Friday, September 11, 2009

Job Creation

Will be leaving for the office shortly. So I'm afraid for once I'm not gonna live up to my reputation of writing a long boring post this morning. But have you noticed that these days in Malaysia we're spending a lot of the tax payers' resources on the formation of investigators upon investigators to investigate the same things?

First we form A, which is supposed to investigate on issue X. Then when the people operating that A start playing god, they themselves become the subject of a new investigation when the government forms B. After a while those people in B, too, start doing hanky-panky stuff, and the government then forms C to investigate how they conduct their business. And I think it is reasonable to assume that the trend will continue.

I suppose when looking on the bright side, at least in the economic sense, we can say that we're good in creating job opportunities.



Socrates2009 said...

Creating more jobs is one thing but don't forget it is we, the rakyat who ends up paying their salaries and allowances for sitting in those committees!

Cornelius said...

That's what I was getting at, Socrates.

Socrates2009 said...

The sad part and irony situation is that the people appointed to sit in the committees are the same people who kowtow to the powers that be.

In other words, what you are saying here which I agree also, that it is a bloody waste of time and the Rakyat's money. See what happened to the "It looks like me, sounds like me,but it ain't me" Royal Commission as one of the many examples.

Cornelius said...


2 issues of interest here:

1) Those people manning those bodies which are supposed to investigate, are still controlled, either directly or indirectly, by the same people in the background. That being the case, we are all unconvinced that we're likely to get any different results from the investigations.

2) In the unlikely event that we do get at the truth, e.g. in the famous Lingam's video clip case, whether the authority will eventually follow the recommendations of the investigative body at all. Whether those parties who're involved in the wrongdoings will actually receive the punishment they deserve.

In other words, IF, for example, the outcome of the Teoh Beng Hock's case is against the MACC, whether anything will be done about it.

Socrates2009 said...

We have already seen what happened to the Lingam R.C. - NFA (No Further Action).

Let's wait and see what will happen to the Teoh beng Hock's inquest especially now that a confirmed witness has come forward to testify that he was indeed tortured when he refused to give a confession.

The judge has disallowed the MACC's objection to have his evidence introduced to the inquest hearing, but the MACC is appealing the decision higherup.We all have some inkling already what will happened when the higherup decides.

Cornelius said...

Of course police (and other relevant authorities) brutality is a known fact in Malaysia. We have too many sudden deaths of people while in custody. Whatever the outcome of the Teoh Beng Hock's inquest gonna be, I don't think that is gonna change the public's (negative) impression of the authorities.

However, if it is found that Teoh was really tortured prior to his death, it may have an impact on some of the fence sitters who're unsure whether the current government is really the best choice to run the country.

The mere fact that someone has come forward to testify that he was tortured during the interrogation process is quite good enough to answer a lot of questions. The witness could be lying, of course. Whichever way the higher courts decide on the admissibility of that testimony is just a matter of technicality. The damage is done. The authority needs to do much more than hiding behind the shield of technicalities.