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Shafie Apdal has a reputation for bungling things as evidenced by his earlier tenure as  Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister. In my opinion I thought he would be dropped from the cabinet this time around, but he squeezed through based on the quota system.

One of the first duty he has undertaken is to popularise songs on patriotism and unity. My suggestions on this would include:

  • Blar these songs in shopping malls, restaurants, bus stops and wherever people congregate
  • Have enforcement officers going around, and introduce new rules making it an offense to close your ears and mouth when the songs are played
  • Pay people to memorise these songs
  • Make it a subject in school, and make it compulsory they must get at least an A grade to pass the whole exam
  • No other songs on TV and radio, and if allowed, every other song must be Apdal’s song
  • Distribute free CD’s with these songs and despatch your staff to put these CD’s in post boxes as their did for the porn VCD of a minister who resigned
  • Finally, flyers everywhere, and this may help your cronies, actually all the resources required by my proposals will give you an easy way to help your friends. Two birds with one song.

If any further suggestions are wanted please contact bloggers who are more than ready to help.

There is another suggestion, very stupid though, practice what you preach and patriotism and unity will be a by product but then this may be a bit difficult for him to understand. And, please don’t treat patriotism and unity as a commodity, you are no more a consumer Minister, these two attributes come from the heart you can’t compel people.    

Minister: Patriotic songs not effective among the young

 

 

PUTRAJAYA: New approaches are needed to make the National Unity Department relevant to the younger generation.

Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said he and department officers would think of new ways to reach youth with the message of national unity and a shared future.
“Playing patriotic and unity songs are no longer effective.
“This is a new generation of youth who think differently,” he said after attending his first briefing with department staff since being appointed to the post.
Shafie was previously the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister.

He takes over the unity portfolio from former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, who is now the science, technology and innovation minister.

The New Straits Times Online…….

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