Sunday, September 7, 2008



Oh dear, what is this country coming to? On the eve of the Permatang Pauh by-election, Malaysia Today featured a statutory declaration by one Thangarajoo a/l Thangavelu, former chauffeur of Datuk Kenneth Eswaran, close personal friend of DPM Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor, attesting that he had "on numerous occasions" driven a Hindu mystic named "Mr Ji" to the residence of Najib and Rosmah for the purpose of conducting Hindu prayer rituals "to ward off evil." Swamiji's magic is clearly potent, which might explain why neither Najib nor Rosmah has been subpoenaed to testify at the Altantuya murder trial, despite glaring evidence linking both to the crime.

And now here's the Arab home minister Syed Hamid Albar threatening to set Jesus (known as ISA to the Arabs) on puckish blogger king Raja Petra Kamarudin (known as RPK to his fans who number in the millions).

Well, I don't think this ploy will work. Jesus - or Yeshua as he was known to his friends and family - would probably side with RPK, being pretty much an anti-establishment type himself. Remember, he was also arrested for sedition 2,000 years ago.

Don't these imperious Roman General wannabes ever learn? 2,000 years ago, before digital tech arrived on planet Earth, truth-tellers like Yeshua had to travel from village to village giving ceramahs - just as Anwar continues to do today in order to reach rural folks who haven't yet plugged into the internet - no thanks to Telekom Malaysia's ludicrous monopoly that has long overstayed its welcome. These days those of us who are connected can post something on a blog and a million people can access it from the comfort and privacy of their own homes and offices.

Now if RPK has said anything "offensive" to anybody, they are free to retaliate by starting a phony blog like that Raja Mongrel scam sponsored by the 4th floor boys (too bad the blog has been deleted).
Absolutely no call to behave like alpha baboons with bared fangs shaking hyena bones at your presumed enemies. RPK may well be doing you a huge favor by showing you up for what you are before your hypocrisy gets you so deep in your own excrement you'll drown in it.

My advice to Syed Hamid: if you're really that pissed off with RPK, why not challenge him to a good old-fashioned Sumo-style wrestling match? I'll handle the publicity for you with pleasure. We'll call the match BOTAK VS BOTAK and stage it at the Bukit Jalil Stadium!

Rembrandt's rendition of a typical Yeshua ceramah.