Pop-perfect Diplomacy October 3, 2006Posted by elizabethwong in International, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations, Southeast Asia.
If there’s anything that comes close to a complete waste of column space, it’s the scheduled tiff between Malaysia and Singapore.
The elites of these two nation-states need it to occur ever so often. The battle between Self and Other, whichever point you may want to stand on. Bangkok needs South Thailand to define itSelf, as much as Manila needs Mindanao.
Singapore needs Malaysia, and to some extent, Indonesia, to remind its Chinese majority denizens why they should be grateful in their garden cages where the state shields them from the spectres of Islamists, terror and wanton free expression.
Malaysia needs Singapore to remind its Malay majority why they should be grateful for the state’s benevolence, and how minorities will takeover everything once given half the chance.
Everyone plays their part. DAP, Gerakan, MCA, MIC, UMNO move to the beat of their designated rhythms. We clap our hands in concert. There is a beginning, a chorus, an interlude and a conclusion.
The perfect pop-song can be accomplished in four chords.
This is our pop-perfect moment. Until the next round.