really, what are you supposed to do when you receive such things?
Look at what happened with the indelible ink fiasco/cover up/that-was-what-they-had-planned-for-from-the-start-anyway
The Elections Commissions, a kononnya independant body, received a "mere suggestion" from the Cabinet to not use the indelible ink for the general election.
What does one do with a suggestion from the cabinet?
Now, really, what can one do with a suggestion from the cabinet? Take it as a mere suggestion and do what is right?
The poor EC Chairman, whose tenure was so valuable to the government that they took the trouble to ammend the retirement age so that this trustworthy servant could serve another year, took the suggestion seriously, and cooked up excuses to not use the indelible ink during the elections.
and when all this terbongkar-ed, our esteemed Prime Minister says, "It was not a directive".
Then we have these four Letters of Support by former Transport Ministers in support of the issuance of bonds to Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd (KDSB), the PKFZ turnkey contractor to raise RM4 billion bonds.
Now, really, what can one do with 4 letters of support from no less that the Transport Minister? Two Transport Ministers some more, as one was issued during the time of Ling Liong Sik, and the other two by Chan Kong Choy. Take it as a mere suggestion and do what is right?
When a minister endorses a support letter, one would treat is as an implicit guarantee as it gave the impression to the credit rating agency that the letters were coming from the Government.
Now we have Ong Tee Keat, the current Transport Minister who has promised to reveal the whole truth about the PKFZ later disclaiming the importance of the letter, saying that it was not a guarantee letter.
The lesson learnt from these two events is to pray real hard that you will never ever receive any suggestions and/or letters from the PM, his ministers or cabinet.
Cos if you do, and you don't act on it, you will kena immense pressure from "powerful people". If you act on it, you will have your moments of peace from them [peace within not guaranteed] but when it meletups, they'll disown you.
damned if you do, damned if you don't.