By TAY TIAN YAN/Translated by DOMINIC LOH/Sin Chew Daily
Ezam Mohd Nor was appointed the Senator; Zahrain Mohamed Hashim and Zulkifli Noordin given a free vacation in the States; Hee Yit Foong getting her datukship; and the two former PKR assemblymen in Perak acquitted of corruption charges.
In Malaysia, nothing is impossible!
Or perhaps, Ibrahim Ali will some day become our next PM and his Perkasa will be commended for uniting Malaysians, while Utusan Malaysia bags the coveted title of being the country's most reliable and trusted newspaper...
Next, we'll see snow flakes falling onto the streets of Kuala Lumpur; a pyramid unearthed at Gunung Tahan; and a Bigfoot strolling along bustling Bukit Bintang.
Or, our administrative system boasts its own unique modus operandi, with values on opposite end of the scale from those of ordinary people.
To avoid being excessively subjective, I have come out with a few multiple choice questions.
You can decide for yourself what the right answers should be:
1. On what ground should Ezam be appointed a Senator?
a. He is an anti-corruption pioneer and the Senate needs his expertise badly.
b. He has an excellent gift of speech and should be able to lift the standards of eloquence in Dewan Negara.
c. He has scores of boxes containing highly confidential documents which he could disclose in Dewan Negara.
d. He could contribute significantly towards the country by exposing the conspiracy of Anwar Ibrahim.
Don't send your answers to me, for this will pack my mailbox to the beams.
Since Ezam has claimed that he got the promotion because of his anti-corruption efforts, I think we should all look to him to continue disclosing corrupt acts in Dewan Negara.
Senators enjoy exemption of responsibility for what they speak in the assembly, and Ezam should therefore not squander his opportunities to reveal more corrupt incidents.
The countless boxes of highly valuable classified documents he has been in possession since the Reformasi days could finally move into the public domain!
Meanwhile, he can leave his personal grudges towards Anwar outside the assembly, for not many are willing to hear him after mumbling on for so many years!The size of crowd lured by his appearance at by-election gatherings should serve as an indicator.
Of course, many would ask: If even Ezam could be made a Senator, what requirements does a Senator actually need?
2. Who should be qualified to become a Senator?
a. A very old politician who doesn't carry much value for exploitation.
b. A still young politician who may still be exploited.
c. One who is not too old nor young, and can still be recycled and reused.
d. One who knows how to take side.
You can choose more than one answer for the above question. Again, you don't have to tell me your choice(s).
However, from what I have learned from the official info, a Senator needs to have made outstanding contributions towards the public sector, or has shown outstanding performances in professional, commercial, industrial, agricultural, cultural or social fields, or can represent the minorities or natives.
Obviously all the answers I have earlier provided are incorrect.
Don't blame me, please, for I am as confused by the prevalent value system as you.