December 15, 2006
Beginning of the End
The end of the beginning.
What a year it has been indeed.
One of major controversies. It started out with religious apostasy taking the front seat. Article 11, a coalition of NGOs, was formed. People protested. Tried to stop public forums on religious freedoms from taking place. Letters were issued. Muslim NGOs stood out to form their own protests in mass groups. Tensions arose. Tempers flared.
Dr M, our own Old Man, awakened from his silent slumber. Condemnations flowered the papers (or should I say weeded). His cutting remarks brought blushes to the cheeks of even veteran politicians. How can he make such direct statements and criticisms? Malaysians ought to be subtle and answer in slight nuances, not in your face! Prime Minister Badawi was shamed, having to stoop down and say “Hey I am still in control. Whatever makes people say I am not in control?” What a silly statement to have to make. Honestly.
We had the CPPS controversial equity report that flamed the major newspapers in the country. Statistics became the flavour of the day. Numbers and issues flooded the minds of you and me, the local folk, the financial market, the stock folk, the political folk – and yes, even the Ah Pek in the local hawker centre, the Ahmad in the mamak stall and so on. Ministers jumped up and made stupid statements. They thought they had it made when calling the report “sampah” (rubbish) – they slapped themselves on the face when making contradictory remarks and misquoting international bodies. Shame on you, Malaysian representatives! What will our foreign partners think? Then again, perhaps they don’t really care what the foreigners think…
Because anyway, the religious authorities might as well go around apartments and convict foreign Married couples of khalwat, right? Who cares that this is scaring the heck out of your tourists from around the world. If they can be arrested for doing the thing they are legally allowed to do anywhere in the world (and I mean everywhere) then why bother coming to Malaysia? What’s the point of promoting tourism Malaysia, what is the real point of producing “Malaysia, truly Asia” advertisements so fantabulously (that even the airport guy in Europe can sing the jingle for me) if on the converse, certain quarters are making it ridiculously difficult for me to entice my friends to come over for a visit. Hey, come and visit me. I *assure* you that you won’t be caught for holding hands with your legitimate wife/husband in KLCC park. (oh maybe on a bad day, you may get caught. but it’s a 50-50 chance. let’s take the chance and party while we can!)
You have foreign minister mentors calling our society discriminatory. And the discriminated parties in the country shaking their heads wondering what the big fuss was all about when all responded up in arms.
Keris shaking and kissing all resonated well within the party that condemned other races without being served legal papers on sedition. All very well and done with, every other component party being clueless as to how to react.
What a year it has been indeed. Let’s drink a toast to Malaysia, truly confused Malaysia.
Or maybe we can’t really wave our wine glasses too high in the air after all. Perhaps it is not publicly and politically acceptable after all. It might offend others. Perhaps we may get fined RM500.
The beginning of the end. Or which?
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