The Istana Budaya, our multi-million Ringgit national theatre. I wonder how many world class artistes it has given birth to?
My apologies for not updating this blog as regularly as I would like. Making a living is one of the main reasons for this lapse in regularity. Actually, why am I having to explain this ah? I do because I care about you all lor. You are kind enough to come visit and share your thoughts sometimes. So I guess I have a certain responsibility to keep up this source of entertainment for you. I received this comment to niamah.com today...
Niamah on another round of hibernation again?
When you wake up, Najib could be returned to power already.
Please do your national duty, please.
Okay, so now it is MY national duty to update Niamah!!! so that...actually so that what ah? Aiyoh!
Anyway, naemine. Today's update is not about the Budget. It is not about anything earth-shattering la. I just want to announce an award la.
And the award for Politician Most Unclear of The Concept goes to...
Abdul Ghani Othman, Menteri Besar of Johor for announcing to the world that Johor needs bigger theatre to breed world-class artistes.
When are we ever going to learn that big buildings don't breed anything except cobwebs and wastage of public money. Artistes are not bred by buildings but by tradition, nurturing culture and the education system. Our current education system has little or no emphasis on the arts. And so suddenly you build a theatre and Kaboom! you're going to breed a generation of world class performing artists. How?
Update: Someone sent me this suggestion on Twitter. If we follow the Johor Menteri Besar's logic we should build a bigger and better Parliament House. Then the building will give birth to world-class politicians. That's one project I wouldn't mind my tax money being spent on.