Ever since the Terengganu chief minister's announcement that the state had forked out RM3.4 million to buy 14 Mercedes Benz Kompressor cars and the debates, arguments and public indignation that followed I've been waiting for something else laughable to happen. Today when I opened the newspapers there it was...
BN states to promote cost-saving habits.
Yes, that was the headline story. And the call was issued by no less than our Prime Minister! Remember? He'd just approved the Mercedes purchases but stipulated that they only be used to transport foreign dignitaries visiting the state. An order that nobody bothered to take very seriously. Of course. It's only Abdullah Badawi after all. Ah nerr mine la. Jom pi makan angin in my new Mercedes Benz Kompressor.
"Barisan Nasional state governments are to launch community programmes to help people reduce their energy use and adopt other cost-saving habits. These include more use of public transport and developing edible home gardens......"
The prime minister gave this set of instructions to chief ministers and menteri's besar at a meeting yesterday. And guess what? This is really quite funny. The only guy who wasn't present at the meeting to hear Badawi's words was...........the menteri besar of......Terengganu!!!
It seems Ahmad Said is abroad performing the umrah!!! I wonder what sins he is seeking forgiveness for?
Anyway, after spending millions of tax-payers money on luxury cars for executive councillors these flers now tell US to change our lifestyles. Again! Plant vegetables. Use public transport. Cut back on use of electricity and water.
How many times you want us to change our lifestyle?
Plant vegetables? Sure if you had changed local building by-laws to ensure that our homes have at least a piece of green that's bigger than a postage stamp. Plant vegetables in our garden ah? Hello! Where got garden?
Use public transport? If I take the unreliable buses that run late all the time and I get fired from my job then how? If I take LRT and have to queue for hours and get home late where got time to plant vegetables?
And then I use public transport everyday I get home late. Dark already so sure have to switch on lights so how to save electricity?
Save water ah? That one maybe can la. I tell my family they can only shower once a week. But then we all smell how? Then maybe you will tell us that also cannot because it affects our tourism arrivals etc. Give bad impression to our foreign visitors.
Cost-saving ah? Eh! Wait a minute ah. Then how come your house so big one? So many lights. So much land but I don't see any vegetable patch one. Wah some more your gardener use hose to water your wife's flowers.
Hiyah! Everything also we lose one la.