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.
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