National Heroes and political campaigns

Pic from Malaysian Inside

At first look, it appears from the photo that Lee Chong Wei is campaigning for BN… Things can be quite tricky, especially when shrewd politicians want to manipulate whatever there is  to their advantage.

Lee is not there to campaign, but rather, in his words, quoting MalaysianInsider. ““I am here just to collect the cheque. They have already announced that I would receive the reward. I don’t want to comment anything on politics. I don’t know much about it,”

Why the need to bring him to a ceramah, when what is needed is just a ceremony to give a checque and acknowledge his feats?Politicans must understand that there are certain things that are above politics. national Flag for one.  National hero, is another. Do you think the people on the ground are so naive and simple minded that bringing Lee into the picture, literally, would influence the people’s votes? Come on, this is not my grandfather’s time in the fifties.

But poor Chong Wei, he has to endure all these. Sports, all over the world, is considered to be something that is above politics. That was the tradition in  ancient Greece , and sports is supposed to be apolitical in modern Olympics as well. When will our YBs and Ministers realise all these? Is it true that position and power really blind a person’s conscience ? 

 There is in fact an internet  joke: “Poli” means “plenty”, “tics” are ” blood suckers”,  politicians literraly means blood sucking creatures. I am sure my readers will have plenty to say on this…:)

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Justin Choo
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 11:03:53

    When one is an underdog with plenty ticks one has no choice but to go low down to lick!!

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  2. monsterball
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 11:05:49

    Like I said…I have seen enough for these 28 years…not like before,
    UMNO is so insincere… always doing things…to hook ..line and sinker votes…..thinking we are ikan bulukangs!!
    Lee Chong Wei is a smart young man.
    He will go far….after his badminton career is over.

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  3. wazzup
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 11:58:56

    hahaha… no wonder Chong Wei rather lose the Final than have to endure receiving their million.

    .

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  4. Killi Valavan
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 12:01:49

    how stupid these politicians …. luckily no BN logo on the sportsmen T-shits…

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  5. peng
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 12:08:42

    In sports there is no politics. Like oil and water, both cannot mix. The leaders should know better. They should realize these gimmicks will only make things worse for them. And make them seem stupid.

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  6. petestop
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 12:21:32

    Oh my God! That is really lowest form of political gimmick.

    We gave them such a huge mandate in 2004, and all they show us is Keris and threats.

    Do we still not understand why most of us mere voters “hate” UMNO so much, Mr romerz ?

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  7. yh
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 12:39:28

    unfortunately, he didnt win the gold. else, BN will have a field day and milk him dry for politial purpose.
    remember how used naional badminton players for its political agenda. since then, their performance has gone down the tube and they are no longer useful to MCA.

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  8. kplee
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 13:01:14

    These BN goons will do anything to get their evil agenda going. They have already mixing race, religion, sex with politics. Now they are doing with sports too to satisfy their evil political agenda. Wonder what’s next??? Leave Lee CW alone!!!
    Permatang voters r not that naive and stupid to be hoodwinked by this political gimmick.
    Rakyat go all out to give PKR a big landslide victory. Kick the BN goons hard on the butt out of the government.

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  9. Revive
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 13:11:11

    Its sad to see sport players being drag to political matters. Its just ain’t right to dot that.

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  10. 2g
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 17:27:36

    I am indeed furious to see why these people cannot just campaign on ground of ideology and aspiration instead of using sport, sex and dirty tactics to campaign.

    They stoop so low until they forgot and forgo their dignity, just for the sake of winning the by-election.

    Never involve in Malaysian politics if you cannot play dirty game. We can see more and more politicians with conscience leaving BN.

    I wish to see Dr. Hsu and friends like Lee Kah Choon, Toh Kin Woon, Tan Tee Kwong can show these politicians that political games can be clean and righteous. You guys can form a new political party with healthy culture. Just don’t put any hope on Gerakan, give up and form a new fresh party.

