UMNO a CORRUPT DYNASTY and INDIA a CORRUPT DEMOCRACY?

An excerpt of Najib’s speech in Kazakhstan just a day ago says  Openness, honesty and transparency are vital if the people are to have faith that their government is working for them and not for itself. As political leaders and as statesmen, it is up to us to show the resolve, dedication, commitment and political will required to do what is right, to right what is wrong and to prevent corruption and secrecy from becoming a norm in our societies.
As the squall over his alleged abuse of travelling benefits reached a glass-shattering crescendo back home, Prime Minister Najib Razak donned his thickest skin and sallied forth to talk about openness, honesty and transparency at the World Economic Islamic Forum.

If the PM had been answerable under the Lokpal at the time the 2G scam was being played out, would he have been in a position to hide behind the DoT and finmin’s “concurrence”? Or allowed Raja to run amuck? Could he have offered coalition pressures as an excuse? It appears fairly reasonable to assume that within the purview of a Lokpal Bill and the real threat of imprisonment, any PM would ensure that no pressure or excuse could override his writ even if he had to strengthen his office and capacity to perform more efficiently.

Would not an upright PM who is honest himself and who enforces honesty through his Cabinet brighten the image of our country more than protecting or covering up the misdemeanors of a compromised or weak PM?

Based on the evidence, please judge for yourself.

A protestor being evicted from the Ram Lila ground in Delhi
(Pic courtesy: The Times of India)
I may have my reservations about the cause in some cases, but that’s immaterial. I have stronger reservations about the growing intolerance of Indian authorities to voices of dissent. To my mind, the indiscriminate police action on protestors at the Ramlila grounds in Delhi is extremely worrying for a country which prides itself as the world’s largest democracy. Aren’t we undermining democracy itself if we do not allow citizens to protest democratically? The freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental right espoused in our Constitution. Citizens also enjoy the right to peaceful assembly. Are these rights increasingly remaining so, only on paper?
An artist in Mumbai, Tushar Joag put his creativity to good use last month to voice his concerns. He confined himself inside a 3 feet by 5 feet art installations made of strings for a week to protest against the confinement of citizens like Binayak Sen. Cocooned inside, he filled notebooks with the words “I will not lose faith in the Indian Democracy and Judiciary”. Social activist Anna Hazare who was joined by many others went on a day-long fast today to protest the police crackdown in Delhi. They used platforms they know best to protect the sanctity of our democracy.
I think it is time each one of us woke up and did our bit to protest the fast-spreading culture of gagging. Speak out; don’t wait till the police reaches your doorstep.
An excerpt of Najib’s speech in Kazakhstan just a day ago says  Openness, honesty and transparency are vital if the people are to have faith that their government is working for them and not for itself. As political leaders and as statesmen, it is up to us to show the resolve, dedication, commitment and political will required to do what is right, to right what is wrong and to prevent corruption and secrecy from becoming a norm in our societies.
As the squall over his alleged abuse of travelling benefits reached a glass-shattering crescendo back home, Prime Minister Najib Razak donned his thickest skin and sallied forth to talk about openness, honesty and transparency at the World Economic Islamic Forum.
The WEIF, held in Kazakhstan a day ago, became famous in Malaysia after a sizzling series of Twitter exchanges between UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin and PAS MP for Kuala Selangor Dzulkefly Ahmad.
Dzulkefly had accused Najib and wife Rosmah of moral impropriety and misusing an official visit to Kazakhstan to attend their daughter’s engagement to a powerful Kazakh official. The first couple had allegedly gone with a large entourage in tow, all or substantially at the expense of Malaysian taxpayers.
Upset, the sensitive Khairy hit back at Dzulkefly for “despicable lies”. That prompted the PAS leader to reveal that Khairy was also part of the entourage of alleged freeloaders, and had tweeted his messages from the WEIF where he was also a participant.
“Those who eat chilli will feel the heat,” Dzulkefly told Malaysia Chronicle.
Nonetheless, determined to make an impact on the Islamic world, Najib turned a deaf ear on the squabbling duo – telling distinguished guests at the forum that universal good qualities should come naturally to Muslims and Muslim nations.
Immediately, his critics at home leapt up to pour scorn on him.
Closed-door

But ask the man on the street, and they will tell that prices have shot up by at least half, if not doubled. Yet salaries have stayed stagnant, and because of this, traders have been forced to reduce both quality and quantity or lose customers totall

Foremost on their list was the Malaysian Consumer Price Index, the methodology for which has long baffled economists. In April, the central bank reported inflation was 3.2 per cent from a year ago. In March, it had been 3.0 percent.readmore

http://thebusinesstribune.blogspot.com/2011/06/umno-corrupt-dynasty-india-corrupt.html

But ask the man on the street, and they will tell that prices have shot up by at least half, if not doubled. Yet salaries have stayed stagnant, and because of this, traders have been forced to reduce both quality and quantity or lose customers totall

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