Broom award

15 Nov

It’s not often in Malaysia’s day-to-day that something extra-ordinary happens. When I say extra-ordinary, I actually mean something different, maybe a change. And I am pathologically critical of behaviours and attitudes of our public figures and leaders. But when I read about the ‘Broom Award’ I find myself actually applauding the MB. 2 local councils, the Hulu Selangor District Council and Hulu Selangor Land Office, were given a broom award each for failing to meet targets given to them.

Of course there was a general outcry pouring from politicians and civil servants saying it was demeaning, a bad omen, crude and in bad taste. Well, no such thing for me. Sometimes we have to forego sophistication and resort to strong symbols to get the point across and I believe the message has been received loud and clear.

What is puzzling for me (actually this is a common puzzle in life here) is that everyone is focussed on the broom instead of expressing shock horror about the inadequacies of the agencies involved and, dare I say, find out ways and means to resolve them. Won’t life be more pleasant then? I know I’ve had my fair share of pain and heartaches dealing with the government, both state and federal. If something like this is what it takes, then broom on.

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