The remarks: Very often we were fooled by the superficial and not knowing the hidden facts. That resulted us not realising what actually went wrong. One could be nonchalant just listening to lies.
The moral behind the short story:
The rice miller is like the government, the cat is the minister, the mice are like the corrupted govenment officials. It was because the attitude of the cat, the corrupted mice became fatter and daring. The practice of corruption became widespread, serious and uncontrollable. And worst, the government never knew what went wrong. It had been in the dark all the time and it lacked the initiative to find the cause. Red tapes and bureaucracy became part of civil service's procedure. The miller and the cat, just like the government and the minister, would not work on small cases that didn't promise return and reward. The situation became rampant that when small problem snow-balled to become huge disaster, then only they hurriedly set up royal commission, inquest, and police and MACC investigation. In the process to show that they meant business, more monies were spent. The most significant example is the PKFZ scandal and fracas. In the political arena, the mice are getting fatter and larger, while the cat is busy collecting rewards.