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Sunday, 14 September 2008

the Malay hourglass economy

In the olden days, the wealthy were generally those who were close to the seat of political and military power. In traditional Malay society , these would be the court people with the sultans at the top.

The economic system was characterised by one in which the powerful extracted wealth and wealth producing factors from the people. That would include land, labour, capital equipment( animals, crude equipments etc). The majority remained in the rural areas, working the land rivers and forests. What ever they produced, a sizeable portion was taken by the custodian of the feudal system. The major stakeholders of the feudal system.

From villages by village headmen, by penghulus, by territorial chiefs and eventually by the central treasury of kings and princes. It has always been like this.

If I were to describe the Malay economy then, a suitable analogy or model if you may, is the hour glass economy. The hour glass as you know consists of two bulbs arranged on top of one another and connected by a tube. Fine sand is filled in the upper chamber and passes through the tube at a given rate, until the upper half is emptied and the bottom is filled up.

In modern terms, one can infer this as the trickle down mechanism. Structurally, the trickle down mechanism didn’t work for Malays. Wealth generated will eventually pass on to the more powerful in society. Those at the bottom half of the hour glass. The principle of the hour glass economy, is one by which wealth created will always trickle down for the benefit of those controlling political and military power. The producing/ supplier half will pass on wealth created to the consuming/recipient half.

When the British came and introduced the modern economy, the beneficiaries of the hour glass economy were replaced by players of the modern economy- Chinese businessmen, European traders, the traditional feudal elite of Malays society who were either co-opted as real players or older version of rent seekers. Those goyang kakis or loafers a.k.a. the aristocrats, who benefited on account of feudal lineages.

The Malay economy was simply one based on privilege. In a privileged society, men are rewarded according to who they are, rank, position in the hierarchy etc. A society appropriately described by David McClelland as a society fed by ascriptive norms.

In that society, men are rewarded based on their lineages. In modern times for example, Dato Najib became an MP at the young age of 24 because he was the son of the late Tun Razak. He was not selected because of qualifications nor contributions to society. He probably did not even like Pekan then. Kampong in the backwaters etc. Apart from being the PM, Tun Razak was also a feudal chief and so was the grandfather. The more feudalistic elements of Pekan society, were already predisposed to honour that ascriptive norms.

In such a society, low productivity can be easily explained. In such a society the lazy, loafers and the incompetent were paid more than the industrious and the intelligent( i.e. the common people). Such a society ended up where all the good men gave as little as possible to society because the lazy bumps whacked everything.

8 comments:

Anonymous,  14 September 2008 at 13:07  

YB Pang Tsu Meng minta orang tulis untuk dia, baru cut and paste dalam blognya. Orang ini kuat tipu. Mana boleh buat macam itu? Tapi dia memang muka tebal. Tak malu-malu

September 13, 2008 5:10 PM


sabda husssein said...
so what ? mata merah ke....? You ingat orang-orang kenamaan di dunia ini.. semua speech/kenyataan semua sendiri tulis ke ??? pakailah otak !!!

September 14, 2008 12:12 AM


Anonymous said...
Baguslah penyakong YB Pang (sabda Hussein) sudah mengaku, ada upah ghost writer. Tetapi dalam blogging tidak sepatutnya berlaku penipuan. Lagi pun ini seorang yang mendakwa diri sebagai intelektual. Bila buat blogging sepatutnya tulisan sendiri, kalau tidak rakyat akan tertipu.

Ini kita cakap isu "bloggers" bukan loggers (pembalak). YB Pang layak jadi logger bukan blogger sebab pembalak memang boleh upah sub-contractor.

Lagipun kita cakap pasal pemimpin dulu yang tak masuk sekolah, upah org lain tulis speech memang tak boleh dielakkn. Sebab mereka tak masuk sekolah. Ini org yang lulus universiti,tulis sikit sebanyak pun tak boleh. Lulus mana universiti itu ?

September 14, 2008 10:09 AM


Anonymous said...
Yalah..... Mana boleh lulus universiti tak tahu tulis karangan sikit-sikit. Tulis Cina tak boleh, tulis BM tak ......... Tulis Ingeris tak boleh, Lulus mana universiti, pakai Bahasa apa ? Tulis Bahasa India kot boleh ?

