To show you guys what I meant by covering up shameful issues and embracing minor achievements, see the following news follow up on the 'broom' award issue. Really surprises me that there is more criticisms than appraisals.
‘Broom award’ draws flak ( The Star, Wednesday November 14, 2007)
Reported that several politicians voice up their views on the issue.
1) Cuepacs president Omar Osman said members asked if there was indeed no other way for Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo to express his dissatisfaction.
“We cannot accept such an act. Although we support the Mentri Besar’s intention for all civil servants to improve their performance, there is a better way of doing it, such as giving the agencies a low star ranking or a reminder letter.”
“We can understand the feelings of the civil servants attending the ceremony. The brooms were given openly, without even trying to disguise these by wrapping them,” said Omar on Tuesday. (So free to even wrap it up?)
As civil servants who form the backbone of the Selangor state government were loyal staff, they did not deserve such a treatment in public, Omar said.
2) Public Services director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam declined to comment, except to say that “there are many ways of telling civil servants how to do their jobs.”
3) In Parliament, Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Haji Omar (BN-Larut) questioned whether presenting a broom, which is linked to bad luck, was appropriate as an award. (What a waste of time in the Parliament as if there's nothing else better to discuss.
4) Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, in her reply, also said that she did not agree with giving out brooms.
5) In Penang, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said that when a person had done something good, he should be praised in public but if he has failed to perform, then he should be rebuked in private. ( This would be the worst, as I say this is what Malaysian been embracing and hiding)
Thank god MBS always teaches us the opposite. Not to be afraid to point out the wrong and its always okay to punish in a way that the person will remember it for a very long time. Even Singapore used to implement such rule where a person found littering, he or she needs to sweep the street with a sign hanging on their neck in the public. Eventhough the rule had been removed but the message is still deep in the Singaporeans.
This will be my last post on this matter except if there's more hilarious news follows up.