Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Ahmad Said, Nizar, Ahmad Zubir -adoi!!
PHEW! This country is never short of hot news, or news that beg to be analysed. There's always something for everyone. The trivial matters often get picked up over roti bakar and tea at Chawan in Bangsar and would often draw laughter or sniggers. I'm not sure if Mawi's wedding deserved national television coverage, but it certainly has triggered debate in many places. Mawi and wife, Ekin, may not have planned such a spectacle but others may saw considerable commercial value for such an event. I wonder who stand to benefit most in the 'show,' Mawi or the promoters. Then there's the change of heart by the Government where the Institut Jantung Negara is concerned. While it does look like Sime Darby may have to forgo the opportunity of adding such a prestigious institution to its stable, one can never be certain whether the issue is really dead and buried. Didn't Sime Darby Chairman Tun Musa Hitam tried to justify his company's intention to acquire IJN over prime time TV news a few hours ago? My reading is that in so far as Sime Darby is concerned, the matter is far from over and done with. While the Cabinet must be credited for the decision which is seen to have resulted in Sime Darby "losing face," I believe the "campaign" by reputable bloggers on the issue should not go unacknowledged. Hats off to them too, especially Ahirudin 'Rocky Bru' Attan (rockybru.blogspot.com), Ashraf 'Jejak Pujangga' Abdullah (jejakpujangga.blogspot.com) and A KadirThe Scribe' Jasin (akadirjasin.blogspot.com) for their pursuit in recent days. While most of the controversies had centred around the Establishment and its personalities, the 'other establishment,' that is the Pakatan Rakyat, is also not without its fair share of trigger-happy episodes. Perak MB Datuk Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin takes first prize for his statement on HIV positives! Suggesting that those found to be HIV positives be quarantined, the engineer-MB must have found some strange formula with which the issue is to be addressed intelligently and effectively. Isolating them, the MB seemed to suggest, is the best way to deal with the AIDS menace. Yet another MB, Terengganu's Datuk Ahmad Said, is not to be outdone. He seemed bent on taking on TV3 owners, Media Prime, for what he perceived to be the TV station's attempt to discredit him. From his perspective, Ahmad's sense of timing for bringing up the issue can't be better than now when all the media attention is focused on the forthcoming parliamentary by-election in Kuala Terengganu. Senator Wan Farid, the BN's choice as the candidate, must be wondering whether he stands any chance come Jan 17, especially with senior party colleagues like the MB in his corner. But Wan Farid's battle for Kuala Terengganu is another story altogether...
The picture has nothing to do with thestory. It's a favourite jungle hideout where I can take a dip in crystal clear water and feel fresh again, especially after a tiring day.