Tuesday, May 12, 2009

malaysiakini and How UMNO Brought ODIUM to the PERAK ROYALTY...

There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the prestige and reputation of the Perak Royalty has been severely damaged, perhaps even beyond repair for many years.
This malaysiakini article headed Perak monarchy 'embarrassed' by imbroglio suggests that "the UMNO leaders brought odium to monarchy".

According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word "odium" means:
1 : the state or fact of being subjected to hatred and contempt as a result of a despicable act or blameworthy circumstance
2 : hatred and condemnation accompanied by loathing or contempt : detestation
3 : disrepute or infamy attached to something : opprobrium

If one observed the scenes during the swearing-in of the pretender MB, there was certainly a lot of ill feelings towards the royal family for agreeing to appoint the new MB on the basis that Nizar had been dismissed.
We do not know the deals behind the scenes or who had advised th Sultan before he made the decision.
It is good that we have a judge who can still decide without fear or favour and it definitely gives the powers that be some cause for reflection.
If we look at the despicable manner in which the esteemed Speaker of Perak was bundled away like a common criminal in the power grab, it shows to the common folks the types of people we have in the state legislature.

But back to the "odium" charge. In the good old days, perhaps within the last 300 years, such a crime would have been severely punished with imprisonment or even losing one's head after being drawn and quartered.

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