besides the ‘PG1′ number plate on the Merc …
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http://alizul2.blogspot.com must be among the most indefatigable in Malaysian blogosphere.
The blogger makes me think of someone who diligently tends to his kebun for the love of gardening and is pleased to share the pretty landscaping (the result of his hard work) with any visitors who might chance by.
If you will drop in at his blog, you will see.
One entry which had caught my eye was ’10 Highest and Most Beautiful Lakes on Earth’. It had been on my mind when I was browsing the Net at that time that my best holiday memory is not of somewhere abroad but Langkawi. Hence my interest in Alizul’s title.
I remember that I’d swum out to the middle of one of Langkawi’s big lakes and just looked up and all around me at the sheer stone cliffs. I’ve no words to describe the wondrous feeling.
I’ve been to destinations on several other continents, including the red rocks of Lake Powell (pic) in west USA which was awesome but still, it is that moment at the Langkawi lake that remains etched with poignancy.
From the lakes posting, I paddled to another one where Alizul had collected the Most Beautiful Pictures of Waves Ever Seen. Every single one of the breathtaking photos made me gasp.
Cyberspace provides a room for positive Netizens like Alizul but the downside is that the DAPster negativity is so insistent. What are these toxic people doing to our country?
The bodoh sombong nature of DAPsters is to query “what’s in it for (me/you/them)”.
Mekyam once said something to the effect which quite fairly describes what I mean. Since she’s captured the idea, I shan’t reinvent the wheel but just copypaste verbatim below (original comment here).
In response to ‘Cerita latar sebalik tawaran gaji 50k kepada Tunku Aziz oleh Guan Eng (mutakhir)‘, mekyam wrote:
“A pattern has emerged that people can use as a rule of thumb. It appears that any wrongdoing or dirty tactic anyone in PR accuses their ‘political enemies’ of doing, most likely it is something they are doing themselves.
It is typical of the cowardly and the guilty to use their own yardsticks on others. It is a sort of paranoia found in those without moral compass. They figured since they are doing it, others are probably not above doing the same. Decency is alien to them. Just look at those who come a-visiting here with their cheap blanket accusation that everyone who is not with the opposition is an BN/Umno purchase…
This incidentally is the pattern of Anwar Ibrahim/PRK which PR unfortunately has seen fit to adopt. As much as DAP is accused as a chauvinistic party and the vehicle of the Lim dynasty, I think it did once [when Lim senior and Karpal were more in charge] discharge its responsibility as opposition in a more credible and worthy way. Much better than PAS or PKR ever did.
Throwing aspersions relentlessly, especially ones that they are doing themselves, serves at least two purposes. One, it will distract the public’s attention from what they themselves are doing, and two, some of the accusations, whether outright slanders or have some modicum of truth, will definitely stick in the minds of the malleable and the prejudiced.
This is an Anwar Ibrahim’s trick. It served him well for a while, but since the stink of rot is hard to cover forever and people do grow up, it appears to be coming unglued for him. LGE/DAP, who appeared to take to this ‘strategy’ like a pig to slops should do well to pay mind to this.”
Now back to Alizul’s touching commitment to his blog.
It’s difficult to believe that a blog like Alizul’s can get any (monetary) returns for the owner as there are no ads there even. I’m not suggesting that the thought ever crossed his mind but am only using this as an example to illustrate mekyam’s commentary.
I won’t speculate on Alizul’s motivations but his dedication to readers is beyond doubt.
For instance, he compiled – usually it’d be a photo gallery with informative captions – today on 10 bridges, yesterday on 5 spices; Greenland’s ice, 10 deadliest proteins, and world’s bizarre restaurants.
How this anecdote relates to DAPsterism is that Malaysians are better than the DAPsters think. Yet due to their base instincts, DAPsters can only apply their own gutter-level standards on others.
Alizul describes his blog as the “writings of an ordinary citizen who is deeply concerned about the socio-political conundrum in his beloved Malaysia”.
There are many other bloggers like Alizul, one of whom I like to link (as you may have noticed) is Din Turtle — for the reason that I’m convinced he blogs altruistically.
A regular reader ‘melonhead’ left this comment about another blogger:
“I personally know Anas [Zubedy]. He has his weaknesses and limitations, just like everyone else. He does not claim to be an angel, or God’s gift to mankind. But what he does have that the ABU group does not is his genuine love for this country.”
Even though Alizul is not blogging socio-political content, I see him as a patriot (in his own way) doing it from a desire to engage with fellow Malaysians.
Malays, I find, will generally display a nonchalant or take-it-for-granted ‘placeness’ in Malaysia. By this, I mean feeling a sense of ‘belonging’ just as how a Japanese feels his place is in Japan, a Norwegian in Norway and so on for the rest of the populations of the world.
Melonhead’s observation that the ABU group is more motivated by deep hatred for Umno than genuine love for this country is something worth pondering.
We might recall how Kim Guan Eng ran down Johor when he was with foreign correspondents in Singapore and for which he was compelled to apologize to the sultan as well as criticize Malaysia in other interviews with the Western media.
The unelected sec-gen of the party follows in the tradition of “DAP leaders suffer[ing] from ‘DAP-itis’ during their overseas missions by bad mouthing Malaysia” (source: here).
And they thump their chest the loudest that they are Malaysian First and more patriotic than everyone else?
There is this huge disconnect between what they’re hollering and how they act.
If we were to think more deeply into this, we might ask: Are they living in the same country that the rest of us are? It often appears like they’re in an alternate reality in their own parallel universe, doesn’t it?