The handy bogeyman

During the days of the Cold War, we have often heard of stories of diplomats being accused as spies and deported. These happened on both sides of the camps. When both sides were on the fringe of war, it was actually understandable. It was a case of spy versus spy.

Even in those days, diplomats  posted to friendly countries, although not exactly spies, did have a duty to observe and report back whatever happenings on the host countires. It was part and parcel of their jobs. Diplomatic immunity did make  all these much easier.

Now that Cold War is over, we don’t hear about spying so often as before.

But  diplomats posted to a friendly country still have an inherent duty to observe the happenings in the host countries and report back to their home coutries , so that analysis can be carried out, and see how these happenings will have any potential effects on their own country. This is especially so on countries that are physically close by or economically linked. What happens in one such country will have an effect on the others in these days of globalisation.

Malaysian diplomats do that when posted overseas. So do other diplomats posted from one country to another.

This is actually the norm.

Any diplomat that is posted to another country and then stay in his or her ivory tower without coming out to mix with people of the host country  and gather information would be failing in his or her duties. They cannot depend on news report alone, but need first hand observation.

So why are the Singaporean diplomats being singled out for being present in Bersih 3.0 gatherings? I am sure diplomats of many other countries are there too.

We have to go back history, perhaps.

Whenever there was a need to play up nationalism, none was as convenient as the ‘Small red dot’ down south to be made the bogey man and thus galvanised the support of rural masses under the pretext of nationalism.    On other occasions, this bogeyman has proven to be handy to divert attention, once sentiments were worked up.

This was proven effective in the past. So, it was not surpising that the bogeyman tactic is back again, and who but the outsourced racist “NGO” is demonstrating outside Singapore  High Commissiom. This time, howevr, they manage to get only a couple of hundred people.

This old tactic may no longer work, if only these archaic minded people spend more time reading the internet and keeping up with the time. To think that by playing up this sentiments, they are going to get more votes for the Big Brother is wishful thinking.

I see them more as a pack of jokers.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. anon
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 12:18:19

    The red dot is always the torn in the eyes of these desperadoes, especially when historical ties r been considered.

    This ultra right-wingers would always awake this theme whenever the opportunity arises. To them the red dot is easy meat, in their continuous day-dream mode.

    They would not pick on the others, especially the Big Bro within their imagined Nusantara. (Editor: Anon, sorry , i have deleted a part that sounds like racial profiling)

    So when the Big Bro starts to shout, the tikus would run everywhere to avoid the confrontation. LOL

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  2. WildCard
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 14:34:57

    There is lack of credible nationalistic agenda, and all the events in vogue not sustainable. The rakyat are fed up, confused, mummed, politically desensitized, or doctrine harden,like cement which has set in. Both sides will lose credibility as time dragged on, except those who can deliver their governance will prevail.

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  3. Phua Kai Lit
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 16:08:26

    Typical fascist propaganda strategy.

    Create a scapegoat to paper over their own
    internal cracks, promote in-group “unity” through hatred of an out-group,
    and to distract attention from the real issues.

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  4. HuaYong
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 16:39:29

    save spore, i think the list include chinese, communist, the west, christian, jew, lge, anwar, kafir, non muslim, non malay, top 10 riches, srjkc, cis, chinese language, pkr, dap, pas, chinese assembly hall, penang, indonesia, australia, anglo, english, chinese newspaper, obama, bush, iraq, afghanistan…….no end la.

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  5. CYC
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 16:50:10

    Chasing their own shadow i guess…

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  6. chanjoe1
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 15:04:36

    Whenever the bigger brother sneezes at our country including burning our flag and attacking our consulate, non of these so called right wingers dare to even cough. On our most next small neighbour, they act tough. It goes to show they are actuallu nothing but BIG TIME RACIST with the support of AMNO, MCA,etc….Just kick them out come GE 13 and they shall only know how to wimper or cry at sight of an ant.

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  7. Be Diplomatic
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 09:29:21

    This is a very dangerous game to play because it is a double-edged sword. What will happen in the future if there are some demonstrations or protest held in Singapore and our diplomats happened to be around that area assessing the situation? Can the Singapore government accuse them of meddling in their affairs and haul them up? Is it ok if a Singapore NGO demand that they be kicked out?

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  8. Jong
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 22:31:04

    Yeah you are so right, Mamakutty’s old tactic no longer works; he’s just one BIG ‘batu api’ that’s all, out to divert attention when things don’t look good for BN. He can’t even smell Lee Kuan Yew’s armpit, cakap pandai!

    He’s jealous, envies Singapore’s success that turned that barren little rock into what it is today while Malaysia risks going bankrupt in under 6 years(alerted by Minister Idris Jala) at the rate they are draining the nation’s coffer dry!

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