Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Good things come in threes

Omne trium perfectum in Latin means 'everything that comes in threes is perfect'. Sometimes it's just termed 'good things come in threes'.

Though I might have been taught this popular saying in school, I recall it more vividly after reading Arthur Clarke's sci-fi classic 'Rendezvous with Rama' where the final sentence of the book stys:

And on far-off Earth, Dr. Carlisle Perera had as yet told no one how he had wakened from a restless sleep with the message from his subconscious still echoing in his brain: The Ramans do everything in threes.

A sweetie I once adored argued with me that it was not 'threes' but 'trees', to wit, 'good things come in trees' like, as she painstakingly explained, mangoes, durians, rambutans, etc.

But smart as she was, yes very very smart, I (dungu as I might have been, wakakaka) finally managed to convince her the tree has nothing to do with the saying - for example, what if it was the notorious highly toxic Malaysian Rengas tree, wakakaka - ahem, which may explain why our politics is so toxic, wakakaka again.

One example of 'good things come in threes' would be the 'check & balance' tripodal branches in a democratic government, namely, the executive (cabinet), legislative (parliament) and judiciary.

Alas, in Malaysia we have seen the unfortunate destruction of the independence of our judiciary in 1988 in a constitutional crisis which was said to have its genesis in an UMNO power tussle in 1987 between Team A (Mahathir, Anwar Ibrahim) and Team B (Ku Li, Musa Hitam).

A deadlocked UMNO went to the courts. But a certain 'someone', wakakaka, was pissed off with the courts' decision.

What ensued the following year (1988) saw the ugly unbecoming unworthy dismissal of the Lord President of the Federal Court, Salleh Abas, in a most shameful sickening situation reeking malodorously of scatological 'conflict of interests'.

Twenty years later PM AAB on the encouragement of Zaid Ibrahim, then acting Law Minister, did the correct praiseworthy prime-ministerial act by apologizing on behalf of the government (and presumably UMNO) to Salleh Abas for the wrong done to him. Bravo Tun AAB, bravo Zaid! But did that honorable act infuriate a certain 'someone' even more? Wakakaka.

But there was more - The Malaysian tripodal 'check & balance', besides being weakened by the emasculation of the judiciary, was also pummeled horrendously when the membership of the Dewan Senate (Upper House) was changed by a certain 'someone', wakakaka, who altered the Senate's composition to ensure the states could not deny the will of the executive.

North Korea had then came to town, when 'good things come in threes' metamorphosed into a 'power of One'.

'Kim Jong-il'
in the
Andes in Argentina?


Wikipedia states:

Each of the 13 state legislative assemblies chooses two senators. The King appoints two senators for the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, and one respectively for the Federal Territories of Labuan and Putrajaya on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Another 40 senators, regardless of their states, are appointed by the King, also on the Prime Minister's advice. Federally appointed senators must have "rendered distinguished public service or have achieved distinction in the professions, commerce, industry, agriculture, cultural activities or social service or are representative of racial minorities or are capable of representing the interests of aborigines (Orang Asli)".

The intent of the original Constitution of Malaysia, which provided for only 16 Senators to be appointed by the King (thus placing them in the minority) was to give the states some say over federal policy. However, subsequent amendments have, according to former Lord President of the Federal Court Tun Mohamed Suffian Mohamed Hashim, acted "contrary to the spirit of the original constitution which established the Dewan Negara specially as a body to protect in the federal Parliament, state interests against federal encroachments".

And a certain 'someone' has now been lecturing us on ... what? Podah!

OK, back to 3's, wakakaka. Then there is the safety slogan of 'stop, look & listen' for public road and level crossing. In Australia where very long distance travelling is the norm there is the catchy slogan of 'stop, revive and survive', meaning it's good to stop and rest every now and then, say in every couple of hours or so, before pushing on ...

... and so on and so forth such as in religion: in Christianity we have 'Father, Son & Holy Ghost', in Hinduism 'Trimurti', in Buddhism 'Tripitaka', in Chinese folk religion 'Heaven, Earth & Man', in Taoism 'Ci' (compassion), 'Jian' (moderation) & 'Bugan wei tianxia xian' which literally means 'not daring to act as first under the heavens' (in short 'humility').

Melchior, Caspar & Balthazar
3 Wise Men bearing  gifts of gold, frankincense & myrrh

Mind, on the flip side sometimes (or most times in Malaysia, wakakaka) you can get stuff like 'bangsa ... etc & etc'. Wakakaka, that's the yang and yin of life. 

Let's now come to Mahathir, wakakaka:

  • in 1969 he was expelled from UMNO by Tunku
  • in 2008 he resigned because he couldn't get his way with AAB, following which he undermined AAB's government, to wit, BN itself until the ruling party lost its 2/3 majority in 2008, just a mere 4 years after a landslide victory in 2004
  • in 2016 he again resigned from UMNO after being ignored by Najib, who Mahathir had the thick-skin to describe as his 'successor', thus implying rather preposterously pompously pretentiously he had handed powers of the government to Najib

As they say '3 strikes and you're out'Omne trium perfectum.

Omne trium perfectum'
'everything that comes in threes is perfect'



  1. still talk history? no comment on the 1b in yr najib acct? btw lks oso can have the 3 is perfect. he worked with ex umno anwar, now ex umno mahathir, n next might be ex umno najib wakaka

    1. deformasi, sapu-taxi, sodomy

    2. The 1st two I would agree with you but the 3rd one ..... it is not even for the sake of decency but just being honest to yourself, do you truly believe that? If you do, I really salute you ........ wakakakaka

  2. Toxic Rengas trees.Yes,I remember the Rengas sawn timber.The Rengas wood have nice and very colorful wood grains,more or less colors like yellow,orange and black.But lucky for me,I am not allergic to this toxic specie of our tropical hardwoods.Some of my former workers are not that lucky,ending up with rashes,I mean real ugly rashes.

    And for your information,I am never allergic to sweeties,especially the three sweeties above.Maybe,tokio rain is.Hahaha.Cheers.

  3. Good things come in threes.


  4. Every thing comes in threes.There are three stooges in Umno/BN.There are also three stooges in the opposition pact.There are also three stooges in the ANC.Go figure.