The Emperor's New Clothes is a Danish fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. The metaphor involves a situation wherein the overwhelming (usually unempowered) majority of observers willingly share in a collective ignorance of an obvious fact, despite individually recognizing the absurdity.
However, in Malaysia, the "empowered" are the biggest big mouth ignorants.
In the case of the ASLI findings, Lulu is really wondering how many have actually read the report, and how many are commenting based on what our "reliable" news source are reporting, and how many are merely parroting what the other guy said.
Hall of Sycophants
Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, Health Minister & MCA vice-president
“What is important is how Malaysians can prepare the nation to enable it to compete with our neighbours such as Thailand and Vietnam,” he said after opening a lantern festival organised here by four MCA divisions on Tuesday.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister
“We do not want it to become a polemic issue. There are various measurements to gauge the level. We base it on the par value of the bumiputras, not on the share value of big companies,” he told a press conference during a half-day working visit to Kelantan.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister
It is a very serious matter, and I hope this statement clears the air. I do hope that in future Asli or any other organisation be careful in the approach they use."
and The Emperor's take on this?
“If this conclusion is used as a discussion point in a forum by a well-known think tank like Asli, this will result in reactions that are, in my view, not good. It will raise many questions and allegations,” he said, adding that to present the report, which was incomplete, was irresponsible.
Don't join the "empowered". Read the full report yourself. It's more than a mere discussion on 45%. The study was undertaken by a multi-racial group of scholars and consultants as part of work in connection with the Ninth Malaysia Plan. It was submitted to the Bapa Mertua, Cabinet Ministers and other government leaders in February 2006.
It's still available on their site http://www.cpps.org.my/ as of today. If it has been taken off, drop me a note, and I will mail it to you.