Wednesday, November 18, 2009

No Need A Spin Doctor if A Product (Governance) Is Good

Dr Koh Tsu Koon confirmed that the government had engaged Apco Worldwide, an international public affairs and media relations company, to boost its image overseas.

It is believed that the contract is worth some RM20 million but Koh, in a written reply to a question from DAP’s Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching, did not divulge the exact amount.

“Apco Worldwide was tasked with promoting and improving Malaysia's image overseas,” said Koh.

He justified the appointment by asserting that a foreign firm would ensure that the country's communication practice was in line with international standards.

I have a problem with this appointment, using public money.

First, the Najib administration should not treat the international community as fools. His administration should focus on good governance, fight corruption, stop the abuse of public institutions for its own political interest, stop racist politics, repeal all draconian acts e.g. ISA, respect democratic rights of its people and promote a just and sustainable socio-economic development.

If the product (governance) is good, the administration does not excessive PR spin. News such as the PKFZ scandal, the VK Lingam-gate, the Ipoh double tracking fiasco, judicial flip-flops, custodial deaths, caning of a beer drinking model, religious intolerance, cow head stupidity and others are the ones that make Malaysia a laughing stock of the world.

Why waste the RM20 million and counting for foreign help?

Second, was Koh trying to say that we do not have any local PR experts who understand the international standards? If so, then the administration should really conduct a review of our education and skills training process.

How can we become a fully developed nation by 2020 if we cannot even produce any PR specialists who meet the international standards?

Imagine what the RM20 million can do for the smart and bright Penan students, especially those who were told they were not Bumiputera enough to enter a government sponsored matriculation college.

KPI Minister Dr Koh is just a puppet.


Anonymous said...

Dr.Koh is a puppet. Indeed a puppet on a string.

Soon will his strings be cut together with all the other puppets, after the coming GE.

No more puppet shows by the present play-company.

TaxPayer said...

Totally agree with yr commentary KKP.the government just need to do the right governance to improve its image,no need to spend 'our' money to outsider to do it.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised with Koh,s statement. With his many years of CM expeience buying this crab! My reading is that someone above him must have closed the deal with Apco and tell him to execute under his portfolio.Pressed the balls and obey lah....

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with your last sentence that below-KPI Koh is a puppet

Anonymous said...

dey Dr.Koh...

How to promoting and improving Malaysia's image oversea ????? you have a PM and Wife that is highly and likely linked to the murder of a Mongolian women !!

apa macam ???


telur dua said...

Pretty much like spraying perfume to mask the smell of shit. LOL.

The effect is only short lived. The shit is still there. Hire a few night-soil carriers lah, bodoh. Besides, it is much cheaper

lleekh said...

Performance..dont know when...image now!

Anonymous said...

How the hell did Koh get his PhD. He cats and talks like a fool. Wonder if he bought his degree.

ICON2008 said...

Anon 9.08 am,

Do you know that Koh is the first MCE candidate to have obtained 9A s? Some more, MCE is tougher than today's SPM.

Academic wise, he's damn smart. Political wise, you know the answer

Anonymous said...

Is he stupid or what..?

How is it that we don't understand international standards when we are doing business with them...????

Our "brain" draining is so obvious. Don't know meh...?

20 million could have been put to so much of good use rather than trying to "educate" a half-baked like ...................!!!

Anonymous said...

KSK is himself the laughing stock, after losing Penang and then was appointed the KPI minister. Having a PhD. is no guarantee that he can see reality. The international image of Malaysia is a country which is rapidly declining into a banana republic or a failed state.

Anonymous said...

Tagging Koh a puppet is a tad too mildly stated.

He is a castrated enuch (the operation was done-in by the voters in Penang)that is holding on to his minister position via Jalan Belakang Mati!

Of course, with this jalan belakang lifeline, Koh has to return the favor by becoming a lap dog to carry out his master's favor.

Very pathetic indeed but can't blame Koh though as this is related to Gerakan's survival. PM needs to use them to reclaim Penang in the next GE.

Anonymous said...

Dr Koh Tsu Koon was a good scholar and from a well to do background. His intellect started to deteriorate rapidly when he became Gerakan chief and had to spin BN garbage day in day out. Very soon he could'nt tell right from wrong after taking all that BN stink. You should feel sorry for him, not malign the poor man. He is a living example of a walking talking BN induced failure.

Anonymous said...

Dr Koh is an "orang-orang di sawah padi".

Anonymous said...

Yep, Doc Koh has been transformed into a BN Zombie !