Sakmongkol welcomes debates based on facts and values good arguments. He has been looking out for the three youth gladiators to come out with some specifics. However rudimentary they are formed, from their articulation, we can at least form an objective opinion as to the substance of the 3 contenders.
Those learning economics will be familiar with the term, ceteris paribus- or all other things being equal. It is usually taken to mean, in order to execute a useful analysis on some economic event, it is necessary to hold other factors constant. Ceteris paribus is a Latin phrase for "all else being equal." The term is most often used when isolating descriptions of events from other potential environmental variables.
In politics, sakmongkol thinks the principle of ceteris paribus takes on a different meaning. In order to discover the true worth of a candidate , we have to isolate artificial factors( read cosmetic factors) so that the real person can emerge.
Let us illustrate our argument. In KT’s case, exclude the romantic notion of a poor fellow of Javanese stock, coming from poor family, pious fellow and so forth. You know, the characteristics of an honest Abe or a character out of pilgrim’s progress. In Mukhriz case the obvious factor to exclude is the fact that he is the son of Tun Mahathir. In KJ’s case, let’s see him just as he is, warts and all. Exclude the fact the he is married to the PM’s daughter. Matters of the heart are not the business of anyone.
So what do we have? Professionally- the dentist, the business graduate trained in
Sakmongkol thinks it was in circa 1981, that he watched the TV commercial on the Wendy hamburger. The elderly lady when handed a big bun would inspect the bun and gruffly exclaimed, where’s the beef?
"Where's the beef?" is a catch phrase best known in the
And so mimicking the elderly actor whose name Sakmongkol cannot remember, he wants to know, where’s the beef? So far, only KJ has shown some meaty staff for all of us to see.
Sakmongkol knows he is fast losing friends in the blogdom for giving KJ a fair hearing. Or what he thinks is a fair hearing. Probably because sakmongkol thinks he knows muay thai, the spectacle of seeing one fellow being ‘hantam’ by 10 burly fellows, prompts him to be a busybody. His only recourse is to remind that any assessment must be as objective as possible and based on facts, a person’s view on the future of the organisation he wants to lead etc.
Sakmongkol finds its desperately frustrating to hear that the best one can come out is mutter something nebulous about bridging the gap with youths or declining to accept cabinet position.
Hello, where’s the beef? So we come back to ceteris paribus;
To this effect the physicist could say "if I hit the nine ball with the cue ball at a certain angle, with a certain force, ceteris paribus, I can predict the trajectory of the nine ball on the billiard table." In using the ceteris paribus clause, the physicist is saying that his calculation takes for granted that the law of gravity continues into the future, that the building he is standing in won't suddenly collapse just as the cue ball is struck, etc.
The ceteris paribus clause can be used to simplify thought experiments and simulations by relying on induction and the common sense law of inertia which states that things tend to remain the same (e.g. buildings tend not to collapse).