TALKING the talk is about being insincere, putting on a good front; being phoney. In Malay we call it “temberang”, which basically means to be boastful and without substance. The opposite is walking the talk, living your life with integrity and turning your words into action.
Lot of ministers talk the talk. It’s part of the common political psyche in Malaysia. I am sure we all have been in situations where we have to wait impatiently for ministers to turn up to grace an occasion. As the minister enters the room you have to give him the honour by standing up and applaud enthusiastically as if he is God-sent.