By Ted Rueter
Ted Rueter panders to Democratic occasion traces through amassing 370 oratorical guffaws credited to renowned politicians. labeled in alphabetical order and awarded via topic subject, the quips include:
Forgiveness: "In the Bible it says they requested Jesus what number instances we must always forgive, and he acknowledged seventy instances seven. good, i would like you to grasp that I'm holding a chart." --Hillary Rodham Clinton
Me: "I am Al Gore, and that i was the subsequent president of the USA of America." --Al Gore
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And seemingly confirming widespread feelings, including among members of his own party, that his reform efforts have lost or simply lacked steam, Abdullah himself has admitted that results have not met expectations (New Straits Times [NST] 24 November 2006). The present Chief Secretary to the Government, the country’s top civil servant, has acknowledged that “there is a lot to do” to check corruption and to get bureaucrats to do “what they are supposed to do” (NST 5 November 2006). Few would quarrel with his assessment – which only reiterates what has been repeatedly said by the country’s top political and bureaucratic leaders in recent years.
Mahathir’s call for a sufficiently (rather than a fully) representative bureaucracy in the Malaysian context makes an important point that merits brief explication. While equitable treatment of all races by the bureaucracy is important, it should be seen not in isolation but in the larger perspective of overall equity in society. This requires taking into account the representation of various races in all sectors and all the ways in which representation affects interracial equity. The reality in Malaysia is that, notwithstanding considerable progress under the NEP and successive < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 national policies, Malays still trail behind Chinese and Indians in wealth ownership and employment in the private sector.
One reason is belief that efforts to change values will work. e. the support of other leaders in his party and the support that most Malay bureaucrats have long shown for UMNO. An UMNO leader, and also “close family member,” of the Prime Minister has explained as follows: “We can’t take on the whole system – that’s too hard” (Vatikiotis and Jayasankaran 2004:22). Even more pointed is the reply of the Prime Minister himself when asked about “the need to reform the political culture in UMNO to combat corruption”: “That’s easier said than done, and it’s just not practical.