Apparently the government has been keeping tabs on the things it’s done to and for the Rakyat at large.
Not just of late but as soon as the country hoisted its own Jalur Gemilang to replace the Union Jack some 55 years ago.
Hence, this statement by Info Minister Rais Yatim: “…The government has already decided to continue using the theme 'Janji Ditepati' (Promises Fulfilled) for the 55th Merdeka celebrations despite the criticisms, because since 1957 we have fulfilled almost 95% of what we have committed to achieve for the people.”
Hear that: 95%! Definitely a high score.
And here we thought that the politicians forming the executives of this country had been slogging throughout, you know, out of pure love for the country.
Keeping count is like having a black book of tabs to call in should there be a need to do so in the future.
So much for ikhlas-ness, eh?
BUT just how in heaven’s name do you compute on fulfilling commitments for the people?
The qualitative stuff such as roadworks, rails, ports, airports, buildings etc is QED though still argumentative, but what about the more subjective ones such as wellbeing (as opposed to pure monetary computation), nation building, solidarity, (ahem) patriotism etc.
How does someone derive the “95% Janji (telah) Di Tepati” scoreline?
Is there a national accounting book lying somewhere on commitments promised and things done to achieve the said commitments and targets?
What are the KPIs ? Did KPIs and the rest of the acronyms so synonymous with the current government existed back when Malaysia was still Tanah Melayu?
Does it extend to Sabah and Sarawak (and Singapore, too, for a short while) when they joined the Peninsular to become Malaysia in 1963?
Who is the bookkeeper of this “Commitments to the Rakyat and What’s Achieved to Date” register? Is there an audit to see who and what is slacking so that knuckles can be rapped?
Perhaps the Minister did not mean to let the cat out of the bag of this so-called national count keeping thingy: maybe it is supposed to be a hush, hush, super confidential, super secretive, PM's (and close allies) eyes and ears only, item.
Something like the Book of Secrets “discovered” by Nicholas “Benjamin Gates” Cage of the National Treasure franchise.
Now, THAT would be cool.