MISSING PERSONS REPORT
Below is a photo of the much touted Malay Unity event last night. The participants were in the midst of saying their prayers, so the photo must have been taken around 7.30pm. The event schedule was as follows:
- 6.00pm: Arrival of invited guests
- 6.20pm: Arrival of VIPs, Malay leaders
Hence by Maghrib, the event can be considered as to have been well on the way. And there you have it – the crowd, or rather, lack of.
Malam mesra mahasiswa-mahasiswi
Putra Stadium in Bulit Jalil has a seating capacity of 13,000 and can accommodate an additional 3,000 people.
National news agency Bernama put those present yesterday to be in the “thousands” (ribuan) but did not pin down a number. An estimate of 8,000-10,000 was given by photoblogger legend Minaq Jinggo. He saw mostly young faces (students).
The organizers had targeted 20,000 but the turnout was abysmally distant from their lofty ambition. TMI reported that the attendance was 5,000.
Selagi ada bulan dan bintang, wadah terus diperjuangkan
Najib had urgently wanted a stage whereby he could burnish his Malay defender credentials. So Malay students were bussed to the venue as UiTM was one of the co-organizers. “Veterans” showed up too.
Cousin Hishammuddin was there beside him, as were a few other Umno ministers including Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Hisham forgot to bring his keris though.
Begitu hambar sekali acara semalam
Even the CNY celebration hosted by Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong yesterday at his Teluk Intan constituency attracted a far bigger crowd. Bernama said Mah’s open house at the Leaning Tower drew 20,000 visitors.
The coverage by Utusan of the Malay Unity gathering can only be described as lukewarm. Photos of the event did not even merit a place among the five Gambar Pilihan in the paper’s online version today.
A pale imitation of the Umno general assembly, there were the usual cries of “Hidup Melayu!” dan “Allahuakbar”. You can count on the raucous PAU, in comparison, to muster a more genuine Melayu pekat spirit.
TV station awards night, more like
Where were Perkasa? Pekida? Isma? It was supposed to be a “Malay Unity” show of force after all.
Oh well. In any case, there were patriotic dances, flashy lasers and fireworks (video projections) – or in other words, entertainment gimmickry – to make up for the lack of semangat.
Minaq Jinggo nailed it when he described the proceedings as “perjalanan majlis lebih mirip kepada majlis anugerah yang biasa diadakan oleh stesen-stesen TV”.
ABOVE: Going with the bulan-dan-bintang cosmos theme at the Malay Unity show
Najib & Co. recited a seven-point waad (is this an Arabic word?) Whatever, but it means janji luhur.
The amanat sounds like the kind of mumbo-jumbo which Idris Jala’s Pemandu boys might cook up, except that the waad is framed in bahasa Arabelayu with a sprinkling of borrowed English words such as “globalisasi”, “geopolitik”, “kompetitif”, “teknologi” and “futuristik”.
If it was me that had to read out the long and meandering pledge, I’d feel like a complete idiot. (You can read the ‘Warkah waad misi Melayu abad ke-21′ in all its glory at MyKMU, the Umno supporters club website.)
ABOVE: Okay, futuristic 21st century globalized Malays quite explains the special effects dance
Kesian kat Awang Selamat
No wonder the Malay nationalists at Utusan were hard pressed to angle the weak story. The onerous demands that are made on the “Umno mouthpiece” can sometimes really tax the editors’ creativity.
The Prime Minister’s Office is splashing a whole lot of MONEY in order to salvage Najib’s fast-sinking image. This is akin to plugging the leaky Titanic with rubber patches.
Our government spending is on 1MDB, Pemandu, TalentCorpse, konsetan, punahsihat and RM1,200 hairdos (okay this one is Najib’s personal household expenditure) but not reaching the poor people who need financial aid.
Kerbau dipegang pada talinya, manusia dipegang pada janjinya
Sayangnya kata Najib tidak dikota.
On 14 Sept 2013, Najib launched the Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Programme (BEEP) at the Dewan Agung Tunku Canselor in UiTM, Shah Alam. Guess what he said at UiTM on the eve of Malaysia Day two years ago?
“kepada orang-orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, usahlah berbimbang-bimbang dan bergundah-gundah, kerana selagi ada bulan dan bintang selagi hayat dikandung badan survival Melayu dan Bumiputera tetap menjadi keutamaan dan pelita perjuangan kita sampai bila-bila.”
Yeah, the same moon-and-stars story but this man makes promises he simply doesn’t keep. His last Bumiputera Economic Empowerment plan rolled out in 2013 promised billions in programmes for the Malays. Have we heard anything from the beneficiaries so far?
When there’s a shadow you reach for the sun..
When there is love then you look for the one..
..and for the promises there is the sky
..and for the heavens are those who can fly
From Bissau to Palau – in the shade of Avalon
From Fiji to Tiree and the isles of Ebony
From Peru to Cebu hear the power of Babylon
From Bali to Cali – far beneath the coral sea
Turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, up adieu ohh (x3)