Out of sync

The uproar against the Computing Professionals Bill is  just another symptom   of a disease that is plaguing the government. Since 2004, we have seen on numerous occasions the flipflopping of government policies. These are all symptoms of a government that is out of sync with the people.  A government that is out of sync with the time.

This year alone, we have seen the debacle of mishandling of Bersih 20. We have seen the tabling and subsequently amending the Bill for peaceful assembly. We have seen the proposed appointment of a Muslim as head of a renowned  catholic school. We are now seeing the probable withdrawal of the Computing Bill.  These are all symptoms of the same disease.

The  world is no more top down, like in the feudal era. Each individual can now become a reporter, writer and publisher as well as a video maker through posting on the net. As a result, every individual can now be potentially very influencial just by posting the right thing at the right moment.  The jobs of influencing people’s mindsets is no longer the sole monopoly of the state controlled main stream media. We have seen how through the use of facebook and internet,  mobilisation of the masses became successful in Egypt, and the Arab world.

Just this month, a commercial giant Coca Cola has to withdraw its new ‘white’ can from the market (read here and wsj), after people started to complain through the use of social media and the net  (who would associate white cans with coke?). If Coca Cola thinks that branding is their sole right, they got the shock of their life by the vehement protests against the white can in the net. So the management has to eat humble pie and withdraw the white can.  If public opinion can now be so powerful to humble a commercial giant, then no government can act unilaterally and shove unpopular policies down the throat of the people. This is no longer the era of the 80s or 90s, where dictatorial regimes could do almost anything they like to their people and no one would make even a soft  moan.

white can              red can

The advent of the internet has made this a flat world.  Everyone with a computer now is like having a whole library, printing press and movie factory at his service.  Unless  a country is totally shut off from the rest of the world, like North Korea, indoctrination can no longer work.  Rather it should  now be a case of cousultation and dialogue, whether actual or virtual.

It would serve any government well   to consult and seek opinion from the people about any new policies or laws that it is formulating. It would also serve any government well not to have too much of legislation and restrictions to stifle the innovative and free spirits of the people. It would also serve a government well not to abuse the trust given by the people.

As it is, our leaders are living in ivory towers and expensive ‘cow’dominium that have separated them from the masses, and they have time and again show their ignorance of the people’s aspirations and desire in this modern time. These include political leaders holding high offices, top civil servants and top enforcement officers.  The politicians who are supposed to be the masters and law makers are so busy cutting ribbons and attending publicity functions that they have hardly had time for browsing the net, and get feed back from the people. Whatever feedback they have is from their aides, the people surrounding them. But like eunuchs of the past, many of these aides have agenda of their own and many would not want to disclose bad news  to the masters. This is espeically so for those top leaders who only like to listen to good news about themselves, and get very angry nd upset whenever their aides are trying to tell the truth that is not pleasant to hear.

It would therefore be wise for the leaders to come down to the people’s levels and listen more to the ground. Listen to the voices asking for change; people are asking for real change , not cosmetic ones.

The world has moved so fast that many leaders are caught unprepared for the changes . They would do well to spend more time on the ground and in the net rather than attedning publicity functions.

After all, a government that is out of sync with the masses would just not last long.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 12:42:33

    Not only is this gov out of sync with the people and with time. It is out of sync with every thing else.

    The excuse of the Bill was the failure in the delivery of many IT projects, presumably in the govt. Having “audited” one such major system in the govt, I can relate the causes of failure:

    a. System pushed top down by vendor and management drowning all objections – take it or else. Vendor typical crony and political powerful company.
    b. Subcon software development company given low budget and short time to solution – cut corners
    b. System mimicked existing manual processes without improving workflow and carry the inherent weaknesses – mistakes made faster with computer system
    c. System bad performance and users go back to manual. Do extra work to re-key data into the system. Low productivity.

    The issues were not the IT professionals. It is the crony system and making fast money. Not enough money were spent on the software. Most of the money were spent on hardware which could be signed for and money paid out easily.

