Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Thai Hulk

One Thai temple is transforming itself into a mini-theme park. And it looks like it is becoming a trend.
The abbot of Wat Tamru in Samut Prakarn had installed life-size statues of superheroes as a means to draw more devotees to the place of worship. Or was it meant to attract tourists? Maybe both.
I don't know if this is a good idea or not but I'm pleased as Punch because the Hulk is featured!  
Down south, it’s the villains’ turn to command my attention. Yup, UMNO are in the news again.

On February 03, 2016, Mukhriz Mahathir was forced to resign as menteri besar when he lost majority support amongst his Kedah assemblypersons. I don't have to be a genius to know that this move was orchestrated by Najib Razak's camp in UMNO, which was increasingly infuriated by Mahathir's and Mukhriz's criticisms against the prime minister.

On Friday, the UMNO Supreme Council unanimously suspended Muhyiddin Yassin from his deputy president position – with immediate effect until the next party elections. The reason given was that the latter did not execute his responsibility to assist the party president, i.e. Najib.

Then on Monday, Mahathir Mohamad quitted the party. However, this time around, it did not produce the shock and awe that was very much evident when he quit UMNO for the first time.

In fact, his critics and detractors were not only relieved that he decided to relinquish his membership, some even loudly applauded his decision.

Ismail Sari Yaakob (left), an UMNIO Supreme Council member and also the Rural and Regional Development Minister couldn’t resist commenting on it – he likened the nation's longest-serving premier to a comatose patient waiting for his time to die! He was rude and disrespectful but then, he is entitled to his own opinion. Obviously, civility is something that is alien to him.

In any case, public interest is at best, lukewarm. I don’t think many Malaysians care one way or the other about UMNO goings-on. Perhaps, when self-serving UMNO self-destruct, maybe, we might all go out on the streets to celebrate. Maybe.

I was at Bankers Club in KL’s Amoda in Jalan Imbi to attend the ITC Bintang Toastmasters meeting yesterday. This was a marathon speech session and I took up the role of Grammarian.


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