Anwar is Anugerah Tuhan
Azmin is an angel
Wan Azizah is a martyr
Tian Chua is malaikat
Saifuddin is maksyuk
Nik Aziz is maksum
Mat Sabu is mukalaf
Hadi Awang is Mahdi
Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi tak pernah berhibur
Guan Eng is God’s Gift
Ng Wei Aik, Ngeh, Nga and Hannah are Beauty, Truth, Goodness & Righteousness (in corresponding order, i.e. Ng Wei Aik is Beauty, Ngeh is Truth, and so on)
It is this halo of holiness that shines like a beacon of light in the sky
Shepherding the Army of God in their triumphal march to Putrajaya
What more can a Malaysian ask for?
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ABU, ABU, yabba dabba doo
It’s impossible to get through to the ‘x’ percent (estimate say 30%) who are adamantly ABU while ‘y’ percent – the opposite 30% who are resolutely ABAI – will now plant feet more firmly to defend their ground.
The remaining fence-sitters can tilt either way but Tunku Aziz’s departure from DAP will definitely carry an impact especially with the Malay middle. He has effected a turning of the tide.
I really don’t begrudge anyone who wants to kick out Barisan. And I won’t pick a fight with someone who insists on voting Pakatan. My blog has never been about trying to influence how you vote.
Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim appraises Kim Guan Eng
Quotes from Tunku Aziz:
“I am not against the party at all. I am just against the attitude adopted by the secretary-general.”
“The son is a different kettle of fish.”
“What is CAT? Cat is a slogan. But to him no. But when it comes to 1Malaysia, 1Malaysia is just a slogan. But CAT is not.”
“This man has no sense of decency”
“I’m trying to find an English word for this behaviour, and I can’t. The only word is a Malay word, and it’s ‘biadab’.”
There! That feels good — the copypasting, I mean.
The following line from Tunku Aziz is a cute rebuttal to the conspiracy theorists.
“… the point is it’s not as if I asked to join [DAP] to be a mole or Trojan horse. I was invited to join …” (LOL)
I do wish DAPsters would take a deep breath, expel the phlegm, and inhale.
Not living in suburbia
For those puzzled as to why I’m not with the 80-90 percent of my fellow Chinese … well, a blogger friend (who’s Indian) once observed that I do not possess any herd mentality at all.
A quick note on my background will help you understand.
Nobody in my immediate family is Christian or has ever been a Christian.
My home language is Chinese.
Although both my late parents were English educated, they did not speak English in the house either to each other or to their children. In retrospect, I’m grateful.
A reader Joe had commented: “I normally describe FMT writers as part of the middle-class lala brigade. I have to make an exception for you now.”
Easily explained, Joe. I do not live in Subang Jaya or Damansara Utama or Bangsar.
I live on the edge of a Chinese new village.
In the small pekan, they still have musty sundry shop-cum-Chinese medicine hall where luncheon meat (tinned pork) is displayed on the shelves. These shops don’t stock high-end products or branded goods.
There is also an old shop selling joss sticks and other Taoist prayer materials, and an even older shop selling household stuff, e.g. dusty basins poignantly hung outside the shop front above the five-foot way. (Will anyone ever buy a chipped, cracked pail?)
There are one or two small tailor shops, one or two motorbike repair shops, and several bukan-Starbucks punya standard coffeeshops (cheap hawker food — I eat) where they play Chinese songs that sound like music from the bygone era of Rediffusion. The kopitiam tables are usually filled with not-young, decidedly un-hip Chinese people.
This is the area where I’m residing now. One of my more distant neighbours even has a (disused) well in his yard.
My neighbour next door has an altar in her home and burns paper offerings openly on occasion.
If you Google images, you can find many pictures of the Yang Berhormat Adun Subang Jaya in her tudung at the mosques. I’ve never come across any photos of her mingling with the adoring crowd at Chinese folk belief religious festivals.
