Biadap? I see…


Tangkap! Prison! Biadap!

Loud and strident were the calls for the arrest and punishment of the people who mooned and stomped on the PM’s picture.

I disagree with the act. Personally, I find it uncouth. If I were to meet the PM, I would address him as Mr PM, but I would have some scathing words for him. I have a right to do so, as I am citizen of this country, and the dude has a duty to to me.

Perhaps I’m polite. Some people are too angry to be polite. Can you look into the why first? Has the act of mooning diminished the PM? Is lese majeste as a sanction extended to an insult against a politician? Defacing his picture is a serious crime? Since when did a politician become King?

Now, a certain senior editor of a local daily had suggested that the “biadap” culture has been/is being propagated by the Opposition. Seriously mate…gimme some of whatever you’re smoking that gives you such a hazy, one-sided view of things.

How do you explain the shoe-throwing incident (allegedly by the Perkasa riff raff from Kota Setar)?
That was an aggression too, a bloody rude one, AND inside a mosque. If that isn’t biadap, then you and I are from different planets.

Perkasa of course was quick to disclaim responsibility here, but I think it might also need to quickly lodge a police report on the theft of its T-shirts because, jeng jeng jeng…look at these T-shirts.Image..

Now, compare them to the pictures you see in this group page. Get the drift?

Wanna talk about biadap some more? Let me refresh your memory.

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Did the powers that be give a single f**k on this day, when these flabby posteriors were flashed at Bersih co-chair Ambiga Sreenevasan’s house ?

Or this thinly veiled insult to a vegetarian by selling beef burger in front of her house?
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What about this “funeral” for Lim Guan Eng?
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That’s you Perkasa Youth chief Mohd Risuad basically telling the Penang CM that he’s dead. In some parts of the world, that qualifies as a threat. Oh yeah, same fella also offers his shoe in yet another incident.

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So now, can the blame be laid squarely on the shoulders of the convenient bogeyman “Opposition”? Seriously can you? Especially after seeing all these outsourced threats/instigation/general mayhem?
I maintain that all Perkasa is, is just an entity set up so that all the troublemaking that Umno needs to do, can be taken care of without too much blemish on its red/white colours.

Fools no one la. I’m sure even my cats are more sophisticated in their modus operandi than these pea-brains that passes for Perkasa cadre.

Double standards have long been a feature of policing and governance in Bolehland, so long that it’s a cliche. And it has resulted in diminished respect for those in power. Don’t cry foul now. You started this slide. And now you want respect?

Ptui!

Believe me, if Pakatan Rakyat ever takes Putrajaya, the folks who are now up in arms, will be the very ones who’ll be burning posters, effigies and defacing pictures of PR leaders. Not that they are not doing that already…hehe.

Ignore the social media at your own peril


 

Checked Wikipedia today and found that the global population is 6,926, 500,000.

The global Facebook audience? 688,890,800. That is nearly 10% of the world population.

Malaysia has a population of 27,565,821 (according to Malaysia’s 2010 Census). How many Malaysians are online ? According the data found here , it is 64% of the population.

Pls remember though that the percentage quoted here was against a 2010 population estimate of 26,160,256. Our Statistic Department’s Census says its about 27.5 million. So, put against this stats, I guess the penetration of internet is a bit higher.

According to Checkfacebook.com, Malaysian Facebook audience is 11,159,200. That’s more than 40% of the population and about 70% of the population.

In short, this social media called Facebook has the widest reach. Forget newspapers, forget TV even. It is Facebook.

Marketers have woken up to the impact of social media fairly early. But then social media is not just about consumption. These are the net personas of mostly real people, who live in the real world.

Real people with real life dreams, aspirations, opinions, concerns and desires. What is different is that people could share what they think, faster than you’ve ever known.

Why is that relevant? Who cares if Aishwarya Rai is pregnant?  Millions of people apparently. When Amitabh Bachchan announced his daughter in law’s preggers status yesterday, he did it on Twitter. By nightfall it was global news.That was a welcome news I guess. The Bachchans are indeed social media savvy, I must say.

But that’s not all. The Arab Spring was called the Facebook revolution. And look what it has done. Do not underestimate the power of social networkers in large numbers.

Back home in Malaysia. I think the PM should take heed of what is happening online, and seriously listen to the rumblings. Otherwise, he might just lose his job.

Hey, when you really think about it, maybe its already too late. The BN-controlled media was closed to any dissenting views, so the dissenters were forced to find alternatives. Technology opened up and flattened the playing field. In fact, as the mainstream media gets further sidelined by changing public behaviour and preference, the online media gets stronger.