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  11. monsterball
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 20:04:24

    That real idiot…Najib…have nothing else to say….saying ….Lee Chong Wei is still Lee Chong Wei….and not like other country…need to change the name.
    This real idiot is talking cock and valueless..grandfather stories.
    I hope Indonesia will give him a piece of their mind.
    Notice Najib had to talk more…as he is supposed to be our next PM….and every word he utters….he and botak….Albar…are the two biggest dum dum …UMNO have ever produced.
    Then… go read braggart Khairy said….Permatang Pauh will bury Anwar political career …once and for all.
    This man has lost his bearings…cannot judge anything logically anymore….but at least he speaks his mind up..and make audiences laugh. Khairy knew there is no hope….so he has to create and talk l cock and bull. That is smart….but not Najib.
    I am not feeling well..but die die…I will be at Pematang Pauh on Sunday.
    How not to go….so many bloggers phoned me..and kickdefella phoned……calling me…”papa monsterball”..after so long…requesting 3 flags he can fly them up-side own!
    This joker is simply impossible.
    And Dollah said kicky is an evil man.
    Kicky can be anything but evil.
    Dollah is evil.

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  12. cilipadi
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 21:57:40

    My guess was correct. ‘Someone’ here is a ‘street fighther’….Bravo.

    I salute you this time, ‘someone’.

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  13. Dr Hsu
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 22:22:05

    2g, in October, I hope most of the delegates will vote to get out of BN. If 70% wants to quit, can the leasdership say no? More and more grassroots are thinking in the same way now.

    As for me, I have no personal ambition, and I do not wish to become a politician, active in politics. If I had wanted, I would have been given a candidacy for the GE.

    I prefer to be just a grasssroot person, voicing out for our ideology. ANd I feel that my writings and talks within the party is beginning to bear some friuts as more and more are seeing my points, especially those who subscribed to our ideology .

    If what the others can offer the Rakyat a fair and equal society , whether we Gerakan still exists or not is no more important, but if we can withdraw and strengthen the concept of what we always believe in, why not ?

    I thank you, my friend 2 g, for having trust in me. The day of reckoning is very near. Just wait and see.

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  14. Monk
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 22:45:56

    Dr Hsu,

    This is the dirtiest and most wanton cruel by election ever orchestrated by the ruling regime. Many years ago, they rule out Anwar’s return. Just before 308 elections, they deliberately fix the date so that Anwar can’t participate. Then they panicked when the by election came and now the full dirty tactics come to full blown to stop him from entering parliament.

    It’s so crystal clear…the sodomy charges, the ACA arrest, the beating up of reporters….putting one obstacle after another….the list goes on.

    monk

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  15. Dr Hsu
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 22:50:56

    yes, Monk, this is the dirtiest by election, ass you have rightly pointed out.

    But the people are not stupid. Just wait for the results.

    The credibility is totally gone, it is so sad.

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  16. 2g
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 22:58:59

    I long to see that day, Dr. Hsu. You are indeed a true Malaysian to me.

    My point is that, for a two-party system to exist in Malaysia, there must two sides that practise multiracial politics. If Pakatan Rakyat practises multiracial ideology but not BN (where Umno plays dominance), two-party in Malaysia will still remain as dream to all of us.

    That is why the idea of you guys forming a truly multiracial party. A party that starts afresh, without taints. I believe a lot of people aspire this kind of party and will give their supports, I inclusive. I personally aspire to see such party, one party that leaves ‘religion’ at home, so to see we begin our speech with ‘saudara dan saudari’ or just simple ‘ladies abd gentlemen’. (Instead of one begins with religious conotation, you get what I meant?)

    Of course, it is not easy here as we have evidenced PKR MP in Bar Council protest. Change in mentality is easier said than done. But without such ‘mentality change’, true multiracialism will still remain a dream to all of us.

    Anyway, I respect your decision not to become a politician. It is definitely not easy to be one, eventhough we want to keep clean all the time.

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  17. novice101
    Aug 21, 2008 @ 23:18:10

    When you run out of all other gimmicks you start to grasp at any floating straw. Poor BN!

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  18. romerz
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 00:02:47

    Dear petestop,

    I am in total agreement with you in hating UMNO. All I merely pointed out to you at Si Pin’s blog is that don’t let your hatred of UMNO be so consuming that you don’t believe there are no good people left within the BN.

