Near Total Deflation

Composition of Malaysian 13th Parliament follo...
Composition of Malaysian 13th Parliament following 2008 Elections. Generated using tool found in http://www.shodor.org. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: PR Leaders
English: PR Leaders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before GE13, there was so much hype. Malaysian electorate seemed to go full speed ahead to “UBAH”/  CHANGE – the catchword and main subject of popular discussion.  Our hopes of seeing a brave new government displace the old regime that sounded like a broken record repeating old rhetoric in new words, seems to have gone totally flat like a punctured tire.  No doubt, the battle cry of “UBAH” had frightened those ‘old BN goats’ into belligerence to make this 13th general election the most controversial and least fair or free. Controversial – because of alleged gerrymandering, usage of ‘phantom voters, pre-election payouts and ‘lucky-draws’, free food, more promises and continuing payouts. Continue reading “Near Total Deflation”

Testing Faith

The Malaysian Insider
The Malaysian Insider (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pope Francis Portrait Painting
Pope Francis Portrait Painting (Photo credit: faithmouse)

One of the current burning issues in Malaysia is freedom of religion. The abuse of God’s  name in which many of these rights violations are committed would certainly be seen as not just oppressive and unjust, but a down right insult to the Almighty, let alone Peoples of “The Book”, as Jews, Christians and Muslims are called. Saying that, it seems that particular extremist factions from any of this troika seem to take every opportunity to abuse, insult and oppress each other, especially in the holiest of times when all should peacefully sit back and deeply reflect on our sinful ways. However, in this country, there are perpetual tests of faith for Muslims as well as Christians and the article I share here reflects the sort of test that arises when least expected. There is no headline, but this came out in the Malaysian Insider, an online daily. Continue reading “Testing Faith”