It seems my lovely Hartal sweetie has been spot on about the mainstream media (MSM) giving us the 'truth, the whole truth and anything but the truth' ;-), though another sweetie acknowledged that the Star was pretty decent in telling us Khir Toyo was resoundingly boo-ed each time he attempted to say anything - yeah, I bet! ;-)
Sweetie No 2 revealed to kaytee, who alas was away drinking champagne in a faraway land (hey, someone gotta do the hard job lah) that the questions flung at the speakers during the forum were super frank and to the point. No one got a free ride – sweetie used a more delicate phrase like 'the cat was very much belled' which could also mean the mice felt unconstrained enough to come out to play. Must be fun ;-)
While most at the forum wanted AAB to retire ;-) the question of succession became the big mystery. Will the the UMNO Da Vinci code be buggered;-) as I had asked in an earlier post Political snippets - 02 April 2008?
But sweetie whispered in my ears that the atmosphere at the forum was charged with expectation, yes man, expectation for BIG changes, not mere dabbling around.
In fact in the same vein, Dr Chris Anthony has high expectation for a new Malaysian standard in politics in his letter to Malaysiakini titled Paving the way for a two-party system, where he acclaimed the formation of the Pakatan Rakyat, comprising DAP, PKR and PAS.
Visitor novice101 has left a new comment on my post UMNO Youth No 1 - Mukhriz Mahathir, Khir Toyo & KJ... where he said: "From the way the rakyat had voted, [they are definitely] saying [they want] to see a different Malaysia, one where all receive equal treatment and enjoy equal opportunities in education, job allocation and in business." ........
"The rakyat, must through their acts and statements, set examples for the politicians to follow. They must be prepared to demand change from them, be bold enough to correct, reprimand and chastise them through all channels available." ........
"The rakyat is just reacting happily to the outcome of the election, happy to see the birth of a 2-party system of government. It's just a normal human expression of exuberance."
Yes, it seems everyone wants a two-party system. But a two party system demands a high level of political maturity, with less venomous polemics, more policies rather than personalities, and due democratic process rather than dodgy deceitful programs (eg. like frog hunting).
The due diligence has to be from both sides.It seems an unlikely star was discovered at the forum in the person of Dr Fuad Zarkarshi who was apparently bloody good. I quote a sweetie, that Dr Fuad expressed his belief UMNO ought to do more to attract young people, and wunderbar, UMNO must also think of other races when implementing the NEP, as this would be the only way forward.
Seems he struck the right chord because sweetie said he was cheered for his statesman-like thinking. Bloody hell, I am beginning to get jealous of Dr Fuad liao!
The bright side of it at the forum was that many of the younger set, and thus more idealistic ones, had rejected the bitter partisan politics.
On another issue, it looks like the MSM is still playing BN internal politics by siding the AAB camp because they weren't very kind to Dr M. As I understand, at the forum he openly took full responsibility for his mistakes, but the MSM blacked that out.
Talking about that, maybe I might pop over to a florist shop and kiss Hartal sweetie for her accurate prediction of a rotten MSM.
Yes, famous blogger Jeff Ooi used to boast of his birdies; but poor kaytee can only whisper of his sweeties ha ha ha ha ha!