Thursday, February 26, 2009

True Colours Shown Inside and Outside Parliament

YB Karpal Singh may be disabled, but he is perhaps on of the most able person in Malaysia intellectually.He is also one of the more principled MPs and definitely one known to stand his ground despite the odds.His lesser detractors, on the other hand seem to suffer from irrepairable brain damage from years of brainwashing, ego-stroking and an implanted sense of false moral superiority.This, coupled with a skewed 'tunnel vision' syndrome that enables them to see what the choose to see, 'i-Pod syndrome' hear what they choose to hear and 'RedBox Karaoke' syndrome that leads them to believe people actually enjoy that howling noise produced when they move their lips.

Yes, YB Karpal 'showed his colours' in Parliament today.He showed us he does not flinch, he does not waver, and that he argues for far, far more than raising your right hand during oathtaking time. For those tunnel-vision sufferers, "Singh is Kinng" is a fictional, highly entertaining, bhangra charged Hindi movie which marries James Bond to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.YB Mukhriz, will due respect, please go to the movies more.Likening the usage of that term to an insult to the King is an insult to insults itself.

Why stop there?Why not condemn the usage of the 'Octopussy' for insulting , er, Octopuses?If Singh is Kinng is insulting, what about the King and I? For all its worth, I really don't know what possessed YB Karpal from proclaiming that movie title of all the movies.For movie-themed-jab-trading, I would've preferred any of the following- 'Jackass', 'Knocked Up', 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang', 'Whale Rider', 'You Got Served', 'She's The Man','The Importance of Being Ernest' ,'Imaginary Heroes',,'The Benchwarmers' or many, many other quality titles that I could choose from.

Today, Malaysia witnessed two sides of politics, the way I look at it.On one hand we have the upside, the honourable politicians whose voice resounds our own, and who are willing to put aside their differences to achieve a common goal. For a MP as senior as Karpal to acknowledge Datuk Seri Anwar as Pakatan's leader demonstrates a great deal of humility, and simply denotes Datuk Seri Anwar is doing something right.

On the other side of the spectrum, we witness the 'other' side of politics. Scruffling individuals trying to score political cheapshots by intimidating a defenseless, bodyguardless MP whose only crime seemed to be exercising his democratic right as an MP to speak in Parliament.Not surprisingly,the immediate respondents to the issue, among the 14 Barisan components came not from one party, also one particular wing of the party, furthermore 2 of the 3 runners for the no 1 spot in that particular wing.Coincidence or potshot?I digress.

I cannot but help wonder,if the sanctity of the Parliament cannot be safeguarded against blatant displays of thuggery, what hope is there for the survival of the already narrowing democratic crawlspace?

Singh help us all.

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