Over the weekend I spent time with a few friends at the beach - we drank, ate and even did a bit of fishing despite the none-too-flash weather. But wetting the whiskers made up for a wet weekend.
During the chilling drizzle, we invariably ended up talking samkok, with the conversation drifting into Malaysian politics. The strangest thing happened when we came to the subject of the controversial 1988 judicial event.
The views, opinions and indeed arguments were coming furiously from all directions, more so after we had a few drinks under our belt. When it came to Dr M and his alleged involvement, I have to say he received in equal portions support, vile remarks and neutral commentaries, until one 30-year old Chinese sweetie suddenly caught all of us by surprise with her comment coming in from the left field.
She said: "Mahathir has been the most handsome politician in Malaysia!"
All of us were rendered speechless for long seconds until one woke up from the effect of her stunning remark by asking (in retrospect, rather stupidly), "Come again?", whereby sweetie repeated her eye-preciation of our Doctor Adonis and added, "Even today there isn't one politician as handsome as he is!"
No one knew what to say after that, and this time long minutes went by - but kaytee eventually came to the rescue by popping open another bottle of sparkling shiraz. That broke the ice and sweetie then copped it real sweet from the doctor's detractors.