    I’m sure there are like Yong Teck Lee and SAPP, Dr Hsu and his efforts to bring Gerakan out of BN, and others within MCA, MIC, etc but technically still a member of BN. So when you ridicule the BN with a single brush, you also ridicule these people as well.

    I’ve said before UMNO is a formidable political machine and you need to attack it from every angle and with all the help you can get to topple it.

    Its a numbers game, don’t make it any harder for those wishing to switch sides by saying “with us 100% or against us 100%”.

    Allow time for those leaning towards your cause of wanting to weaken or destroy UMNO but not yet ready to jump over 100%.

    I’m sure it will get there eventually but the present ‘all-inclusive or all-exclusive’ attitudes of some of the opponents of UMNO only serves to slow down the recruitment of potential allies and sufficient numbers to do the job.

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  19. romerz
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 00:58:54

    By the way petestop, I replied you in Si Pin’s blog. In case you didn’t see it, I’ll reproduce it here. (Doc, hope you don’t mind since its a little off-topic)

    Dear petestop,

    Let me try to explain my views from my understanding of the context which brought about this debate.

    Soon after taking office, LGE started making media declarations of land scams, missing files, etc. and at the same time complaining that KTK refuses to meet with him to explain.

    Isn’t this politicking and playing to the crowd when he could have just called and waited for KTK’s response before going to the press? Much like Chia Kwang Chye’s ‘friendly advice’ in the press to Dr Toh? A political message was the intention rather than real desire to communicate is what I think.

    Then the debate itself. From my perspective, i thought that the debate with its narrow title gave LGE every opportunity to ‘pin’ KTK to the wall but he didn’t do that. Instead LGE kept on harping on why no actions other than a warning was given to the civil servant.

    I’m guessing here that the civil servant in question is a Malay so to me LGE was asking questioning KTK’s inability to act against a supposedly an UMNO backed Malay civil servant.

    This to me is more politicking and not seeking the desired answers as LGE claims. It is a political attack at KTK’s reluctance to stand up against UMNO.

    On this I agree with you that KTK failed Penangites for not standing up against UMNO, which is what most of us had hoped he would do.

    But from the context of the debate and the declared desire of LGE to obtain the truth, he failed miserably.

    Had the topic been “Were you really running the Penang government or an unseen UMNO hand is doing it behind you?” then I would conclude that LGE won.

    But in the context of the ‘land scams’ I thought LGE painted to many a picture of still being in the ‘opposition’ mindset and KTK deflected his attacks with a manner associated with a statesman.

    So since this debate took place on the premise of the topic, LGE lost and KTK won was my conclusion.

    That doesn’t mean that I hero worship KTK nor do I ridicule LGE.

    In fact I have already told KTK, my old friend of 22 years, that I will be opposing him in my blog (via an email 3 days ago) for his reluctance to leave the BN.

    But I must also be fair and give credit where it is due.

    Both men have their faults but I found your inability to recognize this disturbing for your hatred of UMNO is so strong that it prevents you from seeing things for what they are rather than what you wish it to be.

    I also wish for UMNO’s demise and Lee Chong Wei to win but the fact is KTK won the debate based on the topic and Lee Chong Wei let nerves get the better of him (not withstanding that Lin Dan played a flawless match).

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  20. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 01:22:02

    UMNO will be seeing 10 times more supporters for Anwar than for their candidate….never ever seen by them….all these 52 years.
    The sign is there…all along…but they keep ignoring it….and apply all those dirty tricks.
    But this time…Khairy is shouting for peace….no fights…no throwing stones…he said…hahahahahahaha
    Who is throwing stones and abusing others…….in the past?
    I guess….he is scared stiff too!………of the large opposition crowd.

