Last Saturday, I took the 5.50pm Firefly flight to Penang for my Chung Ling High School Class of 69 40th reunion dinner. Yes, I am that old, and I finished my form 5 in 1969, the year of the May 13.. Why I said so is because when I told some of my members that I am going for a 40th reunion, none believes … They think I look younger than my age… I think they must be polite to say so…Anyway, age is only how you feel inside yourself, and if you are at ease inside your heart, and have not done anything against your conscience, you will feel young inside, no matter how is your external appearance.
I normally drive up to Penang, because if you are in Penang and you have no transport, it is very difficult to get around, as cabs are few and they do not use the meter.
This time, I took the Firefly as I have to rush for time, since I have a CC meeting in the afternoon..
I reached Penang at around 7pm, and reached Penang club where the reunion dinner was held at 8pm.
It was a nostalgic meeting and get together, seeing so many of my classmates and form mates. For some of the classmates, it took me some time to remember their names; I hope it is because for too long we have not seen each other, and not because of my brain getting old and atrophic..:)
Invariably, we touched on the political situation in Penang as well as the whole country. Not a single one whom I have met has any nice things to say about BN, and most say that they will give PR another term come the next GE.
I believe BN has only itself to blame for this situation, and in Penang, everything that the State Gerakan is trying to hit at DAP,the salvo, like boomerang, invariably hit back at them.
If they talked about LGE’s residence, the people would ask about Toyo’s and Zakaria’s ‘palaces’. If they talked about poor rubbish collection,people invariably asked about what happened before 308– the same rubbish problems have existed. Same with transportation and so on.
I think Penangites will give another chance for the opposition to rule because they think one term is too short a time.. And another point is most Penangites now want a 2 party system. That is the message I gathered from the gathering.
There is only one way to go for BN. A radical change to cut out all the cancers, and dump a corrupt and racial culture, improve efficiency, adopt meritocracy, be transparent and accountable. It is that simple, but what is lacking is the political will.
On Firefly, I was at first quite taken aback when I saw the ATR planes used by Firefly. Those of you who have followed the Air Crash Investigation series of National Geography channel must have seen the shows talking about the crashes of the ATR.
But Iwas pleasantly surprised that the ride was very smooth and the seat comfortable, and even for a sixfooter like me, I have no problem sitting comfortably for the short one hour flight.
The best thing was of course you can travel from Subang, a stone throw from where I stay in PJ, and save time and money going to KLIA….The journey going to klia will be longer than the flight.