Politik Kebangsaan (1136 -2020)

After a cartoon by Zunar re-presented in sil!sos.my

1136 – Kesultanan Kedah bermula dengan pertabalan Sultan Mudzafar Shah I
1511 – Afonso de Albuquerque mengambil Kota Melaka
1957 – Merdeka!
1971 – Dasar Ekonomi Baru diasaskan.
1981 – Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia.

Anugerah dari raja-raja,
melalui perantaraan si penjajah;
Rakyat bersama membina negara,
demi keutuhan agama dan bangsa …
… lerainya ketuanan seorang dua.
Ya saya!


source image: https://cilisos.my/pdrm-demands-credit-card-info-of-people-who-bought-zunars-comic/

Politik Melayu (1969 – ?)

After a cartoon by Morgan Chua, Far Eastern Economic Review, 26 February 1987

1969 Mahathir writes an open Letter to the sitting PM, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.

Hang Tua (sangat) menewaskan Tunku, Hussein, Razaleigh, Musa, Anwar, Badawi, Najib, Mahathir (diri sendiri), Anwar (sudah kena dua kali), … dan pencabar siapa lagi dalam masa yang akan datang?

Source Image: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14672715.1990.10413110

Saudara Baru!

Proverbs that come to mind –

The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, the third year it leaps.

When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.

An image of a bamboo has already been formed in mind before it is committed to the painting canvas.



Best Player Award!

“Without being together we would not have the kind of clout that we need in order to unseat the government!” What a champ … Mahathir is the master of the soundbite and much much more besides … no doubt the best player on the field … nevertheless, its time to step aside and let others play!


Nenek Sudah Tua!

Twice former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is reported, in Singapore’s Straits Times, to have sarcastically said that he would like to form a new party for Malays who are keen to enrich themselves quickly. The beauty of Dr M’s political style has always been the efficaciously ironic rhetoric that he has been able to cast so very precisely in the gap between falsehood and truth. The ultimate irony of his situation today is that, by force his own trajectory, he has caused that very space of irony to evaporate! Although I still think he is the coolest politician in the sadly depleted Malay (read Malaysian) leadership of the day, I would be remiss were I not to say … Cukup lah bapak … Nenek sudah Tua!