Friday, September 23, 2011

A Really Crazy Place

Bolehland is getting to be a really crazy place because braggadocio and paranoia run free and wild in this lugubrious land we call Malaysia!

Braggadocio because on Tuesday, Najib Razak held an Aidilfitri function at his official residence at Seri Perdana for close to 300 members of the Association of Former Members of Social Welfare Development (or PBAKM, their Malays acronym) where he gave an election pep talk. But what he said really showed his smart-alecky arrogance!

“This is not my house... this is the residence of the UMNO and BN Prime Minister. We must defend Putrajaya because our future and that of our grandchildren’s depends on UMNO and the BN...” Najib had said (Webpage http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=614622, published September 20, 2011) and this was carried in a Bernama news report titled “Government Doesn’t Know How to Cheat the People – Najib”.

OMG, what is Najib saying? He has gone overboard again! Najib’s claims are preposterous, incredible and outrageous! The fact is, Seri Perdana, like the rest of Malaysia, belongs to the Malaysian people and we choose who occupies Seri Perdana.

Let me repeat! This country rightfully belongs to all Malaysians and we should remember that when the time comes, we must be responsible and put the most suitable people in Putrajaya. So that rules out UMNO and/or the BN bozos.

Paranoia because the Undilah video promoting the right to vote has been taken off the air by local broadcasters despite a push for greater democracy because it contains opposition figures and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s speech talking about Malaysia having problems. See my posting of this video on September 17.

The Malaysian Insider learnt that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) directed local broadcasters this week not to use the public service announcement (PSA) produced by Malaysian musician Pete Teo just days after its launch on Friday, September 16.

“MCMC emailed both Astro and Media Prima Bhd about the issue, telling them the video clip should not be aired because Ku Li speaks about the country having problems and also because it features opposition leaders,” an industry source told The Malaysian Insider, referring to Tengku Razaleigh by his popular nickname.

Apart from Tengku Razaleigh, the 4:38-minute video also features Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Health Minister Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin and opposition figures Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

I agree with Teo that the move to not play the video is fundamentally undemocratic in intention. I guess some sections of the UMNO hierarchy are in self-denial. I am assuming that Najib is still in reform mode or am I wrong here? Anyway, what are these people so afraid of? Thank God, there’s YouTube! Thanks to UMNO, more Malaysians will check out this video clip! And maybe there will be enough of us to bring back democracy when polling day arrives!

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