Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Quotes from Sages and Morons Pt III
Despite what may have been said about them the editorial team at The New Straits Times do have a sense of humour la. Look at today's front page.
4 quotes. All attributed to one man. The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak. So what's so funny about that you may ask. Well, read on...
"We should be watchful of what we say, not because we cannot say it, but because we must know how best to say it"...
...and this from the same guy who not so many years ago was standing in the middle of a padang in the middle of Kuala Lumpur at a public rally and waving a keris calling for the shedding of blood. Whose blood I won't say la because I should know how best to say it, right?
"I believe it is a disservice to the spirit of our nation and founding fahers if we keep harping on what would keep us apart, rather than what has kept us together for half a century"...
...very true words, Najib but unless my memory fails me all the disservice in recent years seem to have been done by mostly politicians in the Barisan Nasional. Right?
"Let us celebrate the success that is Malaysia. Let us celebrate 50 years of nationhood, sacrifice, tolerance and co-operation"...
...yes thank you, YB we shall do just that as soon as you and your political colleagues recognise that Malaysia belongs to us, the Rakyat, and not to the politicians in power. That the sacrifices you so often refer to is made mostly by us, the Rakyat, albeit led by a team of leaders like the Tunku and your father. I as a Chinese Malaysian together with my brethren, the Bumiputras and Indian Malaysians have tolerated a lot in the last 50 years and will continue to do so with understanding. So please la, don't lecture us about tolerance and sacrifice anymore, okay?
By the way, what is your sacrifice and contribution ah? No seriously, tell us. We really would like to know.
"Each of us must ask ourselves what we have done to promote national unity"...
...are you listening to yourself, YB? Oh sorry, it is YAB isn't it? Ah whatever la. Makes no difference to me. Or any member of the rakyat I don't think. Thank you.
"I am proud to say that almost everyone in this country has access to safe, potable water supply"...Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, Energy, Water and Communications Minister.
...I wonder if Dr. Lim has installed those gleaming silver water filters that cost a fortune in his home? If he has then he is tokking kok right? If he hasn't then I salute him for being a brave soul for drinking unfiltered water from Malaysia's water supply. Syabas!
"That means my identity card or passport must state that I am a Bangsa Malaysia. My religion must also be left out as it is strictly between me and God"...the former Inspector-General of Police, Rahim Noor on his definition of a complete Malaysian.
Now how the hell did somebody with those thoughts get to become Inspector-General of Police? The Home Ministry better tighten up some loopholes la.
"We also want them to promote Langkawi, Penang and other interesting islands as an alternative to Bali"...the Malaysian minister of tourism on his plans for co-operation with the Indonesians to exchange tourists.
Sounds like something wrong here la. It's like..."Dei brudder, send some of your tourists over la. Bali enough already isn't it? Share share la". This wise minister suggested that during the season when Middle Eastern tourists visit Malaysia the ministry would promote Indonesia to them and wanted the Indonesians to do the same with their Russian and Australian tourists who visit Bali often. Call me a cynical Chinaman entrepreneur la but somehow that doesn't sound right or clever to me la. You?
"I don't see any other reason that they cannot spend about RM3 to buy a mini flag and fly it on their vehicles"...Deputy Information Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi after being frustrated by the lack of commitment shown by motorists in flying the mini Jalur Gemilang on their vehicles this year. He reckoned that motorists were expecting the Government to give them the flags for free.
Hello, YB when you've given people things for free for 4 decades now you blame them for wanting everything free???