Monday, May 3, 2010

The Senate Becomes a Circus

I attended the KL Advanced Toastmasters meeting this evening. The election of the Exco 2010-2011 were held prior to our regular meeting and I shall single out the names of two members who were successfully nominated/voted into the two key Club positions – that of incoming President, i.e. Rohijas and the Vice President Education, i.e. Lorna Fisher. Congratulations to both! By the way, I performed the role of a grammarian in today’s meeting.

The Dewan Negara or Senate is the Upper House of Parliament, and its main role is to review legislation that has been passed by the Lower House, the Dewan Rakyat or House of Representatives.

Today, the Senate consists of mainly Government appointees who must have “rendered distinguished public service or have achieved distinction in the professions, commerce, industry, agriculture, cultural activities or social service or are representative of racial minorities or are capable of representing the interests of aborigines (Orang Asli)”.

So when The Malaysian Insider published a photo of the two clowns who were sworn in today as senators – I tremble and I cringe because it sure makes the Senate look like a real sleazy circus.

One of the clowns is Ezam Mohd Nor – a person who has achieved nothing apart from speaking up against his former mentor, Anwar Ibrahim. As a Malaysian, I am ashamed that we are readily rewarding somebody for simply turning on his one-time political ally. As The Malaysian Insider puts it, it is “an indicator of the moral decay in UMNO/BN”.

The second jokester is G Palanivel, who was unceremoniously dumped as BN contender at the just-concluded Hulu Selangor by-election – but his so-called “sacrifice” was rewarded with a senatorship. We all know that he was not considered as the candidate because although he was the Hulu Selangor MP for four terms – he hadn’t performed.

The only thing I can do now is to bemoan the ridiculousness of the situation and pray that enough Malaysians know of this – so that BN will witness the ignominy of continued rejection when it is time for us to exercise our precious vote. We shouldn’t permit the august Dewan Negara to descend into a farcical forum of comical absurdity. To be sure the danger is real that these two schmucks may just do that because admittedly, they do possess bountiful talents of aberrant idiocy.

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