Wednesday, February 20, 2008


You may think you know a lot of things but you can bet both your ears that there's always a guy who seems to know more than you do about things you never thought an ordinary guy could ever come to know like for example; why this YB or that YB has been dropped from contesting this coming election.

The-guy-who-knows-more-than-I-do could be an ordinary guy. He could be a guy who drives a cab. Or someone who doesn't have a day-time job but he is not too worried about it because for a guy who never had a steady job in his life, he's doing all right. You see him driving around in a second-hand Mercedes, talking on the cellphone with important people. He puts down the phone and says; that was YB this or YB that, he wants me to find a couple of guys to do this or that. He'll tell you this YB or that YB has a mistress in this town or that town. He'll tell you this YB or that YB made his money this way or that way. He'll tell you he and this YB or that YB go back a long way together, as matter of fact they are from the same kampong, went to the same school, ate from the same plate, slept on the same pillow. He'll tell you he and this YB and that YB went to Umrah the year this YB or that YB's son went to a university in the U.S or the U.K.

Who needs newspapers or 24-hour news channel when you have the-guy-who-knows-more-than-I-do to up-date me with intimate news about this YB or that YB? Or this cabinet minister or that cabinet minister. He'll tell you that this cabinet minister or that cabinet minister went to this country or that country to meet this guy or that guy to cut a deal on this aircraft or that submarine. He'll that you that this cabinet minister or that cabinet minister has got this much money in this bank or that bank in this country or that country.

He will also tell you that if you toe the line, or join the network of people close to the inner circle, you could be a big businessman making millions of dollars in a blink of an eye. He'll tell you he can fix an appointment with this YB or that YB anytime of the day as long as you play the game people play.

You may think highly of the-guy-who-knows-more-than-I-do. I wouldn't think that way if I were you because I know better that there are thousands like him out there. Especially in times like these when a lot of people are fired up to pledge their undivided loyalty to politicians who could help them obtain lucrative contracts. This is a defining moment for a lot of people like him. Choose the right politican, join the right camp, you may have an easy life the next five years. Choose a wrong guy, you might as well look for a regular job and forget about getting any kind of contract at all, not even potong rumput contracts.

For local news, I depend on mainstream media to know a thing or two about what's going on. I know this is not a good thing because people believe mainstream media are nothing but government propaganda machines, churning out pro-government news. Maybe there's a lot of lies in there but I reckon it's better than listening to the-guy-who-knows-more-than-I-do because I know better that most of the things he says are the by-product of his imagination, or someone somewhere has asked him to say the things he's gotta say.

I don't remember how things got to be this way, people telling lies on top of lies that it is almost impossible to know any better what is the truth anymore. I got a feeling the next generation are gonna be even bigger liars than what we've got now. In the end, you could be shot for telling the truth. It's a runaway train going downhill at full speed. No one can stop it.


Blogger Zabs said...

Salam Bergen,
You are very right. When I first get involved in with bzness, met a few of these "guy-who-knows-more-than-I-do" character. 20k of my hard earned money flew away with one of them. Now, no more nonsense, from them. Thanks for the reminder.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Kata Tak Nak said...

Yes, these colourful clowns. That's how they make a living. They don't believe in making an honest buck, it's too dirty for them. Plenty of these people around this season.

Anyway, anybody interested in the bridge from Penang to Sri Lanka project. I have a friend whose father is buddy-buddy with the cousin of a well connected fellow in Jerlun. Now this fella in Jerlun knows the mother in law of the Minister in charge of the whole deal. I think the minister is Wong Pow Nee. What? He's dead? Forget it then. Sshh! a man can't make an honest buck.

3:29 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

These are species of clown-cum-brokers.
The more ppl there are the louder will they speak. the list of big-shots that they knew very well( thats what they claimed right?) is endless.
You would be suprised that do make calls to President Bush or PM Brown or Aroyoyo or Pak SBP or Senior minister LKY. they might call mao Tze Tung or deng Xiao peng too without realising these 2 guys are dead.

This next 2 weeks we will see more of them.
maybe Astro could come up with GWKMTID Academy.

8:49 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Zabs: RM20K is a lot of money, sir. I reckon that's why these people can't hold down a regular job. They're the kind who work on project basis (read: victim basis). Regular jobs don't pay that kinda money in a single shot. Which is why they're always on the run, afraid to run into those they've conned. I wonder how does it feels like to have smaller and smaller circle of friends, and the world getting smaller and smaller because as they con more and more people, their world will get smaller and smaller.

Sometime you get to read about them in the papers, with multiple stab wounds and bodies dumped in the gutter.

Kata Tak Nak: LOL, colorful is a hilarious word to describe 'em. I don't take seriously people who name drop. Empty cans make a lot of noise.

Tokasid: It's the right time for these people to talk the way they do to give the impression that they are connected. Connections mean money, and money means power. And power is a sexy thing to a lot of guys who can't make it on their own.

12:23 AM  
Blogger ixora delia said...

just a little aside: "less is more"

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Dhahran Sea said...

Salam Bergen. I've come across a couple of this species before & best way to keep them shut is to put on the earphones & listen to whatever else (lucky if you are in the back of a taxi; if you have to pay attention to them for whatever reason, well, good luck!).

4:14 PM  
Blogger muteaudio said...

Salam Bergen,
I know some of these species. Maybe I should print out this entry and let them read it....But on 2nd thought....nope. With English limited to Okay, Tengkiu, Siu, Hawau U etc, I see no point in doing tht.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Mek Na said...

yeah agree with you abt the future gen. the true liar in the making...hopefully this won't happen

9:20 PM  
Anonymous zara said...

Sir, you have been keeping your 'elegant silence' for quite a while now :) Or are you in one of the AFC show? Am hungry for your food-for-thoughts, Sir.

9:08 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Ixora Delia: Thank you for visiting, ma'am. You be sure to have a good day now, y'hear?

Dhahran: They're are good for free entertainment, and to learn a thing of two about ourselves. Sometimes we too name drop to impress people without being aware that those we're trying to impress may know more than us.

Muteaudio: LOL, don't bother doing that, mate. They do what they gotta do. They need our sympathy.

Mek Na: It's gonna happen so we'd be stay sharp.

Zara: Yes, ma'am. Gotta take care of business, for a change. LOL.

10:50 PM  

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