Infernal Ramblings
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Singapore is Not A Country, and Has Insufficient Corruption Opportunities

Written by johnleemk on 3:41:26 pm Jun 22, 2007.

Illustrating beautifully the Malaysian Singaporean inferiority complex, yesterday in Parliament, Nazri Aziz (who made a name for himself by yelling "bloody racist" three dozen times about two years ago) proclaimed that Singapore is not a country:

Singapore is not a real country, it is a small island. Singapore’s population is just three to four million and there are no opportunities for corruption, unlike in our country.
Don't take my word for it; watch the video (in Malay):

As usual, Nazri had gotten fired up after the government was attacked by Lim Kit Siang of the Democratic Action Party, who as the official leader of the opposition, wanted to know why our country was ranked so badly by Transparency International.

Nazri decided that it was so clear that these corruption allegations are all lies (yet another reason to vote Barisan Nasional), it wasn't necessary to rebutt them.

Instead, he just started calling Lim "stupid". He used the word bodoh so many times, it wasn't even funny. Until the Hansard comes out, I don't think we can know how many times Nazri called Lim stupid, but I think it was certainly more than when he called a Deputy Minister a "bloody racist" for criticising the government's policies.

In any event, another hilarious part was when the DAP MPs called on the Speaker to sanction Nazri for his obviously unparliamentary conduct.

The Speaker declared that "Improper language is used all the time in Dewan Rakyat. If I make a ruling every time it happens, we will not have any time for debates."

Basically, he is affirming the complete lack of rule of law in Malaysia. As long as enough people violate the law, none of them will be brought to task.

Nazri then decided to call Lim "not smart" (tak cerdik) instead. (A clear example of violating the spirit of the law while sticking to the letter, if I ever saw one.)

Finally when he calmed down, Nazri proclaimed that comparisons to Singapore were invalid because they just don't have enough opportunities for corruption, and hey, they're just an island, not a country!

The lack of intelligence and thought in Nazri's remarks is so clear that I will not even bother rebutting them. Instead, I will dignify them with the same response Nazri saw fit to level at Lim Kit Siang: Bodoh!

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