Dec 2, 2008

Malaysia's Academy of Political Awards 2008 (MAPA 08)



-->Dear all, as the year draws to an end and as we witnessed the political happenings unfold in the country, the time has come for us to select and award those who have contributed either positively or negatively to this country which we call home.

Regardless of who they are, what race they are from and which political parties they belong to, the selection of the recipients will be based on our conscience, facts and the truths.

I have categorized the selection into several categories as different events from different parties affect and influence our lives in one way or another. These categories are then divided into three awards: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Last but not least, I have included a category for Blogsphere as there is no denying it has played a significant and influential role in changing the political landscape pre and post GE 2008.

So dear all, start rolling your votes in!

1) Ministry Level
a) The Most Efficient Ministry
Instead of the moribund civil service, this award is for the one which is knowledgeable and able to provide a fast and efficient service.
b) Kangaroo Award
Remember the day when you enquired for information and action, you are made to ‘hop’ from one department to another?
c) Wastage Award
This one goes to the Ministry that sucked the tax payers’ money on various projects which in the end are either non beneficial or deemed useless to the people.

2) Parliamentarian
a) Custard Award
When an elected MP shows no regards, manners and respects in the august House, he deserves custards to be thrown at his face.
b) The Lady & The Gentleman Award
This award goes to the one who is well-mannered, respected and follows the principle of sportsmanship.
c) Hang Tuah Award
Like the warrior, this MP will fight for justice and fairness for all.

3) Politician
a) Rising Star Award
The GE 2008 has certainly produced some young and seemingly talented politicians. Who will be the one that shines above the rest?
b) Sicko Award
When a politician keeps stirring racial sentiments and hatreds without two hoots of the feelings of others, he will have to face the wrath of the people. Please identify this person without fear and favor.
c) Fairplay Award
Although politicians are from different parties, they are some who know the rules and play by the rules and the rights from the wrongs. Who will be the shining example?

4) Blogsphere
a) Creative Blog Award
Blogging in this age of technology can truly bring out the different styles and imaginations of the bloggers that can captivate our attention.
b) Informative Blog Award
There are some bloggers who have diligently and continuously update us on new happenings and provide us with new sources of information.
c) The Red Blog Award
This is the dangerous one. The one that intentionally and incessantly incites hatred and animosities among the people. Identify it before it destroys this country.

5 comments:

cancan said...

1)Ministry Level:
a)Ministry of Finance(Income Tax & EPF Depts.)
b)Ministry of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs
c)Ministry of Defense

2)Parliamentarian:
a)Tajudin Abdul Rahman
b)Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi & Teresa Kok
c)Lim Kit Siang & Karpal Singh

3)Politician:
a)Datuk Zaid Ibrahim
b)Ahmad Ismail
c)Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon

Blogsphere:
4)Bodohland & Mob's Crib
b)Screenshots
c)Bigdog

romsam said...

The truth is that Umno has ruled supreme for the last 50 years. It always got its way because the dominant ethnic majority of the country always supported its policies.

The state of the nation is corrupt, discriminatory, inefficient, racist, unjust, and backward. If Malaysia stinks then it is because Umno stinks.

If the "morals of the country" stinks, then it is because the morals of Umno politicians stinks.

I won't even discuss the morality of explosives and murder of foreign nationals as most people seem to be able to tell the difference between right and wrong in this instance.

Instead, I shall talk about Umno corruption and Umno racism as the former will occasion the disastrous downfall of this nation, and the latter will be the downfall of the malays.

Umno teaches that it is just to discriminate against all non-malays and non-Muslims: business, colleges universities, education opportunities, government contracts, jobs, schools, taxes, and even finding a cemetery to bury the dead.

Umno teaches that it is right to discriminate on the basis of a person culture, language, race or religious belief.

In front of non-malays, it speaks of tolerance and unity in diversity, and in front of malays, it speaks of the race and religious, cultural and language supremacy, glorification of ethnic and power subjugation.

Bung Mokhtar leadership role as characterised by a yobbish machismo, medieval attitudes, obscene gestures towards minorities and women, and strutting bigotry within Umno is not only not an accident of chance, but an exemplary example of Umno appeal to the baser instincts and darker fantasies of its ethnic constituency.

