of Jakartass are a few newish blogs.Aroeng Binang
has passed by here a few times and writes interestingly on corruption.Indonesians are familiar with
mo-limo, a Javanese teaching on the five deadly sins.
Can we eradicate
- maling (take other people's belonging, stealing)
- madon (act of extra-marital sex, adultery)
- madat (act that cause loss of mind, drugs)
- minum (act that cause loss of mind, drinks)
- main (act that relies on fate, gambling)
mo-limo from earth? We can't, of course. Hence eradicating corruption is just a slogan. What we shall do is to control the magnitude by introducing completely transparent processes, systems and procedures. Reward and punishment shall also be improved and executed.
Simon, the Opinionated Diner
, offers some thoughts on a training course
being offered for traffic policemen in Bali. He is surprised (aren't we all?) that they need training in corruption
and offers the students the following advice.
- Stop the first likely car or bike - preferably driven by a 'bulé'
- Tell them they went thru a red light / crossed a white line / didn't give way
- Ask them to accompany you to the tempat polisi on the corner
- Ask them if you would like to solve this the easy way .....
, a teacher in a national plus school has discovered a new blog, Performing Monkeys
, set up by Miss Brodie who is not yet in her prime as she looks at the role of the white face in the classroom, and other issues in education.The Ministry of Tourism
is in need of a copy editor whereas Indonesian Destinations
, from the same stable of blogs as Indonesian Celebrities
offers a Daily Dose of just plain vanilla, life as it is.
And very philosophically poetic it is too.Zodia is a plant that gives out a powerful fragrance that can repel insects. To us humans, it smells good. You can smell the fragrance carried by the wind even tens of meters away. But we cannot go further than that. As much as we like the smell, we cannot swallow it. So, it is with flattery. We are not to swallow it. It has no use for our well being. It may even be dangerous to our health. Praise to an individual must be given sparingly - like precious metals and gems that owe their value to scarcity.