Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ubah

Catchy word, that.

Obama did it perfectly all those years ago. CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN. There is perfection in simplicity. And there it was, right in front of everybody's face was a proven catchphrase that PR was clever enough to copy.

Unfortunately, those BN folks aren't quite as savvy when it comes to things like that. Observe.

Have you ever looked at Nik Aziz campaigning and wondered, why is this fella going on and on about "Ubah"?? This dude has been in power for the last 20 years! Surely a more appropriate campaign word for him would be "Kekal"??

No, but enough with the cynicism.

I agree with the fundamental principle of change.

Politicians are like diapers, they should be changed frequently, and because of the same reason.

But I think the electorate has to have a change in mentality too. For years, BN had been able to get away with bullshit precisely because people hero-worshiped them. There was a point when BN could have fielded a goat as a Parliamentary candidate and would have still won a landslide. We see a change today - but unfortunately, the only change we see is the different party logo that people seem to be worshiping. Last elections, PR fielded Loh Gwo Burne and won.

This has to change. The way I see it is simple.

Party policies can change. Party policies depend fundamentally on the people running the show. Therefore, the general electorate should NOT align themselves to any one party. Instead, I want to see a change in voter mentality. I want to see a voter STUDY the options available to them. Research the candidates at your area. Find out who they are, what do they stand for, what do they believe, what are their plans, what is their vision. These are all very important things.

There is no need to argue over economy, crime rate, or racism.

There are 222 MPs. If you vote 222 honest, hardworking and smart people, it doesn't matter which party they are from, they will fix things, and they will make things happen.

Unfortunately, we have people now worshiping Mat Tyson because he has left UMNO and joined PAS. Hah. Change you can believe in. Konon.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Questions nobody seem to be asking

The thing that everybody knows about our education system is that it produces a bunch of robots who are spoonfed everything, and then regurgitate everything they were told when asked. We've known this for years, and this is why BN's propaganda used to work like a charm.

These days, apparently the middle-class urbanites have woken up. Nobody believes BN propaganda any more. Nobody listens any more. Najib can tell you that crime rate has gone down, and it may be true, but nobody believes it. People are challenging conventional wisdom more and more these days, people are openly questioning what they have been told for years.

Nonsense.

The only difference between 15 years ago and now is that, instead of swallowing BN's nonsense today, the middle class are now swallowing PR's nonsense. Everything Lim Guan Eng says, everything Nik Aziz says - apparently that is true and pure. Nobody questions them. In fact, their propaganda is so fantastically awesome, that even the BN politicians are not even questioning it (but that is perhaps due to the fact that a lot of BN politicians are incompetent and are obviously not in a position to question).


Here is a question nobody seems to be asking:


How come DAP's CEC is now all-powerful again?

We all know this story. DAP messed up their elections last December. Instead of taking steps to rectify the mistake, Lim Guan Eng blames Microsoft Excel. Then, instead of cracking the whip in January, the Registrar of Societies decided to be an ass and suspend their CEC two days before nomination date.

Cue panic and drama. Kit Siang cries in a press conference. Guan Eng vents his fury at a "biased" BN government. They all claim that a suspended CEC means that none of them have any power to authorize the DAP candidates to use the Rocket logo.

Cue outrage from the Average Joe. Lawyers, business owners, corporate professionals - everybody is going ballistic on Facebook. Except that, these are the very people who should know better. There is no such thing that a suspended Board of Directors means the business must cease operations. This makes no sense, not in the business world, not anywhere. SOMEBODY within the organization would have the right, and would have the authority to act on behalf of the organization. Anyone with half an educated brain would have known this. And true enough, after all the sandiwara, they still managed to use their logo after "approval" from the RoS.

But if all that shit was true, the RoS and the EC only authorized them to use the logo on nomination day. RoS has not come out and said that the suspended CEC has been reinstated. If, as according to Lim Guan Eng, the CEC lost all its power as a result of the suspension, who the hell is approving all the disbursement of campaign funds today? Who has the authority to sack the DAP members who ran as independents? Who is the person who has the power to control the party's finances and disciplinary board but who has no power to authorize people to use a logo?

for a limited time only...

One of the main reasons I stopped blogging / ignored this blog / didn't bother with this idiocy was due to the popularity of Facebook. I started working longer and longer hours and as a result, I had to choose between doing other stuff that I enjoy, or writing here to entertain slash educate slash humour the masses.

The choice was simple.

But Facebook has gotten annoying. Yes, I know the elections are coming. But just like the World Cup every four years, suddenly every moron and his cat is an expert. Women who had never watched a game of football in their lives are suddenly how Italy are an awesome team because of Alejandro Del Piero and Fabio Carravagio (true story, by the way). Children who never read the news 6 months ago are today telling me how awesome that Anwar fella is. Well, fuck off.

And to be fair, even though I didn't share 20 posts a day from the "Unofficial Anwar Ibrahim Fan Club" page, or flood my friends' wall with unverified crap from the "1,000,000 Malaysians Reject MCA" page, I do acknowledge that my posts could be misconstrued as annoying to others.

So, I pledge, from now until the FUCKING ELECTIONS ARE OVER, my political rants will stay off Facebook and on to this (formerly) awesome blog.