    Like all other govt projects in the country, IT projects were subjected to the same sickness.


  2. Dr Hsu
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 12:56:00

    MACC is now investigating cowgate. Now the warlords must have decided that the cowgirl has to be sacrificed in order to save the rest of them..

    WHy in the first place MACC has to pass the case to police?


  3. CYC
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 15:04:53

    BN feel the heat from within during this winter ! Not due to global warming I guess.


  4. Phua Kai Lit
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 15:45:21

    Dear Dr Hsu

    Can you publicise this? Thank you very much.

    Dear concerned citizens of Malaysia

    Invitation to the national launching of the Stop Lynas Campaign

    Lynas has announced that the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) will be ready for operation in January, despite being rejected three times in their submissions of the permanent waste management and the plant decommissioning plans. At the same time, the government continues to ignore the pleas of the rakyat to cancel this toxic plant that will bring imminent harm to us and to the many generations to come.

    In these final days of desperation before the plant fires up, Pakatan Rakyat has agreed to put their weight behind the anti-Lynas campaign, which so far, seems to be confined only to the greater Kuantan area, thanks to deliberate suppression of negative Lynas news in the mainstream media. It is therefore decided that a national stop Lynas fund raising dinner is organized to fund the legal action against Lynas.

    Various legal teams have explored the possible avenue to stop the Lynas project. Save Malaysia Stop Lynas (SMSL) has planned to challenge the project on technical ground which requires a trigger before the case can be lodged. Stop Lynas Coalition (SLC) has decided to go for a case based on procedural ground which can be lodged immediately provided adequate fund can be found to put the case together.

    SLC will name 10 defendants: Lynas and governmental agencies which are MITI, MOSTI, Pahang MB, MPK, Pejabat Tanah & Galian Pahang, Agensi Nuklear Malaysia, AELB, DOE and PKNP. The first thing SLC will do is to seek a court injunction to stop the construction of the plant.

    Unfortunately, with so many defendants, this legal strategy will be fairly expensive. We need to raise RM300,000 to initiate legal action. We seek your help for the lawsuit by supporting the national launching dinner.

    Theme: Makan Malam Perdana “Dana Alam Sekitar”
    Price: RM2,000 per table / RM200 per person
    Date: 7 January 2012 (Saturday)
    Time: 8.00 pm – 11.30 pm
    Venue: Grand Shah Alam Ballroom, Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC)

    To ensure accountability and transparency, all proceedings from the dinner will be held in trust by Pakatan Rakyat. The chairman of the campaign is Haji Zulkefly bin Haji Omar. He fought against the Broga incinerator for more than 5 years, and finally won in court. He is currently the chairman of the Environmental Bureau of PAS.

    This campaign does not stop with the dinner. Pakatan will embark on road trips to raise awareness on this issue throughout the whole of Malaysia. We will not stop until Lynas leaves. We hope you can support us financially by purchasing dinner tickets, either as an organization or in your personal capacity.

    For more details, please contact Soo Jin Hou at soojinhou@yahoo.com or 016-984 1588. To purchase a ticket, please bank in your contribution to Bank Islam account number 06019010087836 to BADAR (Badan Bertindak Anti Rare Earth Refinery) and send your mailing address and bank slip to Jin Hou.

    With a heartfelt thank you,
    Andansura Rabu (017-986 8969)
    Chairman of Stop Lynas Coalition


  5. CYC
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 20:17:26

    Happy “Dong Zhi” festival and merry Christmas to all.


