Friday, October 24, 2014

Zuckerberg, Mandarin, Bolehland And Malaysian Politikus

While Facebook's founder was impressing his Chinese audience with his beginner Mandarin, we have smart alecs advocating abolishing Chinese vernacular schools.

These geniuses would have us believe that vernacular schools are the cause of racial polarisation. In fact, they would have us believing in anything so long as they gain from selling their vacuous wares.

Thinking Bolehlanders don't see how racial polarisation comes from having vernacular schools.

Racial polarisation in the Bolehland context, comes from the specie of Malaysian rodents called 'politikus' or political rats in English.

These are the obnoxious oxymorons (forget the figure of speech, think of the persons) who would gad about making others feel uncomfortable and unwelcome that really drives the divide between the races - and all done, ostensibly for the good of the nation but really for their own personal gain!

Unity comes not solely from a common language but more significantly, from feelings of being appreciated and welcome.

If you constantly remind others to be grateful because you assert that they are pendatang, you are not going to endear the races to one another. (The irony is that we are all, in ones sense of another, immigrants except perhaps for the orang asli and the pribumi of Sabah and Sarawak?)

A common language only helps to bridge the gap between the races but it is the heart that unites.

Still, is there harm in learning to master more languages, especially in an increasingly globalised world? (Even in the vernacular schools, the national language is taught and not neglected)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Are We Deifying Our Leaders?

We are fast becoming a caricature of our own making.

Are we making deities of our leaders that there should be so many things you can't do about them?

Like putting a slipper to their pictures? Doing just this to a poster of the Pm has got the poor retiree into trouble with the law.

Most of us Bolehlanders don't see how doing that is going to provoke a breach of the peace or that it amounts to criminal intimidation of the Pm.

The man was just angry with the government and wanted to send a message. It was not as if he had threatened to physically harm Ah Jib Kor.

I am sure that if the same had happened to the world's most powerful man, Obama would have simply ignored it, if not have had a good laugh at the man's gumption. After all, there is freedom of speech and expression, no?

Here, we are so sensitive to the slightest hint of disapproval of a public figure as if god himself is offended. Are we deifying our leaders?

Our reaction is more consonant with that of rogue nations with untouchable great and dear leaders than that of the greatest democracy in the world, if we were to believe Ah Jib himself.

Really, what the poor retiree did is no different from political satire in motion. If we are not offended, or shouldn't be anyway, with political satire, than we shouldn't be, too, with a man putting a slipper to a pretty poster of the Pm.

I think Zunar has the making of another great book from this one.

Friday, October 17, 2014

What Bolehland Needs

Bolehland does not need more expressways and expensive wasteful mega projects.

We have these aplenty since the tenure of the man who thinks he is still the Pm and they have made life more difficult and expensive for us long suffering Bolehlanders.

The expressways, especially the urban ones, have choked traffic in places instead of dispersing it and made us pay for the right to get from point A to point B.

What we need is a change of government, with a leader who is able to be a unitary unifying figure, one who does not and won't need to predicate his political survival on narrow, parochial interests like race and religion.

One who is able to bring the country together, instead of talking expansively on it. One short on slogans but long on performance.

One able to cut the back of corruption, corrupt practices and crony capitalism that have cost the nation dear and that result in Bolehland being one of the countries in the world with some of the highest illicit annual outflows of funds.

One who can rein in the perennial runaway budgets and stop the over spending year upon year that has resulted in a burgeoning sovereign debt that threatens to bankrupt the nation and unravel everything for us.

One whose grasp and understanding of economics does not consist of off-budget shenanigans that cloud the truth and further threaten to aggravate the sovereign debt and make a mockery of the national budget and accountability.

One who is able to restore the nation's faith in the judiciary and other public institutions, including the police department, the AG's chambers, the Election Commission, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and even the ROS.

One who is not afraid of or easily offended by criticisms and open debate. One who believes in a free press and freedom of expression and speech and assembly.

One who is confident in himself and his ability to lead fairly and impartially. One who is not even afraid of being kicked out of office.

The road to a dysfunctional administration and nation started with the tenure of the man who thinks he is still the Pm, when dissent was suppressed and institutions were cowed and the emphasis was on enriching and empowering the elite in the name of affirmative action while the rest supposed to be affirmed have to rely on band aids and handouts like Ah Jib Kor's BR1M that leave them more like beggars than owners.

What we need is a much needed change of government.

Unfortunately, that looks more like a pipe dream now, with the disruptive Pas still a member of the opposition coalition.

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