Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Syed Hamid Albar...the new season!
Home Minister, Syed Hamid Albar announced that he has given agencies under his ministry six months to clear the 33,000 backlog of applications for permanent residence (PR) and citizenship. He wanted to hasten the process because some of the cases had lingered on for 30 years!
Something which the minister seems to be surprised at but which we ordinary citizens have known for years. Thank you for the Final Revelation, Y.B. You're slow but you eventually pull the trigger to shoot your own foot.
But now here is the clincher. Asked why there was a huge backlog of cases, Syed Hamid said...TAAAA DAAAAAA...... the authorities needed to screen the applications to ensure only eligible and outstanding applicants were awarded the distinction of becoming Malaysians!
Huh??? Hahahahahahaha.........Perhaps the Y.B. would care to enlighten us on why and how so many construction workers from a neighbouring country allegedly have Malaysian Identity Cards? And were given them really quickly. Eligible and outstanding applicants? Right!
But then being a seasoned politician, the Home Minister has a ready answer...“We are a popular country. There are growing applications to either obtain PR or citizenship. Foreigners are said to value our peaceful form of governance and tolerance."
And just in case there are any "pendatang" flers or disloyal Bumiputras who think that the citizenship awards are merely a political side-show the minister hastened to add that the awarding of citizenship ceremony had nothing to do with the by-election in Terengganu. The recipients are not entitled to vote.
Huh??? I thought that was the sworn duty of a citizen. To vote. Somebody changed the rules ah?