and so i went.
let's be clear and up front about this: i don't have anything bad to say about his government and the way he ran it. and i don't have anything good to say about it either. well, that's not really the full truth. i have my opinions. but i went into this with a pretty much open mind. i mean he's not the prime minister anymore, right? no love lost, no hate spared.
what he had to say wasn't particularly insightful. the same old politician / bureaucrat rabble that you always get when someone of import comes into town. but, the way he said it was kinda impressive. he's 85 but he speaks like he's not a day over 40. yes, i honestly think he's past his prime, but he's still probably the sharpest tool in the shed. especially when the shed we're talking about is a metaphor for malaysian politicians.
he's laid back, he's witty, he thinks as he speaks, he's poignant and he's by far, more analytical than the whole cabinet put together. he didn't script his speech, he took notes when others talked and asked questions, and he handled questions diplomatically and intelligently.
it's funny, i set out to write this as an analysis and commentary of what he said, but so far i've ended up saying this:
he's the type of politician we need back home, and it's sad to say that we haven't seen anyone even close to what he had been.
like i said, he mentioned a lot of things, and most of them were your classical derogatory dribble. you'd think that leaders would look upon their own people with some credibility. i guess it wasn't as bad as some of the talks i've been to, though *cough* dpm m yassin *cough*.
one thing that did catch my eye was his
wow, i haven't really said anything and already this is getting super long. so yeah, i guess i'll end up with an interesting point that i picked up, a bit of a paradoxical set of statements brought up by tun (paraphrased, of course):
1. the country is run as a democracy. the people have a choice of government, and therefore the fault of bad leadership cannot be the ruling party's (alone), but should be shouldered by the people (as well).
then he goes on to say:
2. the ruling party is
so how do we chose between the two evils? how do you differentiate tweedle dee and dum? how do you watch 'battlefield: earth' when 'gigli' is showing?
some sh*t is just whack. but then, there's gigli-level horrible. not that i've watched it.
1. the government no longer gets academics, intellectuals and people who actually use their brains to think instead of as a festering pool for pornography and child-torture, into the political scene. because of the petty reason of them being threatened, humiliated, egocentric
2. our governing body is in ruin. we need an injection of new blood. people who... i dunno... aren't fscking idiots.
come on guys. what the sweet mother of paradoxical jeebus?
it's like a paradox. but it's not. but it's kinda like one. you know?
so yeah. gonna stop here. 'til next time, kiddies. same inconsistent time, same inconsistent channel.