MAKE NO MISTAKE; THE PARTY IS OVER FOR THEM. THEY SHOULD NOT OVERSTAY THEIR WELCOME, AND BETRAY THE PEOPLE’S TRUST ONE MINUTE LONGER THAN NECESSARY
COMMENT: The only constant is change.
Nobody should be surprised by the news that three Sabahans in the diplomatic service appointed by the previous Government, now had been told they were not needed anymore as they were politically appointed.
The three are Bernard Dompok who was posted to The Vatican, Adeline Leong in Taipei and Ghulam Jelani in Brunei.
All were said to be appointed by the then Foreign Minister, Anifah Aman, a Sabahan himself.
The Pakatan Harapan Federal government had asked many government heads and those of the Government Linked Companies (GLCs) to resign or face the ignominy of being sacked.
The three Sabahan diplomats were part of this exercise. Nothing sinister over the move. If they’ve done their jobs well, surely they could be reappointed by the new government.
The Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir was quoted as saying his government wanted more professionals to fill up all these vacant posts now.
As they not only have the necessary skills but would also work properly out of pride. Their salary would not be huge unlike the reported big salaries of those who were told to go, as now it would be more bonus-driven.
The time for know-how and not know-who, has finally arrived in the country.
So far nothing is heard what’s in store here, but why should it be any different?
All the BN-appointed Chairmen and CEO of all GLCs, even in here in Sabah should just resign without being told to, if they are men of integrity and honesty.
Some are still in the mood of signing entertainment bills, making the most of what’s left of their days, with little shame. One chap who is attached with a hotel, shameless told friends that he would not step down and would demand for compensation if he was shown the door.
Make no mistake; the party is over for them.
They have been comfortable and that is no secret. They will do everybody a favour if they just go and allow the new government to appoint new people in tandem with New Sabah most people had wanted.
They should not overstay their welcome, and betray the people’s trust one minute longer than necessary.
If they want to play games, the government should not hesitate to crack the whip.
That’s what people want.
THE IRONY OF ALL THIS MANDARIN LANGUAGE SAGA IS THAT UITM, THE MALAY HIGHER LEARNING BASTION STARTED BY UMNO, HAD AT ONE STAGE ACTUALLY REQUIRED THEIR STUDENTS TO HAVE CREDITS IN MANDARIN BEFORE THEY COULD GRADUATE
It is much ado about nothing really.
People working in the media would know how useful an official statement from a particular Ministry in the language they work in will help them in writing their story; as there would be no ambiguities.
And nothing is lost in translation where technicalities are involved.
The continuing story of the translation of Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng’s official statement into Mandarin is exactly that.
When he was running Penang, the BN-controlled mainstream media would distort his speeches and statements.
What better way than to come out with official statements in the main languages of the country with special focus on the Chinese language media so that there would be no spin or distortions.
His relationship with the BN-controlled mainstream media was well documented where many were not welcomed when he used to hold press conferences because of their habit of misinformation.
Fast forward to the present – now that he is part of the Federal government, his official translated statement on the status of the country’s finances in Mandarin would definitely help the Chinese language reporters to write their story; as many had attended Chinese schools and their command of Malay and English might not be that good.
With many of the projects with China entered by the previous government are said to be lopsided and needed to be re-negotiated, any wrong reporting especially in the Chinese language media would definitely strain our relationship with our giant neighbour.
That would not be good for us.
We cannot expect the Malay-first language proponents to appreciate this, especially those in UMNO. They will definitely capitalise on what some of them described as ‘sedition’, and make a mountain out of a molehill for political gains.
The irony of all this Mandarin language saga is that UiTM, the Malay higher learning bastion started by UMNO, had at one stage actually required their students to have credits in Mandarin before they could graduate.
Someone then in UiTM had the right vision; what a pity they had stopped it.
The Federal Minister of Education, Dr Maszlee Malik, who is a good Mandarin speaker himself, should consider bringing it back.
Then nobody made a big thing out of this those days; most people saw it as a wise move to value-add in terms of job prospects for Bumiputera graduates.
Now, with China as our biggest trading partner, we need more Mandarin speakers. And silly people are making unnecessary noise over nothing.
The more languages you know the better off you are.
Japanese language was vogue at one stage, now Mandarin.
So, why all the fuss? We have to get real. Nothing is more real than what is dictated by market forces.
Can we move on?