14
May
09

gordon-brown-hazel-blears-415x275

 

AND DEVOUR NOT one another’s possessions wrongfully, and neither employ legal artifices with a  view to devouring sinfully, and knowingly, anything that by right belongs to others.

AL – BAQARAH (188)

 

EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE

It looks like Malaysia is not the only country having problems with politicians abusing their rights and privileges!

It looks like Malaysians are not the only people disgusted with the unethical and immoral antics of their elected leaders!

Should we feel assured that Great Britain (renown for the greatness of Empire, and long established in parliamentary democracy and the rule of law) is struggling with the same problems of modern immorality as its former colonies?

Should we feel smug that the British who are so proud of their established standards of etiquette and decorum are not spared the incursions of modernity and a more fluid interpretation of  morality?

lake_district04

The British people are reeling with disgust over MPs’ exploitation of  their rights and privileges. A report by American journalist Heather Brooke in The Daily Telegraph  has revealed the most trivial claims made by MPs from all parties, which include claims for pet food and garden manure and many more things of a personal nature. 

They are shocked that taxpayers’ money is being channeled towards maintaining the private lives and whims and fancies of politicians. In one case, Cabinet minister Hazel Blears is said to have made a huge profit selling her property which the public helped to maintain.

This is just the tip of the iceberg and there’ll be many more revelations I’m sure of the liberties taken by politicians to interpret parliamentary rules and regulations! So many more grey areas will emerge as to what is allowable and what is not in the conduct and behaviour of public servants. 

FOR SERVANTS THEY ARE INDEED! AND SERVANTS DO NOT TAKE LIBERTIES!

Closer to home we hear of Ministers using public funds for family holidays under the cover of official trips! Even expenses incurred by household maids are claimed out of their rights and privileges! Excess baggage from shopping trips are thrown together with official baggage! This – apart from the wining and dining!

I hope the KPIs proposed by the Prime Minister for the cabinet and by the Chief Secretary for civil servants will have a means of measuring a Ministry’s expenditure for official as well as unofficial needs. And this must be made available for public scrutiny!

I hope Ministries and their departments are transparent in their claims for entertainment, gifts, favours and other things included as necessary in the line of duty.  A list of the things allowable in the line of duty must be published for public knowledge! 

THE ABUSE AND RAMPAGE OF PUBLIC FUNDS AND TAXPAYERS’ MONEY MUST BE STOPPED!

Advertisements

3 Responses to “”


  1. May 16, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Johan Jaafar wrote a wonderful and intersting article recently (NST)on british behaviour and the changes over the decades….he quoted some very interesting insights…how their lack of intellectual and legislative activity today affects their standard of morality and tt they can no longer be examplars of restraint

    the stiff upper lip is dead and along with that a whole lot of gentlemanliness and integrity too…soccer holiiganism is a british invention..sad but true

  2. May 16, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Politicians aside, civil servants are just as guilty of squandering $$, with the habitual year-end ‘Christmas shopping’ spree as a result of poor financial planning!!

  3. 3 ninitalk
    May 16, 2009 at 6:42 am

    I’ve always been a bit of an anglophile, partial to many things English!

    English literature has been my passion since the early introduction to Enid Blyton and The Famous Five which morphed quickly into the Bronte sisters, Dickens and Shakespeare later. I was enthralled by Keats and Wordsworth and the Romantic tradition in English poetry.

    Visiting England and living there confirmed many of my dreams and much of my imagination about England’s greatness! The English are polite and caring and clever in a subtle, understated way! The Lake District is as awesome as I’ve always imagined it to be!

    Yes Zurin – definitely “stiff upper lip” in many instances but as I’ve always thought this was the facade they maintained while hiding those “quivering lower lips” which makes us all human and fallible!

    And with this new global openness, they are seeing the hypocricy of the
    customs and traditions which their forefathers held dear!
    So now the young English are as brash and as bold as their counterparts in other parts of the world! Sounds familiar doesn’t it? My concern is still the question of integrity – and I’m not convinced the young are fully aware of its meaning and implications!

    Yes Freida – government servants do take more liberties than are “allowable”! Some feel it is their entitlement because they “work hard” and earn so little compared with their business and corporate colleagues.

    Apa salahnya kita pusing sini dan putar sana? So much is still interpretable!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




May 2009
M T W T F S S
« Apr   Jun »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Pages


%d bloggers like this: