Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Who's In Charge Here?

You gotta call later because every one's busy at the moment. Every one's busy talking, whispering, discussing, scheming, plotting, back stabbing, conspiring and conniving people to get involved in politics. Every one's so busy we don't know who's in charge of running the country. I got a feeling people don't care. These days politics is more important than getting the country on the move, getting the machines up and running to catch up with the rest of the world. Every one's busy so please have a bit of patience until everyone comes to their senses that the time for politicking should have stopped two weeks ago and that this is the time to work. To sweat out. To figure what to do. Until we know who's in charge, you gotta play it by ear and hold everything down.
In the meantime they tell you, please bear with us until everyone will have secured their positions and settled in their corner office before they can sign the checks. In the meantime I gotta tell my American and Norwegian counterparts that it's pretty normal for Asian and African to quarrel among themselves after the election because politics isn't about how to make a country great in this part of the world. I gotta a feeling this is gonna be a long movie that I might as well go see some friends who own nice restaurants to see if they need someone who can cut onions and garlic. Who knows I might pick up a thing or two about politics now that politics has become Malaysia's number one favorite pastime.
It's bad for business and it's not good. You've got things coming in from countries all over the world. Papers have been signed by the guys who don't have a job anymore because they lost in the election. The new guy just got in don't know nothing and he doesn't wanna sign anything that could land him in trouble. He doesn't wanna know about the contract that has been agreed upon and signed by the guy before him. He says he's gonna have to review everything case by case basis. In the meantime I gotta pay the running interest charges to the bank. In meantime I got phone calls to answer from people who've shipped over the valves, cranes, drilling equipment because I said I need those to be where they are supposed to be by 18 April. Who's in charge of the country? No one is that this might as well be a ship without a captain because the sonofabitch is somewhere in the open deck probably drunk as a skunk thinking to himself this is as good a day as any to jump ship.
I only know one thing. The country is good when checks are coming in and people are signing the things they supposed to sign because they understand the sense of urgency of a job. Right now everyone wants to understand only one thing and that is to play politic because it's the only thing to do right now since every one's talking about it. It's making me pretty sick in the stomach that I'd better stop visiting political blogs because the more I read them, the more I feel like slashing people with a knife, cutting open their guts to see what's inside just for the heck of cutting up someone because I have not slaughtered a full sized bull since last Aidil Adha. But who am I to tell people to get back to work? Those who won in the election are still trying to get used to the concept of working instead of complaining. Lim Guan Eng says he's willing to go to jail again for something he believes in. Doesn't he know that people need him to be in the office instead of trying to be a hero by going to jail? Or is he trying to run away from doing an honest job because it has finally settled on him that it ain't easy to do an honest job if you're a politician? Maybe that's what this is all about. It's about not doing any job and talking about planning to do a good job just to show to people that you're in charge when you are not.
Who's in charge? You gotta call back later. Every one's busy plottin' and schemin' and day dreamin'.


Blogger BaitiBadarudin said...

the most pertinent unasked question.
talk about resonance and reverberation!

12:20 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen;

This is beautiful and sarcastic at the same time.

And I think this is the first time this is happening to Malaysia.

The new state govts are still dazzled on their win and are still pinching or slapping their own faces. And of course they need to review everything their old nemesis had done before.Who knows they might find some skeleton in the closet(or maybe they are really looking for skeletons. Looking hard!)

The ex-govt now says:We will monitor the new govt very closely. each of our YB will take charge of this biro and that.We will expose any mismanagements.
Thats good,right? I mean there must be some kind of monitoring to avoid abuses etc. But the ex-govt must have forgotten one thing.They did a lot of mismanagements and abuses before.

And we don't have someone in charge,why? Well the guy who is supposed to be in charge is busy trying to stop his own from toppling him. So he got a game to play and doesn't have time to run the country.

So until December 2008, we might not have anyone in charge!But don't you go around slashing people sir!

1:25 PM  
Blogger cakapaje said...

Salam bergen,

As funny and sarcastic as it may sound, this is quite similar to a true life scenario some 2 elections back when the outoing people refused to acknowledge the incoming people. The situation led to a financially chaotic time. The true victims were the people working there and the suppliers - their cheques were withheld until the above matter were sorted out.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Dhahran Sea said...

Salam Bergen. I share your feelings... and I got sick to the bone for being forced to accept that (real) politics is really DIRTY and its happening now in front of our very eyes! You are right, now even the so-called BA are busy scheming... as though getting the control (and more importantly, running) of the 5 states are not enough of a challenge... as they say, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely! Now these people are after the absolute power!

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam Bergen.
What a sarcastic but a spot on post.I wish the state govts get down to their business of running the state instead of squabbling about seats and determining who is going to be the next PM by end of April. Heck..we voted you to run the country..not to play musical chairs.

7:52 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Baitibadarudin: Everyone's busy blogging to be asking a question like this. It happens when one becomes too ideological instead of practical.

Tokasid: Looks like politic has become our national culture.

Cakapaje: Yes, and the incoming guys too will have his own set of people to whom he gives out the contracts. It's a neat cycle. Different people, same game.

Dhahran: Sadly like, it's the politicians who run things as if they know what they're doing. We need Khalifah system now.

Anonymous 7.52 pm:
And they are still at it playing the musical chair eventhough it's getting late in the day. Soon it's gonna get dark and they're gonna start blaming one another for not switching on the light.

12:17 PM  

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