Kolum Ringkas: He who cried wolf!

1. Pernah dengar cerita ‘a boy who cried wolf ‘?. Tentu pernah. Tanpa disangka-sangka sebuah kisah teladan yang diceritakan dizaman tadika menjadi begitu signifikan dalam kehidupan pada hari ini. Teladan yang cuba disampaikan adalah, jika seseorang itu berulang kali bercakap bohong, lama-kelamaan orang ramai tidak akan lagi percaya kepadanya.

2. Saya pernah mendengar seorang ahli politik itu berkata pada 16hb September, beliau akan menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia yang ke-6. Saya menunggu dengan penuh minat kedatangan tarikh tersebut, namun tiada apa yang berlaku. Bilangan keseluruhan Perdana Menteri Malaysia sejak merdeka masih lagi 5. Arakian, beredarlah orang kampung apabila mengetahui mereka ditipu oleh budak lelaki yang mendakwa serigala cuba membahamnya.

3. Sidang akhbar dibuat kerana ada ‘berita besar’ yang ingin dimaklumkan kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia. 100 orang wartawan dilaporkan hadir. Kata ahli politik yang sama pada malam ambang 16hb September, esok akan diumumkan senarai mereka yang akan berpindah kem, maka tidak hairanlah berbondong-bondong wartawan datang bergegas ke ibu pejabat parti, bimbang jika tak dapat ‘story’, chief editor akan marah.

4. Sekali lagi, tiada satupun nama diumumkan daripada senarai tersebut, sebaliknya sidang akhbar tersebut hanyalah untuk memberitahu rakyat, ahli politik itu hendak berjumpa dengan Perdana Menteri ke-5. Maka, beransurlah wartawan-wartawan yang hadir dengan penuh kecewa apabila menyedari pengumuman senarai tersebut hanyalah umpan. Tiada serigala, budak lelaki itu tertawa kepuasan.

5. Sambil wartawan beredar meninggalkan ibu pejabat parti, ada kedengaran suara-suara yang menyatakan dalam masa 2 hari jika PM ke-5 tidak mahu bertemu ahli politik itu, Istana Negara akan jadi sasaran selepas ini. “Adakah ini satu lagi umpan?”, monolog salah seorang wartawan yang hadir.

6. Jika diikutkan jalan cerita teladan itu, budak lelaki itu akan bercakap benar setelah 2 kali mempermainkan orang kampung. Kita sekarang bukan lagi di alam fantasi, bukan lagi kanak-kanak. Jika sekali ditipu pun kita sudah berhati-hati. Seperti kata pepatah Inggeris “Shame on you if you fool me once, shame on me if you fool me twice“.

7. Kali ketiga sidang akhbar dipanggil, selang 48 jam setelah sidang akhbar pertama dibuat, masih tiada berita rombongan ke Istana Negara, juga tiada berita tentang buah tangan rombongan “headhunters’ mereka yang dihantar ke Taiwan. Yang diberitahu hanyalah, desakan (baca: ugutan) kepada PM ke-5 untuk membuat sidang Parlimen tergempar sebelum 23hb September, untuk memberi laluan kepada PM ke-6 yang nampaknya sudah tidak sabar-sabar lagi untuk memerintah Malaysia.

8. Sepertimana yang dirasai oleh orang-orang kampung, saya rasa ramai juga dikalangan kita yang sudah penat dengan jeritan ‘SERIGALA!!’ ini. Ambil sahaja teladan daripada peristiwa ini, apa yang kita dengar semasa kecil yang dianggap hiburan untuk kita sudah menjadi guru yang berjasa kepada kita ketika dewasa.

9. Merujuk kepada wikipedia, pengajaran daripada cerita tersebut ialah;

Even when liars tell the truth, they are never believed. The liar will lie once, twice, and then perish when he tells the truth.

10. Never cry wolf!

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9 responses to “Kolum Ringkas: He who cried wolf!

  1. If Anwar is lying …

    Pak Lah had 2 very good opportunities to catch Anwar liar liar pants on fire. Grant a meeting with Anwar personally as requested on 916. And hold an emergency parliament session on 23rd.

    Anwar did NOT say he will not reveal the names. Anwar said there is a time and venue that is deemed appropriate to reveal the names.

    Bottomline is: Pak Lah doesn’t dare to face his enemy in a proper showdown. In other words … C H I C K E N

  2. Well strategies wise, If Abdullah meet with Anwar it justified Anwar position and may lead to panic within the MP that BN may no longer be in power and they will choose to jump party to PKR save their own skin. So whether Anwar have enough member is immaterial in this situation.

    Well to say strategies wise, in the current case of sodomize case, Anwar should have to do background check on any of his supporter and his key men should also try to protect this thing from happening, do leave a room to maneuver. Whether this case is true or false is immaterial. He should anticipates all action and made a backup plan.

    Having to be a neither supporters, Anwar and Abdullah is playing with the situation to their advantages, for example Abdullah with his Budget which make sure Anwar will have problem if take over and the way his try to get into power. Abdullah know he can’t kill Anwar literately or politically. this is a mistake Mahathir made last time. If you kill a leader they will become a Martyr. then you will have a rebellion on your hand.

