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Monday, August 28, 2017

Malays who turn 'ampu' into an art form



In Putrajaya, the most important show on earth is the current South-East Asian (SEA) Games. It is being stage-managed by a future prime ministerial hopeful, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
For Khairy, the end justifies the means. He must succeed and in this context, success means to win as many gold medals, as possible. The reason is simple. The SEA Games will be used as propaganda for the next general election, GE14.
The list of gold medals won by Malaysia is impressive. On Merdeka day, the naive rakyat will react favourably when told that this was the "best ever" SEA Games and it was made possible only because of Umno-Baru.
This is another variant of the oft repeated phrase, "Where would the Malays be, without Umno-Baru?", and Khairy will make sure that the part he played in the Games will be on his CV.
Winners are whisked-off for selfies with the PM. More propaganda material in the offing...
Some guest nations expressed displeasure, when their flags were mixed-up. Apology after apology was issued. When the flag mix-ups continued, with alarming regularity, a damage control exercise was deemed essential.
Enter the outgoing IGP, who said that the flag mix-up was possibly an act of sabotage. This is perhaps the IGP's most important role, before his retirement. He wins "gold" for his creativity. Since when were incompetence and a failure to proof-read termed acts of "sabotage"; unless the acts were perpetrated by a fifth column within Umno-Baru.
Malaysia is not a normal country. It is a notorious example of how blinkered affirmative action policies have wrecked a perfectly functioning multi-racial nation.
Last week, PAS president, Abdul Hadi Awang said that only Muslim leaders should lead Malaysia. He said that key positions in the judiciary, administration, security and defence should be reserved for Muslims, because of the prestige these positions bring. Note the word "prestige".
Why do policemen kiss hands, not salute?
When we look at the Malay psyche, social prestige, the sense of entitlement, and the correlation of wealth with prestige, fit nicely into a feudal society. "Responsibility" or "challenge" do not figure into Hadi's feudalistic social order.
Kissing hands is a recent phenomenon. In the past, we did not see policemen kissing the hands of politicians, or senior policemen.
When did the police dispense with the salute?
If feudalistic Malays are the bane of other Malaysians, our disappointment is compounded by like-minded Indians kissing the hands of the PM. Two communities with deeply seated feudalistic tendencies.
Do we need several guests of honour, comprising senior politicians or royalty, at official functions? These people are given comfortable sofas, in the front row, whilst everyone else has plastic chairs. Is this a deliberate tactic to enable honoured guests to sleep through long-winded speeches? Are the rest of us provided with the most uncomfortable chairs, to keep us awake?
When a senior politician and his wife toured a certain stadium venue, it was alleged that the lavatory was upgraded, to the tune of RM30,000, for her. Did she even use the lavatory? The money could have been spent on improving the public lavatories, which are typically cramped, flooded and with broken plumbing.
Why are senior ministers and their wives, "sent-off" by half the cabinet and their officials, when they leave Malaysia on an official visit? We pay their wages, but we would be sacked if we were to go to KLIA, to wave goodbye to a friend or relative each time they fly overseas on holiday or business.
Ask a minister what he intends to do about congested roads during peak hours, and he will feign ignorance. Ministers are oblivious to our traffic woes, because police outriders clear a path for them along busy roads. They are chauffeured around in air-conditioned comfort, in their convoys, at high speed. You will not find this scene being replicated in Western countries, unless you are in 'The Beast with the POTUS'.
Feudal mind difficult to erase
Who pays for the outfits which politicians wear at official events? They are dressed in a similarly patterned batik or T-shirt. Some of them attend several functions a month, and wear different patterned shirts each time. How large is his wardrobe? Is the taxpayer funding this frivolity?
The feudal mind is difficult to erase, even in overseas educated Malays. Many years ago, former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's personal assistant (PA) addressed a group of around 30 people before they met the PM.
He told them that they had to rise when Badawi entered the room. Furious at being treated like children, the group did not scrape and bow as instructed when Badawi met them. Today, this PA has become the youth and sports minister. Sometimes, a prestigious university education is less important than the ability to show-off one's feudalistic tendencies.
Najib once asked the rhetorical question, "Where would the Malays be without Umno-Baru?"

What if we shot back: "Where would Umno-Baru be, without the Malays?"
The answer is simple. Without the feudalistic Malays, Umno-Baru would cease to exist. The Malays would be set free and in gaining their freedom, all of Malaysia would be released from Umno-Baru's vice-like grip.
Without feudal Malays, Malaysia would be a happier place.

MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO). BlogTwitter. -Mkini

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