For better or worse, the Opposition’s views get more traction with the Malaysian Netizens. I’m not sure that is all good. But after years of drone-like subservience, Malaysians have taken the proverbial red pill (The Matrix movie reference, sorry).

Now, not even your best intentions can influence a fed up public,  Mr PM. As to this Bersih rally, you’re damned if you crack down on these protesters. They protested cos you didn’t listen to them in the first place. Very embarrassing for you politically and internationally.

If you allow Bersih 2.0 to go on peacefully, hey, you might even get some good PR from the public. But your own Umno warlords will castrate you for being a “dayus”. So I guess you and your cousin Hishammudin will get evil on the Bersih 2.0 participants, cos you gotta save face.

So we are moving inexorably towards transition. All because of your pride.

You think you can kow tim the situation by outsourcing the fiery rhetoric and bloody threats to the fighter cocks like Perkasa’s Brahem Ali and KJ? That’s a mistake.

 

 

 

Ibrahim Ali will cost you dearly. He’s done a fantastic job of alienating people from your government and BN. You’ve done nothing so far to discourage him. But maybe that was part of the plan. If so, thank you for the frog.

Within Umno though, they are out for your blood. I guess you have plan B in place. A nice little hideaway in Kazakhstan perhaps? Where cultural learnings of Malaysia can be put to good use :P

Sedition? Oh enough already!


What passes for sedition these days is what the authorities says it is. Or perhaps what Perkasa says.

The latest target of the dreaded “S” word is Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Read here for more details.

Very very arbitrary isn’t it?

The young politician and MP for Lembah Pantai is being investigated following a police report lodged against her by so called Malay rights group Perkasa.

She isn’t fazed, and good for her. The woman fights with conviction and does Brahim Pasir Mas really want to engage her in a rational argument? I think he’d lose.

Perkasa IMHO is more like an outsourced job, an attack dog if you like, that is allowed to play in the Malaysian political arena for specific reasons and it can’t function outside its strict instruction.

The thing is, as we have seen increasingly these days, temper tantrums, outbursts, loud and belligerent proclamations of supremacy are all Perkasa is about.

It could have been different if it had some intelligentsia behind it. But as a strategy, the formation of Perkasa itself seems ad hoc and flawed, and even more fatal to its credibility as a pressure group, is its inability to engage anyone rationally.

If it captures any semblance of support among the Malay community, it would be because of Dr M, tacit support for it. But what next? Perkasa as an entity that exists simply because of some quarters’ anxiety or downright disillusionment over PM Najib’s 1Malaysia inclusiveness?

Something is definitely wrong with a populace that would see 1Malaysia as threatening to Malay rights simply because it aims to be more inclusive.

This insecure populace sadly, does exist and the likes of Brahim Pasir Mas and like-minded individuals harness the fear to become a political force in their own right.

If it wasn’t, then Perkasa would not be mulling a change from its pressure group origins to enter the fray as a political party.

A thinly disguised supremacist organisation aligned along racial lines. I think they are no different than that other bunch of misguided folks in Hindraf which has splintered into many different shards, each with an agenda.

This too at a time when we hear many exhortations to NOT have race-based parties anymore and instead, ideology-centric ones.

Changing the status-quo has never been a reassuring process, but I think the time is ripe to rethink the whole past we’ve been somewhat comfortable living.

Brahim, if he chooses to think for himself and cot continue to be a pawn, would know that times have changed.

His protestations of eroding Malay privileges ring hollow at this time, and doesn’t penetrate to the young either. Maybe he finds the ears of the fatcats who fear the erosion of their ill-gotten, crony-laced income and traditional power base.

The events of the recent times too are telling. Perhaps the establishment too fears the loss of power, and that is why they are quick to use draconian laws to stifle, if not totally silent political dissent.

Seditions Act is a very useful tool. What is sedition, if you are charged, would be decided by a judge, and if you appeal further, a few judges. They decide it is not, and the very next day might find themselves transferred to career Siberia.

What is seditious in this country, is indeed what the establishment deems it to be. If an elected rep like Nurul Izzah cannot speak up, then what about you and me? And how come Brahim’s ugly rhetoric isn’t deemed seditious?

Or for that matter, all the hate speech/rhetoric that is coming from the likes of Ridhuan Tee, or those amorphous character (s) that spew poison under the pen name of Awang Selamat? Isn’t that incitement?

Very convenient, this Seditions Act. It is something that belongs in George Orwell’s 1984. Remember terms like Newspeak and Thoughtcrime? If you don’t, read more here.

I hope the Seditions Act’s  days are numbered, just like the current political hegemony.