Samy’s boycott of services?
Posted by Oscar the Grouch on November 4, 2008
I am in the habit of reading while eating. It is a habitual custom that I have picked up since I was young, reading Enid Blyton’s tales of faraway land whilst munching my lunch or dinner. My parents, perhaps being supportive of my reading habits, never scoffed at the somewhat discourteous dining manners; and thus the reading-while-dining behaviour was inappropriately ushered into my adult-life.
Of course, I do not read in the company of others. But I do read when I am alone, dining by myself. I am not picky over reading materials: books, newspapers, old magazines, and even academic texts. In the office, when I have the occasion to tah-pau my lunch, I will scurry for old newspapers to accompany my chap-fun.
And that was exactly what I did this particular morning: – 2 packets of sambal nasi lemak and a copy of the Sun, dated a week earlier. Well, the nasi lemak was a tad bit mouldy, so are the outdated reports in the Sun. Until my eyes landed on this gem: “Samy ends “boycott of services”. The short write-up read as follows: –
Sungai Siput: MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said yesterday he has ended the “boycott” of his services to the residents of Sungai Siput since he lost the parliamentary seat to Parti Sosialis Malaysia Dr. D. Jeyakumar in the March 8 general election.
From next month onwards, he will make weekly visits to Sungai Siput either on Saturdays or Sundays to help the residents resolve their personal problems and other government-related matters. Also in his agenda are visits to estates and rural areas every fortnight.
Now, back to that reading-while-eating habit of mine. Well, not a good habit, actually, because I almost choked on the mouthful of stale sambal, upon reading such a laughable narration. Ok, I admit, perhaps any news on Samy Vellu in itself is nauseating, but this report in itself is highly farcical.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t losing in an election, in a curt in-your-face message, mean “WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE NO MORE!”? Which can also be translated as: – “We, the people of Sungai Siput, don’t want you as our MP no more, and we hereby sack you with immediate effect.”
But apparently, dear Samy has his own novel ideas. I don’t blame him actually, because ever so often, we hear this face-saving celebrated announcement made by employees around the world, “Well, you can’t sack me, because I quit!” Sort of a same principle adopted by Samy in this case: – “Well, you can’t vote me out, because I quit!”
Well, sort of, I say, because he is not saying “I quit”. It is more of a “… I’ll be back … later …” Or perhaps he is actually saying “You can’t sack me, because I’m going on leave, temporarily …” Hmm, now I’m confused. What is Samy actually trying to say? Well, whatever it is, it’s purely academic now because da’ man is back, considering the “boycott” is over.
So, Samy is now going back to serve his people. Hey, wait. What about the fact that the people don’t want him to be there in the first place? Well, I guess, technically that argument doesn’t apply because the people did not turn Samy away; rather, it was Samy who turn his back on the people. Therefore, at any time, he can come back. Quite an ingenious logic to it, I must say.
Ok, I’m just being plain nasty towards adorable Samy. He is just somebody who wants to serve the rakyat, regardless of whether he is their MP or not. See how noble; gallant and self-sacrificing this man is. He just wants to help and serve. Awww … But then, why is there a “boycott period” being imposed? Merajuk ke? If you want to serve, then just serve. Why have self-imposed sanctions? To get back at the rakyat? Tsk tsk.
But then again, he could be quite free, without a busy Minister’s portfolio. Might as well balik kampong once a week.
Incidentally, what exactly does a president of a political party do?