The picture below is of the jetsetting Minister of Youth and Sports in Dublin a couple of days ago with the Umno Club, Ireland. From the leftovers of the spread, it looks like Khairy Jamaluddin had enjoyed a hearty Irish breakfast.
Meanwhile, below is a picture of a “scavenger” that has already gone out to hundreds of thousands of Twitter timelines.
The photo is allegedly snapped in Air Panas, Setapak. From the lighting, it looks like afternoon here in KL.
Dapster Khairy’s “awesome projects”
From Hannah Yeoh’s originating tweet, the above photo of the boy went out to some 90,000 Twitter timelines that comprise her loyal following.
It was furthermore retweeted by 273 of her adoring twits to generate a multiplier effect of, say – conservative estimate – another quarter million views just from Madame Speaker’s Twitter ‘downline’ (273 tweets x 1,000 followers each equals 273,000) alone.
For photo details on the boy, please read ‘Dapster Khairy’s Youth & Sports Ministry given RM754 million to spend‘
Yup, RM754 million does promise for an “awesome” year; I hope Regina Lee remembers to thank Ah Jib Gor
–– see tweet by Dapster Khairy’s Scissorati secretary, below
I reckon it will go viral.
Whether the image of the slum dweller boy is authentic or not, it will nonetheless be believed – just like stories of the 40,000 Bangladeshi and ‘505 blackout’ – unless some high-ranked gomen official quickly comes out with a convincing denial or plausible deflection.
Logically the boy’s poverty-stricken situation would come under the aegis of “Urban Wellbeing”.
Public should scrutinize the Ministry budgets
As Twitterjaya has been gushingly informed earlier, Dapster Khairy’s Ministry – the KBS (Kementerian Belia dan Sukan) – is embarking on “SOMETHING PRETTY AWESOME PROJECTS“ this year.
Providing slippers to slum dwellers unfortunately is not among the KBS something pretty awesome projects. Not that the #syok sendiri, gila glamer Minister of Youth and Sports (winner of the Shout! Awards) will be looking into this, in any case. KJ has yet to return from London.
The plight of the mineral-water-bottle-slippered boy is instead more logically something up the alley of the Minister in charge of Urban Wellbeing.
The Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government has a budget of close to four billion ringgit (RM3,914,584,400) for this year — see below.
Social Inclusion Act
It is a no brainer that the opposition will be going to town with this kid as their poster boy.
Such an image of urban poverty is in synch with the country’s need for a Social Inclusion initiative — and one that is being tabled now through a private member’s bill by the Parti Sosialis Malaysia MP, Dr D. Jeyakumar.
The Social Inclusion proposal was co-drafted by, among other civil society groups, the Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) which is the online source of the boy’s photos I’ve reproduced on this page.
Their concern for the welfare of the marginalized will cast a halo on Pakatan while at the same time putting the BN in a bad light as a bunch of London-holidaying Umno ministers who are uncaring about the welfare of poor, Tamil-speaking children.