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Jan 29, 2008

Tell Me, Pak Lah

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Cibol posted about this yesterday in his post ‘Kerajaan Malaysia Keenam Paling Cekap Di Dunia’. Today The Star page 4 screamed ‘‘PM: Improved economic performance and government efficiency Let us see how they spinned it this time. I am so furious now since they treated Malaysian readers like dumbass.

PM: Improved economic performance and government efficiency


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia improved its rankings in government efficiency and world competitiveness last year compared with eight years ago, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

The Prime Minister, quoting statistics obtained by the World Competitiveness Yearbook released by the Swiss-based IMD (one of the world’s leading business schools), said Malaysia’s economic performance last year was sixth in the world.

The ratings, of countries with a population of more than 20 million, also put Malaysia as the world’s 19th leading trading nation.

In terms of government efficiency, Abdullah said Malaysia was ranked sixth last year, up from eighth in 2000.

“We ranked better than Britain, Germany, Thailand, Spain, Japan, Russia and France. Not bad, huh?” he noted, adding, however, that China, Canada, the United States, India and Taiwan fared better than Malaysia.

Rapt attention: Civil servants listening to the Prime Minister’s speech at the 8th Civil Servants’ Premier Gathering at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre Monday.

Malaysia’s business efficiency was “especially good”, he said, with the ranking climbing to fourth from 13th last year. The country’s infrastructure ranked 10th in the world compared to 13th in 2000, he told 8,000 civil servants at the 8th Civil Servants’ Premier Gathering at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre yesterday.

Abdullah said Malaysia’s world competitiveness ranking improved to the eighth position last year from 10th in 2000.

He said the seven countries which did better were the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Germany, Taiwan and Britain.

Saying “Malaysia Boleh,” Abdullah said Malaysians should improve in their work and perform even better than last year.

Read the rest here.

I was curious how the hell Malaysia end up ranked in the 6th place for government effiency, so based on the little information in the newspaper I did some googling at the very website of the school that came up with the ranking, which is IMD. A quick search gave me this.

(Source : http://www.imd.ch/research/publications/wcy/upload/scoreboard.pdf)

Well, I have no data about government efficiency ranking and I am going to lay that off, but I want to quote this :

“Abdullah said Malaysia’s world competitiveness ranking improved to the 8th position last year from 10th in 2000.”

The World Competitiveness Scoreboard Report I posted said we have slipped from 22 to 23 last year from the previous year. Now which page is this he reading from? Or did he get the facts right? Or is he manufacturing information for the gullible Malaysian public?Penipu besar. And he went to compare last year ranking with 2000?? Why?

Now Pak Lah, please tell me we are comparing the with 8 years ago not last year? Is there anything you are trying to hide? Anyone with a brain in statistics will tell you, you have to compare year-on-year, the previous year being the most significant. In this regard, Malaysia’s world competitiveness has slipped from 22 to 23 in 2007, so we are worse off. We are worse off than Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and little known Estonia.

The PM does not seem to understand that Malaysians in general are not bothered about research reports that tell us we have improved in government efficiency from 8th to 6th place and has beaten countries like Germany and UK in this survey. People are curiously disbelieving the research methodology. Anyone who has been to UK or France will tell you how fast and responsive their public service is.

People are interested in these issues instead:

1. Why we pay more for oil when we earn a lot from oil -where is the money going?
2. Why is chicken, flour, roti-canai and essential items for living so expensive?
3. Why is salary not rising in step with inflation?
4. Why is our regional competitiveness worse than our neighbours?
5. Why is the government so corrupt?
6. Why is the judiciary so biased, weak and a lame duck for the government?
7. Why is crime getting so bad in Malaysia?
8. Why are politicians getting so fat like Zakaria and not in jail?

(Thank you Casey for allowing me to use your above comment for my blog. Belanja you teh tarik next time!)

Updated :

I think I figured it out. Check this out.

From Wikipedia

Early political career

Abdullah was born to a prominent religious family. His father, Ahmad Badawi, was a prominent religious figure and UMNO member. Badawi’s maternal grandfather, Ha Su-chiang (also known as Hassan), was a Chinese Muslim who came from Sanya in Hainan.[2]

Abdullah is a former student of Bukit Mertajam High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies from the University of Malaya in 1964. He originally wished to pursue a degree in Economics but did not meet the required standard after failing his statistics paper.


No wonder our economy is in such a mess. Go to university to study economics also cannot pass. And the paper he failed? Must be ES115, the compulsory maths/statistics paper in Year 1.


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