Leave Him Alone

I’m referring to Doc Mahathir; not Anwar. I’m sure bloggers are rushing to blog his latest remarks on Anwar and Malaysia (“So if you feel like murdering, come to Malaysia”, according to MKini’s report today).

Frankly, he’s an embarrasment. Mahathir, that is. Has been for a long time now. I think Malaysian media should agree on this and leave him alone. Dont listen to him, certainly dont report his remarks, as it smacks of a mad man talking. An old, tired and possibly demented man.

“So, I commend the enjoyment of life.” (From the Bible – really. Eccl 8:15)


We Said You Said

It’s the MCA’s turn. Following a well rehearsed pattern, the youth go first. One Lo Tiang Chooi was reported to have given Hishamuddin Hussein, the Education Minister and UMNO Youth Chief, a bit of a go. He was reported to have said, “The Chinese community cannot accept this statement because Malays have benefitted from the NEP for more than 30 years. I hope Hishammuddin will realise this,” and also, “Hishammuddin should be satisfied and not be too greedy because the NEP has brought a lot of benefits to the Malays and has strengthen them economically,”(Malaysiakini story of today).

On a equally sensitive note, the Perak delegate, one Lim Poh Kuang, was reported to have said “Why do we have to tell our children what to study when they obtained the good results but could not get the course they want (in university)? Is this is the so-called meritocracy system?” (same Malaysiakini story). He pointed out that notwithstanding the “meritocracy” system, university intake is still dominated by bumiputera students with over 90 percent.

Would anything change? I seriously doubt it. My brush with an UMNO Youth leader, one very well educated and very impressive person, spewed the same philosophy. Non-bumi’s will have to fight it out among themselves for the places allocated for them. All this sabre rattling and chest beating is for show only. General Assembly, mah… right?

“So, I commend the enjoyment of life.” (From the Bible – really. Eccl 8:15)