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    To Know Thy Politicians or For Politicians to Know Us ?

    I quote URL http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story...958&sec=nation (the star, 25th July 2006).

    Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting (OKT) was surprised that a youngster asked him where OKT works.

    OKT mentioned that youngsters can name footballers but they cannot identify their ministers. (i.e. OKT compared ministers with footballers)

    a) should we compare ministers with footballers ?

    b) why is it youngsters do not know their ministers ?

    c) what can be done for youngsters to know the ministers ?

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    this means that he has not been doing enough for the country and community. nobody will know him. i am not surprised. i think more people know about lim kit siang and karpal singh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swee_ann_tweety
    I quote URL [url]c) what can be done for youngsters to know the ministers ?
    it should be re-phrased " what can the ministers do so that the youngsters know them?"
    you earn respect and recognition. not force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinleong
    this means that he has not been doing enough for the country and community. nobody will know him. i am not surprised. i think more people know about lim kit siang and karpal singh.
    true enough! If one wants to be known, one has to contribute to society.

    Have you read about that Panjang who patch pot holes in Johor Bahru ?
    After the council decided to take over Panjang's task, Panjang decided to clean up the clog drains.

    Well, these are the kinds of people who should be "known" i.e. sacrificing their time, life, money, effort, etc. for others

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    The weak link (or rather entirely missing link) here is that we do not have democracy on municipality and community level. Hence, there are really no 'local' politicians with local focus.

    We have a sort of macro-democracy.

    But democracy is not just macro-democracy. This point is often missed in the debate. In most functioning democracies in the world, the actual interaction between politicians and the populace is at the micro-democratic level, i.e. community, township, municipality or commune. This layer is currently non-existent in Malaysia.
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