Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I Tarzan, You Dumb

This probably can only happen in the jungles of Malaysia.

We elect a Minister who tells you that you are too dumb and have not attained the necessary "mental maturity" to watch live parliamentary debates.

As reported in Malaysiakini, "Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin has ruled out live broadcasts of parliamentary proceedings, saying the public was not mature enough to accept MPs' behaviour and racially charged debate."

He refused opposition requests for the broadcasts on Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), saying "the decision was made in the interests of safeguarding harmony in the multi-racial country."

Surely the decision has nothing to do with the fact that the Barisan Nasional MPs' persistent habit of making sexist and insensitive remarks, the fact that they are often missing from parliamentary sessions, the fact that Ministers and Deputy Ministers are hardly present to answer questions and the fact that many often dozed off during debates. It also absolutely does not matter that the rakyat would like to see their elected MPs perform their duly elected legislative duties in Parliament.

No, it has absolutely nothing to do with the above. It's a simple case of Zainuddin Tarzan, you Dumb.
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