To the vernacular schools it gives a pittance for support, and to malay language schools, there is no need to be diplomatic and call them "national language" schools, it gives 100% support.

As for English medium schools, the type that made Malaysia education the best in South East Asia, and our school leavers the most sought after anywhere in the civilised world, they were made extinct, courtesy of Umno cultural fantasies and language supremacist.

So we are left with unemployable graduates with deplorable job skills and prospects.

Umno language supremacist policies caused the extinction of the best high quality education that Malaysia and the malays would ever know.

Umno perversion of the very idea of meritocracy in favour of racist discrimination has ensured the lack of meritocractic competition for all Malaysians.

Later or sooner, the malays will realise that denying meritocracy to non-malays guarantees that there can be no meritocracy for malays even within their own community.

Umno policies caused a brain drain to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and the US.

The fact that there is no entitlement complex nor inferiority complex or notable NEP dependence amongst the non-malays is no accident.

If the non-malays were the dominant ethnic majority, and they had an Umno-like racist party to lead them with promises of ethnic privileges, ethnic supremacy and racial discrimination, then I believe they would have lost their self-confidence, self-respect, and self-belief too.

Farish Noor once said "Umno ternak melayu untuk disembelih".

I agree, and if the dominant ethnic majority fails to see past Umno false gods of ethnic aggrandizement and seductive promises of ethnic supremacy, then we are all finished.

coolooc said...

A non-malay even though he is more capable and more qualified but cannot:

Be - the prime minister of the country
Be - the deputy prime minister of the country
Be - the head of any branch of the armed forces in the country
Be - the head of department in a ministry
Be - the head of state of the states with no rulers
Be - the head prefect of a national school
Be - the IGP of the country
Be - the nominated as the best of the best in the school
Be - the secretary-general or deputy secretary-general of a ministry

What is worse is that the PM goes around telling people, repeating a crazy lie, by saying that - "We do not practice racial discrimination in our country".

Did the MCA and MIC leaders agree to this in 1957?

Did the people in Sabah and Sarawak also agree to this in 1963?

I think malays will keep on to give rubbish answer!

fong said...

"Racial polarisation in the country is not caused by the country vernacular school system but more by the government political, education and economic discriminative policies" - an educationist said today.

The prime minister and all the Umno ministers will never admit that polarisation arises more out of the race-based policies and privileges one race gets over another.

Similarly, there are other areas of our daily lives where terminologies used have made us view certain practices as privileges rather than sacrifices. For instance, the bumi discount for houses.

The total sale value to the developer is still the same.

It is just that the non-malay buyer is likely to be required to pay for some of the discount given to the malays.

But the longer the NEP policies continue and the greater the vehemence with which Umno politicians issue threats, terminologies will change and more people will talk about these practices or policies in words that may not sound as pleasing to the ears of the beneficiaries.

Obviously, at that point we shall probably see a new round of discriminations and disagreements.

Unfortunately, as long as only weak people take on leadership roles within Umno, threats will continue, NEP policies will be sustained and corruption will prevail.

That unfortunately is the legacy we have as Malaysians.

The basic building blocks of unity, whether you are uniting different ethnic groups in a country or trying to re-engineer a corporation of differing cultural values, are the same.

The principal parties have to be treated as equals - nor special privileges no favours that would favour one group over another.

Any privilege that is given should be given to all on the same basis - for example, special privilege given to the financially poor regardless of race or ethnic origin.

It is only on this equitable footing that you can foster true nationalism and build lasting unity, since each component group will have the same stake in the nation and has equal likelihood in reaping the rewards or suffering the consequences.

My recommendation to the government, not simply as a businessman but also based on pragmatism, is not to waste any more taxpayer ringgit on nationalism programmes until it has established the pre-conditions for its success.

What is sad is that, after almost five decades of independence, we have been unable in Malaysia, to bring globally vision leaders to the forefront - leaders who can see beyond racial boundaries to recognise the immense sociological and economic potential that can benefit all Malaysians.

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