Friday, August 17, 2007

Capturing spirit of racial harmony?

This kind of mongering almost always gives me the creeps...

Spirit of racial harmony, you say? In the midst of the silly hullabaloo surrounding the now-famous Hokkien rapper rapping over the national anthem?

Oh yes, before I forget... one piece of related information made me kind of like, ahem... yearn quite a bit for the writings of MGG Pillai... (May his soul rest in peace...)

Reports the Sun in 'Who's sorry now?'... The 'indescribable' Nazri purportedly said 'I am not telling the A-G what to do as the A-G is independent to initiate proceedings against anybody, but if the AG decides to prosecute him, then when he lands his foot in this country, he will have to answer.'

As MGG Pillai would have eloquently poked... Why the need to remind citizens of the independence of the A-G when we all know that it is so? Or is it?

Ok, now back to the main topic...

That... the well-known two faced minister of 'Culture, Arts and Heritage' was reported to have said:


'I am truly happy because in the book, you will find that a Muslim photographer has captured a photograph of a Chinese cultural event while a Chinese photographer had snapped the image of a Muslim reciting Yasin beside a grave.'

I say: Oh god...

Why in the world must these people always compartmentalize citizens of Malaysia into this box and that box?

Can't we just have citizens as, merely Malaysians without all those flowery classifications decorated with racial and religious undertones?

Anyway, this is a 'noble' project to produce a coffee table book entitled 'Malaysia@50' to mark the so-called 50th year of the nation...

Which, I suspect our brethrens from Sabah and Sarawak are not as excited as they should be...

In conjunction with this hooha, a photo competition was held to 'encourage an artistic sense of patriotism and love for a shared independent nation'.

Wow... big time patriotism and love for the nation...

Can you guess who the winners are?

In all three categories reported, (schoolchildren and youths (below 18) category, Open Category (above 18), and Photo Essay category), the winners all come from just one 'box'...

Now, can you guess which 'box'?

And if you guess right, can we go ahead and assume that these people from that certain 'box' possess the most acute sense, albeit 'artistic', of patriotism and love for a shared independent nation'?

And we have 'distinguished' scoundrels in high places losing sleep over the 'unpatriotic-ness' of a now-famous and upcoming rapper who happens to emanate from that same 'box'... arrgggh...

Meanwhile, the maggots continue to gnaw on at where it hurts the most...