September 14, 2008 10:55 AM


Anonymous said...
Jangan iri hati. Ghost writer boleh cari makan sikit. OK juga. Kalau tidak Ghost Writer tak ada wang poket.

Itu Mandarin punya teks ucapan upah orang DAP tulis, Ha-Ha...... Tahukah anda ADUN MCA upah ahli DAP tulis teks ucapan ?Teka-teki ini akan disiarkan sikit masa lagi.

September 14, 2008 11:00 AM


Anonymous said...
the post comment is mca pahang,why just hantam yb pang ? this blog is belong to dato ti ? or tian s fat ?

visit banana year ktnbanana3.blogspot.com

sakmongkol AK47 aka Mat Tomoi 14 September 2008 at 14:22  

apa ini? saya punya blog jadi medan untuk orang bantai pang tsu ming?. haha , tak apa, saya jadi referee. ini pangtsu ming pun satu- kenapa takut mahu terima kritikan dan teguran? nanti gua hantam lu punya kepala baru tau.
haiya. saya bukan MCA la.

Pang Tsu Ming 14 September 2008 at 17:49  

Hahahaha....! Lets be calm and cool! I sould not contribute to the chaos at this time for matter like this.

By the way, you have a very good blog. As usual, you are very analytical. I have recommended my friends to visit your blog.

Happy blogging!

cikgu,  15 September 2008 at 01:49  

Ya ! Memang patut jadi referee. Ini YB banyak tipu orang. Kalau ucapan dan press atatement di tulis, janganlah blog juga di tulis orang. Mana integriti Yang berhurmat. Malu bila Cikgu-cikgu SM Tok Sera tau rakan mereka tulis untuk Yang Berhurmat dalam blog. Patut dia orang tak hurmat YB BN sebab kuat. Sudahlah kuat mabuk ! sekarang kuat tipu. Sampai tulis blog pun pakai orang. Mana identiti? Mana integriti? Mana digniti? Referee patut pesan dia jangan buat begitu. Malulah bloggers bloggers BN.

sakmongkol AK47 aka Mat Tomoi 15 September 2008 at 10:18  

haha. i shall be glad jadi referee. saya seronok baca kau orang punya gaduh2. tapi ingat ya, gaduh kata kata sahaja. jangan tumbuk. feel free to use my blog as a verbal wrestling ring. haha. saya akan pesan sama yb pang

tandas,  15 September 2008 at 19:12  

tak da gaduh-gaduh. cuma tak mau makan gado-gado. ini blog Yb Pang, blog penipu. dulu di tulis orang lain, sekarang di tulis orang lain lagi.bila tukar lagi penulis hantu? tuan punya blog hantu? yb hantu? malu BN ada Yb hantu.
Mana satandard? mane maruah?

Abang tolong tulis satu artikel Etika dan Maruah seorang blogger! No pliagisrism..betulkah ejaan ? salah tak ape. Saya mengaku tak pandai Inggeris la. Tak da tipu-yipu

Anonymous,  16 September 2008 at 20:25  

Tengok balik sejarah asal usul blogging, perkataan blog datang dari weblog, iaitu semacam satu log book dalam bentuk website. Diguna pakai oleh seorang pemberita untuk merekodkan kegiatan beliau secara elektronik. Lama kelamaan beliau merasa amat berfaedah kalau diajak org lain membuat interaksi dalam web. Maka lahirlah budaya blogging,

Isu samada boleh mengupah org lain buat logging, ialah isu moral dan isu ketelusan. Kalau tidak didedahkan akan menjadikan masyarakat kita semakin rendah moral mereka. Sudah tentu kita tidak boleh menerbitkan buku atas nama sendiri kalau kita bukan penulis. Kalau nak upah org lain menulis perlu diperjelaskan siapa penulis, macam ini baru boleh berlaku adil kepada fakta dan kebenaran.

Tidak ada org berniat menjatuhkan YB, yang hendak dipertahan ialah integriti dan kejujuran. Bagslah kalau Sakmangkol AK47 jadi referee, bagi nasihat utk membetulkan keadaan.

Anonymous,  16 September 2008 at 20:32  

Saya hadiahkan pantun sedikit, nak promosi pantun kononnya:-

Wahai peserta-peserta blog yang budiman
Jangan kamu melawat blog yang palsu dan koman
Blogging bukan tempat membuat lakonan
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