given due recognition. There must be meritocracy and fair competition will ensure meritocratic practices in businesses. Incentives like tax break can be given to promote innovations.

7. Labour. we cannot be too dependent on foreign labour. So we need to slowly  reduce the number of foreign workers. But having said so, perhaps we should let some of the more skilled foreign workers to stay behind .

8. Brain Drain. I have touched on this topic so many times that just refer back to what i have written before.

That are many more things that i have told him..Too much to list one by one. But the above probably represent the gist of what should be conveyed to the power that be..


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Richard Loh
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 14:44:31

    Oh mine, oh mine, I am truly surprised that you have to list out the above to a “VIP Tan Sri ( non politician) who has the ear of the PM and asked him to convey to the PM.

    If the PM and the Government do not know about all these, then we are all screwed.

    I am 101% sure that the PM and the Government know all that you wrote but the fact remain that they are not willing to do anything about it as corrupt money to them is more important than the country and rakyat – period.


  2. CYC
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 15:49:57

    If PM needs to know all these through you via a Tan Sri as a messenger, then what are we paying KTK for? The Tan Sri is acting out a scene or he is testing the water?

    If the Tan Sri do not aware of the frustrations of the rakyats, then should we regard him as a VIP ? Very Important in what aspect, good at whispering in the ear of PM ?

    Only Malaysia could dish out a formula to increase price without burdening the consumer. The formulator is an economist or a philosopher ?

    Only Malaysians could tolerate open corruption and regard it as nation building exercise.

    Only in Malaysia where people without integrity being honored with senior cabinet post.

    Only in Malaysia can we redefine discrimination as affirmative policies.

    Only in Malaysia u find law breakers living a free life while whistle blowers became prisoners.

    U be screwed for being too patriotic but free to screw anybody for being a accredited pirates of the power that be.

    The PM said we could achieve vision 2020 provided there will not be another financial crisis. Does he need to be accorded affirmative policy by the rest of the world ala special rights of Bumiputra ?


  3. SugarB
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 18:36:55

    As if your list is such a surprise?
    Everyone knows what’s the problem but Najib can’t do much about it.

    UMNO is about corruption- the party is constituted in such a manner and is held together through regular feeds to their leaders and their supporters.

    It is easy for Najib to talk about the evil but his people already perceive him to have already got his take and every condemnation uttered by him hypocrisy.


  4. kl_boy
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 20:54:27

    I am saddened by the fact that the GOvt needs this Tan Sri to convey the worries of the rakyat for him to act. HOw blind and deaf has he been all this while ???? Are his aides and the civil service so incompetent or afraid to advise him on the right thing to do all this while and put BN into such a mess it is today ! How can he inspire confidence with the Msian ppl (home and abroad) if he wants to repair the country ? True, the majority of his power base is in the rural folks but that can’t last forever. Eventually when the urban business runs out of cash, his power base will eventually crumble. Otherwise, i would say this to him. “Make hay while the sun still shine” you are simply not brave enough to lead Malaysia towards the path of reform which every people (from the natives of East Malaysia to the office workers of KL) wants. Just exile yourself to US, after all you already signed up for Afghan war already with our troops !


  5. Dr Hsu
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 21:39:27

    The list is not a surprise. Everyone knows about this. But do not be surprise that the very top some times do not see things like us. There is a Chinese saying that those inside cannot see but those on the side can see clearly.. No one likes to convey bad news to the top.

    ANyway, even if the top knows about this, the more people reinforce the ideas , the better the chance for change. This post is not out to impress anyone, but is a record of a true conversation and even if the Tan Sri already knew about all these, and i am sure he knew, what was conveyed to him was my perspective. How often we , in coffee shops, talked to friends about things that all of us already knew. BUt we repeat it to reinforce the urgency or the helplessness of the situation.

    I am of the view that whenever we meet anyone who has the ears of someone high up, we need to reinforce the wrong doings that are happening…


  6. disgusted
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 22:07:31

    Dr, we know you did out of your best intentions and you did no wrong. In fact, you acted as a caring and responsible individual.

    I have to agree with the readers here that the PM is not stupid, maybe not wise but an intelligent man who happens to be defence minister more than once.

    Not because the country is at war that needs to buy so much military hardware but everybody here knows why.

    And all the exposure of forums, chitchats, curses and gossips on human resources on brain drain and importing cheap labor. Millions Malaysians are aware even millions employing them even at hawker stalls. Nothing of the woes the PM doesn’t know. It’s only whether he wants to make sacrifices to remedy them. Whether he wants the power throne meaning letting business as usual or risk losing his seat while pushing his reforms. So far, only changing the outer layer (re-packaging) and no inner substantial change. At worse, APCO paid millions to brainwash the public mindsets into “believing” that things are changing. Ever view TV advertisements lately on 1Malaysia etc. Just brain-washing and mind conditioning, that’s all.


  7. Chauncey Gardener
    Jul 21, 2010 @ 23:58:25

    I echo what RIchard Loh and some of the commetators have said.

    If the govt of the day does not know what is going on, we are screwed.


