TQ Kalimullah November 19, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
For once, I enjoyed reading Kalimullah’s Sunday column yesterday. It wasn’t about some dead person or another act of sand-papering — with tongue.
It was an exemplary piece of unsophisticated schoolboy spin against BERSIH, after a marathon session of ‘West Wing’. The scent of desperation reeks from the newsprint. If there’s a course on column-writing, it should be held up as “how-not-to-write …”.
One of the best bits for me was towards the end, when he nailed his ignorance to the wall.
Some are recognisable names — like Aliran, Abim, MTUC, opposition parties like the DAP, Pas, PKR and Sarawak National Party (SNAP), but some don’t even strike a chord. Citizen’s Health Initiative? Group of Concerned Citizens? Community Action Network? Labour Resource Centre? Malaysian Voters Union? Save Ourselves?
Citizen’s Health Initiative – led by our country’s finest and most dedicated doctors and medical professionals against healthcare privatisation.
Group of Concerned Citizens – led by Indian academics and intellectuals who work on a variety of Indian issues.
Labour Resource Centre – founded by veteran unionists a decade ago, working to build capacity and support trade unions. An NGO which I am proud to be associated with.
Community Action Network – an extensive network of conscious Catholics who work on social justice (hahaha… 4th Floor just p*ssed off a whole lot of Catholics!)
Save Ourselves – community activists who fought against the Quit-Rent policy in Penang.
(so on and so forth).
It would be forgivable if a person on the street couldn’t recognise these organisations, since papers such as Kalimullah’s censor their views and issues. But for a former editor-in-chief to display his ignorance and stupidity, especially in a spin, warrants a ROTFL.
One must thank Kali for his gem of a concluding line, “Conclusion: Not everything in this world is free and fair.”
Loved it. This is on par with the Prime Minister’s oh-so-clever “Saya pantang dicabar”. Both have the same combustible effect of adding fuel to the embers of our anger. Thank you, thank you :D!
If this is supposed to be the icing of 4th Floor’s damage-control, I’d dare say, Pak Lah would get trounced this coming General Elections, that is, if it’s free and fair.
So kiddies, there are two morals to this post.
1. It is better to keep silent than to open one’s mouth and let everyone know the depth of one’s ignorance.
2. Stop watching ‘West Wing” and imagining you’re Rob Lowe.