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Monday, May 04, 2009

Poll Position: Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

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Apologies for not posting this earlier, but time, as usual, was on somebody else’s side. In any case, about a week or so ago, Walski asked a question that became the topic of the most recent poll at the time:

Perak Crisis: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?

For the 11 of you that agreed to play along – thanks for being such sports. Ok, so 11 is a pretty dismal number. Big deal. The most popular vote, of course, happened to be “Animal”.

And thanks to the Cybernetic Remote Autonomous Pararoaches, on loan from HENN, we also now know what kind of animal.

It’s a horrifyingly scary one – too uglified for the main page… which is pretty bad, because usually, nothing is too ugly for this blog!
(the Animal revealed, supernatural shit, and more, in the full post)

This, in all likelihood, is the Animal (click on image for source)

Yup, it’s a mongrel, zombiefied... something. And all because certain people wanted to short-circuit due process to get to where they wanna be.

And if the mongrel, zombified… something weren’t bad enough, now we got some supernatural shit getting into the Perak mix of things (via Malaysiakini):

The political saga in Perak has now taken a supernatural twist much to the chagrin of state Barisan Nasional Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir.

It is 'disgusting, overboard and extreme'. These were just some of the words used by the Umno politician to describe the matter.

Zambry has also a filed a police report and is mulling taking legal action.

And the issue which got the menteri besar’s blood boiling is an entry in the blog of PAS state representative for Titi Serong Khalil Idham Lim.

Among others, Khalil had accused Zambry and BN of bringing a bomoh (shaman) into the state assembly to cast a spell on the speaker's chair.

He also called on the state mufti to issue a fatwa (religious edict) on using the services of a bomoh for political means.

(source: Malaysiakini, subscription required)

The blog post in question is this one (in Bahasa Malaysia), belonging to Titi Serong State Assemblyman Drs. Khalil Idham Lim. The posting was essentially the contents of a press conference called by the Perak State Pakatan Rakyat Government Supporters Club, following allegations of intimidation on some PR assemblymen, whose homes were “visited” by a group of policemen.

Drs. Khalil said that he had received information about a bomoh (or shaman, for lack of a better translation) who entered the Perak State Assembly to “put a spell” on the Speaker’s chair, ahead of the much anticipated May 7th sitting of the assembly.

So, technically, Drs. Khalil wasn’t outright accusing anyone, rather asking the backdoor State Chief Minister Dr. Zambry Abd Kadir to comment and clarify. Such technicalities, however, are often overlooked when it comes to combat politics.

Tell you what – the following is what was actually written on the blog post. You decide for yourself whether it sounds accusatory, or not (translation and spelling corrections by myAsylum).

5. Pada kesempatan ini saya mempersoalkan tindakan Zambry dan BN membenarkan Dewan Negeri dimasuki oleh "bomoh" untuk menjampi kerusi speaker. Oleh itu saya mendesak Mufti Kerajaan Negeri Perak untuk mengeluarkan fatwa mengenai perkara tersebut.

5. I take this opportunity to question the action of Zambry and BN in allowing the State Assembly building to be entered by a bomoh (shaman) to put a spell on the speaker's chair. I therefore urge the Perak State Mufti to issue a fatwa pertaining to this matter.

(source: Cina Islam - Drs. Khalil Idham Lim's blog)

Hmmm… it does sound accusatory, doesn’t it? In any case, Khalil does clarify (in the comments to the post) that he received “clear” and “believable” evidence from a assembly building “official”. What exact evidence he got was not disclosed.

Walski does wonder, though, if what Drs. Khalil said happened did happen, what kind of spell it was. Maybe a spell for the chair to eject (James Bond style) the current speaker, so that there would be no choice but to install a new one? Or maybe substituting a whoopee cushion for the actual chair cushion – but that would be lewd, not supernatural. Or, one that would cause the speaker to utter strange, incomprehensible things…


And so, the Perak State Comedy Show continues with its bizarre twists and supernatural turns.

One thing, though, about the May 7th sitting – Walski is of the opinion that it’s not really going to provide any closure whatsoever, unless the assembly votes in favor of a dissolution, paving the way for a state election.

Which is what everyone (except BN) wanted in the first place. But that’s Zambry-ocracy for ya… and until ‘n unless, the comedy show continues for another silly season…