It always amazes me how people seem to think DAP is a Chinese party.
Behind the scenes in blogosphere
A brief narrative of my experience with bloggers and journos.
When Perkasa made their police report against me, Joceline Tan was the first to send me a note of support. I thought that was most decent of her.
My Barisan Rakyat friends didn’t bother to send messages of encouragement. Ada lagi al-kisah tapi malas nak cerita.
When this blog debuted in end-July 2011, the first blogger to put me on his blogroll was ‘A Voice’ (blog name: A Brick in the Wall). He can accept that we have differences of opinion and willing to give me a shout-out.
I’m not on the blogroll of Barisan Rakyat bloggers (e.g. Zorro) or pro-Pakatan bloggers who write in English, with the exception of one or two. However, a handful of the pro-Pakatan bloggers who write in Malay have placed me on their blogrolls.
You’ll be surprised to learn this next little detail: Big Dog’s blog “follows” my blog. Big Dog is bashed a lot by the Pakatan crowd but I think many of his postings tackle sober topics/economic issues plus attracting quality commenters.
I was mildly surprised but not entirely shocked to find myself recently added to the blogroll of Demi Negara. The DN blogger, Kijangmas, is the guy who initiated the Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua petition. I had called him “far right”. He’s aware that I’m opposed to the SSS movement.
Yet he’s broadminded enough to want to read my views.
Similarly, I was pleasantly, a slight bit surprised that ‘Stop the Lies’ has included me in his blogroll too.
Then there is Rockybru without whom my blog wouldn’t have been able to take off the way it has. Rocky was kind enough to put me on his live feed soon after my launch, and through which this blog was introduced to the bloggers in his extensive network.
If not for Rocky, few people would have even known that I had started blogging. As mentioned earlier, the Barisan Rakyat bloggers largely ignored my writings which is not their cup of tea. Nowadays, my articles appearing in FMT are never aggregated. Are they fair-minded, you think?
It’s common knowledge that the two alpha males of Malaysian cyberspace – Rocky and Haris Ibrahim – have engaged in several public bouts of ‘arm-wrestling’.
A minor but telling detail: Haris remains on Rocky’s blogroll. Rockybru was removed from Haris’. I’m not on Haris’ blogroll either (never been put there).
I don’t want to say much except that on a person-to-person basis, I simply feel more comfortable in the company of the pro-establishment set. This however doesn’t imply that I support BN over Pakatan. I’m equally sceptical of both.
DAPsters like to claim that their side is ethically, morally and spiritually superior. Nonetheless I remain unconvinced that they will make a better replacement to BN.
If they’re no better but 2×5, then I prefer to be spared the tiresome bullshit that our country will be reformed once – by the grace of God – we come under Pakatan rule.
Alright, I’m willing to concede that the above is just my personal, fallible opinion. No need to kill each other because we disagree on politics.
My parting thoughts
It must have taken quite a bit to push the Tunku to strip Kim naked:
“I mean, that’s [i.e. kebiadaban Guan Eng] what really made me decide I will not work with this man.”
Now please consider the tweet below. Evaluate very carefully.
Hannah Yeoh in her live Twitter session is asked by a member of the public the question: “How would you deal with your daughter growing up to have different political views from yours?”
Now ponder on Hannah’s reply:
“Shay will not be raced based in her views.”
How would you interpret her response?
I’d read it as Hannah will not even entertain any remote possibility that her daughter could grow up one day deviating from the Malaysian First creed.
What do you make of such a cocksure mother who rejects out of hand any suggestion of potential variance and the possibility that her offspring can have a mind of its own?
“Shay will not be raced based in her views” is an absolutist diktat.
Like I said, I’m just more comfortable with pro-Barisan people (not necessarily the BN government though). That’s all.
If you hold Pakatan as saviours and messiahs, itu lu punya pasal lah. Don’t come to my blog dan mencarut is all I ask.