Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My First Serious Political Party

Reading the current Kuala Trengganu by-election in so-called mainstream media, it seems only one party and candidate contesting, i.e. BN. And the candidate is the prime-minister-in-waiting who is currently staying in KT (heard that RM500,000 was wasted just to renovate his temporary accommodation there) and busier than a bee all over the place with money, promises, threats and more lies. Najib is a clown with a lot of baggage, including his big sized wife.

It reminds me of my first involvement with national election. It was year 1984 in New Zealand which was under a constitutional crisis at that time. The wind of change was blowing. The Prime Minister then was late Robert Muldoon, who was once a neighbour to a MSD officer (their houses were next to each other) that I used to stay temporarily at the Lower Hutt.

However, that election gave me a kind of fresh perspectives about democracy and freedom of speech. I was lured to be involved with a very serious party but already defunct, McGillicuddy Serious Party (McGSP) . Its founder was one of the former students of my alma mater. Together with some other students, I participated in some of the party's activities. We did not have ISA or UUCA (AUKU) in New Zealand and free to campaign even within university compound.

During the campaign, the McGSP candidates would promise anything under the sky as well as sun, stars and moon. Anything that beyond logic and comprehension. I had fun listening to those temberangs and would vote for the party any time. The McGSP selected its policies on the basis of their absurdity and their impracticality.

Funism is the maximum amount of fun for the maximum number of people. A Funist Society is one in which everyone has the most fun possible. This is the basis of all the Policies of the McGillicuddy Serious Party. Read here

According to the wikipedia, The McGillicuddy Serious Party (McGSP) operated as a satirical political party in New Zealand politics during the late 20th century. For many years, from 1984 to 1999, McGillicuddy Serious provided "colour" to New Zealand politics to ensure that citizens not take the political process too seriously. The party's logo, the head of a medieval court jester, indicated McGillicuddy Serious's status as a joke party.

The McGillicuddy Serious Party formed in 1984[4] in Hamilton as the political arm of Clan McGillicuddy (established in 1978). Members of the Clan had previously stood as candidates in the 1983 local-body elections in the Waikato,[4] but the McGSP came together in time to contest the 1984 General Election. The party had a strong Scottish theme, with the kilt considered one of the party's symbols. Initially many candidates studied at the University of Waikato. Candidates also included a number of street-performers and comedic musical actors.

5 comments:

silveraven said...

if only we have one of those parties here, it would be sooooo FUN! then again, probably everything would be censored... (=.=)

......? said...

excuse me jap ye Fudzail....aku nak tergelak bila baca ayat penghujung para pertama ..

Muahahahahaha!! MuHAHAHAHAhahaha

dah, dah puas hati!!

Pentilium5 said...

yes... i love McGuilycuddy Serious Party... really loves the stage fight every year held by the uni lake.... i still remember their campaign promise if they won;

a) pave all the roads with gold
b) making pot legal..
etc

On subsequent campaigns they actually put up candidates in most constituencies just to prove that democracy is alive!!

john said...

I take it from your descriptions here that you were a student at the University of Waikato? The McGs had a quite high profile on the UoW campus at that stage because one of them was editor of Nexus, the student newspaper. As you can read on their Wiki page, the Clan does still exist and there was a candidate in the 2005 election.

As an aside, how would such a satirical party go in Malaysia? Do you think you campaign like them and not get sued/arrested?

fudzail said...

Yes John, I was at waikato U from 1984 to 1987...

As we speak, no such party can exist for the time being.