Sunday, March 7, 2010

Saying Sorry!

Lately, we are seeing a spate of apologies coming from a diverse group of people for diverse reasons.
On February 16, Anwar Ibrahim apologized for choosing unqualified candidates for Parliament and state seats – what he called "errors of misjudgment" he had made when choosing candidates for general elections in 2008.
And yesterday, the infamous Khir Toyo offered his apologies – finally admitting to making mistakes as Selangor menteri besar – but his ego could not totally deflate, and so he was still defiant. He said he should not be expected to shoulder all the blame.
And then, MCA president Ong Tee Keat also said sorry for the mistakes he had made when trying to transform his party.
Even the monthly magazine Al-Islam – their publisher Utusan Karya is a subsidiary of the UMNO-owned Utusan Malaysia – apologized too, saying they had “unintentionally hurt the feelings of Christians especially Catholics” because of the actions of their two journalists which involved the desecration of a religious rite.
We can of course, choose to remain silent and lie down on our own bed of self-righteousness or we can choose to admit that we have erred and offer our apologies. If we choose the latter, methinks, there is hope yet for our own self-redemption.

Arsenal drew level on points with league leaders Chelsea after making hard work of beating Burnley 3-1.
Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring when he slotted in from close range (34) but soon after he was forced off injured. Burnley equalized when David Nugent latched on to Leon Cort's header and looped the ball over Manuel Almunia (50). Theo Walcott curled in a sublime shot (60) to ease the embarrassment of Nicklas Bendtner's awful finishing before Andrey Arshavin rifled in a third (90+4).

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