Saturday, February 6, 2021

The "Kayu" Government of Malaysia

The backdoor PN government again proudly show their imbecilic idiocy at managing the coronavirus pandemic in the country. 

With the Lunar New Year (Malaysians refer to it as Chinese New Year) approaching next week, they have come up with a set of SOPs – which among others stipulated that reunion dinners will only be allowed among family members living in the same house. 

We all wonder why have a reunion dinner if everyone is living in the same house? They’re already having dinner together every day lah! Don’t the government understand what a “reunion” means? 

Obviously not – the Senior Minister for Security has demonstrated that he is not only culturally tone-deaf but he is also very “kayu” (a Malay word that actually means wood/timber/lumber but in this context, it means a blockhead)! 

Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming tweeted: “Ismail Sabri says that CNY reunion dinner is only allowed for those who stay in the same house. Errrr… sane people call that regular dinner, not CNY reunion dinner. At least allow families in the same district or area to gather for CNY reunion dinner lah (Max 10 or 15 pax)”. 

Meanwhile, comedian Dr Jason Leong said on his official Facebook page: “So during this MCO (movement control order), I cannot visit my parents for CNY as we live in different houses but it’s okay. My family and extended relatives are all meeting up to at least say hi and exchange angpows … at the nearest pasar malam”.

Photo shows a family reunion at a night market. 

Former deputy agriculture and agro-based industry minister Sim Tze Zin said the Chinese New Year SOP did not make any sense. 

“Family living in same district can visit each other now. During CNY it is banned. Let’s wait for the U-turn again!” he tweeted. 

Another Twitter user @mthanean also joked about the SOPs, saying that CNY now stands for “Celebrate Next Year”. 

User @jsadiq similarly called the SOPs “a joke” and questioned why there needed to be special procedures lined out for family members who lived in the same house. 

“…When is a reunion dinner not a reunion dinner? When it’s the same family members in the same house. Don’t they meet daily? Why is there a special SOP? The same with visits. Why should a family in one house visit each other? They live together lah. ‘Gila’ (crazy)”. 

He also pointed out that the reunion dinner falls on the eve of the Lunar New Year, i.e. February 11 – but the SOPs were stated as being applicable for the first two days of the festivity, i.e. February 12 and 13. 

Kampung Tunku assemblyperson Lim Yi Wei also criticized the move, asking MCA – a lapdog political party – to advise Perikatan Nasional on cultural awareness. 

“Their idea of 'ziarah' = knocking on each room door since it’s ‘seisi rumah’ too?” she mocked. 

Pray tell me – what is the logic of keeping people indoors when almost all businesses are allowed to operate? What movement control is the government talking about? 

A final note. Please stop making comparisons between an IKEA cabinet and the Malaysian Cabinet because the latter is unmatched. Indeed, it is far superior – it’s got real "kayu" quality!

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