Monday, August 23, 2010
But the first Monday funny is when Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced that a biometric system to monitor foreign workers in the country is expected to be in place by October.
Yay! Errr.... that's a Yay!, right?
First clue that it isn't going to work is when he also announced that the biometric database would be comprehensive and would involve 14 ministries!!! These days when even the PM and DPM can't seem to sync you expect 14 ministries to work together on something? Personally I stopped believing in the tooth fairy a long time ago.
Another sign that Malaysians REALLY don't have a clue what 1Malaysia is all about is the story that a company, Libroff Media Sdn Bhd has sponsored the building of a RM1.5million arch which will display "different 1Malaysia messages ...... every three months". Eventually, the company will erect 3 more multi-million Ringgit arches. One each in Kuantan, Ipoh and Malacca. The company says that the effort is part of its corporate responsibility. RM4.5million worth of 'responsibility'! Which could have been better spent I think. But that's just my opinion. And I really don't know what this 1Malaysia is about anyway.
And while we still on this 1Malaysia "promotion campaign" I read that the Police has formed a 'Task Force" to investigate reports that 2 mosques in Penang had, during its sermons, called upon the Almighty to bless and protect the state's chief minister but in so doing omitted mentioning the Agung or the Yang Dipertua Negara. Cannot one meh? I thought it is a good thing what. No ah? Can Muslim friends explain to us please? Seriously. What is the matter that is so sensitive here that a police task force has to be formed to investigate it?
And here is the part that should be scary news to all Malaysians. Muslims and non-Muslims alike. While speaking to the press about the task force, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ayub Yaacob revealed that "our men are always there to do the recording. We also had plainsclothes policemen in the mosque ........... they have also taken photos of the Friday prayer and we will be looking into it. Do not think that we are not around although we may not be spotted."
A stern warning indeed! What a country we have become. Yay! Errr.... no ah?
This explanation sent in by a comment-er is informative reading for those who still do not know what the fuss is about.
I hope ure sincere asking for explanation but knowing you I think you will spin it off. Anyway I thought I will try.
For your information all Friday doas only refer to head of state and religion. Agong and the sultans are head of religion. This is the practice from time immemorial (as far as my lifetime knows it). That's why there's no doa specifically for Najib mahathir etc. a general doa perhaps but not specifically. We ask for forgiveness success and well being of the head of state. Now why must this good practice be replaced? Why must the head of state and religion be replaced? And be replaced with guan eng? Huh?
May be another way to explain it is this. What if bn replaces all the Fridays doa reference to king with Najib and rosmah. Doa for their well being and longetivity and that they become successful and lead the nation further. There would be uproar from pakatan and pas members. (some may puke) If you're already offended when rosmah was called first lady replacing permaisuri how can you not be offended when guan eng replaced the king in a Muslims doa.
And finally, some words of wisdom from our minister of tourism Ng Yen Yen whom I think requires a reality check pretty soon. She said, "If we can offer helicopter tours, I am sure many rich tourists would come to Malaysia for aerial tourism."
No, wait there is one more funny to share. Bridges seem to be Mahathir's thing right? First the bridge to replace the Causeway to Singapore. Then when that didn't work out he proposed a Crooked Bridge. Then when Badawi scrapped that idea he got very angry. Now Mahathir has come out to oppose .... A BRIDGE! Some bright spark has proposed a 48km bridge to link Langkawi to Kuala Perlis. " CANNOT!" says Mahathir. "Langkawi must remain an island and is unsuitable to be turned into a land mass." Turned into a land mass? Okay....errrr...what's that mean ah?
And on that note, here's wishing you a good 1Malaysia week ahead.
p/s cannot do vocal blog because the jackhammers and drills are still at it upstairs.