Friday, August 19, 2011
Okay, let's start with the front page The Star's Metro (Central edition. Not sure if you folks in other parts of Pen. MY got this too). There is this colourful photo of a row of Jalur Gemilang bunting stretching into the distance. The story was titled, "See stripes". And I must admit I was seeing something when I read the accompanying caption. It read......
As the ultimate sign of patriotism, pillars at the Institut Latihan DBKL in Bandar Tun Razak are draped with the Jalur Gemilang. A young man is seen admiring the final effect.
Alright, at first you may not find anything funny about that story. But read the caption again. The word used is ULTIMATE.
Putting up a few flags when ordered to do so is the ULTIMATE sign of patriotism? Is it? Then we are indeed a sad country lah. And if you look at the face of the young man in the photo, admiration would appear to be furthest from his mind at that moment in his life.
Remember a few days ago I echoed by friend's suggestion that the compulsory acquisition and perhaps eventually destruction of the heritage buildings in Chinatown, Petaling Street was just a government side-show? And that it was to give a chance for MCA and Barisan Nasional to regain Chinese support? Of course, days after that post went on niamah.com Chua Soi Lek visited Petaling St. and reassured all the affected flers there "Not to worry. We shall kao tim for you one." And today in the news it is reported that Syed Hamid Albar (remember the fler who handed our little piece of rock in the middle of the ocean to Singapore?) who is the Land Public Transport Commission chairman, said "MRT alignment can be discussed" one. "We are willing to talk and listen to anyone regarding (the) project, he said.
Phwaaar! Really ah? Then how come didn't talk before making the announcement about the acquisition? People make noise only now want to talk issit? Why? And by the way, I would like to ask Syed Hamid Albar, as chairman of the Land PUBLIC Transport Commission, how many times in the past 10 years has he used public transport?
Hidden in page 4 of the main paper, The Star reports some funnies by the Deputy Prime Minister. the headline was "Language breaks barriers, says Umno deputy chief".
Phwaaar! Good right? And just when you might want to cut our YB's some slack you read that what the DPM and the Selanyang Umno fler Subahan Kamal were actually doing was calling on our police flers to learn 2 other languages besides Bahasa Malaysia!!! English is good, said the Subahan fler. Then our mata-mata can chit chat with the tourists. Maybe he doesn't realise that most of the tourists that come to Malaysia these days speak either Mandarin or Arabic. And I am very sure that most of the police flers present at the functions as well as those reading the news stories were thinking, "Hiyah! Give us better salaries and better working conditions la. Then we can free ourselves from worrying about where the next meal is coming from and if our children are getting the care they deserve."
But I am sure that is not in the DPM or the Subahan fler's portfolios la. So don't talk, okay.
But the funniest weekend funny is buried in page 24 of the main paper and titled "The army is apolitical"
It was reported some days ago that some army flers had squealed that they were ordered to vote for their officers and their wives.
Apparently, this pissed the armed forces big boss off. So this fler, Jeneral Zulkifli Mohd Zin announced, or rather threatened very loudly .........
The people need to show their support for the army's role in the country. How can we be loyal to you if you are disloyal to us.
In some countries that fler would have been taken out and lynched for saying something like that. But this is Malaysia and so it becomes just another weekend funny.
You have a great weekend okay?