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How not to hijack an event October 1, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Huh?!, Malaysia, Miscellanous, Note2Self, Politics.
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It is ironic that about a week after I wrote about “Mr. Respectability”, he rears his ugly head in public.

On Friday, I’d received several SMSs about a protest for Burma on Monday morning. Except that apparently the NGOs were approached by Mr. R.

“Who’s this chap? Can you jog my memory?”

“He’s the guy who sold out Reformasi for RM 40K and a new Proton. Later he campaigned against his mentor in the 1999 elections”

“Oh HIM. The cheek.”

I didn’t think much of that until Sunday evening, when some of the national youth groups contacted us. Apparently, they’d found out that Mr R, who was either trying to do his Master’s bidding, or trying to curry favour with his Master, planned to ‘hijack’ the Monday protest at the Burmese embassy. So an SOS was sent out to other political parties and civil society organisations to stop the demo from being a BN show.

Incoming text message: “We gotto go! KJ will be there.”

Outgoing text message: “Bleugh. No thanks. Got work. (insert thought bubble “I’d rather be snuggling with Mr Velvet.”)

So, come morning. What happens?

Protest underway. SIL strides in. Mr R rushes to greet him. SIL grabs megaphone and reads the memorandum by the youth groups. Mr. R looks as if he was going to kiss his Master’s feet. Youth groups aghast.

Yep, SIL wasn’t in the programme. But you sure will see him on TV3 tonight.

Look, BN Youth freaks. You have blood on your hands for supporting the junta all this time. It’d be nice if you organise your own thing to absolve all your sins. If Mirzan gets his Peace Malaysia outfit to protest outside the embassy, everyone would respect him. But what you did this morning was pretty cheap and nasty. Can you like spell, “classy”? You could have discussed it with the youth groups, they would have welcomed more participation.

You’ve got the money and the means to do a huge BN demo. Why do you need to ‘hijack’ some other people’s show and antagonise the other youth groups who have worked hard to get today’s thing going? How about giving these other groups some respect?

It’s spelt this way: “RESPECT”.

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1. leithaisor - October 1, 2007

There’s an error in your “Mr. Respectability” link – an extra “http://”

Correct URL:
http://bolehland.com/2007/09/17/fear-and-loathing-in-the-province-of-respectability/

EW: Thanks, amended.

2. ghostline - October 1, 2007

Petronas is hot and heavy in bed with the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise – providing hundreds of millions if not billions of US dollars in revenue to the junta.

Perhaps SIL would like to lead a khalwat raid on Petronas offices?

3. lulu - October 1, 2007

another title suggestion – how to be totally obnoxious

4. ghostline - October 1, 2007

Blur cock. SIL got it wrong, he should have been standing on the other side of the fence and shouting in support of the Burmese junta… after all, the govt just shot two of our own unarmed citizens a couple of weeks ago.

5. max - October 1, 2007

Why give this asshole any credit? To me, he is persona-non-grata. The same with any UMNO asses. I don’t read about them, changes channels when I see them and… what the heck, shouldn’t be talking about them too.

6. tupingera - October 1, 2007

what’s the difference between the kleptocracy in Burma and the kleptocracy in Bolehland ??

7. V T - October 1, 2007

Bodoh-In-Law

8. wits0 - October 1, 2007

That sort of symptoms (of the overall rot)seems so culturally endemic…..total loss of moral compass for largesse and title.

9. hasilox - October 1, 2007

Respect? It’s like asking tortoise for some hair😀

10. leithaisor - October 1, 2007

Malaysiakini has a report written by Fauwaz Abdul Aziz who chose to report thus:

About 150 members of 14 youth and religious organisations and a small number of political parties – making up the ‘Malaysian Youth Coalition for Peace and Freedom in Burma’ – marched from the Victoria Station restaurant in Jalan Ampang to the Burmese embassy about 600m away.

