Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dumb and Dumber

If somebody poses me a question, what am I – how do I respond? I will always say that I am a Malaysian. It is just a one-liner but to me, it suffices. Short and succinct. I am a Malaysian.

But it would seem that there are those who are shy of admitting they are first and foremost, Malaysians – they have this strange desire to claim their ethnicity first, so that no one is in any doubt they are what they want others to see them as.

So I am not entirely surprised to read (Webpage that Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had said yesterday that he considered himself a “Malay first,” and then only a Malaysian. I don’t think Muhyiddin understands what it is to be Malaysian. If we accept what this half-baked fellow says, then we are putting race first, and then country! And if this is so, then we are fostering communalism and the concept of nationhood takes a back seat. So, what is this nonsense about 1 Malaysia?

And as if he didn’t know any better, Najib Razak today defended his deputy. Nothing wrong with being a Malay first, says PM (Webpage I am dumbfounded. What can I say? One dumb moron is bad enough, but two? It reminds me of the promotion at Giant: Buy 1 Free 1. Now you know why some promotions flop!

We have heard their public pronouncements and so, those of us who have only now paid attention will come to realize that Najib’s 1 Malaysia is just a deflated cloud of empty talk. DAP stalwart, Lim Kit Siang said today that Muhyiddin had turned this 1 Malaysia concept into an April Fool’s joke!

Outclassed by Barcelona for more than an hour at the Emirates yesterday, Arsenal hung on long enough to produce a late rally to earn a 2-2 draw in a rip-roaring Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Two classy finishes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic early in the second half (46, 59) gave Barcelona a two-goal but the Catalans stepped off the accelerator pedal and so, the Gunners stunned them with two goals from Theo Walcott (69) and Cesc Fabregas (penalty, 85) in the final 20 minutes. A very timely reprieve for Arsenal.

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