Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ma Ying-jeou, comedian.


CTI, pro-KMT to the core, did a story yesterday on Ma once again making his bizarre jokes that are unfunny to their listeners, in this case Morakot refugees. This "Ma-style" joke, the news station announces, has him saying that government workers are not as good as private workers. At about 1:10 he begins:
"These houses were provided by [the Buddhist charitable foundation] Tz Chi. The ... agricultural products by the side of the road were donated by Hon Hai. What is the government doing? Sometimes private organizations are more effective than the government. Because private organizations don't have to follow the government purchasing rules, this regulation, that regulation, government workers also are afraid of making mistakes involving benefits to others. Private organizations don't have these considerations, so they are more effective."
In an earlier event depicted in the video (thanks to maddog & commenter for the correction), a woman stood up and started to discuss something with him. Then he said, apparently thinking he was funny: "Let me finish speaking and then I'll save you."

As the announcer said, it's a Ma style joke.

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7 comments:

Thomas said...

Aside from the odd assertion that private enterprises don't have to worry about making mistakes involving the benefits of others (I guess he hasn't been tracking the Lehman Brothers minibond fiasco in Hong Kong), and the fact that I don't find the "save you" part funny, I really don't get the joke. What was he trying to say?

Anonymous said...

The "let me finish speaking and then I'll save you" is from a couple of weeks ago."

les said...

Sooner or later he's going to show up at some disaster on a white horse, wearing shining armor. I kid you not.

Anonymous said...

The only people I hear laughing are KMT butt kissers.

readin said...

"These houses were provided by [the Buddhist charitable foundation] Tz Chi. The ... agricultural products by the side of the road were donated by Hon Hai. What is the government doing? Sometimes private organizations are more effective than the government. Because private organizations don't have to follow the government purchasing rules, this regulation, that regulation, government workers also are afraid of making mistakes involving benefits to others. Private organizations don't have these considerations, so they are more effective."

Dead on. But of course nothing stops the government from extending the regulations to private organizations.

Masalu said...

Many believes Lehman Brothers fiasco was a scam and not a mistake.

Ma's quote was not funny but the woman should have the courtesy to wait her turn.

Robert R. said...

Dead on. But of course nothing stops the government from extending the regulations to private organizations.

Regulations, sure, good idea. Purchasing rules, not so much. Those are more to protect the public's money. Private organizations generally do a better job of protecting their own money.

Our company has made bids on some government contracts, and the bids were automatically canceled because there were less than 3 bidders. A [semi-]useful protection? Yes. Efficient and timely? Eh, no.