Saturday, January 05, 2008

A yellow pillow and bolster for the Malaysian PM

A very creative protest action by Badrul Hisham and friends ...continue all ye Malaysians to express yourself - that is your right.

But alas - our Prime Minister and his government is not LAZY or SLEEPY - but have just gone indifferent to the cries, concerns and needs of the common man, woman and child in Malaysia.

The government has effectively curbed most avenues of expression - and has used shamelessly the media it controls to propagate a false and warped picture of reality...

To those with the courage to express themselves - the response of the Malaysian government is not to listen, consider and act on the cries of the Malaysian people but to "punish" those that have had the guts to speak up --- the Malaysian government wants a silent docile population, who wants its people to only speak of praises and appreciation to the PM and the government. (Of course rallies and gatherings to praise the PM and its government thank the PM and its government...will all be allowed --- and the government will of course say that "this is freedom of expression..")

I worry that the pillow and bolster may be used to further suffocate the Malaysian people...and that yellow will just increase the FEAR in Malaysians - and keep them dishonest not just in word but also in deed when they again go to the polls and vote for the Barisan Nasional government....

(go to Malaysiakini - and have a look at the pictures....I could not download them this time...)

Group hands Pak Lah special gift
Andrew Ong Jan 4, 08 4:26pm

A group of disgruntled young Malaysians today symbolically handed a ‘gift’ to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to express their disappointment with his administration.

The gift was in form of a yellow pillow and a bolster - both decorated with the Malaysian flag and the Petronas Twin Towers. Abdullah however was not on hand to receive the items, which the group left at the doorsteps of the premier’s office in Putrajaya this morning.

Spokesperson for the group Badrul Hisham Shaharin said he and his eight other friends had come to the conclusion that the government’s ineffectiveness was due Abdullah’s purported “sleepiness”.

He added that Abdullah had previously been allegedly caught nodding off at various official functions both locally and abroad. “So we wanted to send a ‘memorandum’ about what the youth wants. This memorandum is in form of a pillow... He can use the pillow to continue sleeping or wake up and realise that his administration is not efficient,” Badrul told reporters.

Badrul said the group consisted of artists, poets, bloggers, writters and activists but denied that the ‘pillow act’ was politically motivated.

Badrul (right) informs security guard on the group's intentions.

The group displays posters mocking Abdullah over his alleged ‘sleepiness’.

A poster referring to a 2006 report by Turkish newspaper Hurriyet regarding a luxury yacht allegedly linked to Abdullah.

“We don’t expect him to reply our ‘memorandum’. Thus far, he has never replied any memorandum sent by civil society groups,” Badrul told reporters.

Journalists and the police were stunned when the ‘memorandum’ turned out to be a pillow and a bolster.

“He can come and pick it up later if he wants,” said Badrul.

The pillow and several posters were left at the main entrance to the Prime Minister’s Department.

The banner reads, “The last hope of the young Malaysians: Continue sleeping O’Prime Minister”.
Security detail took a while to decide how to deal with the items.

More security detail arrive to deal with the items.

The pillow is scanned for dangerous substances.

Eventually, a security personnel removes the items.

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