There was an almost total blackout of the Yellow happenings in the city on Malaysia’s mainstream newspapers on Sunday. It was almost as if it was a minor skirmish. Like it didn’t happen.
But Monday (today) sees headlines like these.
The New Straits Times said “Don’t drag the King into this“
The Star said “Royal Trap”
And they go on to quote the Prime Minister…
Saturday’s street protest in Kuala Lumpur was an attempt to drag the royalty into opposition politics, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said. He described the illegal gathering, that also saw the involvement of five opposition parties, as a political gimmick. – The Star
You know, I have some thoughts post 10-Eleven.
Firstly, they change tack from a non-acknowledgement of the event, to blaming it on the Opposition. Kinda makes you wonder what kinda strategists they have over there at the 4th Floor. Think guys think…be consistent a bit…it would salvage your credibility.
Secondly, there is no doubt that the Opposition parties gained something from this. But let’s not forget that the multitude who marched were just people sick of the apathy of the government.
Thirdly, to suggest that the King shouldn’t be dragged into politics is simply stupid. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy. M-O-N-A-R-C-H-Y. The Malay word for government is KERAJAAN. Root word being RAJA. Raja means king. He is very much part of the country’s political makeup. So save it.
Fourthly, must say something about the Macchiavelian Anwar.
Nice of Anwar Ibrahim to want to hijack it by suggesting we make it a regular thing. No thank you, Mr Anwar. Very cantik of you to turn up pillion riding on a big bike at the Istana on Saturday, but the point is already made. I am not of your Refomasi ilk. To suggest that Bersih rally become a regular thing would cause something of an anarchy. Tak payah lah!
Now we wait…and hope this march that drew some 60,000 people (The Star said 4,000) meant something more than just Saturday afternoon walkabout.
Otherwise, I ruined my boots for nothing : (