Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lim Kit Siang pissing in the wind?

Once upon a time (yes, kaytee’s telling fairy tales again) there lives a sweetie who unexpectedly criticized me for being “shockingly rude about AB Sulaiman”!

“... shockingly rude ...”?

“… AB Sulaiman …”?

Where, when, why, how, … but of course I couldn’t add ‘who’ to the list to make up Rudyard Kipling’s recommended five questions … because she did refer to AB Sulaiman.

I trawled my own blog to see where kaytee had been naughty, and came up with AB Sulaiman Pissing into the Wind?

Aha!

Actually I wasn’t rude to AB Sulaiman, who, as I had posted:

... wrote a very interesting article titled A suggestion to the Chief Secretary in Malaysiakini, an independent Malaysian news online (subscription required). His article is sure to arouse the wrath in Malay and government quarters, for though it’s an advice or appeal to the Malaysian Civil Service chief to be what good civil servants ought to be in a Westminster democracy like Malaysia, it covers very comprehensively the racist, corrupt and shambolic state of the government.

In his article he reminded everyone of what Malaysia had been before the May 13 racial riots of 1969. The government was run on a system of check and balance as inherited from the British. The level of corruption was minimal and manageable unlike today.

I then concluded with:

Sulaiman also viewed with alarm Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah Badawi’s backtrack on his earlier exhortations for the Malays to stop depending on government spoon feeding and be self made personalities (Towering Malays). He saw this in the prime minister’s attempt at rationalizing the continuation of the NEP or National Economic Policy, basically a very aggressive affirmative action for Malays, when Badawi argued that for every one ringgit the Malay earns, the non-Malay earns 80% more.

It's a timely wake-up call against a corrupt and racist system that has eroded the foundations of good public governance in a democracy. However, while I admire Sulaiman's brave, excellent and spot-on article, his call will be against extremely powerful vested interests. It'll be like pissing into the wind.

Hmmm, hardly rude ;-), au contraire.

I suppose I could have said, "it’ll be like casting pearls …" or "banging his head against an immovable wall."

… which leads me to another similar case, where Opposition Leader Lim KS of the DAP wrote an open letter published in Malaysiakini to Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz to:

... act in the national interest and to restore public confidence in the judiciary by withdrawing your application for six-month extension on your due retirement at the end of the month and to give full support for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Tape.

Such an action on your part will avert a new constitutional crisis over your controversial application for a six-month extension as well as a new crisis of confidence in the judiciary.

… yadda yadda yadda

I think Lim KS had been just like AB Sulaiman, pissing in the wind, in appealing to the nobler instincts of CJ Fairuz, a man purportedly (allegedly) the ‘other party’ in a dodgy telephone conversation captured on the infamous Lingam videotape.


This one is for a special sweetie ;-)

9 comments:

  1. Prayer for K'Temoc to learn
    as suggested by --len

    Now I lay me down to sleep
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep
    And if I die before I wake
    I pray the Lord my soul to take

    Now I tap-tap my two fingers on the keys
    Lemme say nice things ’bout Jews, please
    But I realise I’m waaay too kind over Dr M
    I do repent this, else I choke on phlegm!

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  2. Yes, Once upon a time
    I heard a sweet chime
    ‘twas only light laughter
    In a letter of slaughter

    ;-)

    No quarters given, no, none
    To sweet Nemesis ‘twas fun
    Line by line, street by street
    Mauling her way thro’ a treat

    Adoi!

    O do lighten up my dear
    Tho’ to me it’s now clear
    Born an Amazonian gulp
    She'd thrash me into pulp

    Ooooo ...

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  3. We get a strange feeling that the one thing we need is the one thing we really don't have ...and that is called action . there is overoverexcessive talk all round...

    why wait for GE ? why wait for Malaysiakini , why wait for RCI ?

    why why indeed ! we are lawless ! why talk about the law ?

    are the public at large impotent ?

    or tidak apa ? or dead?

    Mr KT sir , suggest what we( malaysian citizens ) should really do and that direction must come from you ! enough theory ok !

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  4. just like asking a successful thief to surrender himself to the cops and be jailed. LKS must be kidding. no sane man will do it and even exposed naked will fight to their death just to continue enyoing the fruits of their corrupt acts.
    in this case, elegant silence from the alleged perpetrators means truth, no?

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  5. All my bags are packed,
    I'm ready to go...

    I'm leaving on a jet plane,
    Don't know if I'll ever be back again..

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  6. Am too lightening up bit by bit
    Shedding part of my battle kit
    A further 300 words subtracted
    Agree that they only detracted

    ‘Bout Kaytee pulped into sauce
    Contents bottled, but of course
    Yet asking for only a quarter?
    Tell ya what, sell for a dollar

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  7. She shoved me roughly off to sea
    No, not in a sauce bottle, by golly
    ‘Twas a canary yellow (bleah) tub
    With scary aspirations to be a sub

    The admiral sweetie ordered me
    “Sail to the Mediterranean Sea”
    “Be nice to Jews” she exclaimed
    “And learn how to say “L’Chaim”

    She GPS-programmed me for Haifa
    But leave it to KT to end up in Gaza
    Soon I was enjoying qatayef and tea
    And chatting up a Hamas sweetie

    Suddenly I heard a terrible sound
    That shook the West Bank ground
    A cruise missile from the Israeli?
    No, just a porcelain sink for Disney

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  8. ‘Coo’, the Hamas sweetie just met
    Whom Kaytee picked up for a chat
    The cafรฉ was getting hot & stuffy
    ‘Why not we go somewhere cosy?’

    Without a moment more konsidering
    Kaytee agreed: ‘Sure thing, I’m driving’
    Coy Leila said: ‘I know just the place’
    Batting eyelids in a come-hither gaze

    Beamer on cruise control to Tel Aviv
    They were lucky, no roadblock by army
    ‘There’s just a parcel I need to pick up’
    From Khaleed, then off to the market hub

    There: ‘Handsome, hold my bag for me’
    Leila slipped away, Kaytee couldn’t see
    Any glimpse of her in that Jewish throng
    Tick-tock, tick-tock whatever could be wrong?

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  9. The Trojan Queen was one real cutie
    Whose face launched an armada to sea
    But she had the wrong story on kaytee
    Re my dalliance with the Hamas sweetie

    Yes, the tick tock tick tock I heard too
    And what’s that, let me give you a clue
    No my sweet Nemesis nothing is wrong
    Just me olde heart singing out a song

    She picked up bread and olive oil
    The golden crust kept warm in foil
    We’re off to a picnic ‘neath a tree
    Alone by ourselves, we’re truly free

    To talk privately on you know what
    No, sheeesh really! It’s about Arafat
    All very civic, political and platonic
    Hehe ‘coz I didn’t want her to panic

    Oh BTW, it wasn’t a German Beamer
    Kraut stuff isn’t popular over yonder
    Leila and I used a green Proton Saga
    Eat your heart out, Sheik Muszaphar

    Soon I bid dear Leila ma9a s-salaama
    Oh Sayang, semoga kita lagi berjumpa
    I then report mission half-accomplished
    To my sweetie, that fiery Trojan dish

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