And so I thought I'd start off the new year by posting something that I found really funny. I saw it in the news portal The Malaysian Insider today. Let's call it The Case of The Missing Jet Engines.
The engines said to be worth RM100 million, were found missing after an audit in 2007. A police report was only lodged in early 2008 but the matter only came to light last month. This is after all the average speed things run here in Bolehland. 2 years. Quite good already. But not as good as what is to follow here...
Prime Minister Najib Razak was defence minister when the engines went missing. So whatever the outcome and whoever the thieves are it is ultimately the responsibility of the then minister in charge. Isn't it? Not here in Malaysia.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hasan has already announced that three low-ranking airmen and a company agent were the only ones involved in the theft. Notice that he specifically mentioned that they were low-ranking personnel. Why? I guess maybe it is to save on scapegoat fees or something. With one quick press statement all the top guys are exonerated. Kao Tim! No problem.
Also, it is only in Malaysia that the Inspector-General of Police can make a pronouncement like that even before the case has finished investigations and gone to court. Yup! Only 3 low-ranking airmen and an agent involved. Nobody else need be bothered by this. Didn't somebody else also make the same kind of pronouncement in the case of the exploding model?
Here's one more funny from today's edition of The Malaysian Insider.
Ex Menteri Besar, Khir Toyo says, "I am very saddened as a Muslim over the judgment in allowing the Catholic church to use the word Allah in their weekly publication. Allah is only for Muslims. In other languages God is referred to as Tuhan whereas in Islam it is Tuhan Yang Maha Esa (The one and only God). Therefore you must understand the distinction between the two.........We don't want other religions to use it as it (the word Allah) refers to the one and only God. Now that the High Court has allowed the usage of the term Allah, soon any religion can apply their own reasoning to use the word Allah. Imagine if a deity were to be referred to as Allah. Surely it would create a lot of tension."
And to think that this man was put in charge of Malaysia's richest state for years. Scary!