People say politicians often tell lies. But really more often than not, they actually give us statistics. What is the difference? I’ll let Mark Twain tell you: “There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies and statistics”.
The latest statistics our government proudly brandish at us is the report that household income in Malaysia has surpassed RM5,900 a month. This was presented by Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar, the former boss of Maybank roped into the Cabinet as “Economy Minister”. (http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v7/newsindex.php?id=1066627)
Intuitively, most Malaysians know it’s a farce. Why?
Because many families we know, maybe including our own, earn much lesser than RM5,900 a month.
Because even the government itself proudly claimed that its cash transfer program...Read More