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...... a gathering of the saviours of Malaysia.
Got back home just 36 hours ago and it looks like I'll have to get into diving gear if I am to be saved by the above as they bring down the wretched vessel that is Malaysia.
It seems all is not well and so we have this gathering of chalk and cheese, a motley crew of men, coming and crawling from the hallowed halls and woodwork of politics, civil groups and the media. How can their Campaign benefit the Rakyat - except to " sapu chat di rumah yang burok".
We were often reminded ; when elephants get into battle, we - the hoi-polloi - have to get out of the way.
It's difficult for this septuagenarian to distance herself from this made-in-Malaysia soap opera. It brings to mind the fable about "The Horse, Hunter and Stag".
A quarrel had arisen between the Horse and the Stag, so the Horse came to a Hunter to ask his help to take revenge on the Stag. The Hunter agreed, but said: " If you desire to conquer the Stag, you must permit me to place this piece of iron between your jaws, so that I may guide you with these reins, and allow this saddle to be placed upon your back so that I may keep steady upon you as we follow after our enemy." The Horse agreed to the conditions, and the Hunter soon saddled and bridled him. Then with the aid of the Hunter the Horse soon overcame the Stag, and said to the Hunter: " Now, get off, and remove those things from my mouth and back."
" Not so fast, friend," said the Hunter. " I have now got you under bit and spur, and prefer to keep you as you are at present."
But I have to make a slight change to the above fable. The Horse and the Stag actually inhabit the same territory and have a very similar diet. Although they have four legs they are not as well constructed to outwit the two-legged Hunter's shewdness and tactics.
In this tale about the Horse, the Stag and the Hunter, what lesson can be learned? Don't you get a feeling of deja vu? It has happened before in the history of the Malay domain : during the fall of the Malacca Sultanate, the acquisition of Singapore, the creation of the Straits Settlements, the Federated Malay States, the Unfederated Malay States, the Malayan Union and even the terms of Merdeka in 1957.
One last thought before I leave to catch up on my jet lag : Jong Pechah, Yu Kenyang.