It is unbelievable to many that The Malay Mail is the oldest newspaper in the nation, although so many yearn the days where it was the afternoon peer of choice. However, not as unimaginable that the Managing Editor of the oldest newspaper in the nation still uses a typewriter for his daily work.
This in reference of Terence Fernandez’s sordid attempt to indirectly strike against Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership and support eco-system be it the administration, security, political and even the Malay and ultra nationalists socio-political groups.
Probably Fernandez is right that Pasir Mas MP Dato’ Ibrahim Ali did a faux pas when addressing the 5,000 odd crowd in PERKASA do at UiTM Permatang Pauh on 19 January 2013. Then again, he wasn’t there when the PERKASA President said what he said about ‘Burning the Malay bibles’ and more importantly, in the context and tone that it was said.
PERKASA is a Malay NGO which is bigger than political parties, formed in the middle of 2008. In fact, one clearly remembered that it was the day that the Police took the statement of one young man name Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, after he lodged a Police report against an ex-convict who was then the complainer’s boss. It has since become a pressure group in the mainstream political scene. It came about when people like Fernandez start to openly challenge what has been provided in the Federal Constitution, with regards to the interest of the Malays and nothing more.
PERKASA leaders and members are very loud when issues are created by some odd fellows, delinquents or bunch of them come together in special interest groups, that contravene the Federal Constitution. This include the Chinese Chauvinists, the over zealous Christians and sexual deviants LGBTees.
Fernandez should pause and reflect who are the people throwing open support for PERKASA. The Statesman-cum-Former-Prime-Minister, several former and serving senior Civil Servants, Vice Chancellors, former IGPs and ATM Service Chiefs and vast array of Malay professionals and notable businessmen.
People can utter “Fernandez is a fucker”, in different tones and circumstances. The permutation of the variables brings about different connotation to the intended punt. Uttering that phrase in a favourite waterhole with the usual suspects trying to outdo one another could mean that either the joke is about the comparison between Terence and his celebrity conman buddy, it is a secret complimentary gesture when everybody went above their alcohol limit or someone scored since the last they got together.
So many people still talk about what happened in Sam’s pub in Damansara.
Then again, that is one would say if they want to pick a fight with Terence or for that matter, the master-salesman-turned-low-class-operator even neither of them are the physically aggressive type when it comes to contact conflict. Never the less, one’s choice of words reflect one’s refined ability to send the right messages to achieve the desired objectivity even though subtly.
One is not sure what really the sort of man Fernandez really is. However, we cannot imagine there are people suffering from acute stutter and call him ‘Ter-rape’ instead. In any circumstance, that is never nice and fun even though some lowly beings find it sporting to exchange insults.
This nation is a federation of thirteen plus one states with different state government, a central government, a RM 1.3 trillion economy generated by a populous of over 28 million people of an area of 330,000 sq km and a combined border and coastline of 7,345 km. The labour force is 12.85 million. The combined Police and Armed Forces is less than a quarter million active service personnel and almost a million other civil servants.
Inter alia, Prime Minister Najib is seasoned politician and has been in Government continuously since 1978. He must posses some really good skills of managing people, information, situation, enigma of all of the above and most of all, the variables of crisis.
It is unimaginable that the situation in Lahat Datu doesn’t come into his radar screen at least twice a day and he does not consult his own Minister who has proven to be one of the more successful Foreign Minister in the history of Wisma Putra. Moreover, when the Home Minister is on the ground and getting first hand situation briefing.
Points raised Monday 18 February 2013 Hot Fuss column are the sort of worthless coffeeshop talk when the two or persons are caught because of an infamous Klang Valley downpour. This is a good cheapo example why the press need not to be silenced nor intimidated by the authorities as it would eventually lead to a natural sure death, in not too far distant future.
Fernandez himself could be the ‘spanner in the works’. Especially when as the Managing Editor, he makes shallow analysis.
One would imagine that typo is due to combination of an old typewriter and a complete cycle of negligence of proofreading, editing and production. It would be utter shameful for the senior editor who is supposed to be an experienced journo tried to spite a Malay NGO with 300,000 registered members nationwide and pretend trying to ‘sound out’, on behalf for the sake of supporting Prime Minister Najib’s agenda to bring this nation forward.
Fernandez may not understand in the quest of Prime Minister Najib securing the support of the Non Malays especially the Chinese, it would never at the expense of the Malays especially the nationalists within UMNO, ultra nationalists of PERKASA and the combined socio politico eco-system of the Malay heartland.
Probably all that warrants Fernandez to bow out and give face to the owners of the media group which owns The Malay Mail.