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Thursday, September 01, 2005

My Two Cents

A few observations of some public officials here in NZ.

1. The prime minister doesn’t have a dish washer at home. In fact, last year lang daw siya nagkaroon ng microwave oven sa bahay.
2. The police officers who accompanied the prime minister in a motorcade were being charged for over speeding for driving over the speed limit.
3. A minister of parliament riding a bicycle on her way to work.
4. A minister of parliament riding a skate board on his way to the parliament building.
5. A minister of parliament resigns from her post for being caught drink driving.
6. The prime minister without any body guards goes to the supermarket where Jean works, tapos kinamayan pa siya.
7. A former minister gets imprisoned for using public money to pay for her children's private education.

Hanga ako sa mga officials dito. Their dedication to the office, simplicity in lifestyle, moral and social integrity (most of them) are well above board. Those who violate and abuse their positions are meted punishments just like anyone else. In effect, graft and corruption is low. Public officials are looked up as role models. What’s good about this is that there is no added stress to the ordinary people on the streets because they don’t feel abused by those in power.

When a society is divided between a ruling class and the masses, and the ruling class is perceived as corrupt, abusive and dishonest, disharmony and friction among the people proliferate. Everyone tends to be distrustful of one another. Respect for authority and the law wanes. Governing the masses becomes more difficult and eventually could become impossible, but with an iron fist.

This dysfunctional relationship between classes causes a gradual accumulating strain on the people. Some termed it as a “social volcano”, because of the swelling pressure. Each person has ways of relieving the pressure. Some do it by taking the path of “if you can’t beat them, join them”. It’s sad to think that a lot of good people slowly gets suckered into being corrupt themselves. Some, with resignation gives up hope and leaves the country to find refuge somewhere else. But for those who stay put, if things don’t change for the better, the collective pressure could mount at levels beyond containment. That’s when the volcano could erupt. I dread to see that day.

Any eruption can be prevented by reducing the tension between social classes. The ruling class and the institutions that they use to rule can start by regaining at least some of the respect of the masses and the middle working class. The masses are not hard to please anyway. All they want is a fair deal in life. Ang hanap lang naman nila patas na labanan. Walang lamangan, mahirap o mayaman, mahina o makapangyarihan. And they are waiting. NOW!

26 Comments:

  • Hi KU,

    Kung katulad lang sana ng mga government officials dito ang mga nandyan... Haaaayyyyy.....=(

    Good PM po.=)

    -Jack

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:19 PM, September 01, 2005  

  • huwaw, almost down to earth ang mga tao sa gobyerno. the minister who uses skateboard to his office is very cool.

    just like what jack said, kung ganito lang sana ang mga tao sa gobyerno (at pati na ren ang mamamayan) natin nde na sana tayo nagkakaganito.

    By Blogger silentmode_v2, at 10:28 PM, September 01, 2005  

  • Hear, hear. I like this entry. "The ruling class and the institutions that they use to rule can start by regaining at least some of the respect of the masses and the middle working class." Paano nga naman magkakarun ng kredibilidad ang gobyerno dito sa atin kung sila ang unang lumalabag ng mga alituntunin na sila din ang gumawa.

    By Blogger Sassafras, at 10:47 PM, September 01, 2005  

  • Wow! This kind of post could rebuke and inspire Filipinoes.

    Impressive government officials truly living as public servants, hindi lips-service, true to life huh!

    Likewise with the first few commenters, sana makita ko rin na lahat ng public official dito sa atin ay matulad dyan....NOW! in my time...(taking a deep breath!)

    keep on inspiring...KU!
    --jun--

    By Blogger Flex J!, at 11:32 PM, September 01, 2005  

  • wow...gives me the more reason to migrate to NZ...hehehhe

    Wish pinas is like that too...

    By Blogger DOPS, at 2:51 AM, September 02, 2005  

  • wow! sana all over the world yan!

    By Blogger JO, at 4:08 AM, September 02, 2005  

  • Sa survey noong 2004 ba o 2003 ang New Zealand ang pangalawa sa pinaka least corrupt na bansa kasunod ng Finland. Samantalang ang Pilipinas kasama bracket ng pinakacorrupt na bansa sa nsabi ring survey

    By Blogger atoy, at 8:22 AM, September 02, 2005  

  • mabigat sa kalooban nating mga working class lalo na't hirap na hirap tayo sa paghahanap-buhay, gayong may mga taong nakaluklok sa kapangyarihan ang sinuswelduhan ng ating mga taxes. ang nakikita nating abusado at nagpapayaman lamang. halos araw-araw na ginawa ng diyos mula nung ako'y pinanganak ganyan ang nakikita ko at mga nababasa sa news. nababago ang nakaluklok pero walang pagbabago ang kanilang gawain. isa ito sa mga dahilan kung bakit din ako nangibang bayan. gusto ko lang kasi ng katahimikan. nakakasuka ang mga awayan ng ating mga politiko. kapangyarihan lang ang kanilang hangarin. kapangyarihan para lokohin at abusuhin ang mga mamamayan. sensya na at ako'y nagiging emotional.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:30 AM, September 02, 2005  

