Friday, August 15, 2008

Shortlisted Contenders for the Malaysiakini MAN of the YEAR - 2008


It has been a hectic day today. From breakfast at 'belakang Shangri La' with bujang friends, window shopping at Festival City Waterfront Mall, to Mat Ju's house in Qusais for lunch and lastly to attend Areeq's 5th birthday makan-makan in Sharjah.
By maghrib, I received an emergency call from Abu Dhabi. The call was from one of Malaysian expatriates from Dubai who drove in convoy to have 'mandi' lunch with other fellow Malaysians in Abu Dhabi.
One of their cars had breakdown. Today is friday and most workshops are closed.
Later, I watched "Man of The Year" starring Robin Williams (simultenously with 'Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on the other channel)
Robin Williams plays Tom Dobbs, a political comedian who decides to run for president as an Independent. The movie confronts some of the major problems in most democratic process today, including computer voting machine tampering which erroneously elected Dobbs as a new president.
Coincidentally, tomorrow is the nomination day for Permatang Pauh by-election. This movie should be viewed by every voting Malaysians. I can only hope viewers will see the real information behind the comedic front.
Hollywood is very good at spreading its political view through subtle messages in its products, "V for Vendetta" and "the Matrix" are two excellent examples. This film is more than just a comedy, it is a political statement that needs to be heard by not only every American, but Malaysian as well.
But I do not think it was coincidental that Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan appeared in public today to swear on the Quran and denied he had consented to the alleged anal intercourse with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
As we speak, there are five hot contenders for the coveted Malaysiakini's MAN of the year award.
They are (alphabetically):-
1. Anwar Ibrahim - if he becomes PM by Sept 16
2. Arif Shah Omar Shah - if he becomes the giant killer
3. Lee Chong Wei (if he wins gold in Beijing Olympics)
4. Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan - if he proves he was really sodomised and not consensual
5. Raja Petra Kamarudin - if he proves that his SD on Altantuya murder and article on Sodomy II are the truth in court