Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Circus is in Town

Yesterday, we celebrated – oops, wrong choice of word – held a farewell lunch for Leong KY who’s leaving HICT sometime next month. Also Lau SY – a new staff member, teaching Economics – celebrated her birthday (Nope, I don’t know how young she is!), and as we sang the birthday song, I realized that she is leaving too. I guess at some point of time in our lives, we will have to take leave from one place to go to some place else… As far as I am concerned, HICT is losing two good lecturers.

In Thailand, anti-government protesters poured bottles of their own blood (The Malaysian Insider reported 300 liters) outside the Thai prime minister’s office on Tuesday, a “sacrifice for democracy” after demands for elections were rejected. The continued show of force by the Red Shirts illustrated this humongous divide that exists within Thai society. Still, the demonstrations of displeasure at Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva can turn real ugly at any time. Meanwhile, this circus will continue to hog the limelight in Bangkok. Thaksin is a skillful manipulator and a savvy political schemer.

And at home, the same situation seems to apply to the MCA. A political party that is divided and disunited, full of cloak-and-dagger intrigue and factional infighting. Already the falling-out altercations have turned this BN party into a circus. The likes of Ong Tee Keat, Chua Soi Lek, Liow Tiong Lai, Ong Ka Ting and who knows who else are the band of clowns trying very hard to entertain us – the trouble is, we are in no mood to indulge in their kind of puerile humor. Of course, we all know that when we have clowns in a party, the proceedings are likely to be chaotic and even anarchic.

Najib the ringmaster needs to crack the whip – but he prefers to let the show go on. He'd rather be an amused observer, a disinterested spectator.

This is how defeat looks like. Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat Chelsea 3-1 on aggregate to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals. A sorry sight.

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