  • Hahahah, naalala ko noon panahon ng Nationals ang naka-upo, si MP ? Smith (Minister ng education), nakakasabay naming mag jogging doon sa Wellington at si PM Jim Bolger sa Chinese restaurant, mga walang b-guard, pero hindi ko makalimutan yung naging MP na katutubo (kapartido ni WP) na dating TV3 newscaster na bumili ng pagkamahal mahal na "underwear" pero ginamit yung pera ng gobyerno. Hindi nag-resign pero hindi na nanalo nung sumunod na eleksyon. Sa atin kasi, ang ibang kababayan kasi natin have a very short memory - nirape na nga ang pilipinas ng mga ibang politiko, pero patuloy pa rin nating ibinoboto. tsk.tsk.tsk...

    By Blogger Huseng Busabos, at 10:03 AM, September 02, 2005  

  • Gusto ng Gov't ni Arroyo na magtipid ng fuel di ba, skate board na lang ang ibigay na service nila imbes na mga mamahaling SUV's.
    Nakakabilib naman ang pagka-humble ng officials dyan.

    By Blogger Tanggero, at 1:43 PM, September 02, 2005  

  • May kaupisina ako sa dati kong trabaho na mga halos 60 yrs. old na at ito ang sabi nya: "Dapat ubusin ang mga Pilipino na lampas ng tatlong taong gulang at ibang lahi ang magpalaki sa natirang mga bata. Sagad sa buto ang sakit ng corruption eh." Nabigla kami ng sinabi nya yon sa aming mga Pilipino na naguusap-usap. Hindi po ito ang opinyon ko.

    By Anonymous jun, at 2:10 PM, September 02, 2005  

  • One of the main reasons why we chose NZ is bec. it's clean - environment and government.

    By Blogger jinkee, at 3:00 PM, September 02, 2005  

  • The examples cited by KU should inspire us. Di ba it is something to work for? Wherever we are di lang siguro sa Pinas. Dun sa mga nakaluklok na sa pwesto, wala na magagawa sa kanila. The only thing that can be done is to prepare yung future generations. Medyo matagal-tagal na rin sinabi ni Gat Jose RIzal yon...til now di pa nangyayari kasi pasa-pasa lang. Sabi nga kung ano nakikita ng bata sa matanda, yon ang gagayahin. Kaya ang laking ng role ng parents when it comes to this. Umaasa pa rin ako pagdating ng araw, ang Pinas malalampasan rin ang ganitong sistema at pag-uugali. It's a long slow process but it can be done and it will be done...hangga't yung matutuwid na tao di sumusuko.

    By Blogger Bluegreen, at 4:00 PM, September 02, 2005  

  • KU remember sinabi mo before if you earn 55k a year sa NZ eh buhay ka na.. is it NET or Gross earning yung 55k??

    Another thing is tax. Can you site an example:

    Tax
    0 to $38,000 (You pay 19.5% on the first
    $38,001 to $60,000 (33%)
    $38,000 earned)

    $60,001 and over
    (You pay 39% on income over 60,000)

    By Blogger Senorito<- Ako, at 9:07 PM, September 02, 2005  

  • Senor,
    55k is Gross annual.
    Ayaw ko pang talakayin ang tax kasi this coming Sept 17 may elections dito. depende sa partidong mananalo, mababago ang tax. kapag Labour party ang nanalo walang pagbabago sa tax. kapag National ang nanalo may tax-cuts. after na lang siguro ng election atchaka ako mag sulat about tax.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:47 PM, September 02, 2005  

  • Hi Ka-Uro. Don't know how else to email you so I sent my query via here. Kalupa mu Kapampangan ku mu naman. We're considering migrating too. I'm an avid swimmer and would like to ask (since u've been there for a long time) how's Swimming over there in NZ? How big is it as a sport or a pasttime or in schools? In Australia, I think it's like a national sport. Of course, here, kekatamu, dakal a beaches at resorts and it's a big pasttime especially during summer. I swim yearround coz with most outdoor pools it's not really a big problem except for the occassional typhoon during the rainy season. So how big is Swimming over there? Are there many swimming facilities? Dakal a salamat.

    By Blogger Blackdove, at 9:57 PM, September 02, 2005  

  • And who can forget that time that the PM was random checked by security at Sydney Airport. Ni walang issue from our side (it was Oz that got embarassed). Compare that with (was it Drilon) na pinahubad lang ng sapatos sa LA airport for security eh gusto nang mag-fa-file ng diplomatic protest!

