Tuesday, September 13, 2005

KARIBAUS ARE FOREVER

Came back to Japan hoping to see a change in regime.

But I shouldn't be surprised by the landslide win of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Why not, when they are talking about more privatization, this time being the postal system.

This last election however, opened my eyes to one clear reason why Japan is a mature nation, quite like a mature human adult.

That is, there was not one single claim of election foul play, barring some local, minor 'bribery' cases.

This, in a nation of 125 million people, compared to the mere 25 million of one 'adult-wannabe' nation we know.

(You may wish to factor in the respective voting populations and the actual voting percentages.)

Meanwhile, we hear of Bolehland politikusians boasting about revamping the education system, and about bringing in foreign scientists.

Duh!

They are daydreaming, or worse, peddling falsehoods to themselves and the nation.

Yet a most hilarious prospect was Kedah, my home state, proclaiming that she wants to be a developed state by 2010!

Eeeeeiii... that's a mere five years from now, braddaaa...

Meanwhile, I see thick, black smoke gushing out from vehicles...

Vandalized public telephone boxes...

Phones that don't work but yet take your money.

(Yes, I do use the public phones when I am back.)

And open, stinking drains...

Infested with mosquitoes...

Ugly...

Revolting.

Selangor was a joke enough...

Penang was yet another comic...

What now with my beloved laidback Kedah?

I say...

Relak lah, bradaaa!!!

(Inspiration to write this post was received from Can Kedah reinvent itself in time? By Salleh Buang. NST, 10th September 2005, page 8, Property Times. He takes a polite yet skeptical view on the subject.)