Suffice to say, he is ..... let's just say ..... typical, f* bloody typical.
Read The Malaysian Insider's Rais: Taxi drivers must promote 1 Malaysia as sign of gratitude to know who I am talking about and why.
He has the brazen cheek to state (in KK) “It must be done as a sign of gratitude and thanks for the government’s efforts to continuously safeguard their welfare, like Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia and the specific government aid to taxi drivers.”
Obviously, despite his ministerial portfolio, he doesn't a clue as to what is democracy and the concept of people's representatives and their expected service to the rakyat. He must have convinced himself that he became a MINISTER by the Mandate of Heaven, and demanded that the public be GRATEFUL to the government.
But sadly, he is not alone in this belief because some or even many public servants believe they are the Sultan's hulubalang (or the civilian version), forgetting the 'servant' of the 'public' that they in fact are, being employed and paid by taxpayers.
As I posted in Malaysian meaning of 'gratitude' there is thus and still a prevalent belief in our administration (political and public service) of the medieval concept, that the Ruler or its modern day equivalent, the PM, owned all or most of the national assets (like the public coffers) and gives from it to his supporters in return for their loyalty.
Unscrupulously exploiting the belief of a feudalistic society where people are believed to be born with a predestined position in society, either as ruler or subject/slaves, the ensuing relationship and the symptom of such a relationship is sometimes laughingly referred to as the disease of ‘sehelai kain pelekat dan RM100’, where the recipient would be so ... grateful ... and thus do the bidding of the Lord.
I had also written of it previously as: … Malaysians in general, especially those of the earlier generations, don’t give a sh*t about corruption or corrupt politicians, or such stuff as accountability and transparency so long as they get some benefits, namely the 'sehelai kain pelekat dan RM100' (ok, inclusive of allowance for inflation, wakakaka).
This has been why BN and in particular UMNO have been getting away with blatant corrupt practices for the past 52 years (and expect more years of such to come). It may also explain the total lack of discretion or shameless arrogance in politicians building for themselves overtly obscene ostentatious Bali Palace or the Satay Palace in Klang, or a minister’s son charging around in a Porsche.
Thus, it's incumbent upon us to punish Jurassic specimens like Rais Yatim kau kau in the next general election to let them know we the voters represent the Mandate of Heaven and they, the people's representatives, are our servants, and would be dismissed (voted out) if we are pissed off with their performance. The gratitude should come from them.