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March 12, 2007

Are Bloggers Liars?

Filed under: General — Major (Rtd) Teoh @ 12:07 pm

Are Bloggers Liars?

If bloggers are liars, can I be excused if I say all ministers are corrupted and are cheats?

To quote the Minister of Tourism, Tengku Adnan:

“Bloggers are liars. They use all sort of ways to cheat others. From what I know, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.“Bloggers like to spread rumours, they don’t like national unity. Today our country has achievements because we are tolerant and compromising. Otherwise we will have civil war. ”

As a Minister of Tourism, Tengku Adnan ought to be more careful with his words, Not only did he utter rots but also did it on a wrong day – of all days it must be International Women’s Day. That’s great!

I have always doubted the intelligence of some of our ministers and incidents such as this prove that I am far from wrong. In my opinion, if we have ministers who utter rubbish, I do not think people from other countries will ever want to learn from us. What is there to learn?

I have good blogger friends, and all of them are responsible, educated and intelligent. They make reasonable and fair comments. To say that they like to spread rumours and they do not like national unity is utterly mischievious and nonsense. It is baseless and unkind for a minister to make such accusations. He does not know what is being discussed, deliberated and shared.

The real problem lies in the fact that truth hurts and some people are unable to face the truth. It all started when Nila Tanzil, an Indonesian blogger/tv journalist filed in a report in her blog about the shabby manner in which she was treated when she was officially invited to make a documentary on Malaysia.

Sometimes I use to wonder why our ministers are not tactful and diplomatic. They always fall prey to the journalists who will lure them to make controversial remarks and push them into a tight corner. Now, who looks foolish?

All what the Minister should have said was, “O! Is that true? I will check with my ministry and come back to you.” That would have been a better answer and it could have saved the day.

Just sharing.


Major (Rtd) Teoh


March 4, 2007

Do not scrap NS Training

Filed under: General — Major (Rtd) Teoh @ 8:52 am

Do not scrap NS TrainingBy Major (Rtd) Teoh

I wish extend my condolences to the family members of those NS trainees who passed away while on course. Their bereavement cannot be so easily consoled and their grief cannot be so easily forgotten, not even with the passing of time.

Scrapping the programme will not solve the problem. It is as good as banning people from crossing the roads because there are road fatalities and people from from flying because of an air crash.

We must remember that in any actvity we carry out, there is bound to be accidents and deaths. This we must expect.

Personally I have gone through the rigors of military training and frankly I must admit it is tough. Just because there are a few deaths, it does not mean that we should scrap the programme altogether. Now is the time for us to review procedures and the training programme in toto.

In the army we do everything in stages. For example to prepare the troops for a long distance-forced march, we begin by walking and jogging. We do it in our shorts and running shoes, less arms and packs.

The weight, equipments and distance will increase accordingly as the training progresses depending on the fitness of the troops. It will take months before the troops put on their Full Service Marching Order (FMSO), complete with packs, seven days’ ration, two grenades, rifle, first line ammunition, claymore-mines and other war paraphernalia. This is also the same when we teach them how to scale the 10 foot wall with FMSO

All these going-ons are closely watched and monitored by our resident Regimental Medical Officer (RMO) at each training.

Before a new day starts, we have a Report Sick Parade, where all those soldiers who do not feel well, or those who have aches and pains can present themselves to the RMO for medical examination.

In this way we weed out the weak and sick and we only ensure that the healthy take part in the training.

I do not want to sound boring. I am sure all the NS Camp Commandants know what I am driving at. Most of them are ex-army personnel. In brief I would like to suggest that:

1.. There is compulsory initial medical examination and drug screening for all NS trainees;
2.. Review all training programmes and ensure that they progress from less vigorous to more strenuous ones;
3.. A Sick Parade must be conducted daily before any activity is allowed to begin;
4.. Trainees are obliged to declare the illness they are suffering from, such as epilepsy, allergies, and other forms of phobias.
5.. There should be no compromise for safety.
6.. Hygiene of the camp must be of utmost importance.

