Blogger uppercaise excoriates Defence Minister in his post Defence minister talks cock. Poke him in the eye.
uppercaise was furious with Ahmad Zahidi Hamid for his bullsh*t. In using the word bullsh*t I’m actually being far more generous than uppercaise who called Zahidi a liar, wakakaka.
He wrote: Ahmad Zahidi Hamid, the defence minister, talked poppycock on Monday about the mangled Engrish used on the ministry’s web site that featured “Clothes That Poke Eye”. He said the mistakes have been corrected.
In fact, no corrections have been done on the web site. At 5pm on Wednesday the two-word headline still says “Ethical Clothing” (instead of “Dress Code”). A notice still says “Translations are not available”.
Ahmad Zahidi was lying. Does Ahmad Zahidi or anyone in Mindef have eyes? Or have they all lost sight by being poked in the eye?
I am personally aware of the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (Mindef) using Mangrish (Malaysian mangled English) on its website, as I had on a couple of occasions accessed it for some information, only to encounter such horrors. They would be better off sticking to only Bahasa.
My uncles who were in the Malaysian military in the 60’s and 70’s told me of Malay generals and colonels who spoke English as if they had just stepped out of Eton, Sandhurst or Whitehall, or perhaps the officers mess of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards in Aldershot. “I say, old chap, jolly good show, what!”, wakakaka.
If those generals are still alive and read (or rather, 'see' because they won't be able to read) the Mangrish on Mindef's website , they would be squirming like cacing kena abu, but if they had already gone to a better place, their corpses would no doubt be rolling in their graves.
But alas, thanks to our remarkable system which has mangled, mutiliated and mafulat-ed the standards of education for half a century by a succession of UMNO education ministers who put their personal (political) self-interests above the needs of our students, we ourselves have arrived at a standard of English we once used to attribute to Thais, Indons and Cambodians.
And those Education Minister Wonders were the ones who frightened and drove Chinese parents into the welcoming arms of the delighted Dong Jiao Zong (Chinese educationists).
But this post is not about the lamentable education system where for example, Form V students could score A1’s in (I could never understand this) a ridiculous number of 17 subjects as if they were born with speed reading skills of the highest order and an IQ greater than Albert Einstein. One dreads to imagine the superficial coverage of those 17 subjects.
The issue here is related to the minister’s poppycock, to borrow that delightfully appropriate word from uppercaise. We can’t do much about UMNO politicians as it’s the nature of the beast to how-siao (bullsh*t) wakakaka, but we need to consider seriously the sad lack of professionalism observed in our BTN-ised civil and defence service staff.
If I may persuade you to recall what Dr M Bakri Musa wrote about the very recent and unexpected verdict on the Sodomy II case, in his article Hold the accolades published at Malaysia-Today, as follows (extracts):
Foreign governments too have been effusive with their praises. Some now brazenly call for Anwar Ibrahim to apologize for his earlier criticisms of the system.
Hold the accolades! This sordid trial reveals everything that is rotten with the Malaysian system of justice. This case should never have been prosecuted in the first place. That it was reflected the level or more precisely lack of professionalism on the part of these career prosecutors. As for the trial, there were many instances where the judge could have thrown the case out, as when the physical evidence was introduced. Now the learned judge used that as the reason for acquittal. [...]
There is only one possible redeeming value to Judge Zabidin continuing this trial in its squalid entirety, and that is to expose the pathetic lack of professionalism of not just the prosecuting team but also the other professionals involved. This included the police officers and crime investigators to the forensic scientists tasked with the crucial DNA analysis and the senior specialists who examined Anwar’s accuser.
“...pathetic lack of professionalism ...” of government professionals! Hell, should we even be calling them ‘professionals’ then?
But Dr Bakri’s description is spot on, and already shared by millions of Malaysians.
Just recall those half-past-six 'professionals' who had dealt with the mysterious (but then, perhaps not so ‘mysterious’) death of Teoh Beng Hock, yes, the MACC, Police, government employed pathologists, the inquest tap-dancing magistrate, members of the RCI and horror of horrors, the inquest government legal officer who claimed a person could strangle himself to death, though sadly he didn't show us that to its ultimate conclusion, wakakaka.
Now, do you know why Teoh BH’s family will never receive the justice that’s due to them?
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever - Thomas Jefferson