Monday, October 8, 2018

Public Appetite for Jokes on Najib & Rosmah on the Wane, Two Malaysians Claim

(L-R) Dr Jason Leong, Matteo Riatti, Lau Mun Yee and Ernest Ng at the Cooler Lumpur Festival on October 7, 2018. Picture by Razak Ghazali

At the Cooler Lumpur Festival (October 05-07, 2018) – hyped up as the annual festival of ideas – which was held in Publika at Solaris Dutamas in Kuala Lumpur, there was a “Who’s laughing now?” dialogue on Sunday. 

It featured a trio of panellists with stand-up comedian Dr Jason Leong as the moderator. 

And it was reported that two of the three had surmised that evidently, there is a stark shift in public attitude towards former prime minister Najib Razak and his FLOM Rosmah Mansor (right) – probably the planet’s most vilified couple! 

Lau Mun Yee, the country manager behind humor website MGag said people who used to delight at jokes about the pair and even other BN politicians appear to be more sympathetic towards them after GE14. 

Comic book writer Ernest Ng, agreed and said he too had received flak for posting content involving former leaders his followers considered to be below the belt. 

In his defence, Ng explained that his content would merely poke fun at the supposed act committed by the public figures – avoiding it from becoming an outright personal attack. 

[And German academic and an expert of ethics Matteo Riati made up the threesome – although his views were not reported]. 

As they say, one swallow does not make a summer. Or in this specific case, two swallows!! 

Personally, I don’t agree with the opinions of the two persons at the forum. I don’t believe there is any let up on the frequency as well as the intensity of gags being directed against Najib, Rosmah and the BN clique. 

One reason the speakers gave was that the twosome have already been charged in court. I don't think it makes real sense because they are just charges. 

Until, the thieves are found guilty in a court of law and they are securely put away for a long, long time in Sungai Buloh – it is unlikely that I, for one, will stop. 

FYI, I keep reading scurrilous statements without fail on social media made about these stinkers on a daily basis – I wonder how can Lau and Ng say a turn has taken place and that these BN scoundrels are now relatively spared from being the butt of wisecracks? 

Even now, 151 days have lapsed since GE14 – and Malaysians are still discovering the extent of the burgeoning damage inflicted on the country and the rakyat by this greedy gang of contemptible crooks from BN!  We are in deep shit lah!

I don't think I'm wrong in saying Jason Leong (left) would continue to craft jokes on Najib & Rosmah. After all, they provide plentiful fodder for him and you can be sure, the Malaysian audience will just lap them all up.

Anyway, whether the rest of us agree or not with the opinions offered above – at the end of the day, it is subjective.

On Sunday, Celtic bombarded St Johnstone’s goalmouth six times in this one-sided Scottish Premiership game. The contributors were James Forrest (15, 30, 38, 45), Odsonne Edouard (22) and Callum McGregor (84). 

Save for the first five minutes – Scotland’s top flight team showed why they are the leaders of the pack.

Also yesterday, in the EPL match between Liverpool and Manchester City, the Reds still played below par! 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola may have been satisfied after the goalless draw – but we were damn lucky that Riyad Mahrez wasted that glorious opportunity from the late penalty. Not to mention, our attacking trident were impotent (again).

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