Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Logic Of Politicians

I don't know which is worse. I'd like to think that our politicians have the ability to think logically but that could only mean that they have the intention to hoodwink us. Here is an example:
“It should be mentioned that the EC has proven its credentials in the past 12 general elections. This includes the March 2008 election which saw the opposition winning 82 of the 222 parliamentary seats contested. 
"In addition, it also gained control of four states as well as remained ruling Kelantan. Of the total 16 by-elections held after the 12th general election, eight were won by the opposition. 
"All of this ensures credible election - free and fair. The election results were accepted as legitimate by all parties, be it the government or opposition. This led to the formation of a recognised government,” said Nazri.
If you were not careful, you would have agreed that, yeah, if the elections were not fair, how could the Pakatan win "so many" seats. But if I turn it into an analogy that everyone can understand, I think you would realize that you have just been a victim of logical fallacy. Here goes:

In a football match, your team manages to score 2 goals but the referee awards seven dubious penalty kicks to the opposing team, which eventually led to a 7-2 defeat for your team. Now, after the match, if you accuse the referee for being biased, the FA comes in and says, well, you managed to score 2 goals. That ensures that the match is fair. Otherwise, you would not have scored any goals. It doesn't take a genius to know that such an argument is stupid.

I just wonder why Nazri thinks he can get by with such a weak argument. It makes me worried that he is the de facto law minister. I really don't know if I should be worried that he can't think logically, or if he thinks we can't think logically.

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