Did you hear about the one where two cars kissed each other? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Thursday, May 27, 2021
One of the "brightest bulb" in the current regime (Most of them are DIMWITS!!)
Malaysiakini : “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity trust upon them.”– Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Prasarana Malaysia Bhd chairperson Tajuddin Abdul Rahman's press
conference regarding the LRT accident was a cocktail of hubris,
arrogance, vulgarity, bigotry and coarseness - but a fine example of
what this regime values in its minions.
Watching the presser
was like watching another slow-motion train wreck - which is
unfortunate because the last thing the rakyat wanted was another
collision, this time between public accountability and a kakistocratic
operative of this regime.
The position Tajuddin holds is not a job but a
reward. He certainly treats it as such. And no doubt many before him.
all, the Perikatan Nasional regime was handing out positions like candy
to its motley crew of political frogs and supposed allies, and this is
part of the mainstream political culture in this country.
could have happened any time but the fact that it happened now, with
someone like Tajuddin, who is incapable of maintaining a modicum of
competency and professionalism, is demonstrative of the bottom of barrel
approach of this regime.
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak in reassuring everyone that Tajuddin will resign at the "appropriate time",
is also the kind of political opportunism that values agenda over
accountability and further demonstrates the cynicism of the political
elites when confronted by tragedy.
The fact that the Finance Ministry decided to remove
Tajuddin from his position, after the avalanche of bad press his
performance garnered, tells us all we need to know about the vetting
processes of this government.
It is not as though they could not
get a semi-competent person to chair Prasarana, but rather, Putrajaya
could not be bothered that a semi-competent person leads a
When it comes to mass public transport,
having a perfect track record should be a given and since this is
supposedly the first accident of its kind, what should have been done is
to reassure the rakyat that everything was under control, to
demonstrate empathy to the victims and of course a commitment for
accountability and transparency.
Tajuddin and his ilk like to use
the word “provoke” because it is a convenient defence for the state to
take action against those who “provoke” on certain uncomfortable issues.
A train collision happened on his watch. People were hurt, some very
serious, but all he cares about are supposed provocations regarding his
This, of course, is the strategy of the current
regime. Get people emotional. Get Pakatan Harapan emotional and then it
becomes less of the failure of policy but rather a partisan issue. An
example of this would be the handling of the aftermath of this accident.
is the baseline for such pressers. This has been done in countries all
over the world by governments that are not necessarily democratic. In
other words, this is not brain surgery. The fact that Tajuddin botches
this and makes this another political talking point, implies that
stonewalling and deflection is the best we will get from any
Throwing some cash at the victims, while behaving
aggressively to reporters, is indicative of how governments in Malaysia
view public failures and the fourth estate but especially the PN regime,
whose credibility and legitimacy issues have affected its messaging.
do not be distracted. This is what this regime does. Just like how the
prime minister attempted to deflect from the failings of his
administration by defining criticisms of the state's policies as mere
invective, what Tajuddin did is to use his mediocrity to deflect from
the reality that he really does not care about the position he occupies -
beyond the benefits the position elicits.
Even his firing is a means to deflect and distract the rakyat from the bigger issue at play.
just had a collision between two trains, which apparently occurred
because preliminary investigations revealed that it was the error of the
driver. Now, if you believe this, as if there were no other safeguards
and contingencies and everything revolved around this “lone driver
theory”, that is on you.
The government scrambling to claim that
every avenue would be investigated is ludicrous, since everyone in the
government is tainted by PN's credibility and legitimacy issues.
issue here will be transparency and accountability when it comes to
this accident. Questions have already been raised by a former Transport
Ministry official about systemic failures
and the rakyat are left to wonder, considering how this regime deals
with criticism, is this going to be viewed as a “provocation”?
has committed to pay the victims of the accident a thousand ringgit
plus any additional expenses including loss of income, but this seems
more like rubbing salt on the wound. What is needed is accountability
and transparency and I fear that we will not get it.
with all the issues going on in this country at the moment, including
the raging Covid-19 pandemic, the antics of Tajuddin will be forgotten
by the next news cycle and we may get another incident if Prasarana is
not continuously pressured to reveal exactly what went wrong that led to