Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Let's Grilled The Numbers

PM: Ask properly - Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said the government was willing to make public the methodology used by the EPU to calculate the corporate equity ownership of various community. "If there are still doubts (on the figures), we can reveal the methodology used and the government was transparent when it comes to such economic data. "We have no problem revealing the methodology but there should be no insinuation as if the government is not being transparent," he said. (The Sun, 16th Oct 2006)

Of cos there are doubts, and in fact, these doubts were not being plucked from the air but it arose following all the "rubbish" statements, denial of ASLI's report and Dr. Lim's resignation to defend his stand and academic freedom. Where are the self-proclaimed transparencies when we first started questioning the figure? It always comes late, just like the "999" we dialed, that take forever for someone to pick-it-up. Maybe our kampung scientist still buying time to put the mathematical pieces together, making it sounds as reasonable as it can? They must be working very late these few nights, poor guys.

The ASLI's report was submitted few months back, but they received no respond from the government. Perhaps some are hoping that by applying similar methodologies of "act blur", "report is lost" and "the number you dial is not reachable" were good enough to prevent the news from spreading. Now, when people start questioning on the transparency, our PM said "ask properly" and our DPM echoed "our government was transparent". Did the PM ever tell SIL to "ask properly" when he was out there, grilling the poor non-bumis?

Can't wait for the "transparency"in this issue. Let's see how much of the information is reaching the public, or it is another closed door debate with endless speculations. If you want to debate the methodologies, now is the time, there is no need for further delay.

Link: Buying Time, Brain Drain, True Man With Courage - Dr Lim Teck Ghee, Backing Down, Finally


At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

question is do they allow us to debate? fine, they keep harping on they will be transparent to reveal the methodology. so after they had revealed it, what if people dispute their methodology, say this is wrong and that is wrong. will they accept it? will the PM issue a warning again like "do not question us. we have our ways."

At 5:48 PM, Blogger O2Deprivation said...

I agree with your opinion. Let's take one step at the time, we will scrutinize it one by one.

The government haven't even set the timeline for "transparency" so when do we see the debate is coming in? "If there are still doubts, we can reveal...", said our DPM.


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