    To said someone is Chicken is unable to comprehend the political strategies where both parties. In fact this is the game Anwar played all this time. there are a saying “There is a honour in retreat rather than die foolishly”

    Not saying Anwar dont have the vote or have it, but It all political maneuver from both parties. Both parties want to have/hold the power but as Pluto said in his manuscripts “Power Corrupt”.

    I may dare said, what Anwar is fighting all this years to eliminate corruption, THE NO SUCH THING it been fore told from the ancient Egyptian till the modern world including every civilization from the west to the east. Corruption is always there, as long as there is HUMAN.

  3. This article revealed Dr Mahathir’s breathtaking hypocrisy. He lamented that race relations were deteriorating under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi without even considering that it is the culture of Umno, which he himself engendered, which is responsible for Umno’s racist and bigoted actions.

    Racial division in Malaysia today emanates from one source only and that is – Umno.

    Surely it was the fact that people of different races and religions were willing to unite which resulted in the unprecedented gains for the Opposition in the Mar 8 elections. In fact, the races have never been more united in Malaysian history.

    Yes, there is a long way to go, but there has been a palpable sea of change. Race relations only apparently “deteriorate” when Umno instigates it using the media, religious government authorities and the police.

    The recent ISA arrests of 3 individuals under the pretext of national security and race relations were utterly disingenuous and could only be described as a synthetic charade.

    When Dr Mahathir took over power, he emphasised Ketuanan Melayu. Racial division became the modus operandi of BN during his tenure. It was Dr Mahathir who in fact gloated that Umno could rule Malaysia without non-Malay support. So much for promoting racial harmony and Bangsa Malaysia.

    Dr Mahathir inculcated the idea that non-Malays must accept the discrimination in the country if they wanted to prosper and live peacefully.

    He rewrote Malaysian history, selectively applied the 1957 constitution and encouraged a racist agenda in the civil service reinforced by institutions such as Biro Tatanegara. Nevermind if the majority of the Umno bigwigs were not pure Malay, as long as they claimed to be Malay and were recognised as such, they could be leaders.

    It explains why Dr Mahathir, whose Indian ancestors came to Malaysia little over 100 years ago, could volubly claim to be ‘indigenous’ but yet consider Baba Chinese in Melaka who have been here for almost 600 years as “orang asing”.

    This is “Mahathirism” in short – a Machiavellian ploy to exploit race and religion for financial gain and power.

    Dr Mahathir is shameless in his duplicity and the only reason why he was able to succeed was because he was a leader of a feudally minded people who were economically and educationally backward. His Machiavellian psychological ploy was to engender a tongkat mentality in the Malay community to make them loyal to Umno.

    Dr Mahathir was able to bring about a semblance of unity and economic progress during his tenure due to his dictatorial grip on all institutions of governance.

    He was willing to share the wealth with the leaders of BN component parties as long as they acquiesced to his Ketuanan Melayu stipulation. It is no surprise that MCA and MIC leaders became immensely rich but had to sell out their communities as part of the deal.

    It was only a matter of time that we would see Mahathirism unravel because it was based on a lie and was becoming economically, socially and politically untenable. Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking was a symptom of this. This led to the haemorrhage of support from Umno to PAS and PKR.

    In order the stem the loss, Dr Mahathir, the arch secularist in a cynical and unconstitutional manner, declared Malaysia an ‘Islamic state’ to steal the thunder, as it were, from PAS. This further divided Malaysian communities as there was now a rivalry between PAS and Umno for Islamic credentials leaving non-Muslims confounded and alienated.

    Badawi’s team saw this as an opportunity to wrest power from Dr Mahathir and seduced the rakyat with promises to end Mahathrism i.e. crony politics, police corruption, judicial corruption and religious and racial polarisation.

    The gullible rakyat responded by giving BN and Umno an unprecedented level of support in the 2004 elections. However, Abdullah squandered this opportunity to reform governance in Malaysia by reneging on his promises.

    The overwhelming support seemed to make Umno even more arrogant to the extent that it actually put into practise the notion that it did not need other parties or communities to rule.

    This explains the arrogant and politically naive rhetoric by Khairy about Penang needing a Malay chief minister, the brandishing of the keris by Hishamuddin Hussein at the Umno general assembly, the demolition of a Chinese temple in Penang and the escalation in Hindu temple demolitions.

    We recall that at the Umno conference which was held on Deepavali day, a delegate had the audacity to say that the temple issue was a ’small matter’.

    Khairy then went on to make his infamous speech about Indian news vendors “who controlled the business” not distributing his father-in-law’s speech because they chose to go on holiday. This was just the tip of the iceberg of a cumulative set of events from 2004 till now which have left Malaysians feeling bitterly short-changed and cheated by Abdullah.

    I personally believe that Umno is not capable of reform under Abdullah, a man who has never been known to stand for anything other than being a ‘Mr Nice Guy’. His promises for reform were at best well intentioned. The landslide win in 2004 made Umno think that they already had a winning formula and so why rock the boat and change?

