Happy birthday Peninsula Malaysia!
Sometimes, you wonder if it is really true that most of the major mainstream newspapers are owned by parties of the Barisan Nasional coalition. Why? They constantly print stories that really make our political leaders look and sound like total morons. For example, just in the Star today there are a couple of big obvious bloopers or fuck-ups by some editors somewhere.
On page N14 of The Star there is a story about the 2010 Merdeka celebrations being held indoors in air-conditioned comfort in the Stadium Bukit Jalil. This year's 'modest' scale celebrations "incorporates elements of the 1Malaysia concept as well as the values of integrity and patriotism."
You probably know that this year's celebrations will feature the Malaysian armed forces personnel. According to the story the good folks' performances "include defence movements and formations by the armed forces, to bring out the spirit of independence." Okay, that's just the start of the incredulity.
Here is the killer part of the story. Rais Yatim whose ministry is in charge of production this year supposedly said, "There will be more than 15,000 people cramped in this stadium. This shows that we are truly 1Malaysia where although within a small confinement, we can cater for a very cohesive arrangement of people."
HUH??? What??? Cramping 15,000 people into an indoor stadium shows that we are truly 1Malaysia? Surely, The Star's article has not done good old, Rais any favours. Or have they?
Further down that page there is another example of something that might have lost something in translation.
Culture and Arts Department director-general, Norliza Rofli said this year the celebs will showcase the ability and fighting spirit of the country’s security forces and about 1,500 armed forces and police personnel would take part in the performance.
Okay... but then...
"We will also be showing the images of all Yang di-Pertuan Agong from the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong until the present 13th, and pay tribute to our prime ministers since independence.....and the new concept was in line with the Government’s efforts to transform the country".
HUH??? Transform the country? How? When?
Have a good week ahead, folks and Happy Merdeka!