Pertama, tidak betul-betul faham perbezaan di antara Rescue Package kelolaan IMF dan Perjanjian Pinjaman untuk Rekonstruksi dan Pembangunan Bank Dunia.
Kedua, sebab tidak boleh membezakan di antara Rescue Package IMF (yang dia sebut dalam tweetnya sebagai `recovery plan') dan yang disebut dalam Project Appraisal Report sebagai National Economic Recovery Plan yang diumumkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia pada tahun 1998.
Kedangkalan Tulang Besi boleh dilihat di sini:
Bila dah kantoi, barulah dia kelam kabut - tengok tweet dia baru lah nak baca dan bezakan perjanjian Rescue Package dengan Perjanjian World Bank tentang Rekonstruksi dan Pembangunan:
Ketiga, Tulang Besi kantoi teruk apabila cuba menyangkal kenyataan saya tentang usaha rakyat Korea untuk menyelamatkan negara itu dari cengkaman IMF.
Bila saya nyatakan itu, Tulang Besi tanpa berfikir (tipikal seperti budak-budak PR yang memang jarang menggunakan akal untuk berfikir) terus menyangkalnya dengan tweet beliau di bawah;
Baca artikel di bawah dan bayangkan suasana ketika itu. Malas nak cakap pasal budak-budak PR dan kualiti kajian dan pemikiran mereka. Sebab itu ramai pemimpin PR terpaksa block twitter orang lain kerana mereka tidak mampu berhujah untuk mempertahankan pendirian separuh masak mereka. Dalam hal ini kita tahu Rafizi Ramli bukan sahaja gagal membuat penyelidikan yang baik, gagal memahami konteks dan sejarah krisis mata wang 1998, tetapi juga sikapnya yang menyebarkan pembohongan walaupun tidak mempunyai maklumat dan kefahaman yang cukup mengenai sesuatu perkara (baca di sini tentang Rafizi kantoi). Tulang Besi? Kalau ulamanya pun dari jenis yang menipu, apa lagi blogger pemfitnah macam Malaysiawaves.
Wednesday, January 14, 1998 Published at 18:26 GMT
Koreans give up their gold to help their country
Picture: Eight tonnes of gold was collected in the first week
South Korea has exported the first shipment of 300 kilograms of gold collected in a public campaign to help the country out of its economic crisis. The nationwide campaign - led by large business groups including Daewoo, Samsung and Hyundai - began on January 5, and involved ordinary Koreans donating personal gold treasures, which have been melted down into ingots ready for sale on the international markets. Kate Liang looks at the phenomenon of public self-sacrifice to save an economy in trouble:
It's an extraordinary sight: South Koreans queuing for hours to donate their best-loved treasures in a gesture of support for their beleaguered economy.
Housewives gave up their wedding rings; athletes donated medals and trophies; many gave away gold "luck" keys, a traditional present on the opening of a new business or a 60th birthday.
The campaign has exceeded the organisers' expectations, with people from all walks of life rallying around in a spirit of self-sacrifice. According to the organisers ten tons of gold were collected in the first two days of the campaign.
But perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of the campaign is not the sums involved, but the willingness of the Korean people to make personal sacrifices to help save their economy. The managing director of the IMF, Michel Camdessus, who has just completed a visit to Seoul, was clearly moved by the campaign, calling it "admirable".
There have been other indications that Koreans are willing to work together to face their economic difficulties: Korea's traditionally militant labour unions have announced that they are willing to join a consultative body which is being set up to discuss the possibility of job losses alongside employers and politicians.
But the spirit of self-sacrifice has not, it seems, been extended to foreign workers, with many migrant labourers now facing the threat of being sent home. And there is now a stigma attached to taking holidays abroad, or buying foreign-made luxury products. Some worry that an anti-foreign backlash will become more pronounced in South Korea as economic hardship starts to bite.
Koreans queued at dozens of collection stations
And it isn't clear how effective the gold campaign will actually be. Organisers estimate that South Koreans privately hold around $20 billion dollars worth of gold - that's roughly one third of the money South Korea owes the International Monetary Fund in bailout loans. But compared with some estimates of South Korea's total foreign debt, even such huge figures seem little more than a drop in the ocean.
Yet there is one aspect of the gold campaign, and other demonstrations of public willingness to make sacrifices, on which most analysts agree. At a time when many Koreans feel their fate is in the hands of global organisations such as the IMF and international speculators and investors, donating a valued family heirloom may perhaps lessen the feelings of helplessness which many experienced as the extent of the crisis began to sink in.