I have always preferred to write a more serious article on my blog and recently I wrote such articles as the Wallstreet Meltdown and its Impact on Malaysia, Bumiputera business culture and values, Bumiputera equity, etc. After all these are fundamental issues facing our nation today, not forgetting, of course, VISION 2020, which should be the most fundamental of all.
But who bothers to care about those things? Malaysians today seem to prefer more of entertainment than those heavy stuff. What is more interesting is that our better entertainers turn out to be our politicians. They even beat our artists from the traditional entertainment industry.
Siti Nurhaliza has to be contented with lesser attention, and gossips among artists also take the back seat, being replaced by gossips and video clips from the politico entertainment industry. So we have new comers like Elizabeth Wong, Chua Soi Lek and, remember, the PKR YBs who have crossed over to BN recently.
Our newspapers have field days with the new found openness under Pak Lah Government. Thanks to Pakatan Rakyat, they fought very hard for that openness and press freedom!
Politicians don’t only provide sex scandals. Even their own traditional political arena is becoming more and more entertaining.
An earlier scene beat any of the political drama produced in Hollywood. The bizarre attempt to entice 30 Members of Perliament to cross over was amusing, and the courting and chasing scenes were even shot in Taiwan!
If the ending was successful, Anwar Ibrahim the hero in this drama, would have been hailed as the Champion of People’s Power by his fans. . .surely for them there is no need for a fresh election… waste of time and money only.
If one thinks that the above was bizarre enough, the Perak political scene is even more so. It started with a bang, but also now evolving into something with bizarre twists and turns.
One would expect the Menteri Besar to resign, after losing confidence of majority of the DUN members, and with the Sultan’s decision not to dissolve the DUN. It would have been so under the normal system of parliamentary democracy. But in Malaysia today, don’t expect anything normal, it would have been too boring to follow a normal plot.
He did not resign. It is hard to imagine how Nizar’s government could survive a vote of no confidence in a sitting DUN.
Don’t worry, the Pakatan even has an answer to this problem.. . . Suspend enough DUN members from BN…….. so they are back in the ‘majority’! …..again a very very bizarre action. Even Karpal Singh believes it is unenforceable( They should have consulted him first, the ‘best lawyer’ in the country, who happens to be among their rank).
Imagine similar tactics employed by BN government at the federal level, if it is really legal.They can amend the Constitution as they wish. They can even remain in the government forever, just by suspending enough Pakatan Rakyat MPs as and when the needs arise!…. and imagine Anwar’s reactions then.
Britain, which started the system of parliamentary democracy obviously never thought of these possibilities…..probably too remote a possibility for these more ‘level minded’ people to ponder.
It is understandable why Pakatan Rakyat wanted to go back to the people in the first place. It is also understable why they conveniently ignored peoples’ mandate in the September 16 attempt. It is equally understandable why BN prefers to avoid a fresh election in Perak.. . After all who doesn’t wants instant power, just as we like instant noodle! And remember each party thinks of a fresh mandate from the people only when it suits its interests…..and remember people always say politic is dirty!
In the meantime, Datuk Siti Nurhaliza and Datuk K, and also other artists, be contented just remaining in the audience for the time being and continue to watch the unfolding drama. The real Malaysian drama isn’t over yet.