Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Meeting Under a Raintree

I must admit that I have been despondent over Liverpool's performance. For a while, I immersed myself in non-football stuff – which means that I missed yesterday’s match between Liverpool and Sunderland. In spite of my deepening disappointment, I still do believe in the Reds. And although this faith is constantly tested, my belief in the team remains steadfast and unshaken. Anyway, we did pick ourselves up and we bested Sunderland 2-0; the goals coming from Ngog (52) and Benayoun (65). What a relief!

But even as Liverpool inched closer to Man U, the fact remains that we do need the latter to falter – for Liverpool to have a realistic chance of winning the EPL crown. We can only hope and wish and pray…Now what’s that saying again? So near, and yet so far…

Arsenal finally sealed a victory by overpowering West Brom 3-1, goals coming from Bendtner (4, 44) and Toure (38).

In Ipoh, yesterday (March 03) Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his entourage of Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen were denied entry into the state secretariat building by a phalanx of police and Federal Reserve Unit personnel armed with shields and water cannons - again we see the arbitrary use of law enforcement agencies. Finally, state assembly speaker V Sivakumar declared a small clearing under a raintree (about 50 meters away) as the venue for the emergency meeting of the state assembly,. and subsequently passed a motion calling for a dissolution of the assembly to pave the way for fresh state elections.

This convoluted political drama became further complicated when the Ipoh High Court declared the sitting of the Perak state assembly illegal about 7 hours later. Surely, the Perak palace must realize that the only way to break this murky and entangled impasse is to call for fresh state elections, so that the people can freely choose a new Government! As the Malaysian Insider wrote, "One would hope wisdom prevails for both people and the palace, not the law of the jungle that Perak has witnessed this week, when a raintree provided what the royals could not - shelter from injustice" (Webpage, accessed March 04, 2009). To add what Ellie Wiesel once said: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest”.

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