AUG 3 — Rumours have been rife and everyone in Malaysia has been trying to predict when the prime minister is going to call for elections. It seems to many that the longer they wait, the more incidents are going to happen to jeopardise their chances of doing well in the elections.
Take this month of August, for instance. What has been happening in this month alone, and from just one government ministry, is enough to be a case study. It all started when Rais Yatim’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture announced the National Day celebration campaign.
The fact that Malaysia needs a campaign and theme is already sad enough, but when the National Day slogan was revealed, all hell broke loose. “Janji Ditepati” stank of political campaigning on the ruling party’s side but, of course, Rais had to defend it.
“When we’ve done something good, it means we’ve fulfilled our commitment, we’ve done it, so it’s not wrong to say so,” is what he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times.
My favourite reaction amongst Malaysian is the online hashtag of #JanjDicapati, and in particular, when the faux Samy Vellu Twitter account posted: “Wife complains I never do any work so I promised to cook dinner. She was surprised when I cooked capati and kept my promise. Janji Dicapati.” [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]