Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Weird stuff

Unfortunately, the Malaysian education system has - through the years - done an excellent job in teaching Malaysians to accept what they are told, rather than develop their critical faculties.

The MCA* Public Services and Complaints Department often has its hands full trying to persuade Malaysians not to fall prey to con artists and scams - from whom it then has to try and extricate the victims.

Now the MCA has come out with a book containing guidelines on how to recognise a true medium, which includes 20 pointers on how to to distinguish a crook from a real medium.

A real medium. Right.

I have fairies at the bottom of my garden. I'll show you for 500 RM. Of course, if you fail to see them, it's not my fault. It's because you just don't have faith...

* Malaysian Chinese Association - a political party which is part of the ruling government.

5 comments:

hrugaar said...

Oh you cynic, glenda. :D

But didn't you realise it was the fairies who flipped the top off your deodorant just before those dinner guests arrived?

Jo said...

Well said hrugaar, and I think it is very important to distinguish between a real and a fake medium. After all, you never know who might be scamming you. I once read palms in a Gypsy tent for a local fair, I was very good at it, so maybe I should come to Malaysia.

Peter said...

Did you hear the one about the dwarf clairvoyant who escaped from prison?


The newspaper headlines the next day read...

SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE!

Alex said...

I always recommend Carl Sagan's "Demon Haunted World" (especially his Baloney Detection Kit) for anyone to instill healthy skepticism.

Glenda Larke said...

Lol...

Yes, Alex - that book is one of my favourites. I am always trying to push people to read it too.