The crux of the whole issue is pushing the trainees too hard and expecting them to perform like trained soldiers. We must not forget that these trainees are mere schoolboys and girls plucked from their schools and sent to these camps.

Sometimes it is the trainees themselves to blame. In their enthusiasm, they tend to over do and push themselves to the limit.

We cannot expect them to go from zero to 200 in a second or two. The only thing that can move from zero to 200 in a second or two is a bathroom scale and that is, if you put a 200 pound lady on it.

Just sharing.


Major (Rtd) Teoh

February 9, 2007

‘Pool of doom’

Filed under: General — Major (Rtd) Teoh @ 12:56 pm

 ‘Pool of doom’

I refer to the article in today’s Star, Friday February 9, 2007, ‘Pool of doom’ warning by Karen Chapman.

In that article the Education Minister said, “In our system, it is hard to fire someone. If I can’t sack them, they can stay in the pool until they retire.” This kind of remark will spawn and encourage complacency and indolence. This confirms why there is always a big rush to join the “gomen”. You are guaranteed of a life long employment once you are in. In the private sector you would have been given the boot.

I do not agree with him. Why can’t we sack non-performers? Why should we keep them in employment till they retire?

If the system is kaput, why not change the system? Ever wondered why we have so many deadwood in the government sector?


Major (Rtd) Teoh

February 7, 2007

Pan-Asian Look

Filed under: General — Major (Rtd) Teoh @ 11:39 am

Pan-Asian Look

I refer to the article, “Models with Pan-Asian look not happy with proposal” which appeared in the Star,

Frankly speaking what is wrong with Pan-Asian Look? Then what about those with typical apek cina and mamak look? Aren’t they Malaysians too?

I think we should leave this matter to the advertisers and their clients. It is he who pays the piper that should call the tune.

Our Honourable Information Minister is not the one who pays the piper and he has no right to call the tune. Let the market forces prevail and let them decide what they want.

Can anybody describe how or what a Malaysian should look like? I hope the Honourable Information Minister will find better things to do then to comment on this inconsequential matter.


Major (Rtd) Teoh

February 6, 2007

Extending the Retirement age to 60 years

Filed under: General — Major (Rtd) Teoh @ 10:13 pm

Extending the Retirement age to 60 years

I refer to the article:

>The Star Online > Nation
>Tuesday February 6, 2007
>Government to study longer term for civil servants
>PUTRAJAYA: The Government will study extending the retirement age of civil
>servants to 60.
>Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the current retirement
>age of 56 was too low for one to retire.
>He said the longer life span and better health enjoyed by Malaysians now
>should also be taken into account.
>Speaking at the annual dinner of the Association of Administrative and
>Diplomatic Service (PPTD) here, he said that civil servants who reached the
>age of 56 would possess a wealth of experience, and they could still
>contribute to the Government.

Snipped ……. snipped for space  ……..

Advancing the retiring age to 60 years will only benefit the dead-wood and non-performers.

May I suggest that the government keep the retiring age at 56 years and extend only the services of a few selected high performers on a contract basis (year to year) up till 60 years.

This can be viewed as a load-shedding mechanism whereby those people who mark-time and, or, are merely warming their seats could be shown the door.

By making the civil servants leave at the age of 56 years, we are creating job opportunities and vacancies for the juniors to move up. In this manner too more fresh graduates can also find employment. It is also one of the ways to inject new blood into the government service.

Some will say that it will be a sheer waste of talents if they are asked to leave at that age when they are still at the prime of their life and productive. If they are that productive and energetic, I am sure they will have no difficulties whatsoever in getting jobs in  the private sector. It is only the lazy, uninitiated and the unproductive that will face difficulties in getting themselves employed.

If the government is serious in developing the human capital, now is the time to shed the fat, promote and retain only the best. Otherwise it  will be the same thing year in and year out.

Just sharing.


Major (Rtd) Teoh

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