    Well, Mar 8 saw the rakyat waking up and bringing about change which they had been yearning for. The multiracial opposition smashed the psychological two-thirds majority of BN without any violent racial conflagration as a consequence.

    It was a cathartic event for all Malaysians. It demolished the self -serving Mahathir mantra that a two-thirds majority was required for political stability. In fact, people began for the first time to see BN majority rule as a liability.

    Umno does not appear to have learnt anything . It still behaves like a “one man show” when it cannot afford to do so. MIC and MCA are lame duck parties which are incresingly seeing the wisdom of distancing themselves from Abdullah’s Umno, which arrogantly pushed them aside when they won with a landslide in 2004.

    Umno is now riddled with hopeless division and scrambling for power that it does not seem to realise that it is weak and needs to build up multi- racial support, otherwise it is as good as dead in the long run.

    The current irrational actions by Umno to arrest people under ISA under bogus excuses betrays a pathetic mindset which sees the Malays as tools to be manipulated for Umno own self-serving ends.

    Malays know that it was an Umno warlord who uttered racist comments against the Chinese, yet the journalist who reported it was arrested.

    Malays now know that Khir Toyo’s allegations were the pretext for Teresa Kok’s ISA incarceration. The mosque in question has categorically said that Teresa was not involved in the azan petition and that the low volume of the azan was due to a technical fault.

    Malays know from reading Raja Petra’s blog that he has always stood for justice and Islamic values. The arrests have further undermined Abdullah. It would appear that Abdullah’s administration is in complete disarray and this is in no small way is due to his utter incompetence.

    To be fair to Abdullah, he inherited the rot which Dr Mahathir had set in motion. I would go as far as to say that Dr Mahathir is to be blamed for all the nonsense we are witnessing now. Abdullah’s fault lies in his inability to reform Mahathirism.

    Malaysia and Umno needs Mahathir now like the proverbial hole in the head.

  4. Dear Ruzaimi,

    It appears you’re on the fence. Unhappy with UMNO and wanting change but on the other hand, unhappy with PKR for their failure to meet their deadlines.

    If i were you i’d pick one, it’s either you go for the racist race based BN or not so perfect multi-racial PR. Cause if you don’t, you’ll end up being the one who cries wolf altogether.

    ps I’ll vote for a political landscape ‘change’ anytime.

    Regards, Dr. Adi

  5. dr. adi,

    thanks for the advice, God’s willing i should have plenty more time to experience the changes for the betterment i suppose in Malaysia’s politics. It’s hard to stay on the fence forever, as u had already suggested to me, but in this time around where rumours are deemed as the truth and perceptions becoming tool of reasoning, every step must be a very careful one.

    One must maneuvered accordingly so that he himself will not be consumed by the volatile and dirty politics of some, which mostly made up of rhetorics and hugely lacking in substances.

    Maybe, subconsciously I’ve picked a side, but I always remind myself to rationalize things and try to put loyalty on the agendas/policies of a certain side rather than ‘worshiping’ it’s leaders.

    ‘Change’ is the only thing that is constant in this world, anything else changes.. Therefore, you and I perhaps will always have a hard time when casting our vote one day!..

    By the way, as much as I believe PR’s multiracial approach is much appealing, I also believe that BN formulae might also work out well, the problem with both is the execution part and not on the original principles of both ideologies.

    Thanks for dropping by

  6. hmm…i don’t think dsai is lying. when he said PR is going to form the new government on 16th september, you and the other umnos express your concern won’t bn do nothing to stop this? and when umno or bn did stop PR, you said dsai is lying…such a tounge twister!

  7. Boom headshot!

  8. anwar bohong sebab dia tak tunaikan janji dia 16hb september..

  9. One person can never satisfy millions. Politicians, in their own virtue, therefore are all incapable of translating every words into action. Not generalizing here, because that is just human nature. How often do we walk our talk? With responsibilities, politicians’ words become more important than normal people. Whereas if we talk about many hopes, others will not be inclined to depend on us. With power, this situation changes, as people (or human) will depend on the ones with more power. Needless to say, only God has the absolute power. These politicians, being human, can just say a lot of hopes. But they need to say something because people are expecting some words. Who knows where the equilibrium lays (people’s expectation=politicians words=actions) but nevertheless the process has to keep going. Come join me to assess a theory, that academicians governance is better than merely people with influential words. This theory is flawed though, as seen in Britain, where Gordon’s leadership is criticized big time even using academicians as ministers due to inefficiency. How do you tell who is right and who is wrong then? Some of our leaders now “was said” to have good qualities before heading whatever roles they head now, right? But human corrupts as much as power does. Eventually we left with no one. Who will be theoretically the best to lead the country then? Anyone to join my new theory? A Muslim Tok Guru like Nik Aziz for Prime Ministership? He has Madinah governance concept which include non-Muslims and multi race. Tok Guru Nik Aziz will not corrupt with power or any worldly seductions. How?

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