Sunday, November 1, 2015


Our thoughts are therefore hazy
Politically, Economically and Socially.
Our politics is hay-wire, our economy is turbulent and we are racially divided.
Politics - BN has suffered in two previous elections; we lost the majority votes in the latter.
Economy - The 1MDB scandal, the falling value of the ringgit , higher cost of living and growing unemployment.
Social - We are racially more divided
To solve the problems we depend on the following:
1. Foreign consultants
2. Foreign bankers
3. Smart friends and relatives from USA, UK and the Middle East. 

4. Loyal, but not necessary honest and/or clever, comrades and employees.
In order to understand ourselves I have decided to submit in this blog, from time to time, expert views which will help us to assess our progress.
Here is a chapter by Rolf Dobelli in THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY (CHAPTER 12)

( The It'll-Get-Worse-Before-It-Gets-Better Fallacy )
A few years ago, I was on vacation in Corsica and fell sick.
The symptoms were new to me, and the pain was growing by the day.
Eventually I decided to seek help at a local clinic.
A young doctor began to inspect me, prodding my stomach, gripping my shoulders and knees and then poking each vertebra.
I began to suspect that he had no idea what my problem was, but I wasn't really sure so I simply endured the strange examination.
To signal its end, he pulled out his notebook and said: 'Antibiotics. Take one tablet three times a day. It will get worse before it gets better.'
Glad that I now have a treatment, I dragged myself back to my hotel room with the prescription in hand.
The pain grew worse and worse - just as the doctor had predicted.
The doctor must have known what was wrong with me after all.
But, when the pain hadn't subsided after three days, I called him.
'Increase the dose to five times a day. It's going to hurt for a while more.' he said.
After two more days of agony, I finally called the international air ambulance.
The Swiss doctor diagnosed appendicitis and operated on me immediately.
'Why did you wait so long?' he asked me after the surgery.
I replied: 'It all happened exactly as the doctor said, so I trusted him.'
'Ah, you fell victim to the it'll-get-worse-before-it-gets-better fallacy. That Corsican doctor had no idea. Probably just the same type of stand-in you find in all the tourist places in high season.'
Lets take another example: a CEO is at his wit's end.
Sales are in the toilet, the salespeople are unmotivated, and the marketing campaign has sunk without a trace.
In his desperation, he hires a consultant.
For $5,000 a day, this man analyses the company and comes back with his findings: 'Your sales department has no vision, and your brand isn't positioned clearly.
Its a tricky situation. 
I can fix it for you - but not overnight.
The measures will require sensitivity, and most likely, sales will fall further before things improve.'
The CEO hires the consultant.
A year later, sales fall, and the same thing happens the next year.
Again and again, the consultant stresses that the company's progress corresponds closely to his prediction.
As sales continue their slump in the third year, the CEO fires the consultant.
A meer smokescreen, the It'll-Get-Worse-Before-It-Gets-Better Fallacy is a variant of the so-called confirmation bias.
If the problem continues to worsen, the prediction is confirmed.
If the situation improves unexpectedly, the customer is happy and the expert can attribute it to his prowess.
Either way he wins.
Suppose you are president of a country, and have no idea how to run it.
What do you do?
You predict 'difficult years' ahead, ask your citizens to 'tighten their belts', and then promise to improve the situation only after this 'delicate stage' of the 'cleansing', 'purification' and 'restructuring'.
Naturally you leave the duration and severity of the period open.
The best evidence of this strategy's success is Christianity: it literal followers believe that before we can experience heaven on earth, the world must be destroyed.
Disasters, floods, fires, death - they are all part of the larger plan and must take place.
Believers will view any deterioration of the situation as confirmation of the prophecy, and any improvement as a gift from God.
In conclusion: if someone says 'It'll get worse before it gets better,' you should hear alarm bells ringing. But beware: situations do exist where things first dip and then improve.
For example, a career change requires time and often incorporates loss of pay.
The reorganization of a business also takes time.
But in all these cases, we can see relatively quickly if the measures are working.
The milestones are clear and verifiable.
Look to these rather than to the heavens.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Salam Tan Sri,.........dalam Mingguan Malaysia 1 November,2015 semalam di mukasurat 18 melaporkan 'Khidmat pegawai boleh ditamatkan awal'.Saya petik sedikit,...."Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam,Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal berkata,mekanisme baharu yang dikenali sebagai dasar pemisah atau exit policy itu bertujuan memastikan setiap penjawat awam memenuhi kehendak rakyat untuk mendapatkan perkhidmatan terbaik."

Saya nampak ini macam depa dapat nasihat baru daripada pakar-pakar penasihat pemerintahan Najib.DAP pun pernah cadang juga macam ni.Macam kisah doktor yang suruh makan ubat tu la.Lepas buang kakitangan awam dan bila ekonomi pulih kita ambil depa masuk balik.Najib membawa masuk Residen-Residen Inggeris kembali,kali ini di Putrajaya.Saya harap,apabila Najib berjaya dijatuhkan daripada meneruskan hikayat lawaknya,maka hendaklah diwujudkan dasar menyekat PM daripada membawa masuk orang asing sebagai penasihat demi maruah kedaulatan Islam,bangsa dan negara.