Sunday, September 09, 2007

Of live bullets and sleep standing...

The normally sleepy Sunday tranquility reacts to the distubing news that there was a riot in the Eastern states of Terengganu where the police was forced to employ the Federal Reserve Units and the Quick action squad to disperse the so-called riots.

The riots happened when the police cordoned off the designated ceramah area where the movement for the anti-corruption was supposed to held a mass rally. The police claimed that the rioters swelled fropm the initial 3000 to 6000, hurling molotov cocktail and stones to the uniformed police.

The organisers claimed that the police acts first resulting in 2 critically wounded and now in the hospital for serious gunshot wounds. Who to believe? Well, for one, it depends on how the events are seen? For the Government and the politicians, it is the police who are cornered to take a drastic action (although they were mentioned about the 2 who are seriously wounded).

For the opposition, they also issue a press statement claiming the opposite. The Government controlled TV even show the chaos that happens during their nightly news.

Me? It shows clearly that the general election is coming. The politicians from both sides are using the issue as a political mileage. However, one thing that is baffling is the different approach taken by the Government when they are faced with the tense situation. Recently, the Government has backed down from their target to cull domestic pigs which have over-populated the state of Malacca. There, the State government started to take action on the pig farms which have created health problems to the surrounding neighbourhood. The exercise were later called off when the pig farmers staged a sit in to protest the action and reportedly will turn aggressive if the actions were continued. If the Government can negotiate when it come pigs, then why can't the Government and the police use the same approach in handling the rally? After all, experiences have proven that the opposition has been co-operative with the police if negotiations were held and they can control the crowd.

Internationally, the PM of Maslaysia attended the APEC meeting held in Australia and for once he has another clown in his company in the form of the Preesident of US of A, the most powerful nation on planet earth. Although, the President managed to keep true to his form of bloopers and blunders, the PM of Malaysia still manage to go 1 up on the President by appearing to sleep standing - a feat that could not be confirmed just yet by the Guiness book of records.

The PM is in the front row, second from left. And he is the only one with his eyes closed. Sleeping ? meditating ? Blinking? it's your call.

Wonder what will happen if the President (of US of A) and the PM (of Malaysia) stands side by side...will they be able to pull off another record or will they be sufficient time for them to compare notes...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are... Read More

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Of 50 years down the lane...

31st August 2007 is a significant date, a date where Malaysia celebrates it's 50th year independence. At 50, Malaysia should be matured and Malaysians should be able to act as a nation, ready to launch forward into a more progressive country.

However, what happens indicates that Malaysians are far from matured. The incident involving the referee of a sports competition held in Malaysia potrays the immaturity of the enforcement agency in handling situations.

Apart from that, the growing discontent against the present PM is getting louder and louder. Notwithstanding the percentage of truth in the accusation, the facts remained that there is a party who is reaping profits from the so called monsoon cup. And that particular person does not hail from the state of Terengganu where the Monsoon cup is held.

50 years on, there is a growing concern on the difference in culture between the major etnics composition of Malaysia. There should be a concerted effort for all parties, from the NGO's, the political parties to sit down and formulated a Malaysian nation, where citizens can be proud of - the same as they are proud to write Malaysian as their nationality when travelling overseas.

Against all that, there is also a growing anticipation of the next General election where the date has been shifting regularly, like those of the desert sandstorm.

Whatever it is...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are... Read More