In Parliament recently the MP for Sri Gading, Mohamed Aziz, asked, "Can we not consider Ambiga (Sreenevasan) a traitor to the Yang DiPertuan Agong and sentence her to hang." Of course, the shit hit the fan when that was reported. Yesterday, the YB sort of explained that he was merely asking a rhetorical question and he even apologised to the Indians in MIC, the PPP and also the Chinese in MCA. Huh??? What's race got to do with this, YB? You insinuate that a fellow Malaysian has committed treason and called for the ultimate punishment then you apologise to Indians and Chinese but not to the person you accused. What's race got to do with this stupidity, YB? I think you need your head examined.
Today in The Sun there is a story about what can and cannot be staged at auditoriums that are government-runned. Places like Istana Budaya in KL and the P. Ramlee Auditorium in Penang.
(The Malaysian Insider also carried the story HERE)
According to Penang state director of the Culture and Arts Ministry, Mariam Sulaiman, there is a huge difference between performance arts which involves aesthitic movements and choreography and cultural performances where religious elements were present. These religious rituals include chanting, prayers, reading verses and blessing the stage.
And so auditoriums managed by state culture and arts departments which are under the purview of the Culture and Arts Ministry cannot be used for the latter.
HUH??? HA??? APA???
Performance arts are okay but cultural shows cannot??? HUH???
So Puteri Gunung Ledang - the musical can. 'Cos got choreography, music and some quite aesthetic female bodies prancing around the stage. So can show in Istana Budaya.
But then I seem to remember that there was also a show, cultural or whatnot I don't know la, about the life of Buddha that was staged there, right? So how? Somebody's head going to roll for sure now for approving that show.