The Meaning of ‘Transparency’…

Not so long ago in Malaysiakini (http://www.malaysiakini.com/), several articles and letters were dedicated to the issue of school girls wearing white transparent uniforms. One such letter goes with the title ‘Covering up’ won’t prevent social ills (http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/83327) which was written by Vizla Kumaresan. There are other articles too, and this blogger also has produced several postings dedicated to this issue.

Now, this issue is not on the top of Malaysiakini hot items at this moment. Now, the hot issue is about SAPP, see this news article BN meeting to discuss Sapp ‘betrayal’ (http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/84705) – for example. Being a news portal, Malaysiakini obviously has to go with the flow of “important” events… But in this blog… I myself will choose what to write…

And so… now… let us now deal a litle bit with the meaning of transparent and transparency…

What is the meaning of transparency…?

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Transparency, as used in the humanities, implies openness, communication, and accountability. It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning used in the physical sciences: a “transparent” object is one that can be seen through.

Transparency is introduced as a means of holding public officials accountable and fighting corruption. When government meetings are open to the press and the public, when budgets and financial statements may be reviewed by anyone, when laws, rules and decisions are open to discussion, they are seen as transparent and there is less opportunity for the authorities to abuse the system in their own interest.

Transparency cannot exist as a purely one-way communication though. If the media and the public knows everything that happens in all authorities and county administrations there will be a lot of questions, protests and suggestions coming from media and the public. People who are interested in a certain issue will try to influence the decisions. Transparency creates an everyday participation in the political processes by media and the public. One tool used to increase everyday participation in political processes is Freedom of Information legislation and requests.

Modern democracy builds on such participation of the people and media. There are, for anybody who is interested, many ways to influence the decisions at all levels in society.

Source: Transparency (humanities)

Ok… for the remainder of this post, I would like to re-visit an issue which has obviously fired a lot of debate in Malaysia….

Yes.. woman in transparent white dresses… well the issue is about schoolgirls… but I am not into school girls… so let’s look at something else…

Why not take a look at this actress…. I wonder what kind of message that she is conveying when she wears such a dress:

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Picture Credits: Monalisa – Udrekam @ Ragalahari

She is Monalisa…

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Picture Credits: Monalisa – Udrekam @ Ragalahari

She is wearing a white…..

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Picture Credits: Monalisa – Udrekam @ Ragalahari

She is wearing a white…..transparent dress…

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Picture Credits: Monalisa – Udrekam @ Ragalahari

She is wearing a white…..transparent dress…that may make some people feel offended…

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Picture Credits: Monalisa – Udrekam @ Ragalahari

She is wearing a white…..transparent dress…that may make some people feel insulted…

Whatever it is readers should beware, the scenes from films and cinemas are not intended to be taken seriously… After all, films and cinemas are one of the many form of escapism to those who are weary of reality…. and the truth….

But sometimes I do wonder why some Malaysians can find the issue of women (or even school girls) wearing transparent dresses so important…and significant….

mmm…. as said earlier….. “in the physical sciences: a “transparent” object is one that can be seen through“.

And to think about it… the dress (or any dress for that matter) is a form of media… just like the cinemas and Malaysiakini….

And to repeat another part of the Wikipedia quote: Modern democracy builds on such participation of the people and media.

Well… more about this in the future!

See also this entry – Several Aspects of Transparency…And…

 

 

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All picture credits to Ragalahari

Note: The Gallery Udrekam features Monalisa, Sumith, Jagan and Sunny

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