This picture is appropriate for what happened in the High Court as well as Rais' "brilliant" idea. Someone might have to explain it slowly to the Utusan Malaysia management and staff though.Today is a great day in the history of Malaysia! Okay, maybe I exaggerate a little bit but it is still a wonderful day. Woo hoo!!! I haven't felt this good as a Malaysian for quite a long time. And the reason/s for my elation? Only very simple things la.
Today, I read that Malaysia has canceled the Internet filter plan that Rais Yatim announced a few days ago and which flipped-flopped between "Yes we are" from Rais and "No we ain't" from Najib to the point of global embarrassment. But at the time I write this, nobody from the government or Rais himself has made any comment. Rais must be sulking at home. Ha!
The second reason, not that I need two, for my jubilation today is the story of the reporter from the ultra-right wing Utusan Malaysia that's recently been in the spotlight for its several racist and near-seditious articles. This reporter, Mohd. Nizam admitted in the High Court witness stand that he thought "ultra vires" meant "to insult". Basically, he doesn't really know nor understand what he is writing about la. The fler was reporting on the Karpal Singh sedition trial where the old man was, among other things, being accused of making seditious statements related to the entire Perak constitutional crisis. "Ultra Vires" actually means "beyond the powers" and in the Karpal Singh case the mistaken meaning as reported in a major mainstream newspaper could have been damaging in many ways.
And so it has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Utusan Malaysia is not to be taken seriously. If any intelligent, loyal Malaysian needed any further proof of that la. So, my brethren, the next time they call you a coward and want to defend your rights or whatever, they might not actually know what they are talking about. So......
I think today calls for a celebration. I might even drive all the way to visit my non-Muslim friend in Shah Alam and have some beers.