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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Sue Me - Lah

Many people have said about the helicopter crash at Bukit Batu Tiban in Ulu Baleh, Kapit, in the newsroom, in the operation room, in the coffee shops, in the newspapers through interviews, but none has said as bluntly as the Permanent Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Ministry today.

He was quoted by newspaper for making this statement - Ramli's family free to sue Jupem.

Ramli is one of the three victims killed in helicopter crash. Ramli was a driver with the Survey and Mapping Department (Jupem). The family had questioned Jupem for sending Ramli for mapping work when he was only a driver.

When pressed further that Ramli's inclusion in the trip had created conrovesy, the Permanent Secretary said it was ridiculous as civil servants needed to fly if there was no road access to certain areas. "It does not matter whether you are a driver or a senior officer because you are serving the country."

However legitimate the reasons, at this time when the victim's family is grieving, the best is to remain silent and offer condolences to the family for their loss.

To me, from the tone and words used, he seemingly implied -

"It is ridiculous. If you are not happy, sue me lah"

I like this quote on the art of conversation by Dorothy Nevill -

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

3 comment(s):

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence ..."from Max Ehrmann's DESIDERATA.

'Tis better the mouth be silent than spewing out pollutants .. the air these days is bad enough.

By Blogger desiderata, at 12:17 am  

No wonder there is a well known saying, "If you don't open your mouth, no one will know you are stupid." Stupid and arrogant.

By Blogger fishtail, at 12:06 am  

Desi, fishtail,

Thanks for leaving your comments. King Solomon, a man of great wisdom, in the book of Proverbs said, "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise."

How true it is!


By Blogger Yan, at 9:01 am  

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