Hello everyone! My last post was on December 11 and since then I've been receiving all sorts of messages asking what's happened to me and how come the blog has not been updated. The messages were quite amuisng.
"Oi! What happened lah, Patrick?"
"I think Patrick has lost his balls."
"Patrick deserves a good rest."
"Patrick is planning something big."
(There's always the eternal optimist lurking around.)
And there are other more colourful ones that referred to my ancestry and all. But I think I shall spare you those.
The truth is that I have been away in LaLa Land otherwise known as Singapore. No, I am not checking out emigration possibilities although that thought had crossed my mind. Thankfully, alcohol-induced stupor doesn't last that long. And while I was in Singapore there was just no way of getting my hands on a hard copy of any Malaysian newspaper. I am not sure why but online versions just does not give me any inspiration (if it can be called that) to blog. Anyway, so I am back in Bolehland and been reading the newspapers that I missed. And I still don't have anything that I want to blog about. Ya, ya, ya...there's been lots in the news lately. Ranging from Parliament suspensions to the creation of a 3rd Force in Malaysian politics to the MACC dragging out some BIG-er fish to parade ahead of elections to Chief Ministers marrying women young enough to be their granddaughters. Yes there has been much happening. But it is all SO DEPRESSING.
But luckily in today's news there were some rather good funnies.
I just read in The Malaysian Insider that Najib said that 1Malaysia was his own creation and not a carbon copy from another country. I supposed he was referring to allegations that he took the cue from the 1Israel campaign slogan. Well, he's right. It is not a CARBON copy. Otherwise we'd have to change our country's name right? Like that also don't understand ah. Some more say I copy. Hummmph! The prime minister should learn to quit when he's ahead. But he had to add, "The 1Malaysia concept was not copied from another country. It is my own creation. Other countries may have a one this and a one that but nowhere in the world is there a 1 Malaysia, People First, Performance Now". I know he is trying to take ownership of the slogan but with that kind of argument? Tsk...tsk...tsk...
At the same function Najib also had this great punchline..."We cannot afford to be spendthrift, we have to spend according to our capability. What is important is that the country's future is guaranteed under the present government." HUH???!!! Coming from the leader of the BN/Umno government?
In today's Star it was reported that Prime Minister Najib said that the government will strike a balance between meritocracy and social justice when rewarding students for outstanding academic achievements. I presume that he was referring to the awarding of scholarships and other financial assistance for deserving students. He said that while rewarding students based on meritocracy was important it was also imperative not to sideline others who came from low income families and still achieved good results. What's the big problem here? It isn't rocket science what. Scholarships should be based on academic achievements as well as family income levels. So if a millionaire's children achieve good academic results they should not be in line for government funds to further their education because the family can afford to fund it themselves. Simple. No? So why is the PM making such a big deal? Dunno lah.
Our prime minister did add another great quotation to his list of hilarious utterings in today's Star. He said, "We should not be doing things to divide the nation. If we divide this nations, we will all be losers." The question is, why is he telling this obvious fact to US? We know already lah, Yang Whatever. Tell your Umno flers lah.
In page N3 of The Star today there is a story that initially restored my faith in justice. Former senior immigration officer Yusuf Abu Bakar was sentenced to 56 years and fined RM620,000 for corruption. Wah! Finally, a BIG-er fish has been caught and charged and sentenced. Wah! MACC means business now lah? But when I read the story it was back to status quo. The judge had ordered the fler's sentence to run concurrently. That meant that he serves no more than 6 years in jail. I guess he might even be out in less given good behaviour and whatever. Tell me the truth. Does that make you feel that things are finally going right? No.
But hey it's Christmas. The season to be jolly. The season to be sharing and giving. So there is a bit of good news from our Najib. He's announced that the Federal Government is planning to make Penang the preferred economic hub of the region. Just exactly how that translates into benefits for the rakyat he didn't say. What? You expected him to? Yes, there is a Santa Claus and he'll be leaving presents under your Christmas tree.