Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Poo Cakes

Last Thursday was Lim Guan Eng’s birthday. I do not normally care to comment on birthdays, not even the Penang Chief Minister’s – but in this case, I am highlighting it because one screwball by the name of Mohamed Ghani Abd Jiman had sunk to the despicable depths of depraved debauchery when he distastefully demonstrated his detestable displeasure against Lim. He presented Lim with “birthday cakes” that imitate “human poo” that will surely incur the revulsion and disgust of Penangites and even Malaysians.

Mohamed Ghani said the edible cakes, costing RM78 in total, were meant to symbolize that Lim was “running the state like s...” He meant “shit” of course, but I wonder who the shitty bugger is?!? This whole thing is a stinking idea and it is done in very poor taste. Then again, what can you expect from a turd like Mohamed Ghani?

But you may say, he is a Malay! Isn't Malay culture all about valuing 'refined restraint', cordiality, and sensitivity and that Malays themselves are courteous, and charming? I believe that Malay culture places great importance upon proper conduct - as Mahathir (1970: 157) himself puts it: "there is always a proper way to do things". If we are to weigh this uncouth and insolent act as shown by Mohamed Ghani, then he has forsaken Malay behavior that is supposed to be halus ("refined") and substituted it with behavior that is kasar ("crass, coarse"), or even biadab ("crude, vulgar"). He has brought shame to the Malays!

I am not going to bother giving my comment(s) on the Durban climate conference because as we know, it is nothing more than a talk shop that thrives on hot air. Progress has been a crawl. Of course, the meetings did finally conclude on Sunday when delegates forged a last-ditch deal whereby developed and developing countries will for the first time work on an agreement that should be legally binding on all parties, to be written by 2015 and to come into force after 2020. What it means is that the countries have agreed a deal – or at least a deal to agree a deal!

David Symons, director of environmental consultancy WSP remarked: “The Durban platform provides an anodyne set of words, with much of the detail yet to be agreed and the teeth not really coming for eight years. The real challenge will be in agreeing the fine print" (Webpage http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/12/durban-climate-change-conference-2011-southafrica, published December 12, 2011).

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