The silly season is on, the serious scrutiny is also on.
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In Penang, BN will be holding a Chinese New Year Open House at the Han Chiang School. Its star attraction will be the Korean rapper, Psy, rumoured to be contracted for a fee of 1 to 3 million ringgit.
Personally I don't give a f* on how BN spends its money PROVIDED it's not public money.
As a DAP supporter, I'm actually embarrassed by DAP and Pakatan's campaign against the BN open house, UNLESS of course DAP can show that the event involves expenditure of public funds.
Yesterday, when I read Malaysiakini's Vox Populi, I was amazed that more than a few readers actually (and stupidly) urged Psy not to come, as if the Korean would forego his handsome fee to take sides in Malaysian politics.
This sort of emotional outburst, going to the extent of expecting a foreigner to take up partisan allegiance and show biased sympathy in Malaysian politics, is regrettable, immature and disappointing.
If indeed the event starring Psy is funded by the BN or private sources, then Pakatan has not only gone silly but in the process has unwittingly and lamentably elevated low brow Muhyiddin to high moral grounds when the DPM stated in today's Malaysiakini that Guan Eng aims to spoil BN's CNY bash
He was referring to Lim GE urging attendees of the event to wear red, yellow and green, colours in recent times anathema to BN.
Muhyiddin moaned that the CNY Open House was supposed to be a happy celebration to promote unity, querying: "What if we play politics during Hari Raya? But it seems like Lim Guan Eng wants to play politics only. He should respect our programme, and not create trouble."
"This is an occasion to respect the rights of the rakyat. He has his own programmes. Why does he do it?"
I reiterate that if the BN's event is funded by party or private source(s) and does not involve public money, then Muihyiddin has been right and the DAP has been behaving in silly fashion. Hence my contention that it's the silly season.
Besides, I am shocked that a Korean rap singer like 'prosperous-looking' Psy could be allowed to become such a major factor in Malaysian politics and election campaigning. I would understand the whipped up emotions better if the Korean star involved in the BN CNY Open House was to be sweetie Lee Da Hae or sweetie Han Ga In, wakakaka.
|Lee Da Hae|
|Han Ga In|
Incidentally, for RM3 million, I would get better value by getting a few Hongkie, Chinese and Taiwanese actors for a one-night visit - people like Bernice Liu, Kate Tsui, Viann Zhang and for the ladies, Ruco Chan, Raymond Lam and Kenneth Ma.
On the other side of the yin-yang coin, the silly season gives way to serious scrutiny in Sabah, on the vexing question of instant citizenships cum instant blue IC which were issued to Filipinos, Indonesians and people from as far as the Indian sub-continent, regardless of whether they had applied for citizenship, so long as they were Muslims and I suppose, not Chinese.
It was instant this, instant that, instant instant instant all the way, like instant Maggie mee, instant Nescafé and instant Continental soup.
The seditious treasonous act and its author or authors have been known for years. That commission of national betrayal has been utterly outrageous but not so outrageous as the fact that by bitter contrast to the instant issuance of citizenships and ICs to aliens, many genuine, eligible and legitimate (by birth) citizens have been denied the necessary paperwork to show they are citizens and thus, unfairly denied basic rights to certain services and facilities like schooling for their children as well as health & social services.
At best, the seditious and treasonous act could be likened to blatant and illegal political opportunism though I suspect it's more to forestall Christian dominance of the Eastern states and their likely secession from Malaysia.
At worst, it's stark racism to ensure dominance of one race by shoring up its supposed majority standing in Malaysia's ethnic percentage.
Almost everyone has been (still is) pointing the finger at Dr Mahathir who in turn points his finger at Anwar Ibrahim.
|I see, I see, I see|
IC, IC, IC
I suppose the best way to resolve the "he said, I said, they said" would be for both Mahathir and Anwar to be interviewed by the Royal Commission of Inquiry as suggested by RPK and others.
Yin and yang.