Adagio For Strings

Adagio For Strings is a new piece somewhat, it was written in the last century by Samuel Barber.  I first heard of it when a friend’s father played it on his record player back in the 1970s and I thought to myself, “What a depressing piece of music.”  I was reminded of this piece again when it became the movie Platoon‘s soundtrack – and I remember all tha jungle bashing with my squadmates in heavy rain, with leeches hanging on to the skin of my legs, slippery hillslopes where we would just move to the side and grabbed any small vegetation for anchor while someone upfront slips and slides down the slope. Agony and misery all in one.

Watching the Parliament debates as well as the circus put on live TV last night reminded me of this piece of depressing music again.  After the 8th March 2008 General Elections Malaysians have been watching agonisingly lawmakers making fools of themselves, I mean, more foolish than ever before, while the sanctity of the Parliament reduced to a shallow and meaningless grandstand for political fame rather than having so-called lawmakers working for the people according to what have been mandated to them by the people.

On both sides of the political fence, we see MPs more bent on making headlines and grabbing media attention by hurling abuses at each other, staging walkouts just because their political agenda did not get the treatment preferred, BN and PR MPs being absent because they are still going around making roadshows and so on.  When are they ever going to work for the people?  On one hand we have the BN refusing to listen, on the other you have the PR ones making ridiculous claims about ship-jumping politicians and forming of the next government. Is that all the Parliament is for?  Why can’t BN MPs take positive and constructive criticisms and apply it to the benefit of the people?  Why can’t PR MPs stop staging walkouts and act childishly instead of continue sitting and debating issues for the benefit of the people?  is this about themselves, both BN and PR?  They should realise that they are mere servants to you and I.  SERVANTS.  In other words: KULI BATAK.  Not VVIPs or VIPs.  I can ask any of them to polish my shoes for me, by right. I helped put them there.  Would a government filled with traitors and opportunists (political term is: ship-jumpers) be a strong and credible one?

MPs should also maintain decorum. It has nothing to do with the decor of the Parliament, but a positively-decorated behaviour in Parliament.  Stop name-callings, hurling abuses at each other and get down to work.

The Prime Minister should also realise that he is responsible for the dismal performance of the pre-2008 cabinet and Barisan Nasional.  He may call it collective-decision-making but as the captain of the BN ship, he is responsible for their conduct and actions.  UMNO members should also realise that the party is being administered by the Majlis Tertinggi under the auspices of the President; but these are people elected to those posts and they are not up there to be worshipped.  ALL POSTS should be allowed to be contested.  Prior to 2003 there was never a tradition of handing over/taking over of posts as claimed by most Ahli Majlis Tertinggi.  Dr M may have been handed the role of President when the late Hussein Onn stepped down, but he was an acting President and still had to fight to retain that post.  I am very disturbed when newspapers start to write about this and that state have endorsed Pak Lah and Najib as President and Deputy President, when the state liaison is powerless to decide.  It is just a liaison office, not a decision-making body.  The decision lies in the hands of the members of each of the Division through the Perwakilan Cawangan.  It is the grassroot that picks the President and other administrators of UMNO via their representatives.  No one person has the right to say “We have endorsed so and so as President, and so and so as Deputy President.”  Everything has to be voted for.

As for the man they term the Prime Minister in Waiting, for fuck’s sake, go and make your statement to the Police to assist them in their investigations.  What are you trying to do to this country by shedding it in bad light by running away to another country’s ambassador’s residence upon being accused of something you claim you did not do?  Then you go on claiming that there is an assassination attempt on you – very stupid indeed – when you emerge from the residence in a 4WD ala Benazir Bhutto, waving at your supporters without any fear of any assassination attempt?  If I were the government, I would not ask someone to assassinate you. I would rather have you go through the court process and let you make a monkey of yourself. So, if you are a God-fearing man as you claim, why do you fear injustice? Why the hurry to become the next Prime Minister? Is this what your politics is all about?  Is the fight of your party solely for the purpose of putting you in the Prime Minister’s office?  Why the hurry? Mandela spent almost three decades on Robbin Island and he still made it as the President of South Africa.  He had the patience because his struggle was pure and was for the people.  Why talk about reducing fuel prices by 50 sen when you ask the BN government why raise fuel price post-elections beyond RM1.92/liter?  Talk about bringing it back to the pre-election level and lower, if possible.  A RM6 billion subsidy that you have proposed equals to only RM240 per annum for each of the 25 million Malaysians.  That is a shitty RM20 per month in fuel rebates.  That is only 20 liters of petrol by the pre-election levels.  I can hardly get anywhere with that. 117kms the most in-town driving.  That is like one trip to and fro to KL from where I live with a little more to spare for the jams.  So get real.  Be more innovative and talk about where you plan to alleviate the sufferings of the people with that RM6 billion.

The 8th March 2008 General Elections has been a tragedy for the general population who have little or no interest in the political shamble this country is in.  They just want to live their lives comfortably, in a country governed properly, with little or no idiots trying to kick up a fuss here and there.

The people should wake up to the circus they themselves have created, and have become part of the troupe.

Therefore I would like to dedicate this depressing piece to the Malaysians.