Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Dumdum from Penang

There once was a lecturer from Penang who gave up the noble profession because he wanted to go into politics. He had been successful for a time until one day, the people woke up from their comatose state and became aware of his enfeebled leadership. So they evicted him from office and the politician scurried to Kuala Lumpur with his tail between his legs. Here in the city, he became delusional and soon he started to fantasize, dream and imagine that he shall triumphantly return to Penang once more.

And this moonstruck dumdum – who goes by the name of Koh Tsu Koon – then articulated his objective of winning back the state by focusing on regaining and retaining 18 “critical” state seats in the next polls. Well, he has certainly done his homework because his analysis identified the eighteen seats as follows: The six seats won by BN by less than a 600 vote margin are Telok Bahang, Pulau Betong, Bayan Lepas, Sungai Acheh, Seberang Jaya and Sungai Dua; the seven seats BN lost by less than a 2000 vote margin are Bukit Tengah, Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Tikus, Padang Kota, Datuk Keramat, Batu Uban and Pantai Jerejak; and the five seats BN lost by less than a 3000 vote margin are Penanti, Sungai Bakap, Sungai Pinang, Seri Delima and Air Itam.

But in the same breath, he also stated that “I’m not going to claim that we will win. Neither am I going to claim that we will lose because a lot depends on what happens between now and the GE” (Webpage, posted August 28, 2011). I can’t figure him out. He appears to be supremely confident and yet at the same time, skittishly unsure!

Liverpool was in ferocious form from the kick-off and Bolton struggled to cope with the former's pace. Sizzling Luis Suarez was at the heart of almost all their attacking play. And with another new player in Stewart Downing also influential, Liverpool looked a different proposition from the Roy Hodgson side which started the last campaign so sluggishly.

A temerarious Suarez cross was met with a crashing volley by Downing. Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen parried but the rebound fell to Dirk Kuyt, who set up Jordan Henderson to score and which he did when in the 15th minute, he bent a left-foot finish into the top corner.

The Reds added their second in simple fashion. An outswinging corner by Charlie Adam was met with a thumping header by Martin Skrtel (52). One minute later, it was 3-0. Kuyt laid a pass square to Adam and the Scot drilled a low finish into Jaaskelainen's bottom right-hand corner.

Bolton Wanderers managed a stoppage-time consolation from Ivan Klasnic (90+2) and the final score trumpeted 3-1 in Liverpool’s favor. As Kenny Daglish said, “I'm delighted with a lot of the football we played”. A good game that has now moved Liverpool up the EPL table.

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