This was banned in government offices in 1985
This morning I drove past this nice Indian bloke with a big smile standing by the bus stop selling newspapers. I stopped and got a copy of The Star. Because the fler selling it seemed like such an affable chap. And also because we were running low on fish wrap at home. Not much inside but I did find a couple of laughable stories. I shall try and share some of the laughs with you the best I can in this sick-as-a-dog condition I'm in right now.
".....Najib said the Government would not abolish quotas for the bumiputra but had instead asked that they not be too dependent on the authorities."
Huh??? How does that work? Go ahead. Read it again. Is there some sense to this rather incredible way of saying nothing?
There's more from the fler at the same function. When asked about the controversial UndiLah video Najib said, "There is no ban on the video. I haven't seen it but we don't ban things like that."
Huh??? If he hasn't seen it how does he know it belongs to the 'things like that' category?
Then summor the fler added that it was up to the television stations to air the clip.
Ya, right! The fact that most of the TV stations belong to us and would not dare do anything that we don't approve of is a small point only la.
An example of how much our country has changed appears on this page which unfortunately is not available on the online Star. The headline reads "Order goes out? Don't cover faces" On March 12, 1985 it was reported that then Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Khalil Yaacob had ordered civil servants not to wear clothes covering their faces while at work. The story was accompanied by the drawing of a woman in a purdah.
If the same thing had happened in today's Malaysia I think there would be demonstrations and calls for blood. Actually, is the rule still valid ah? I know tudungs are the norm today but are civil servants allowed to wear the full face cover for religious reasons?