Sunday, November 05, 2006

Proxy Paddy Bowie At It Again

Read her column.

To quote:

You can travel in the close confines of a railway carriage in an English train, and it might be the same set of fellow commuters you are with on a daily basis, without ever speaking to each other. In Malaysia you can be affably greeted by total strangers. In the United Kingdom you have to be formally "introduced".

I’m at a loss why CNN doesn’t film this rare social phenomenon more often, instead of endless spectacles of violence and tragedy as mankind sets about destroying itself.

Here, temple, mosque and church sit happily side by side. You can find a mosque in the middle of an industrial estate.

I have to say that in all my 50 years in this country I have experienced no encroachment on my Christian faith. The seminal clause is of the Constitution stating that Islam is the state religion, with freedom of worship for all other creeds, a reality in both respects.

However, nothing would deter me from the tosai at Tan Sri Hassan Merican’s open house or the Johor Laksa at Tun Musa Hitam’s, and of course the rendang.

Yet another John Prescott-like ignorance?

Here's a video to remind you what they did last Raya...

And here's some very interesting info from RPK:

It was reported that Abdullah’s Hari Raya open house attracted 180,000 to 200,000 people -- meaning he is very popular with the rakyat. This is what the mainstream media reported. Well, let us work out the sums.

It takes three seconds to quickly shake the hand of each guest if you do not talk to them, ask them how they are, etc. You just shake their hands as fast as possible and say, “Next!” So, in one minute, you can shake the hands of 20 guests and, in an hour, the hands of 1,200 guests. To shake the hands of 180,000 to 200,000 guests will take about seven days. And that is only if you shake their hands non-stop, 24 hours a day over seven days, without taking a break to eat, sleep, pray, go to the toilet, etc.

But I thought the open house was only half a day or six hours at the most? This means the most number of guests you can shake hands with would have been about 7,000. Or did more than 190,000 people just go home without shaking hands with their host or thank him for the food they ate? That's terrible.

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