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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Daily Lessons from Life 15 December 2018 - Idealism is DEAD?

"Race and religion - when 'new Malaysia' faces off against old forces

KUALA LUMPUR: They came by car, train and buses from across the country in the tens of thousands, turning the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, into a sea of white last Saturday (Dec 8) to rally against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Stirred by Islamist party PAS’ call that the rally was a “jihad” and former ruling party UMNO's exhortation for “Muslim unity”, the protestors went ahead despite Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announcing ICERD would not be ratified.

The huge turnout showed how race and religion became tools for the opposition to mobilise the masses against the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

“I came here to defend Islam. We worry the government has merely delayed and not cancelled the ratification of ICERD,” said 51-year-old PAS member Surizan Sulaiman, who travelled by car from Kuantan, Pahang.

The opposition parties - UMNO and PAS - claimed ICERD threatened the position of Islam and the special rights of the Malays in the country.

ICERD USED BY UMNO’S ELITE TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM CORRUPTION CHARGES: ANALYSTS"

It DOES NOT mattered that UMNO is such a corrupt political party. It DOES NOT matter that Religion is not separate from politics n nationhood.

These 2 political parties will gladly use race n religion to hold on to their "powers" in desperation, albeit PAS less so.

The new PH government has FAILED its supporters who voted them in partly due to it's ideal of forging a ONE MSIA regardless of race, language or religion. Where the power of diversity is harnessed to create greater stability, harmony m prosperity for all.

Well, maybe no addicts will want to kick the habit that bring them "joy", even if it will weakened them n eventually rob them of independence n death by overdoses!!

Idealism is dead? The young Malay ministers of the PH gov will keep mum? Dr M actually want a race n religion based Msia?

Don't think he has time for these as he is busy giving Sgp troubles!!

Daily Lessons from Life 14 December 2018 - Biz integrity anymore? ever?

"Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder

LOS ANGELES: Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why.

She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her lungs and other organs. She knew it was as rare as it was deadly, a signature of exposure to asbestos. And she knew it afflicted mostly men who inhaled asbestos dust in mines and industries such as shipbuilding that used the carcinogen before its risks were understood.

A third verdict, in St. Louis, was a watershed, broadening J&J’s potential liability: The 22 plaintiffs were the first to succeed with a claim that asbestos-tainted Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc, a longtime brand the company sold in 2012, caused ovarian cancer, which is much more common than mesothelioma. The jury awarded them US$4.69 billion in damages. Most of the talc cases have been brought by women with ovarian cancer who say they regularly used J&J talc products as a perineal antiperspirant and deodorant.

At the same time, at least three juries have rejected claims that Baby Powder was tainted with asbestos or caused plaintiffs’ mesothelioma. Others have failed to reach verdicts, resulting in mistrials."

J&J's handling of it's billion dollar over the counter drug, Tylenol, is the most celebrated biz ethics n crisis mgt case study in the world. In it, the Company recalled ALL inventory n destroyed them while simultaneously created a new tamper proof packaging n salvage it's reputation n sales of this drug in record time. J&J is admired for it's courage n integrity to bite the bullet n do the right thing suffering huge losses short term.

With this baby powders controversy n if continued to b proven guilty in the many cases ongoing, it's reputation will b in tattered n the financial impact will b many times that of the Tylenol saga.

A pity. A sad ending if the Company can't weather this storm!!

Is there ever clean, courageous n righteous biz enterprise? My idealist in me says yes. While tje reality seems to tell me otherwise far too often lately!!

Sigh!! 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Daily Lessons from Life 13 December 2018 - Johore's role in Msia n Sgp?

"I hope that Singapore and Malaysia can find a 'win-win situation': Johor crown prince

KUALA LUMPUR: The crown prince of Johor on Thursday (Dec 13) expressed his hope that Singapore and Malaysia can find a "win-win situation", as both countries continued to tussle in ongoing maritime and airspacedisputes.

In a Facebook post, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said: "I hope the countries can find a solution that is a win-win situation to prosper together and not get entangled in unnecessary issues."

He posted a picture of himself clasping hands with two men - a Singaporean and a Malaysian who are both working with him.

"On my right is Prem Singh from the Singapore Special Branch. He has been taking care of me for nine years. On my left is Leftenan Kolonel Samsyawal bin Muhamad from the Malaysian Special Forces ... He has been working with me for the last three years," he wrote.

"Here I am in the middle between Singapore and Malaysia. The three of us are good friends, working well in the same organisation.""

He is an interesting character. A changed man or Prince who was supposedly known for his playboy way than a statesman or wise ruler-to-be.

The photo is cool. The issue is he is 1st among the 3 men while in Msia n Sgp gov relationship, both r equal!

When both r equal, only mutual respects n mutual rights n obligations will work. Not when one of them unilaterally declared his or her territories covers that of his or her equal!! That simply won't do.

In any case, Johore royal family n Dr M has a history of not seeing things eye-to-eye. So, i m not sure the blessing of the Crown Prince of Johore will move the needle an iota!!

If it didn't, hopefully it does not make the slightly improved position backward!

The more important topic for Johore to consider is to leave Msia n merge with Sgp to form a new nation called: SingHor or JohSing!

That would be much more interesting! Yes?