So many issues today, and haven’t done a “little points” style posting in a while. All about variety eh?
I have to say that Karpal Singh taking a swipe at the Kelantan royalty, while perhaps in some ways justified, is not the most strategically sound thing to do. In Singapore, I spoke a lot about the need to craft messages that are likely to garner results – not those that are nice to hear coming out of our mouths, but hurt our ultimate goals.
The reason for this is encapsulated in my obsessively linked post about how the best community to speak out against Malay supremacy is the Malays. This doesn’t mean the rest of us should be stopped from saying what we think, but I think we should think very strategically about this, and the best use of our resources is to defend and advocate across racial and religious lines, and not fall prey to the stereotype of Chinese defending Chinese, Muslims defending Muslims, etc. Yeah, it may sound like a lot to achieve, but so did March 8 :)
YB Karpal puts me in the mind of YB Nik Aziz. Both older, great men who ooze integrity, but whose public relations (Pakatan Rakyat Public Relations – PR PR? :) … sometimes leave something to be desired. Of course, KeADILan has its fair share of politicians with their foots in their mouths :) Learning process I guess.
On the subject of communications, I am appalled at the ban on Makkal Osai. I guess those hoping that BN will take steps towards reform and learn that repression is why they lost will be disappointed. If this is the beginning of greater repression, I think BN is starting a war they will ultimately lose. If they really want to, bring it on.
Mind you, they seem a little busy fighting their own wars. Najib now going around the country getting support? The main question on my mind is: What’s going to happen with the Altantuya case?? I’m most curious about what may be Abdullah’s trump card.
Though again, let’s not spend too much time speculating about a political entity proved time and again to be bereft of morals. I read with disappointment but no surprise the latest scandal involving massive abuse of taxpayer monies via Citizen Nades. Shocking.
The scandal involved the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia.
Their annual report reveals certain expenditures:
• Grants RM1.18 million
• Meals and Accommodation RM2.1 million
• Media and Advertising RM932,000
• Post and Production RM710,000
• Printing and Stationery RM710,000
• Rental of Equipment RM865,400
• Volunteers’ Allowances RM242,000
• Wages RM117,700
• Entertainment RM1.4 million
• Travelling and Transportation RM858,000
Good lord! >:(
And who’s the main culprit? You should read how the WSFFM website treats Azalina like a deity – yeah, the same woman who didn’t actually face a vote in the elections.
Interested to take a bet on how long it will take the police to launch an investigation if a report were lodge? I’d reckon less than it took for them to investigate KeADILan leaders over the Ketuanan Rakyat gathering a few nights ago.
I usually don’t care much about these sorts of things, but I confess to feeling insulted that the police insisted, in the absence of any reasonable cause I can think of that DS Wan Azizah, Azmin and Yahya Sari were forced to go down to the police station just to give a stupid statement, when they could have done so anywhere.
Any Umno leaders called for police questioning after their post election protests? Yeah, didn’t think so.
Once again, if BN wants to clamp down, I think it’ll be the nail in the coffin for them. I say again, bring it on.