  6. BeWildered
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 08:11:27

    In reality, the govrn is behaving more and more like a dictatorial regime, trying to put an iron fist control on everything which deems to be a threat to its agenda. one day, we have to get a license to own a computer or a laptop.
    There will be no accountability outcome from the cowgate fiasco. We have seen this before in the Teoh Peng Hock case. It will get dragged on for so long that people just cannot keep up. This pusing pusing tactics has worked effectively and will work again. Most Malaysian are too easily satisfied, too naive, too passive.
    On the brighter side of thing. There are still government officials who have the conscience to expose all these mega corruptions by those in power. The rest is really up the citizen to do the right thing in GE13. Who else can we count on to change things? There is no superman, only super thieves. There is no iron man? Only mega corruptions. Every good beginning depends on our own legit action.


  7. Phua Kai Lit
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 10:48:10

    Khir Toyo found guilty.

    Let’s see what the sentencing amounts to.

    As tough as in Singapore (two civil servants sentenced to 22 years and 15 years in prison for corruption recently) ??


  8. rtee
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:53:54

    Sometimes, in ‘Weiqi”, a Chinese chess, a player may have to sacrifice a few ‘stones’ in order to gain the upper hand and win.

    This is the game they are playing. They know that people are angry about corruption, so they are willing to sacrifice a few sacrificial lambs in order to appease the public.

    So the cow girl will be next..


  9. klm
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 14:25:45

    One Toyol down. Cow woman is next.


  10. BeWildered
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 14:59:02

    Like what is said, Malaysians are so easily satisfied. 12 months stay of execution jail term for a super thief! Give me a break. There was a petty thief given 12 years jail.
    Open your eyes, Malaysians, beware the illusion of super magic show.
    Malaysia is a wonderland, or boleh land , if u are powerful, you boleh and are untouchable.
    The tactic is like the pimp manipulating his prostitutes, when things become too tight, too hot, the pimp will ease off his grasp and his girls feel so grateful.
    The rakyat are being managed like prostitutes by the politicians.
    Look at Adam, the wrath of the dark side forces are downing on this guy who just played with flag of some one pic on it, it should not even be called a flag. A flag is a symbol of a sovereign nation. What crime is that? on the other hand, the cow gate CEO, after committed a treason class of crime, still remained untouched. And a bad luck super thief, just given a tap on the wrist, walking out smiling all the way, as the pic shows. It does seems like lawlessness!
    Gentlemen, I rest my case.


  11. cilipadi
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 10:54:30

    Out of sync…..you know why?
    All because of ‘face saving’ concern
    Lose face because their own actions
    Womanizing, corruptions, malpractices, immoral activities…
    All out to cover their crimes to save face
    Including using religion, race unity, law enforcing agencies, mass media
    Create sandiwara to minimize these ‘losing faces’
    This summed up their ‘cultural’
    You can lose anything but your face

    This is why, out of sync

    R makan cili, N rasa pedas, U no face but still want face


  12. cilipadi
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 11:12:24

    So, when they do ‘face saving’ exercises
    Again and again
    With their powers in hand
    To the extent of using Holy Quran
    With aim to cleanse their sins
    With aim people buy their sandiwara
    Will they succeed?

    Let’s see how 13th GE turn out to be
    If they are still in power by then
    Then many Malaysians are fools

    U makan cili, fools rasa pedas


  13. disgusted
    Dec 24, 2011 @ 21:12:05

    Chili Padi,

    Merry Christmas to you.

    Dr Hsu,
    It is clear as crystal. BN is not fit to govern anymore. ABU: Anything but UMNO and its crony component parties should take a long vacation for the next 10 years. Fullstop


  14. cilipadi
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 07:07:34

    ‘cili’ Xmas to you too and the rest.

    I in Malaysia for so many years
    I know ‘their’ psyche
    Even my Malay friend has that ‘saving face’ psyche
    My Chinese friends too
    But they won’t go to the extent of ‘face saving’ like U
    If, say, a serious crimes like murder, rape committed by their kins
    They rather their kins to face the laws
    Not all out to protect kins for ‘saving face’
    I don’t see this in U
    How about you?

    You know what is ‘U’, ‘N’ , ‘R’?
    If you don’t know, then treat this as friction
    Not real

    siapa makan cili, dia rasa pedas


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