Consumerist: Lies, Lies And More Lies – Taking Raayat For Idiots?

Dato Jacob George

‘I have repeatedly advised my friends in high places directly and through personal SMS that we need to change our ways, our strategies, our politics so that we have a politics of dignity, decorum and of truth!

And I thank many of them who concur with me and have indeed made policy u-turns to protect consumer interest and I really, sincerely thank them!’

Consumerist: Lies, Lies And More Lies – Taking Raayat For Idiots?

The Malaysian raayat are asked to tighten their belts, walk the tightrope in the face of rising cost of living, services and growing monopolies controlling the marketplace despite cosmetic laws supposedly to protect consumer interests?

To date, unlike other civilized countries we do not have a parliamentary select committee to look at acquisitions and takeovers to prevent abuse and market cartels which has began with one man now controlling major stakes in the marketplace!

While others masquerading as service providers provide no service but reap in huge profits and are untouchable?

The Malaysian raayat are asked to change lifestyles and budget spending and to live according to their means!

They are told be accountable, responsible, ethical and carrying themselves in dignity and decorum!

Not to depend on government subsidies, handouts and I am alright with that, if that is all practiced universally and not selectively and in political expediency!

But they are not!

No one has walked their talk!

Or their speeches in international rostrums!

The most deprived and marginalized group in the country are told not to look towards the government for assistance as they have within their numbers lawyers, doctors and other professionals?

I would like to use a four letter word on the man who stated that but because I am brought up by religious, decent and highly respected grandparents who were peers to the founding fathers – so I will refrain from doing so!

If there are doctors, lawyers and other professional in our midst, brother, it is not because you gave us scholarships, grants or places in local universities!

It was because our families mortgaged the only homes they had or used their limited savings to send us abroad so that our generation gets a legs up unlike them!

So what am I am alluding to when I say there is zero integrity, zero heart, taking us for idiots – I am referring to the untruths, the lies, the spins, the naked political arrogance – the loosening of rapid dogs masquerading as NGOs and puritans to threaten, divert real issues from been discussed and deliberated as is the norm of any democracy!

It is utterly shocking that in this age and time, we have pre historical, outdated and utterly stupid politicians in political office making policy speeches that are basically utter lies or utterly racists!

These dons of Malaysian politics may think they have their quarterbacks covered but they are stupid!

Everyone knows who is doing what, where and with whom?

It is no big secret unlike the 60s and the 80’s!

They may think the brute force is the answer to addressing political woes and again, they are wrong.

And the manner pertinent questions were raised and answered or not allowed in Parliament shows all is not well.

I have repeatedly advised my friends in high places directly and through personal SMS that we need to change our ways, our strategies, our politics so that we have a politics of dignity, decorum and of truth!

And I thank many of them who concur with me and have indeed made policy u-turns to protect consumer interest and I really sincerely thank them!

So all is not lost and we should not all because we have a few who want to ‘kiss ass’ , apple polish to keep their jobs or want a resurrection of their tainted and useless self serving political life!

There is no wrong in adjustments, no wrong in give and take and withdrawing draconian policies that upset the masses or admitting a wrong when it is done!

It is the ‘ganging up’ of politicians defending a wrong that is utterly vulgar, despicable using past premier Uncle Mahathir’s famous term, which are all upsetting in this darn age and time!

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