Thursday, September 13, 2007
Baaaaaa - GER!!!
Is hypocrisy really a requirement in a politician? Recent events seem to show that it is la. Some days ago there was some trouble in Terenganu. People got upset about something or other. They made their feelings known. They spoke up. Some lost their tempers. It was reported that the policeman fired his gun. Some say it was at the people gathered in the area. The Police say it was in the air. Whatever la. Then somebody got so pissed off that he burned the national flag, the Jalur Gemilang. Fast forward to the leaky building called Parliament House. Our elected YB's got really busy condemning the fler and his act of burning the flag.
"Jail the fler"
"Deprive him of his citizenship"
And I am sure in the lobby of that august house, strictly off the record, some YB's might have even called for some violence to be done to the chap. And somebody might even have offered prize money for that. RM15,000 maybe.
Which brings me to my point. I mean, okay the fler burned the flag. Why? He was pissed off about something that is happening to his country. He was exercising his freedom of speech. He was showing how passionately he is about something. Which is a trait sadly lacking in most Malaysians for anything. Passion I mean.
Then all these YB's in their designer suits and air-conditioned offices mouth off about patriotism and etc. etc. etc. If all that is going to happen to one guy who torched the flag then may I suggest that public flogging be introduced for all these flers and more:-
Lorry owners who fly the flag and allow it to be blackened beyond recognition by soot and diesel exhaust.
Building owners who string up the Jalur Gemilang because Rais Yatim said to do so and then leave it to the ravages of weather and pollution until the flag becomes tattered and torn.
Idiots who endanger themselves and other road users and make us laughing stock on the global stage by plastering their vehicles with scores of flags.
DBKL flers who do not bother to go round town to take down flags after the fireworks have died and allow our sacred flag to be blown onto roads, run over by vehicles or worse pissed upon by canines in Selayang even.
And don't forget those flers who get praised by the YB's for wearing the national flag as their stage costume! How is that better than burning the thing?
Hiyah! Yang Berhormat's can we please get real here, man?
I guess not because as my friend, Veera (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote in the Star today, "......For example, if people consistently fail to do what they know is right or keep doing what they know is wrong, they would experience cognitive dissonance......they cannot accept the feeling, instead of correcting the behaviour, they would repress or deny the feelings, rationalise them, justify their actions or start believing that the problem does not exist."
NIAMAH!!! and a half la.