My good mate, Dean Johns, columnist at Malaysiakini has penned a new piece titled Land of the rotten, home of the gullible.
No prize for guessing which country he has written about in his inimitable style, and on what (current) issue. I even merit a kind mention in his column, though Dean, unlike me, believes that Anwar Ibrahim, warts and all, may yet be Malaysia’s best hope
This is the beauty of our ‘civilised’ friendship, where we as friends can agree to disagree on political or other issues without needing to throw punches at each other, as Yang Berhormat, MP for Kelana Jaya, PKR’s Loh Gwo Burne had frighteningly discovered when he was bashed in the face by another PKR bloke.
Another of my good mates is blogger Susan Loone. She told me that she was once selected by PKR to stand as the party's candidate in an election (which I had blogged on) but which she declined for reasons of principles.
Obviously Susan and I don’t share (exactly) common political allegiance though both of us have strong socialist streaks, but we continue to be good mates and have on numerous occasions discussed politics without rancour.
When the day arrives in Malaysian politics, where there is no more personality cult or ethno-centric followings, then that will be the day Malaysians will enjoy a two party system.
That will be the day when an UMNO PM can provide fair federal funding to a non-BN controlled state because of the needs of Malaysians in that state.
That will be the day when UMNO, PAS and PKR will talk about Malaysian unity rather than Malay unity. (UPDATE: wakakaka - UMNO has now changed the theme of the UMNO-PAS 'Malay unity' talks to 'Islamic unity', as those 'protest voters' against the BN have been made to feel they shouldn't be just 'protest voters' in next election but confirmed voters for the Pakatan).
That will be the day when we can criticise politicians without being accused of 'hating' so and so! wakakaka!
NOTE: This one is dedicated to you, Crankshaft ;-)