  8. kl_boy
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 01:07:33

    Thanks for the reply Dr. It is very demoralising to hear Msia going downhill as we watch. Every time i meet a fellow msian working overseas with immense talent. My heart aches to think that he/she could have contributed this brain power to build Msia to greater heights. We are not some country in the African continent nor are we cursed with some natural disaster. We had everything and yet in the end, our fellow countrymen will have nothing. Malaysians everywhere abroad shake their head in sadness when this happens. No Malay, Chinese, Indian or other races will want to just work abroad just for the fun of it. They are doing it because they simply loss hope all this while. Yet the fact many choose to retain their passport despite some tempting offers to settle permanently shows that no matter how small the chance is, if the govt can pull itself up from the slavery of NEP and supremancy….they can still come home. No citizen young or old wants to just uproot themselves from their birthplace to live and die in a foreign land, if Najib and those in power still cannot bring themselves to confront the problems at hand, there will nothing left for him, them, you, me or anyone but memories of our past to talk about next time.

    In the end, Malaysia’s past will be just some case study in some university’s economy class on what can go wrong.

    Sigh…..Sorry for the long speech. Sad but true.


  9. atila
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 04:53:42

    In the end Malaysia will meet the prophecies
    of New World Order via its agent called am-no.

    Then Malaysia will end up in books of the universities to those ignorant of NWO will be
    led to believe of world economics, you get fantastic names lilke overheated, hyperinflation, etc.

    In reality all orchestrated by NWO.

    Tired la Dr. Hsu, Najib is just heading to NWO.


  10. millipede
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 10:18:15

    Points 1.2.5. and maybe 4, you’re dealing with a bloated, inefficient civil service that has been fed with propaganda, not willing to understand/acknowledge who they actually serve, and that cannot be sacked, not transferred, without a tribunal. Points 3,6,7 are you kidding me? When what they’re concerned is how deep is their own pockets. point 8–what is the guarantee you won’t play flip-flop policies, you think it’s easy to uproot the entire family just to be patriotic, it’s a very tough decision, mind you they’re not JFK. And for kl boy, you may be glad to know that Taiwan Ah Bien’s properties are being confiscated in USA, with perseverance and co-operation from LAW ENFORCEMENT agencies in both countries. Now,can you blame the exodus of much needed human resources.


  11. klm
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 15:18:12

    Dr. Hsu. I am sorry to say that this Tan Sri will achieve anything. Even if Najib want to do anything, not that he wanted to, he is a prisoner of the system. Corruption and all the bad things are institionalised into the system. All systems are aready corrupted. What ever remaining are now in the process of being corrupted by the Big Mama. She is doing a deadly embrace with all the top people in the civil service. These people are now so tainted that if one die , all die.


  12. wisely
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 19:15:29

    I agree with u, Dr. Hsu.


  13. wisely
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 19:19:31

    But changes take time esp if it is for so long. Give Najib some times. I believe he meant what he says but the ministers and the 1.2 million civil servants -will they cooperate? Its hard to change a habit, whatmore a culture we live in for so long!


  14. kl_boy
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 21:59:02

    ok millipede. see your point. anyway, i’m not putting much hope into the adminstration at the moment. Thanks !


  15. observant
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 18:52:16

    Those problems you listed are known problems understood by the power to be. The real problem is that they have problems to solve these intricate problems for the actual problem arises maybe cos they’re parts of the whole problem.

    To solve and eradicate those problems are to perform surgery and self amputation to his party and members. Will the PM be in the position or brave enough to do that when his hold on his party is …..?


  16. A true Malaysian
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 15:08:55

    VIP Tan Sri ( non politician) who has the ear of the PM, let me guess who is he,

    Tan Sri ‘Berjaya’ – very remote, he prefers gambling, betting.

    Tan Sri ‘YTL’ – unlikely with his IPP

    Tan Sri ‘Genting’ – Sentosa Resort World is his gem now, not Genting. So, very unlikely as well

    Tan Sri ‘Golden Horse’ – I don’t he has an ear of the PM. He is more used to Mandarin.

    Tan Sri ‘IOI’ – quite likely, I am still not so sure. Just guessing that this Tan Sri doesn’t read your blog, that’s why need to ask for your opinion. Also, he keeps low profile, not political bias at least.

    PM Najib, and for that matter, Umno Ministers, lose out for not reading your blog. What for getting feedback from the rest of Gelakanians like the backdoor KPI minister.

    One suggestion, print your blog address in your call cards, Dr. Hsu 😀


  17. Dr Hsu
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 18:52:59

    None of the above.. I don’t mix with businessmen of such wealth. BTW, my call card has my blog address since 2 years ago. Before that it was not in, because the old cards were printed before i started this blog, and i did not want to waste old cards so i waited till i finished the old lot.


  18. A true Malaysian
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 23:25:19

    I was just pulling your legs. But, since you confirmed none of the above, just let me try another guess.

    Well, since you were attending round table here and there, most likely the VIP Tan Sri is someone from the Cabinet, and not necessary all in the Cabinet are politicians, like Idris Jala (ex-MAS CEO) & Amirsham (an ex-banker). Since I am not sure about their honorary titles, I googled. Idris Jala is not a Tan Sri, but Amirsham, yes.

    Both ex-corporate captains most probably are the only working ministers in the Cabinet. The rest are just fooling around. Both have the ear of PM, one left, one right, maybe.

    But, what if both ears are deaf on the simple and easy to understand ‘Tips of the icebergs’?

    Well, that’s beside the point, deaf or blind. The thing is, if he doesn’t aware of ‘Tips of the icebergs’ even before people whispering into his ears, then, that tell us a lot how intelligent he is.

    Malaysia do not need another tsunami to sink Umno, as Umno itself is the titanic, sink by itself ultimately.

    I didn’t mention BN here since the rest in BN are already dead, if not half dead.

    Like it or not Umno. You don’t have to believe in my observation.


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