My condolences to the family of Roslan Shaharum. His passing on was very unexpected. Many have said it to be ‘divine intervention’, considering the political climate that looms over Perak at the moment.



Perak is now in such a state that just when you think you know what’s going on, the next minute you’re not quite so sure. And emotions are definitely running wild.

Take for example THIS:

“In the old days, what did we do to those who committed treason?” Khairy [Jamaluddin] asked the crowd at the Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil field here.

The crowd replied “kill him!” as they waved banners with the words “Nizar Penderhaka Melayu Moden (Nizar is the modern day Malay traitor)” but Khairy instead said that “we only ask that they be banished,” referring to Nizar and other PR leaders who have supported his decision.

This is nothing short of fanning the fire. I think this is what is referred to as mengapi-apikan perasaan. The end result wouldn’t be nice. And politicians, or anyone of influence, would be well-advised to stop egging the people on, like what Khairy has been seen doing. It can’t be good for ANYONE.

It is in this state of uncertainty and swirl of anger that a next by-election will be carried out.

I hope Barisan Nasional will refrain from banging on the derhaka issue. And I hope Pakatan Rakyat will control their supporters from pelting more stones at cars of royalty/dignitaries/anyone.

Let’s at least TRY to keep it clean.

4 Comments on “…”

  1. anakpakross says:

    I just don’t know what to make of someone wishing for ‘Keep politics clean’. Just like somewhere in this blog someone wishing for ‘malaysian malaysia’ where everything is fair and equal. I can imagine a naive yet idealistic individual, hoping that the world is full with goodness and well intended people. That is all well and fine until somewhere along the lines or the argument you get the fine twist and blame one side which most of the time will be BN the cause of all things evil, and PR is the right choice. I like to say that I am not a rooted Bn supporter but at least if we talk about being fair, equal and all, why say one thing and in the same breath preach another? Then again I am sure, denying that you are a BN supporter does nothing good at all when you talk to people who have already made up their mind.

    Yes I don’t agree with KJ either and the manner things have taken shape in Perak. But can we be fair to just blame KJ? What about this;

    And there are lots more if you scout around the news. You will find the opposition/PAS crowd burning, stamping on Najib’s face banners. Can we really be fair?

    It sometimes reminds you of John Lennon’s .. baby baby it’s a wide world, you can’t get by just upon a smile girl!
    No, it’s not fair to just put the blame on KJ. Just that when I was writing this, it was the first thing I picked up. That’s all.

    And you know, you’re right. I’m sort of “starry-eyed”, wishing for things that don’t really look like they’re about to happen.

    I’m no saint. I can wish and wish that I’m being fair all the time, but it just doesn’t happen that way. But I try (rather unsuccessfully, if I might add).

    I assure you though, your comments and criticisms are well-received. It helps with growth. 🙂

  2. Pat says:

    Hi Su!

    I know what you’re saying when you say you only used KJ as an example of what you mean. As a writer, you cannot afford to pick up every blinking example to give credence to your point. If you did, each post would be five miles long.

    Having said that, I do believe that people on both sides have been acting in every way possible to incite the feelings of others. It’s been a chest-thumping fest in Perak, and there is no shortage of people willing to take up the baton and join them!

    It would seem that things are just simmering beneath the surface – they have been for a long, long time – and all it needs will be that one last ‘spark’ to set things alight.

    This is so not a good place to be.

    I watched Karpal Singh on the news and I was so sad to witness the broken and sad man he has become. It is as if his ailment, that put him in a wheelchair, has taken over his life. He griped about no one standing by him, even his own party, and it was a hollow voice that said, “I am the Chairman!”

    So much housekeeping needs to be done in Perak right now. The only ones suffering are its people.

    And the rest of us here? Well, in the rest of the world, people are losing their jobs and economies are tottering.

    But not here. We are fine and dandy. That’s why instead of talking about the recession, we can afford to play politics and who-said-what-to-who under our lovely tempurung 🙂

    Doncha just wish you were here for the fun?

    Hi Pat. Yea, I know what you mean.

  3. for nikki says:

    Nothing wrong in being starry-eyed and full of idealism. Imagine Ghandi, Mendela or Martin Luther King without their dreams for a better society. Sadly there are many who do not think all human are born equal and a lot of them are in our country. Call it naive or whatever, equality is a universal truth and are espounded by all the great religions not to mention the Almighty.
    So dream on and ask yourself what you can do to make this world a better place. It can be raising kind and compassionate children or helping the less priveleged or even recycling scarce resources or writing in your blog to create awareness of injustice and others.
    Best wishes.
    Thank you.

  4. Gadfly says:

    Is Khairy leading the crowd or the crowd is leading him by the nose? It seems that both are mutually reinforcing each other. It is difficult not to have much higher expection for an Oxford-trained graduate. The essential question seems that you do not really need to go Oxford to have a kind heart and then a cool head. If education focuses only on the head and not on the heart, there will be a mob of hot-heads and cold-hearts.

    The problem is not with Oxford.

    The true warrior walks on the path with heart. A pseudo-warrior spills blood on the path.

    If we find that when we try to be fair and yet still unable to balance them all, perhaps we need to look at the yardstick that measures fairness or justice.

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