    Having said that, there are still a lot of good and honest people sa gobyerno natin. I see them all the time when I go back to the Philippines. Who can forget the two rural health workers who died braving a swollen river to vaccinate children in a remote village (they were later found with the vaccines still strapped to bodies). Or that young air force pilot who chose to crash her plane away from civilians rather than ejecting and saving herself. I still think na we're good bunch people (okay, minus about a few thousand). And I still plan to go back and live in the Philippine someday.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:58 PM, September 02, 2005  

  • blackdove,
    swimming is also a big sport here in nz. if you're really good you might even be eligible to get a permanent residency because of it. any water sports is big here in nz.

    anonymous,
    tama ka marami din honest and decent officials like punongbayan and his fellow geologists who died in a plane crash.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 7:43 AM, September 03, 2005  

  • Sa lahat ng ama (may asawa man o wala)Isang maligayang Father's Day sa inyong lahat ngayong Linggo. KU Happy Father's Day, mate!

    By Blogger atoy, at 9:37 AM, September 03, 2005  

  • Isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit nais umaalis ng Pilipinas ang ating mga kakabayan at sa ibang bansa manirahan ay dahil sa mga corrupt na tao sa gubyerno. Tama ang sabi mo,napaka unfair hindi lang sa atin na nagtatrabaho kundi na rin sa lahat ng Pilipino bata man o matanda na waldasin ang pera ng ating bansa ng mga walang kaluluwa sa gubyerno.

    Lahat tayo ay nangangarap at nagdadasal na dumating ang panahon na gumanda ang kalagayan ng ating bansa, dumami ang mga tapat at masisipag sa pamahalaan, matanggal ang graft & corruption, bumuti ang ekonomiya, bumalik ang tiwala ng mga tao sa sistema.

    Have a nice weekend sa inyo

    By Blogger KaDyo, at 5:10 PM, September 03, 2005  

  • that cannot happen in the Philippines. the change in their lifestyles is a big no no. those government officials have vulture-like appetites - insatiable.

    truly admirable and respectable officials there in NZ!

    By Blogger bing, at 5:42 PM, September 03, 2005  

  • kung naging ganyan lang sana ang sistema ng ating gobyerno sa pilipinas, wala sanang mga OFW na naghihirap ang mga puso at kalooban mapahiwalay sa kanilang mga pamilya. Na nagtitiis kumayod sa ibang bansa mabigyan lamang ng magandang kinabukasan ang pamilya.

    Lintek kasing mga TRAPO sa pinas!!!

    By Blogger Mmy-Lei, at 6:20 PM, September 03, 2005  

  • what the philippines need is a rebolusyon. not the edsa kind but a behavioral rebolusyon. we need a strong leader, a charismatic one who can inspire the people and put the country's needs before personal ambitions. question is... sino kaya?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:55 AM, September 04, 2005  

  • I hope na ang homeland natin eh may ganong ka higpit na policies na pag mahuli or magkasala talagang paparusahan, kasi labag sa batas. I am sure that quite a lot are getting away from doing the under the table transactions, hay, hopeless pag ganon. Sa NZ, it's nice naman na they're uptight kasi, it minimizes crimes and corruptions. Hopefully, sa atin magkaroon ng mga tao na di lang ini-isip ang sarili kong di ang ibang tao din na kapwa nila. I heard na some gets in poor then comes out rich daw eh. Sana ma konsensiya naman sila-ma karma...LOL. They're not content, they're after the money not to serve, hay, heaven forbid.

    By Anonymous ~Ana P. S.~, at 9:50 AM, September 04, 2005  

  • Sana ganyan lahat sa bo-ong mundo lalo na ang Pilipinas. Pinas really needs a big change. Ipag-pray na lang natin kc yan lang naman ang ating magagawa.

    By Blogger Agring, at 9:25 AM, September 05, 2005  

  • pasensya kung binuhay ko ulit tong entry ha, pero kailangan ko mag-react eh...

    sabi ang sistema raw ng pilipinas ay "self-destructive" at isa lang ang solusyon para sa lahat ng kaguluhan dito. marami nga ang mabait, pero sad to say, wala pa sa kalahati yun ng populasyon ng pilipinas. majority pa rin ang mga hampaslupa dito. isang madugong rebolusyon na sisira sa mga sistema at institusyon ang magsisimula ng panibagong buhay ng mga pinoy sa pinas. umabot na don eh. sana lang ang tatayong pinuno sa panahon na yon ay maayos na uri ng tao, dahil kung hindi, uulitin lang lahat.

    By Anonymous bembrown, at 4:14 PM, September 07, 2005  

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