How not to hijack an event October 1, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Huh?!, Malaysia, Miscellanous, Note2Self, Politics.
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”.