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March 8th, 2009 – A year of comical, shocking, amusing and frustrating political circus

As I was driving home today, I saw banners flapping on the lamp posts. I glimpse the faces of our Penang State Government leaders, i.e. CM Lim Guan Eng and his two deputies. My initial reaction was, “OH NO!!! NOT another ‘we wish happy holiday’ waste money banners!!!!”

When I slow down at one of the junction, I took a quick glance and notice that it is a some one year anniversary celebration for the rakyat with the Pakatan Rakyat. That’s when I realised that it was one year ago when my little island along with three other states were jubilantly taken over by the then-opposition parties.

It was one year ago when my nights were filled with ceramahs, chasing Anwar Ibrahim from Tanjong Tokong to Sungai Ara. One year ago when I sat on the bare ground in the basketball court in Taman Lumba Kuda listening, unimpressive to our future CM. (hey, no one expects DAP to win, ok?)

So, is there a cause for celebration for us regular citizens? Do we even have anything to celebrate? What single thing has changed since March 8th? I personally do not see any improvement.

However, I will celebrate because we have one very vocal Chief Minister who calls a spade a spade. I will celebrate the peace we have in Penang, as compared to Perak. I will celebrate the triumph of little David over corrupted Goliath. I will celebrate the hope that we will eventually see change.

Yet, we have seen one of the dirtiest political arena. We have seen the ugliest sides of UMNO, MCA, Gerakan (maybe they are more a sore loser) and Mr. Sami Bulu’s dirty laundry.

I just read from MP Khalid Samad’s blog, the UMNO Youth members who cornered Karpal Singh the other day threatened to throw him into a fountain. LOL!!!

A gang of 26 Pemuda Umno members came to the Parliament with the sole objective of coercing an apology from YB Karpal Singh. They waited from morning and when he appeared in the afternoon, they went to him, surrounding him and threatening him with bodily harm.

I was informed that they intended to throw him into one of the fountain pools next to the Tower block. Fortunately, this plan was thwarted by the timely intervention of some PR MPs returning from lunch who were alerted of the developing incident by Parliament security guards.

This is so comical! But deep down, there are so many things lurking. Like how a recession is looming and yet, our ministers-in-denial constantly bluff themselves that ‘we are ok, we are ok’.

So, what have you got to celebrate, Penangites?




9 Responses to “March 8th, 2009 – A year of comical, shocking, amusing and frustrating political circus”

  1. They are okay because they are living on taxpayer’s sweat! So used to licking up our sweat that they are oblivious of the pain of those who really suffer from retrenchment and overwork.

    I propose all taxes to be payed to the State gomen… LOL!

  2. i posted that video on my blog and someone asked me….

    “why one of the umno youth fella speak with an indian accent?”

    hmmmmm….

  3. Just after 1 year we already can see how dirty they can be. Can’t really wait for the next general election to come and kick them all out!

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  4. Although I don’t stay in Penang. But I follow the news about Malaysia closely. I find it frustrated lately to see the politics in Malaysia. Such a mess.

    Yup, a year has passed. Sometimes I wonder, what kind of change are we expecting? Change in government, change in attitude, …but are we, the citizen ready for the change? We wanted a smooth traffic, but we complain when we get parking ticket…So, what is the change that we want to see?

  5. ** Sigh ** Besides those typical “I’ll kick your butt” and “Ha! Gotcha red handed”, nothing change. Penang is still very much Penang. The same goes to the rest of the states. Wait, ooopps I forgotten to mentioned, there were indeed changes, we get to watch a lot more new dramas/soap operas in the media everyday. We get to see more ‘clowns’ everyday. Hmm.. Those really changed, hehehe. Wish to the people working up there: Cut those craps and start doing your jobs. The people don’t pay you to stage dramas.

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  6. I think there are always things to celebrate. Yes, nothing much have changed. But what can we expect when there haven’t been any big changes for the past 50 years! We can’t see changes in just a blink of an eye, can we? At least there are some positives which we can take note of. We got a CM of the people, a government that concern about the rakyat and everyday, we have to learn to appreciate those tiny tiny little things such as the closure of traffic light near Chung Ling High School. Everyday, the traffic was jammed up to State Mosque just because of one silly traffic light and now, the state goverment took ‘practical’ steps to change it. The traffic lights have been operational since Gerakan which mean we have been jamming the traffic for so long. I think this kind of improvement can still be considered to be a big change.

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  7. I think there are always things to celebrate. Yes, nothing much have changed. But what can we expect when there haven’t been any big changes for the past 50 years! We can’t see changes in just a blink of an eye, can we? At least there are some positives which we can take note of. We got a CM of the people, a government that concern about the rakyat and everyday, we have to learn to appreciate those tiny tiny little things such as the closure of traffic light near Chung Ling High School. Everyday, the traffic was jammed up to State Mosque just because of one silly traffic light and now, the state goverment took ‘practical’ steps to change it. The traffic lights have been operational since Gerakan which mean we have been jamming the traffic for so long. I think this kind of improvement can still be considered to be a big change.

  8. Aiya,Malaysia boleh,apa pun boleh.

    I think some parties unable to face the reality that they are loser.

  9. Lilian

    308 should be a big deal for you!Why? Your readership increased by 1 (me). Hehe.
    I came across your site when reading Jeff’s posting that even the obnoxious 5x mom did a write up on the mother of all ceramah . And I was so caught up in the crass humour since subsequent postings that I have been following your blog.

    To me the euphoria has not subsided.

    Perhaps you would care to let us guys know whether there have been any significant increase in readership post 0308 (ie if you do not mind divulging)