Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Devil Laughs...

Come 2057, I shall hit the 99 counter... I'd probably be toothless and certainly hairless... if I am still around, that is...

The Japanese have a word for it...

'Rainen no koto wo iu to, oni ga warau'... literally, 'talk of next year, the devil laughs'... (similar meaning with that "don't count your chickens..." thingy...)

Not to say that we should not plan the future... it is necessary to a certain extent for it gives us direction...

Still, my body reverberated uncontrollably as I read through that 'truly inspiring' speech by the 'dreamer' Malaysian prime minister...

Says he of Malaysia...

"A hundred years of Merdeka (independence) would see this society, this nation achieve the unimaginable.

We will have Nobel laureates, truly global corporations, respected and market-leading brands, internationally acclaimed poets and artists, among the largest number of scientific patents in the world and even the best football team in Asia.

Our students and professors will dominate Ivy League universities and our own universities will be citadels of excellence for international scholars.

We will be pioneers in alternative energy, drawing on our strength in biofuels.

Our cities will be the most liveable on the globe, blending cosmopolitan facilities that are rooted in a tolerant and just societal ethos".

Oh god... forgive him, for he knows not what he speaks...

On a more earthly tone, merely saying that this man is inept is beginning to sound more and more like an understatement...

As many have already pointed out, there is plenty to do now for the nation...

Think of the corruption, water drainage, education, race relations, the horrid police, crime, you name it... but he chooses to glide amongst clouds and dream of 2057... oh god...

Well, I'd better go chew on more 'natto' so as to prolong my life to hit 99...

With the help of natto and perhaps more seaweed consumption (now, don't go a-ha-ha-ha-ing here...), I hope to be around in 2057 to see for myself, among other earth-shattering achievements, how our students and professors beat the hell out of those 'wretched' Ivy League universities and how our universities will be citadels of excellence for those 'pitiful' international scholars.

Meanwhile... allow me the privilege to go a-ho-ho-ho-ing with the devil...