“Stop the violence! Free Burma,” chanted the marchers who, apart from Khairy, included other Umno Youth leaders such as Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Mukhriz Mahathir and Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim.

Once they neared the embassy gate at about 11am, plans changed all of a sudden and Khairy was thrust into the limelight. He was requested to do the honors of reading out the memorandum.

It was originally supposed to have been read by Stephen Doss, who chairs two of the event’s main organising groups – the Young Malaysians Movement and National Association of Malaysian Youth.

Looking surprised and reluctant, Khairy, however, accepted. He expressed solidarity with the people of Burma and urged the military junta-led government to respect human rights and democracy.

Full details – “Burmese protest: Khairy steals the show”
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/73072

11.   death, death and more death by reduced and recycled - October 2, 2007

[…] about seizing the initiative, I read this interesting post over at Elizabeth Wong’s blog here. Khairy Jamaluddin, through whatever machinations, have turned a protest into a publicity event, […]

12. hijack-d-hijacker - October 2, 2007

Crikey, you Youth groups should have joined! What an opportunity missed!

Your slogan chants shud’ve been:

“Down with dictactorship!”
“Down with Burma junta!”
“Down with KJ goons”
“KJ says Long Live to Protest March”
” BN & Junta says no to protest march”
“Oust the oppressors of freedom”
“Freedom, what freedom? V Malaysians don’t understand!”

I’m sure u all r more creative than me to come out with more catchy slogans!

Furthermore you’ve got the police permit, foreign press, and the goons to poke fun at. What’s more do you want?

Remember: Two can play the game!

13. Malaysia DailyVoices - Today’s Top Blog Posts from Malaysia - Powered by SocialRank - October 2, 2007

[…] How not to hijack an event […]

14. kittykat46 - October 2, 2007

Umno Youth ? KJ ? What a bunch of hypocrites !

The ruling party is guilty of perpetuating policies which protect and legitimise the ugly military regime in Burma.

While Petronas keeps investing into the oil exploration there.

15. madmonk - October 2, 2007

I like to quote from a blog which ran this:

Hadith number in Sahih Muslim (Arabic only) 18:

The Prophet observed: “Four characteristics make anyone, who possess them, a SHEER HYPOCRITE; anyone who possess one of them possesses a characteristic of hypocrisy till he abandons it,

(1) when he talks he lies;
(2) when he makes a covenant he acts treacherously;
(3) when he gives a promise he breaks it;
(4) And when he quarrels he deviates from the truth.

My verdict: On all counts, the SIL and FIL fit this description and observation. The list can include all their crony ministers too. Lord Zam and Nazi. And not forgetting the foreign minister too, shooting people’s backyard when his own is equally messy.

madmonk

16. death, death and more death : Bolehland - October 2, 2007

[…] about seizing the initiative, I read this interesting post over at Elizabeth Wong’s blog here. Khairy Jamaluddin, through whatever machinations, have turned a protest into a publicity event, […]

17. Hafiz - October 3, 2007

oh, hmm, err, ouch?

18. Lynne - October 3, 2007

You guys are so mean! There are people dying in Burma and you talk about hijacking. Anyway, you were not there and you only got the story from friends and SMS? Euww so lame Stop talking big and spreading rumors if you were not there.

And hello? why don’t you see the bright side of the demo? The demonstration was the least we can do in Malaysia to fight for freedom of ‘Rakyat Burma’. The Mr.R
(as labelled by you) was concerned about that and trying to be fair among the crowd as that day was not just about politics. If you guys can’t see, maybe you all are not sincere enough to fight for the so-called ‘Suara Rakyat’?

You guys just love to complain don’t you?

19. Moses Foo - October 9, 2007

EW,

caught the mr r u referred to at vox populi…a certain sd? any profile/wiki on him for perpetual record? try to do a search but found only news link here and there.

EW: I’ll have to apply for Nazri’s free plastic surgery offer if I were to say anything😀


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