In her Will the An-wow factor tip the scales? Maybe not I read the first paragraph which said:
Last night, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim supped with some 600 voters in a seaside restaurant here famous with the local Chinese community for its porcine fare.
Yessirree, I was utterly gobsmacked!
... because 'porcine’ means 'something of or pertaining to swine, or resembling swine, or hoggish, or piggish'.
Of course she meant it as a backhanded compliment for Anwar Ibrahim, because she followed up that opening paragraph with:
He ate no pork. The VIP table, where he was seated alongside Malaysia Today blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin and ex-minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, were served with halal dishes catered from outside.
But in religiously-sensitive Malaysia, where one man's meat is easily another man's poison, the former deputy Prime Minister's willingness to eat in a non-halal joint scored him brownie points with the majority non-Muslim dinner crowd.
But I thought the reference to pork was totally unnecessary and in poor taste (pun not intended).
Much as I am anti Anwar Ibrahim, and I make no bones about, where my good mate Dean Johns had also alluded to that in passing in his Malaysiakini article Even madder about Malaysia, also the title of his latest book*, I wouldn’t associate Anwar or any Muslim with the piggy word.
* BTW, don’t forget to buy a copy of Dean's latest book, where its Foreward is written by another good mate of mine, Antares, who (sob) doesn’t like me anymore (sob) ;-) Good olde Dean will give you good value for money.
Already we see the poor pig being used as a symbol of utter disrespect, implied insult or even as a message of hate in another Malaysiakini news article Pig head in surau at UM, where UM students discovered to their horror a pig's head on the floor of the surau located in the Islamic studies academy. The pig’s head was chopped into two portion and placed on a PAS flag.
This is mischief at its most outrageous, and could have instigated a nasty jihad (in the worst sense of the J-word), or worse, get some poor innocent blokes bashed up or murdered.
I find this act totally irresponsible just as I find the 'porcine' word in Debra's article totally unnecessary.