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  21. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 06:28:30

    Did you catch Khairy said…UMNO money comes from the people supporting them?
    He asked where did Anwar get so many millions?
    So you see…all the billions UMNO spent on election campaigns…are money STOLEN from Malaysians!!
    This shows…all the inflated prices contracts by chosen cronies are true.
    Khairy thinks he is smart…but he did reveal UMNO do cheat Malaysians!!
    Who cares where Anwar get his billions…as long as he did not steal from Malaysians.
    But the fact is…so many rich countries and individuals are supporting Anwar…as much as he needs…I guess.
    Indirectly….these good souls are trying to free Malaysians from UMNO slavery.
    Now….wait for another UMNO smart ways to raise funds…for lavish election campaigns …at Malaysians expenses…not from UMNO members donations.
    If they depend on UMNO members and donations…campaigns cannot be by the hundreds of millions…..no way.
    And I think..Anwar financial backers…are ready to fight UMNO..in each every way…short of a new plane…yacht…and bullet proof new merz.
    So…..will Anwar sell our country to foreigners?
    Do…Freedom Fighters..do that?
    Just vote for change in government and do not listen to UMNO nonsense.

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  22. petestop
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 11:22:46

    romerz, point taken… we should encourage, instead of driving them to a corner. Hopefully a new equilibrium will be achieved and the past hegemony is no more.

    However, have to disagree that KTK won that debate. My point there was that with his poor command of BM, he already lost even before debate begins.

    Furthermore KTK started and ended the debate doing personal attack on LGE… opening with “Sudah 5 bulan dalam kerajaan masih berlagak sebagai Opposition….” and the hit below the belt on his final wrap up, targeting LGE earlier refusal to move to official residence, which LGE can never replied, since KTK has the last round.

    Both of which is off-topic, personal attack and does not add to the debate.

    I’m no worshipper of LGE, in fact, most of us don’t even know much about the Opposition prior to March 08, except some occasional “noise” in the MSM. But what we do know is the 50 years of excesses of those who walks in current corridor of power.

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  23. monsterball
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 11:22:58

    And I like to make a message specially to “True Malaysian” commentator.
    There is no reason for you to stop posting here..just because we do not agree.
    You have done so much….bringing visitors to Doc’s blog……..surely you are not going to abandon him…just because of our differences?
    We have met and talked for more than two hours.
    I am not saying sorry and don’t expect you to do so either.
    Lets just bury the hatchet…and start anew.
    Come on..put out your famous wise messages….so many.
    Share your thoughts with others….and forget he past.
    I repeat….Doc you and me have met.
    And Monday….I will met Romerz and Justin..at Permatang Pauh.
    How about wishing me safe journey…to and fro??

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  24. Dr Hsu
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 11:44:43

    Yes, a True Malaysian, I regard you as a true friend even though I have met you only once. Some friends you just have to meet once and you can be eternal friends.

    Since monsterball has put out the olive branch, why not come back and post as a Ture Malaysian? All the readers miss you as can be seen from so many requests for you to come back as A True Malaysian.

    Let us just forgive and forget.. Let us just concentrate on voicing out against all unfairness and bad governance. Together let all our candles lights join force to chase away the darkness nd bring back the clear blue sky..

    Shall we, A True Malaysian?

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  25. A true Malaysian
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 12:23:39

    I am back and thanks for all the kind words and encouragement.

    Actually, it was nothing personal between I and monsterball. I just take sometime off from blogsphere to read again my comments vis-a-vis monsterball’s to see what gone wrong that he wants to stuff my ‘good image’ into his xxx so to justify whether my ‘good image’ still intact and to carry on with my views as ‘A true Malaysian’.

    As bewareSB and cilipadi pointed out, there are many not genuine blog commentators around with the purpose of chasing away the genuine ones and implicated them in whatever ways they can, and I for one, do not wish to be implicated since many mouths are still waiting for me to feed. By saying that, I am not saying monsterball is not genuine, I have trust in him since we last met.

    Monsterball, have a safe journey to and fro Permatang Pauh and send my regards to romerz and justin.

    As the saying goes, ‘never fight, never know’ or ‘不打不相识’ in Chinese. That exactly what was transpired.

    Again, thanks all for your thoughts and lets make Dr. Hsu’s Forum a wonderful one.

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  26. Dr Hsu
    Aug 22, 2008 @ 12:29:25

    Welcome back as a True malaysian. You are a True Malaysian as far as I am concerned.

    Your views are very consistent.

    And no fear, I as a doctor is used to guard patients’s secrets and identities, and i will not reveal anyone of you unless of course you want it to be revealed.

    And I also wish Monsterball a safe journey.

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