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Thursday, 3 June 2010

A conference too soon - A Reader's Response in Chinese

The following is a reader's response (in Chinese) to my letter published in TODAY on the MBS conference woes.

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随笔南洋网 http://www.sgwritings.com 2010-5-22 23:49
By 斜桥的个人空间 http://www.sgwritings.com/58885

《今日报》(《Today》)有一读者来信,令我大开眼界。
小标题是“There's no way MBS would have been ready for bar meet - and the IPBA should've known better”(金沙不可能为律师年会完全准备完毕,而且那些在全世界开业的名律师们(top lawyers practising worldwide)应该知道这一点)。原来,错都错在顾客,你们明明知道会有断电,会有冷气不足(空调故障),会有行李迟送到客房,会有电梯失灵,会有厕所无法冲洗……这些顾客怎么这样傻,奋不顾身地来开会,过后却抱怨连连!

大标题更是妙:A conference too soon!(一个来得太早的会议!)好莱坞有一部二战名片《A Bridge Too Far》,叙述二战后期盟军制定了战史上最大规模的空降行动,计划一举夺得莱茵河上的几座大桥,攻入德国鲁尔工业区,从而结束战争。但因为计划仓促,忽略了重要情报,最终惨败而归。虽然战后始终没有追究惨败的原因,但战役的策划者用“A Bridge Too Far”间接地承认了错误。而今天,“A conference too soon”倒是暗喻律师协会做了错误的决定。难道这个金沙主办的第一个会议是那些在全世界开业的名律师们强烈争取来的?

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