1. To improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition.
2. To abolish abuse or malpractice in: reform the government.
3. To cause (a person) to give up harmful or immoral practices; persuade to adopt a better way of life.
… or in Malay, reformasi!
Now, don’t tell me you don’t know who has been promising us that since the night in 1998 when he was kicked out of his cozy position in UMNO?
And what have we been getting by way of his reformasi in recent times?
Well ... there's of course 16 September 2008 when he will form a new government by his usual back door grab (usual = 1994 Sabah state election).
“I will fly to Taipei if needs be if they want to meet me. I am not joining them, but will talk to them!” – yes, if necessary, like a suitor on heat, he will chase those frogs to Taiwan.
Oh, according to Malaysiakini, UMNO has had Ahmad Ismail suspended for 3 years.
I am still waiting for Raja Reformasi to do something about the Kulim Wonder. Dare I wait?
Then the greatest reform of all ... but wait just a tic … let’s see what Pak Haji’s party has to say about the general who instructed the government to take stern action against racist agitations .....
Malaysiakini reported Stay out of politics, PAS Youth tells army chief.
If I recall, yesterday I posted Someone's gonna use a sledgehammer? based on a Malaysiakini news article Racial issues: Army chief tells gov't to act.
I was basically saying what PAS has now said, for the military to butt out!
... oh yes, so what was that about reformasi?
The man, according to a Malaysiakini article titled Expect 'surprise' on Sept 16, says Anwar, actually said 'Armed Forces chief Jen Abdul Aziz Zainal’s call for stern action by the government against those who stoke racial sentiments was a “timely” reminder.'
Reformasi? WTF, this man has the bloody gall to compliment the Armed Forces chief for his so-called 'timely reminder' to an elected government on civilian affairs?
His reformasi is making me sick!
And poor Dr Denison Jayasooria, a freelance socio-economic analyst, wrote in Malaysiakini to appeal the impossible, crying out: Anwar, please accept democracy!
Jayasooria said: However the current attempt to do 'a political coup' by getting forty Members of parliament to cross over to his coalition is an act which is not respecting the wishes of the people.
A foundational leadership quality is patience. Waiting for your time is most critical. Patience is a real virtue but more that this leadership quality is respecting the wishes of the people.
This is the most sacred democratic principle. Political expediency in a manipulative way will never be long lasting. We have to learn the lessons from many countries that have undergone military coups. Respecting democracy and democratic principles is fundamental. […]
Capturing the federal government through a general election is a more honourable way rather than just getting MPs to betray their party, their constituencies and their conscience.
Poor Dr Jayassoria, he should read my post The torment and impatience of Anwar Ibrahim to understand he's casting pearls ...
If he thinks his appeal can influence the world's gratest Political Reformer, the 'Father' of Reformasi, then he must still believe in the tooth fairy … which incidentally reminds me of a fairy tale called ‘Snow White & the seven dwarfs’:
The seven dwarfs always left to go work in the mine early each morning. As always, Snow White stayed home doing her domestic chores. As lunchtime approached, she would prepare their lunch and carry it to the mine.
One day as she arrived at the mine with the lunch, she saw that there had been a terrible cave-in.
Tearfully, and fearing the worst, Snow White began calling out, hoping against hope that the dwarfs had somehow survived.
“Hello ... Hello!” she shouted. “Can anyone hear me? Hello!”
For a long while, there was no answer.
Losing hope, Snow White again shouted, “Hello! Is anyone down there?”
Just as she was about to give up all hope, she heard a faint voice from deep within the mine, singing ..........
“Reformasi! Reformasi! Reformasi! ……..”
Snow White fell to her knees, crossed herself and prayed, “Oh, thank you, God! At least Dopey is still alive ...”